Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jackis officially back, but in a new medium it seems, as IDW has recently published the debut comic book series revolving around the legendary character. The incredibly acclaimed animated show never resolved anything after its cancellation in season 4, which left fans to kind of just sit around on the Internet, awaiting news for the feature length film Tartakovsky has been promising for years, or some form of a season 5 Cartoon Network would miraculously greenlight.
It sucks, but alas, fans of the show have something new and tangible to look forward to thanks to publisher IDW: a beautiful comic book written by Jim Zub and drawn by Andy Suriano, which holds the core of the show on its flimsy-paged back.
INTERVIEW: Rebecca Sugar & Ian Jones-Quartey Talk To Us About Their New Show ‘Steven Universe’
Rebecca Sugar has gone from an Emmy and Annie Award-nominated writer, minstrel, and storyboard artist on Adventure Time to the first ever female creator to get her own show on Cartoon Network. I got the chance to chat with her about the new show along with the series supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey. Check it out in the vid below and stick around towards the end for a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of Steven Universe!
And if you couldn’t make it to New York Comic Con, here’s a clip of Rebecca Sugar playing her ukelele and singing some songs with the crowd and special guest Donald Glover.
Steven Universe premieres Monday, November 4 at 8p.m. ET on Cartoon Network.
Holy Shmowzow!: Jake The Dog Engagement Ring With Diamond Eyeballs
Artist/writer Josh Adams got this Jake The Dog engagement ring for his special lady and I;m a bit jelly that I didn’t think of it, but my lady would probably want something a bit more dainty like Princess Rainicorn. I’d totally rock the ish outta’ that Jake piece though.
BMO - Character Expressive of Third Wave Feminism?
It’s an awesome video that explains that it could be very possible that BMO, from the awesome Adventure Time television series, could be an expressive character representation of third wave feminism. If that sounds a bit wild to comprehend, check the video and hear this dude out. It’s insightful and makes a ton of sense.
Mimoco X ‘Adventure Time' Limited Edition BMO Rainbow Mimobot USB Flash Drives
Mimoco is premiering this Mimobot drives of BMO from Adventure Time at this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest) in up to 128GB and they also come in USB 3.0. Each one comes pre-loaded with wallpapers, screen savers, a full Adventure Time episode, and all sorts of other rad stuff.
These are limited to just 2,000 in the whole wide world. Pick one up from Mimoco’s booth #422 at SXSW, Mimoco.com, or select specialty retailers.
Albotas Parties With ‘Regular Show’ Creator JG Quintel
Okay, so it was less of a party and more like a phone interview, but it totally felt like a party, so that’s what it will always be in my memories.
Regular Show easily ranks among the upper echelon of greatest cartoons of all time. It airs on Cartoon Network right along the equally radical Adventure Time and has become a hallmark of the station.
Now in its fourth season, the show centers around the mega slackers Mordecai (a blujay) and his best friend Rigby (a raccoon). They work at a park where they get yelled at by their boss (Benson, a gumball machine), seek out advice from the park’s handyman (Skips, an immortal Yeti voiced by Mark Hamill), and fight off monsters, aliens, and other evil things that they accidentally summon/create/piss off. Each episode is a smorgasbord of 80’s action/sci-fi/comedy/geeky goodness with references to everything from Weekend At Bernies to Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead.
You know, regular, ordinary stuff for a kid’s cartoon.
ALBOTAS: Regular Show has a pretty crazy cast: talking vending machines, ghosts, an old guy with a lollipop for a head. Who would you say is your favorite Character?
JG Quintel: I’d have to go with Mordecai because he’s a lot like me. He’s pretty much who I was in college. Muscle Man makes me laugh too.
Mitch “Muscle Man” Sorrenstein. He doesn’t really get mom jokes.
One of my favorite characters on the show is High Five Ghost, and he also has a brother, Low Fives. I’ve always wanted to know, since they’re ghosts, how did they die?
That’s not something I’ve really thought about yet, but I’m glad people care enough to question it!
Regular Show has lots of video game references. Mordecai and Rigby are often seen playing a Sega Master System and even the episodes themselves feel like video games with almost every episode ending with a boss battle. Is there any chance of a Regular Show video game in the near future?
We’re constantly sharing ideas with Cartoon Network. I’m sure that most people would look the other way but I think there’s a lot of stuff in the show that would translate well to a video game.
Mordecai and Rigby have faced a rogues gallery of bad guys in the show’s four seasons. It was especially awesome to see all the villains come back in the Dr. Whovian season 4 premiere Exit 4B. Do you have a favorite bad dude that stands out among the rest?
I really like GBF (Garret Bobby Ferguson). I think he’s hilarious. It’s funny because, you know, there’s so many cool villains on the show, but most of them just end up dying by the end of the episode, so they’re all just wiped out. When we came up with that episode for the premiere - it was like “Ah! We can bring ‘em all back!” I’m glad that we got to get a little more mileage out of a lot of those villains.
Garret Bobby Ferguson - an evil ex video game champion from outer space based on Billy Mitchel.
What is your secret weapon?
Hrm.. As far as the show goes?
As far as life.
Life? Oh my God! You have to, I guess, just do what you want to do. Don’t worry about what other people what you to do because you just gotta do what makes you happy. I think that translates well into making shows. Just make what you want to see and hopefully people will want to watch it.
Final, and possibly most important question: If you could be any food, what food would you be and why?
Mmm. Mhhhm. Mhhhm. Maybe a hamburger because it has all the essential food groups if the order is made properly and can be quite delicious.
Regular Show: Party Pack DVD is available RIGHT NOW and new episodes air Monday nights on Cartoon Network.
These super sexy Powerpuff Girls prints are being sold on The Neat Shop for $50 a pop. Simple and super clean, the 17” x 11” prints are limited to 25 pieces each and are definitely worth every penny you might be able to toss. Just look at those kaiju monsters taking those punches.
In the world of Adventure Time, the Enchiridion is a sacred handbook for heroes, filled with all kinds of useful info like how to harness the magical healing properties of cyclops tears and how to kiss princesses. It can also rip wormholes through the multiverse leading to the total annihilation of all existence, but that’s a whole other thing.
HarryDumitrescu made this Enchiridion iPad cover using fake leather, a Molotow pen, and clear finish. Check out the WIP pics here.