Following in the footsteps of BOOM! Studios' acclaimed comic book adaptation of Pendleton Ward's "Adventure Time," the publisher officially announced it will be turning another Cartoon Network all-ages hit series into a comic book. The "Regular Show" comic will debut in April through the publisher's kaBOOM! all-ages imprint and will be written by K.C. Green of the web comic "Gunshow," with art by Allison Strejlav.
"Regular Show" was created by J.G. Quintel and follows the surreal adventures of a pair of twenty-something slackers, Mordecai the Blue Jay and Rigby the Raccoon. Hot off the official announcement, Comic Book Resources spoke to Green about his plans to bring Mordecai, Rigby and the rest of the "Regular Show" cast to comics.
CBR News: The "Regular Show" comic will be your first ongoing print comic, but you've been making comics for a while now, most notably your web comic, "Gunshow." Can you talk about how you got into comics and how your web comics career began?
K.C Green: What got me into comics was cartoons. As a kid I watched a lot of them and had no other outlet other than to draw and replicate stories I saw from "Looney Tunes" or "Rocko's Modern Life." As I grew as an artist and storyteller, I still watched cartoons. I enjoy them a lot! I have a respect for the comic medium and I love it a lot too, but I'm coming from a love of cartoons when I create comics.
"Gunshow" came about as a new outlet to get jokes and stories out of me. I had previously had a comic similar to "Gunshow" that I started in high school all the way to college and though it helped me become a better cartoonist, it's a lot for any new reader to trudge through. So "Gunshow" became sort of a new version of that same idea, but with a clean slate.
How did the "Regular Show" gig come about. Were you approached by BOOM!?"
Yeah, an editor at BOOM! [Shannon Waters] contacted me to write for it. I had actually heard before they approached me that there were talks of a "Regular Show" comic, which was cool. There are a lot of fun stories to happen there and a lot of characters to go further into in that show that the comic could possibly do.
You have total creative freedom in your own comics, such as the previously mentioned "Gunshow" and the autobiographical "Horribleville." What made you want to play in someone else's playground, and have you had much contact with "Regular Show" creator J.G. Quintel about the direction of the comic?
I haven't had much contact with J.G. about the comic, not yet at least. It's kind of interesting to get to play with these predefined characters and learn more about them. As a fan of the show, I'm happy to get a chance to do so.
What can you tell our readers about the stories you have planned for Mordecai the Blue Jay, Rigby the Raccoon and company?
I'd personally like to do stories giving us more background of certain characters, like Muscle Man or Eileen and Margaret. Rigby and Mordecai are fun everymen -- just fun slackers to bounce weird happenings off of -- but there's more there to have fun with. The episode I look too as a good idea of what I mean is "Trucker Hall of Fame" where Muscle Man's father died and he has to scatter his trucker hat ashes at the Trucker Hall of Fame. Along the way Muscle Man learns a terrible secret about his father (he wasn't a trucker) but still loves and respects him enough to fight ghosts of former truckers to fulfill his father's wishes. That was a great ep. Beyond that, it's still early and only some seeds of ideas are floating around in my head.
What aspect of playing in the world of "Regular Show" are you most excited about?
I think I already mentioned this in the last question: getting to dig into their characters more. I'd be lying if I didn't mention that it would be fun to come up with evil villains and monsters that impede their growth too. The magical realism of the show will be an interesting device to root around in.
From a storytelling perspective, I'm assuming this book lets you play around with form and structure a little more than a single-page web comic. Are you going to keep each issue self-contained, or are you tempted to open it up and tell some bigger, multi-issue stories?
I guess it is up to maybe what BOOM! or J.G. is looking for. I am gearing for possibly self-contained issues if there is enough room for it. I've done my hand of short 20-paged stories and find myself enjoying that. There's plenty of room to have a fun adventure, then move on to someone else to write a story about.
BOOM! seems like they've been actively courting web comic creators -- like Ryan North and Meredith Gran on their "Adventure Time" books. You writing "Regular Show" certainly seems to be in line with that. Are you surprised it's taken this long to bring web comic creators to print?
Not really. We brought ourselves to print when we self published our own books and stuff. I am just glad that there are comic publishers who are eager to let some of the younger talent have a chance at comics like this. It's also good that creators like J.G. and Pendleton Ward are hip to artists online, and so is their team on their shows.
"Gunshow" can get pretty irreverent and out there --in a good way, of course. Where do you think your comedic sensibilities and "Regular Show" overlap?
I think maybe it's the fantastical settings regular people have to deal with. How would a normal guy deal with something horrifying or beyond his understanding? I dunno, let's find out!
"Regular Show" #1 debuts in April from BOOM! Studios.