How Cartoon Network Became A Haven For Some Of The Best Independent Comic Book Creators Working Today
By Shannon O’Leary
“…what is new—and news—about Adventure Time and other Cartoon Network shows, such as Super Jail andSecret Mountain Fort Awesome, is how heavily influenced they are by aesthetics initially established by independent comics artists. And Ward, along with fellow Cartoon Network show creators JG Quintel (Regular Show) and Ben Jones (The Problem Solverz), have not only demonstrated their own distinctive styles as show runners but also their strengths as curators by rounding up show crews chock full of impressive cartoonists that any comics editor would be proud to name check.
“Ward’s approach to the production of the Adventure Time licensed comic is, in many ways, characteristic of Cartoon Network’s approach to some of its most critically acclaimed and highest rated shows. “Pen’s been really open to our getting creative with the comic, which is a rare thing in licensed comics,” notes Boom! lead Adventure Time editor Shannon Watters. ‘This has allowed us to take the project to interesting places that we’ve never really been able to go with any of our other licensed books.’”
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