Sept. 30, 2014 | 9:02 a.m.
Fans of Finn, Jake, Marceline and the rest of the zany cast of “Adventure Time” are invited to a Los Angeles release party Thursday for a new book about the show’s art. “Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo” offers interviews with the show’s creator Pendleton Ward and its writers, storyboarders, animators and voice actors, as well as an extensive look at concept art, storyboards, early character sketches, background paintings and the series’ show bible. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive preview of some of Adam Muto‘s illustrated story notes for various episodes of the Cartoon Network juggernaut. Check them out in the gallery above. The lavish, 352-page volume, authored by artist and animator Chris McDonnell, is due out Oct. 14, but will be available at Thursday’s release party from 7 to 10 p.m. at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park. McDonnell and “Adventure Time” artists Ako […]
March 10, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
A new collection of “Adventure Time” posters is out later this month, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at one of the prints. The “Adventure Time: A Totally Math Poster Collection” poster book, out March 25 from Abrams Books, features 20 removable art prints by artists and designers including Olly Moss, Tony Millionaire, Celeste Moreno, Anne Benjamin, Nidhi Chanani and more. The large-format posters spotlight Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and dozens more colorful characters from the Land of Ooo. Hero Complex readers get a sneak peek at one of four original posters created exclusively for the book, a print by U.K.-based artist Andrew Groves. Groves’ print spotlights Billy the Hero, the enormous, ancient hero who is voiced in the series by Lou Ferrigno and idolized by the show’s […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 1:42 p.m.
The Emmy-nominated third season of “Adventure Time” is out on Blu-ray and DVD today, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a video clip from the bonus features. The massively popular Cartoon Network series, created by Pendleton Ward, follows Finn, a human boy, and Jake, his magical shape-shifting dog, as they fight monsters and rescue princesses in a whimsical, post-apocalyptic candyland called the Land of Ooo. The third season’s home video release includes episode commentaries for all 26 episodes, an interview with Ward and an alternate show introduction, not to mention a custom slipcase which transforms the video box into a figurine of BMO — Finn’s sentient video game system, camera, alarm clock and, of course, loyal friend. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive look at a bonus video clip (watch it above), featuring storyboard artist and […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
July 26, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.
“The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia,” purportedly penned by the cartoon’s Lord of Evil Hunson Abadeer, begins with a warning. “Only bona fide demons from the Nightosphere, heroes with extreme charisma, wizards with abominable powers, and awesome kingly or queenly individuals may read further,” reads a page of large, capital letters. “All unqualified readers — including humans, mutants, monsters, talking beasts, house people, gnomes and goblins, mountain men, lumps, witches, ninjas, hoboes, ghosts, scofflaws, insolent children, boring schoolteachers, nosy parents, and other unqualified beings — will be punished by the Spell of Carnak invoked upon this book.” We won’t go into the details on the Spell of Carnak, other than to say that one of the side effects is death in a “cocoon of aetheric phlegm.” FULL COVERAGE: ‘Adventure Time’ The book, $19.95 and out this week from Abrams, is “translated” by Martin […]
Feb. 13, 2013 | 2:42 p.m.
In the massively popular Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time,” veteran voice actor Tom Kenny plays Ice King, a curmudgeonly wizard who lives in a snow fortress with a legion of penguins and whichever princess he has most recently kidnapped. For Kenny, the Ice King is the latest in a long line of zany characters; during his 20-plus years in the industry, he has lent his voice to more than 200 productions, including such landmark series as “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” in which he played SpongeBob. Like those groundbreaking predecessors, “Adventure Time” has earned a loyal audience by defying the tropes typical to children’s television shows. The series, created by Pendleton Ward, follows Finn, a human boy, and Jake, his magical shape-shifting dog, as they fight monsters and rescue princesses in a whimsical, post-apocalyptic […]
Nov. 18, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.
The Emmy-nominated cartoon “Adventure Time” follows 14-year-old hero Finn and his pal Jake, a shape-shifting dog, as they face off against evildoers in the magical Land of Ooo. The show has become one of Cartoon Network‘s most popular programs, attracting both kids and adults to the whimsical and darkly funny world created by animator Pendleton Ward. The show, which kicked off its fifth season last week, continues Monday. Hero Complex caught up with Jeremy Shada, the 15-year-old actor who voices Finn, to talk about “Adventure Time” and more. HC: How did you land the role? JS: I got a call from my agent whenever this started way back three years ago, or something like that. We recognized it and it sounded familiar, and we realized that my older brother Zack [Shada] had done the pilot for it three years prior […]
Nov. 14, 2012 | 11:20 a.m.
“Adventure Time” at first glance is a typical kids’ show. Finn, a 14-year-old boy, and his buddy Jake, a magical dog with super stretching powers, battle candy zombies, evil gnomes and their arch-nemesis Ice King in a shiny world called the Land of Ooo. In the show’s Season 5 premiere Monday, Finn fights a gang of neon-colored, village-burning hoodlums while Jake goes hot-tubbing with Cosmic Owl and a pink, wish-granting being named Prismo. Hot-tubbing? “If somebody pitched me verbally an episode plot of an ‘Adventure Time’ cartoon, I’d probably think, ‘That’s the dumbest thing ever,’ ” said Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher. “But somehow in the hands of [‘Adventure Time’ creator Pendleton Ward], the nuance with which this is executed, it’s perfect.” The Emmy-nominated cartoon is one of the Cartoon Network‘s most popular shows, consistently ranking No. 1 […]