Adventure Time is a comic book series published by BOOM! Studios, written by Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North, and illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. The comic book is released monthly, beginning with issue #1 in February 2012.
The comic is canonical with the Adventure Time TV series' story. Adam Muto has speculated that it may take place in a different reality. Either way, the events of the comics have several events irreconcilable with the TV series, mainly the fact that Finn and Flame Princess are still dating in the comics.
Each issue includes at least two comics: The lead story is written by North and drawn in the style of the cartoon by Paroline and Lamb; and one or more backup stories created by an indie comic artist, drawn in their own style.
The main story features small messages at the bottom of many of the pages. This is a trademark of writer Ryan North, whose Dinosaur Comics always contain semi-hidden messages and commentary.
The first storyline in the series is a four-parter by North, split between issues #1 through #4.
List of issues
|Cover||Story||Backup story||Release date|
|Issue 1|| The Lich reawakens and traps Finn and Jake.|
(Part 1 of 4)
|"My Cider the Mountain" by Aaron Renier||February 2012|
|Issue 2|| Finn and Jake are stuck in the Lich's Bag of Holding while Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, and Lumpy Space Princess are stuck, too.|
(Part 2 of 4)
| "Laundromarceline" by Lucy Knisley|
" Issue 2 " by Zac Gorman
|Issue 3|| The Ice King and Desert Princess make an army of Finn and Jakes to help battle the Lich.|
(Part 3 of 4)
|"Bacon Fields" by Michael DeForge|| April
|Issue 4|| With The Lich defeated, The Land of Ooo is restored. The only problem is that it is covered by all the sand from The Bag of Holding & Desert Princess is missing!|
(Part 4 of 4)
|"The Ultimate Party Dip" by Chris Eliopoulos|| May
|Issue 5||Finn and Jake journey into a new part of Ooo.
(Part 1 of 5)
| "Emit Erutnevda" by Paul Pope
"Ice King Dumb" by Georgia and Chris Robison
|Issue 6|| Jake causes trouble when he messes with Princess Bubblegum's time machine.|
(Part 2 of 5)
|"Level 99" by Anthony Clark|| July
Finn and Jake end up in the future with no way to return home. (Part 3 of 5)
"Time Waits For No One" by Shannon Wheeler
Finn, Jake, and QB try to defend the Candy Kingdom. (Part 4 of 5)
"Happy Birthday Hot Dog Princess!" by Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt
Finn and Jake try to return to their own time. (part 5 of 5)
"Fishling" by Chris and Shane Houghton
|Issue 10||Finn and Jake are possessed by the reader thanks to the Ice King's new spell.||
"Hot Deals in the Ice Kingdom" by Jon M. Gibson & Jim Rugg
Finn, Jake, and Marceline enter BMO's Main Brain Game Frame to play "Super Guts Punch 3." (Part 1 of 4)
"The Meaning of Bravery" by Zack Giallongo
Lumpy Space Princess forces her way into "Super Guts Punch 3" which causes BMO to malfunction. (Part 2 of 4)
"The Ice King and His Magical Matchmaking Mini Comic" by Alexis and Andrew
(Part 3 of 4)
"Princess of Rad Hats part 1" by Chris Schweizer
(Part 4 of 4)
"Princess of Rad Hats part 2" by Chris Schweizer
Magic Man tries to be a jerk to the Princesses and Finn and Jake try to stop him.
"GIVE US BACK BMO!" by Jeremy Sorese
|Issue 16||Finn and Jake battle the Ice King in order to save Lumpy Space Princess.||"Opposite Day" by Sina Grace and S. Steven Struble and "Ninja Princess" by Reed, Grant, and Jai Nitz with illustrations by Pranas T. Naujokaitis.|| May
|Issue 17||(Part 1 of 4)||"Silly String Theory" by Jay Hosler|| June
|Issue 18||(Part 2 of 4)||"Publish or Perish"|| July
|Issue 19||(Part 3 of 4)||"Ambitreacherous" by Andy Hirsch|| August
|Issue 20||(Part 4 of 4)||"Grocery Time! - Part One" by Zack Smith||September 2013|
|Issue 21||"Beach Bum Boogie" by Zack Giallongo||October 2013|
|Issue 22||Finn and Jake find themselves in a sticky situation when Princess Bubblegum's experiments searching for the origin of life go horribly wrong.||"Grocery Time! - Part Two" by Zack Smith||November 2013|
|Issue 23||Princess Bubblegum and Marceline race against time to save the inhabitants of Ooo from the Princess' rogue experiment.||"Booty and the Beast" by Jen Bennett||December 2013|
|Issue 24||"A Day In the Life of a Bun" by Kristina Ness||January 2014|
|Issue 25||A love story told from the perspectice of a red gem named Carl - pining for Gemma, a blue gemstone.||N/A||February 2014|
|Issue 26||Finn and Jake have always been best buds; they are always together, it's just something best buds do. But what happens when these two friends get separated during a crazy adventure with twists and turns? Will our pals be able to find each other again or is this just all part of growing up?||"Sphagnum Sphagnum" by James the Stanton|| March
|Issue 27||This special arc with guest artist Jim Rugg continues!! Finn and Jake might have finally met their match, but what will happen with it turns out that the match isn’t a match at all? Things are getting crazy in the land of Ooo and it looks like our heroes might need someone to save them this time around.||"Jelly Wars" by Eric M. Esquivel|| April
|Issue 28||With one answer, there is always a million questions. Finn and Jake find themselves out of one problem and into another. It looks like it’s going to be a race to the finish as our heroes discover what it really means to be a friend, and learn something about themselves along the way.||"Jelly Wars - Part Two" by Eric M. Esquivel|| May
|Issue 29||Finn and Jake are back in their bodies, but it looks like the damage is done. Will our heroes be able to right everything they’ve done or is Ooo finally lost? With the help of an unlikely source, this day might be saved. Last issue by the talented Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac)!||
"A Dish Best Served Gross"
Story by Josh Tierney
Art by Michael Dialynas
|Issue 30||To celebrate the 30th issue of her "Marcelzine", Marceline releases a collection of mini-comics written by her friends.||N/A|| July
|Issue 31||When Princess Bubblegum and Marceline get their driver's licenses, they have the perfect plan—build a giant ramp and drive off of it! It's gonna be so much fun...wait, who's the Mnemonoid, and why is he all up in this comic?||"Lemongrab's Makeover" by Sara & Sam Ellis|| August
|Issue 32||Finn is on an impossible mission to break Mnemonoid’s curse so that he can finally live his life…and remember it! It’s going to take a lot of pal time and a lot of help from the best of friends but this definitely seems like an adventure that Finn and Jake can take—if only Finn could remember.||TBA||September 2014|
|Issue 33||Mnemonoid’s hold on Finn is proving to be stronger than anyone had thought and it’s taking the whole crew to band together to help their friend, only this time, there really might be nothing they can do. It’s up to Finn to stand up to Mnemonoid, if only he could find the bully.||TBA||October 2014|
|Issue 34||Finn has made it to Mnemonoid at last! It's time for this adventure to end and for Finn to finally get his memory back. It might seem like an easy end, but it looks like there is still one more trick up Mnemonoid's sleeve.||December 2014|
|Issue 35||It's the end of an era... the last ADVENTURE TIME issue featuring the Eisner Award-winning team of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb. It's your chance to say goodbye, and experience an adventure you'll never forget.||December 2014|
|Issue 36||It’s the first Adventure Time starring its new creative team! With indie all-star Chris Hastings writing and the amazingly talented Zachary Sterling on art, these mathematical adventures are only going to get more algebraic!||January 2015|
|Issue 37||It’s the first Adventure Time starring its new creative team! With indie all-star Chris Hastings writing and the amazingly talented Zachary Sterling on art, these mathematical adventures are only going to get more algebraic!||February 2015|
|Issue 38||Magic Man’s hold on Finn is proving to be stronger than anyone had thought and it’s taking the whole crew to band together to help their friend, only this time, there really might be nothing they can do. It’s up to Finn to stand up to Magic Man, if only he could find the bully.||March 2015|
|Issue 39||The entire world of Ooo is not able to cook but Jake comes through and saves the day with his sandwiches. It's not over yet, though, as the witch is gonna summon her ultimate monster baddie.||April 2015|
|Issue 40||It's a special interactive, one-shot issue! Magic Man plans to use the reader to help beat Finn and Jake, but can our heroes turn the tables? Features a special short written by debut writer Henry Leo and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)!||May 2015|
|Issue 41||New story arc! Peppermint Butler is one of the most mysterious dudes in Ooo. When he approaches Finn and Jake to recruit them for the secret agency he runs, they've just gotta join and see what's going on!||June 2015|
|Issue 42||Finn and Jake are on the run, trying to figure out who on the inside framed them for the destruction of Peppermint Butler's secret security team.||July 2015|
|Issue 43||Lumpy Space Prince decides to train Cake to beat the Floop Master in the upcoming Card Wars tournament!|
|Issue 44||Finn and Jake are pretty sure the King of Ooo's big conference is a trap and have to sneak in to stop it!|
|Issue 45||Special one-shot issue! Finn and Jake get trapped in a time-looping mirror maze!|
|Issue 46||When one of Joshua’s old spells wears off, Finn and Jake find themselves facing an old childhood friend that neither of them can remember!|
|Cover||Story||Backup story||Release date|
|Free Comic Book Day: 2012||
BMO trains to get good at fights, with help from Finn and Jake and Princess Bubblegum
|Laundromarceline (repeat)||May 5, 2012 (Free Comic Book Day)|
|Adventure Time: Cover Showcase||A collection of previous Adventure Time covers packaged into one high-quality special issue.||December 2012|
|Adventure Time: Annual 2013||Contains several stories: "A, You're Adventurous", "A Sword Most Awesome", "No Dogs Allowed", "Dungeons and Desserts", "The Summiteers" and "The Lemon Sea".||May 2012|
|Adventure Time: Summer Special 2013||Contains several stories: "The Desert Treasure", "The Sucker Seeker", "Heart" and "A Penny Burned".||July 2013|
|Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular||Contains several stories: "The Costume Party", "Secret 'Stache", "Halloween Horticulture" and "Bad Girl Gone Good".||October 2013|
|Adventure Time: Winter Special 2014||Contains several stories: "The Snow Hope", "Pups In Peril", "A Sour Winter" and "Eye Scream".||December 2013|
|Original issue||Omnibus editions|
|with main stories||with short stories|
|Issue 1|| |
and Volume 1 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
Sugary Shorts Volume 1
and Sugary Shorts Volume 1 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
|Issue 5|| |
and Volume 2 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
|Issue 10|| |
and Volume 3 Mathematical Edition (hardcover)
KaBOOM! Studios has released several spin-off miniseries. After the completion of each miniseries, a trade paperback version (TPB) containing the entire miniseries, as well as a hardcover "Mathematical Edition" with special features has been released (similar to the way the main series has been released in TPB and hardcover formats).
- Adventure Time: Marceline And The Scream Queens
- Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake
- Adventure Time: Candy Capers
- Adventure Time: The Flip Side
- Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy
- Began July 2014
- Written by Kent Osborne; Art by Mad Rupert
- Summary: Root Beer Guy starts his search for new recruits for the Banana Guard
- TPB planned release date: June 9, 2015
KaBOOM! Studios has also released a series of standalone original graphic novels.
- Adventure Time Vol. 1: Playing With Fire
- Released May 15, 2013
- Written by Danielle Corsetto; Art by Zack Sterling
- Summary: Flame Princess joins Finn and Jake on an adventure. The story develops Flame Princess' and Finn's romantic relationship.
- Adventure Time Vol. 2: Pixel Princesses
- Adventure Time Vol. 3: Seeing Red
- Adventure Time Vol. 4: Bitter Sweets
- Released November 5, 2014.
- Written by Kate Leth; Art by Zack Sterling.
- Summary: Princess Bubblegum leaves the Candy Kingdom and ventures into the outer limits of Ooo.
- Adventure Time Vol. 5: Graybles Schmaybles
- Adventure Time Vol. 6: Masked Mayhem
- Released November 11, 2015.
- Written by Kate Leth and Meredith McClaren; Art by Drew Green, Vaughn Pinpin and Meredith McClaren.
- Summary: TBA
- Adventure Time Vol. 7: The Four Castles
- Released May 4, 2016.
- Written by Josh Trujillo; Art by Zachary Sterling and Phil Murphy.
- Summary: Finn and Jake meet the Guildmaster, who invites them into the Heroes Guild of the Manyverse, but first, they are to retrieve four artifacts for him.
The Adventure UnfoldsThe Adventure Unfolds is a fold out comic by Jon Chad limited to 700 copies. It was only available at San Diego Comic Con 2012 for the price of $30. On July 25, Boom Studios began selling it on their website for $40.
- Pendleton Ward made a cover for the first issue of the comic.
- Various of the primary stories contain messages written at the bottom, below the panels, as if a narrator/writer is speaking in a fourth-wall-breaking style. The hardback collection of issues 1~4 retains these messages.
- In addition, issues 1 and 3 of the comic contain messages written by Marceline in a Pigpen cipher. The known letters of the cipher are in the chart to the right. Note that the first section spells out "vampire" and the rest of the letters are apparently in alphabetical order, making it fairly easy to guess the unknown letters.
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Behind the scenes info:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/11/19/adventure-time-comic-series-boom-kaboom-february/
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 http://www.comicvine.com/podcast/?podcast_id=117 (00:10:10)
Ryan North: "The book's divided into two parts. There's the part that I'm writing, which is on-model, looks like the show... continuing the adventure part of it. And the other part, [every month] there'll be a stand-alone story done by an indie cartoonist, done in their own style, which I think is really cool."
- ↑ http://ryannorth.tumblr.com/post/23729809967/something-that-comes-up-pretty-often-is-this
- ↑ http://new.spring.me/#!/MrMuto/q/358994005662390868
- ↑ http://www.comicvine.com/podcast/?podcast_id=117
- ↑ http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/04/15/boom-spins-off-adventure-time-comic-marceline-scream-queens
- ↑ Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens
- ↑ http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/10/10/adventure-time-with-fionna-and-cake-comic-miniseries-boom-studios/
- ↑ http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/07/09/adventure-time-the-adventure-unfolds-mini-comic-jon-chad-sdcc-exclusive/
- ↑ http://www.boom-studios.com/adventure-time-the-adventure-unfolds-mini-comic-sdcc-12-exclusive.html?SID=d59eph6djol79i6f2nrq612qs7
- ↑ http://www.newsarama.com/tv/adventure-time-pendleton-ward-2-120214.html