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ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping & reading platform, launches their comiXology Originals program with the fun, all-ages title Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises. Unveiled last October, comiXology Originals is a new program featuring exclusive comic content available only on comiXology and Kindle. Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular is available today for $3.99 on comiXology and Kindle or free at launch to comiXology Unlimited subscribers and as part of the comiXology Unlimited 30-day free trial.
Based on Cartoon Network’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time, the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises features the fan-favorite character Marshall Lee, the Vampire King. Marshall Lee is the male counterpart of Marceline the Vampire Queen from the hugely popular Fionna and Cake universe.
Framed by a fully painted cover by cartoonist Fábio Moon (Daytripper), the 22-page Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular contains three all-new original Marshall Lee stories and an original song:
- “Not Funny” by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Audrey Mok. The lead story features New York Times bestselling writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Supergirl) with artist Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats) and follows Marshall Lee and his uncontrollable laughter at unfunny things.
- “The Bravest Prince” by Melanie Gillman and artist Trungles. Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) teams up with artist Trungles (Fresh Romance) for a story in which Prince Gumball witnesses Marshall Lee’s fear of… flowers.
- “Disqualified” by S.M. Vidaurri and artist Asia Kendrick-Horton. Writer S.M. Vidaurri (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) joins with artist Asia Kendrick-Horton (Steven Universe) for a story in which Prince Gumball attempts to win a competition by trying to be more villainous than Marshall Lee.
- “It’s Not Hard To Be Bad” Written and drawn by S.M. Vidaurri. Vidaurri closes out the issue by composing a song for Marshall Lee to sing while playing guitar in a spectacular one pager.
In addition to this exciting launch, comiXology is having a BOOM! Studios discount sale on an array of Adventure Time comic books and trades. Readers new and old can stock up and save today through January 23rd.
“Adventure time attracts the attention of a really wide range of people, from children to adults, and what first caught my attention were creators I admire talking about the show and wanting to contribute to the comic just because they were fans,” said Fabio Moon (Two Brothers, Daytripper), cover artist for the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular. “The characters are weird enough as to be visually interesting to be interpreted in different artistic styles. I started sketching Finn and Jake, but it was great that what they really wanted the cover to focus on was Marshall Lee. Somehow, I related more with the gender-swapped versions of the characters. It’s one of the best ideas of the show. I had just watched an episode that focused on Marshall Lee before doing the cover, so it came fairly quick.”
“Who doesn’t love Adventure Time,” said Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Skim), writer of the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular story “Not Funny.” “I would not like to meet such a person. I would never share a slice of cake with such a person. I love these characters!”
Launched in February 2012, BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Adventure Time comics are based on Cartoon Network’s original animated series created by Pendleton Ward. Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitantsand always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. To date, BOOM! Studios has published over 50 issues of the main Adventure Time comic series, eight original graphic novels, several spinoff limited series, and recently launched a new ongoing series called Adventure Time Comics.
“Adventure Time is and always has been, at its core, fun. Marshall Lee and Fionna are the perfect example of a desire to tell fun stories, even if it flips the apple cart,” said S.M Vidaurri (Iron) writer of the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular story “Disqualified” and writer/illustrator/composer of the story “It’s Not Hard To Be Bad.”
ComiXology Originals is a new program bringing exclusive comic content to comiXology and Kindle. In addition to Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios, the comiXology Originals lineup includes future releases from Valiant Entertainment and the legendary Harvey Kurtzman that are available for pre-order. ComiXology Originals are digital only and exclusively available for comiXology and Kindle customers. Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular is also available free at launch to comiXology Unlimited subscribers and as part of the comiXology Unlimited 30-day free trial.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is a revolutionary, cloud-based digital comics platform. With content from over 125 publishers as well as thousands of independent creators from around the world, comiXology provides an unrivaled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées. The company’s first-in-class innovations include the exclusive Guided View technology which provides an immersive and cinematic reading experience and a new monthly subscription service. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit comixology.com and follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates New York Times best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints: The “Studios” imprint is home to THE WOODS, Grant Morrison’s KLAUS, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Imprint “BOOM! Box” publishes LUMBERJANES, Steve Jackson Games’ MUNCHKIN, and GIANT DAYS. All-Ages imprint “KaBOOM!” publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS; Jim Davis’ GARFIELD; and Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME. And the “Archaia” imprint is home to MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, and numerous Jim Henson Company properties. Since 2013, BOOM! Studios has had a unique first-look feature film relationship with 20th Century Fox and since August 2014 BOOM! has had a similar first-look relationship with Fox’ television studio to develop properties for the small screen.
About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for LazyTown Entertainment.
Cartoon Network is Turner’s global entertainment brand offering the best in original animation for kids and families and known as an industry leader for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Seen in 192 countries and over 370 million homes with the original hit series Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network also takes its responsibilities to its audience seriously by addressing those issues affecting families with the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign and by promoting education and creative development through its commitment to STEAM enterprises and an integral involvement in Computer Science for All, the White House initiative empowering young people to generate skills to thrive in our digital world.
Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.