In our weekly recap of news from BOOM! Studios, comes a preview of ADVENTURE TIME: MARCY & SIMON #4, and a new Ben 10 graphic novel.
The fourth issue of ADVENTURE TIME: MARCY & SIMON from writer Olivia Olson and artist Slimm Fabert will be released on April 17th.
The six part series continues the story from the hit animated show but focuses on Simon and the Vampire Queen Marceline.
Also announced this week was a new BEN 10 graphic novel from writer CB Lee and artist Lidan Chen.
BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS will have “Giant robots, friendships and steampunk shenanigans” Lee says, will be released in November.
All press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of BOOM! Studios.
Your First Look at ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #4 by Olivia Olson and Slimm Fabert
Discover The Future of Your Favorite Vampire Queen & Former Ice King in April 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 29, 2019) – BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network today revealed a first look at ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #4 (of 6). Writer Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time) and artist Slimm Fabert (Adventure Time comic series) bring fans the exciting official comic book continuation by revealing what’s next for the once immortal Simon and the still immortal Vampire Queen Marceline in comic book form.
Marcy and Simon’s friendship has endured over 900 years and through bouts of insanity and amnesia but just when Marcy thinks she’s found a way to restore Simon’s memories for good, things take a turn for the worse. The Dark Lord of the Nightosphere, Marcy’s dad, messed up and somehow mixed Simon’s identity with his Ice King persona. Now Simon’s caught between his present and his past, and Marcy thinks it’s all her fault. Will she manage to save Simon from the influence of dark magic and salvage their friendship with the help of Jake, Finn, Bubblegum, and the gang? Or will Simon succumb to the curse of the Ice King once more?
A modern-day fable, the critically-acclaimed Adventure Time became a global success, attracting adult and kid viewers alike over the course of 10 seasons. It follows unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. The best of friends, our heroes always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin. Adventure Time™ is created by Pendleton Ward and produced at Cartoon Network Studios.
BOOM! Studios has been publishing the New York Times bestselling Adventure Time comic books and graphic novels through their KaBOOM! imprint for middle grade readers since 2012 and been honored with Eisner, Harvey, and Diamond Gem Awards for the series.
ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON is Olson’s third writing contribution to the expanded literary world of the eponymous franchise, previously collaborating with her father Martin Olson (the voice of “Hunson Abadeer”) on The Adventure Time™ Encyclopedia. The two also co-authored Adventure Time™: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook, written from a first-person perspective through Marceline’s diary entries about when she and Simon first met. Both Adventure Timebooks, published in partnership between Abrams and Cartoon Network, are available now everywhere books are sold.
“Marcy is fierce, loyal, and willing to go to the ends of the universe to help her best friend Simon regain his memories, but it may be that there’s no easy solution when it comes to unpacking Simon’s history without destroying his identity.” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Every step forward seems like two steps back but it’s our struggles and how we pick ourselves up after a misstep that define us. Olivia and Slimm do an incredible job of breathing life into Marcy, Simon, and the rest of our favorite characters as they all forge forward on the all-important mission to save Simon and restore his friendship with Marcy.”
ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #4 features a main cover by Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), along with variant covers by artist Amelia Vidal (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and illustrator Ray Tonga.
ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Just Beyond: The Scare School by R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, and Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews.
Print copies of ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #4 will be available on April 17, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For continuing news on ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Announce BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS Original Graphic Novel
Full Steam Ahead in the Fight Between Monster and Machine in November 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 28, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS, the latest middle grade original graphic novel based on Cartoon Network’s global hit series, with Rainbow Award-winning writer CB Lee (Not Your Sidekick) and artist Lidan Chen (Ben 10™: The Truth is Out There) which will debut in stores November 2019. In this blast from the antique past, sprockets and gears go flying when Team Tennyson gets into fisticuffs with the antediluvian villain Steam Smythe.
Ben Tennyson isn’t your average 10-year-old…he’s also the wielder of the Omnitrix, an alien device that allows Ben to shift into ten different alien forms from around the galaxy. Together with his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max, they protect the world from alien incursions.
In BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS, when Ben’s cousin Gwen discovers a mecha-suit left behind in disrepair by the steampunk villain Steam Smythe, she can’t help but fix it back into working condition and test it out. While Ben may not approve, Gwen’s new suit might be their only chance of stopping the relentless Steam Smythe and his army of mecha-creatures from clashing with innocent civilians as they hunt down their lost machine.
CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award-nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books), Ben 10™ (BOOM! Studios), and All Out (Harper Teen). CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship. When not nationally touring as an educator, writer and activist, CB lives in Los Angeles, where she can neither confirm nor deny being a superhero.
“I’m so excited to share this super fun story with readers! Giant robots, friendships and steampunk shenanigans abound in MECHA MADNESS!” said writer, CB Lee. “I loved working with BOOM! Studios and Lidan Chen on this adventure and can’t wait to share it with fans of all ages!”
Lidan Chen is an illustrator and comic book artist from China. She has worked for BOOM! Studios as the artist for the original graphic novel Ben 10™: The Truth is Out There. She is an acclaimed artist and merit award winner of the 2018 iJungle Awards, 2017 Red Dot Design Award for Illustration, and the 3×3 Illustration Annual No.14.
“I am excited to illustrate another Ben 10™ graphic novel, especially since both Ben and Gwen Tennyson play very important roles in this story.” said artist, Lidan Chen. “I love all the characters in Ben 10™ so I enjoy drawing them. And while drawing steampunk machines is a challenge for me, in the end, it’s totally a blast!”
This is the third original graphic novel release from the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network, following the recently released BEN 10™: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE from CB Lee and Lidan Chen, as well as the upcoming debut of BEN 10™: FOR SCIENCE! from CB Lee and artist Mattia di Meo in July 2019.
“Fans can get ready for CB and Lidan to bring the monsters, the science, and the fun withMECHA MADNESS.” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Family has always been one of Ben’s best resources in Ben 10™, after the Omnitrix, of course, and this story is no different with Ben and Gwen working together to defeat the villain and save the day.”
BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, andOver The Garden Wall, along with original series like Just Beyond: The Scare School by R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, and Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews.
Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 was recently greenlit for season four and is expected to premiere globally beginning 2020. The new season will follow Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max on adventures to some of the world’s most popular destinations including Italy, Japan and Mexico. Season four will continue to empower its worldwide fanbase through new alien transformations, action-packed battles with villains and more. Ben 10™is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment.
Print copies of BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS will be available for sale in November 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For continuing news on BEN 10™ and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.