The Regular Show Returns 25 Years Later in New Comic Book Series

Discover The Future of Mordecai, Rigby & More from BOOM! Studios in June 2018

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BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network are proud to announce REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER #1, the first chapter of an all-new six-issue limited comic book series inspired by the Emmy® Award-winning animated series arriving in stores June 2018. After the stunning conclusion to the landmark Regular Show on Cartoon Network in January 2017 featuring an epic battle between Pops and Anti-Pops, fans have been wondering what’s next for Mordecai, Rigby, and the rest of the park –  and now BOOM! Studios has the answer! Journey 25 years into the future with acclaimed writer Christopher Hastings (Deadpool) and the debut of artist Anna Johnstone, as Mordecai and Rigby have a lot to learn about how things never stay the same…

REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER #1 features a main cover by JK Phan, with variant covers by Cole Closser (Adventure Time Comics) and Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes).

“I love the relative elegance of a Regular Show story. Start with a mundane problem, try to weasel out of it, and then plunge into madness,” said writer Christopher Hastings. “The characters are completely grounded, have real relationships with each other, and then you take them and stick them in the most bonkers, surreal, fantasy/sci-fi/horror/everything impossible scenarios you can think of. It’s a simple combo, but it gives you room for a countless amount of new stories. The tricky part was figuring out how to get the older and MUCH more mature Mordecai and Rigby to jump into that dance again. They’ve traded their insane adventures for family and career. Seeing how these wiser old pals handle the temptations of adventure will be a big part of the fun of this series, not to mention just catching up with all the other characters, seeing what’s changed in their lives, or what’s stayed the same.”

“When I got asked to work on the new Regular Show comic series I was super excited to meet the challenge,” said artist Anna Johnstone. “The show has a great sense of humour and as a fan I can’t wait to see what kinds of weird stuff they get up to ’25 years later’… plus the best part, I get to draw it!”

REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

“We are excited about this chance to tell the next chapter of Regular Show in comic book form at BOOM! Studios,” said Whitey Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER is a must-read for any fan of the show, bringing all the humor, absurdity and irreverence that’s made it so beloved worldwide.”

Print copies of REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER #1 will be available for sale in June 2018 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, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

regular show #1Regular Show: 25 Years Later #1 Variant Cover by Cole Closser

regular showRegular Show: 25 Years Later #1 Variant Cover by Noelle Stevenson

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Another Show Cartoon Network Should Greenlit: AJ’s Infinite Summer

Cartoon Network has released a number of pilot episodes in the past, and most of them have gotten praise from the fans in hopes of them becoming full-time shows. AJ’s Infinite Summer is definitely a story of a spontaneous Summer that we want to be continued.

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Released on May 16, 2014, on Cartoon Network’s website, AJ’s Infinite Summer was created by Toby Jones, who’s a former writer and storyboard artist for The Regular Show. The pilot is loosely based on Jones’ 2006 film AJ Goes to France. AJ and his friends reside in the city of Downer, which is inspired by Jones’ hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. In fact, after the pilot was released, residents of Fargo noticed some humorous similarities in their hometown and Downer. It’s touching to know when a creator finds inspiration from their own lives and what they’re used to. It makes the story much more human and realistic, and there’s most likely a lot of viewers that can relate to Jones’ serene hometown.

School is out and AJ, Danny, and Morgan are planning to have the best Summer vacation ever. An upbeat AJ decides that he wants to spend the Summer spontaneously, by getting a job. His friends are confused, as it doesn’t sound like fun for a teenager to get a job in the Summer. Eventually, they go along with it and helps AJ on his job hunt. AJ decides to go for a job in the tallest building in their city, but he must get prepared first. He heads to his dad, who he refers to as “the most employed guy I know”. AJ’s dad gives him an old suit, which is way oversized. When they’re on their way to the job, Danny and Morgan try to talk AJ out of it in fear that it might ruin their Summer, but AJ insists that they should all follow the spirit of spontaneity together. When they arrive at the building and AJ hands the employer his unprofessional resume, he is instantly hired and introduced to a room full of employees who are all wearing oversized suits. AJ announces Morgan as his secretary and Danny as his towel boy, suggesting that just go along with it. AJ is constantly promoted to higher roles in the company and he experiences a power drive. Danny and Morgan confront him about how he’s ruining Summer, but AJ’s ego is much too large for him to listen and he fires them. AJ soon regrets it when he learns the dark side of running the company and goes to apologize to his friends. Danny and Morgan forgive him and the three head out into the sunset to spend the rest of the Summer together.

AJ’s Infinite Summer is a breath of fresh air and nothing like most of the shows on Cartoon Network today. The majority of the network’s series is often based on action, but this series would bring simplicity and balance out the network. AJ’s Infinite Summer is often compared to Disney’s Phineas and Ferb due to both of the shows connecting with the adventures of Summer themes. Hopefully, Cartoon Network will open their eyes and see the potential that this pilot episode has. And no, it wouldn’t be impossible for a pilot episode from 2014 to be resurrected 4 years later, on account of AJ’s Infinite Summer’s main character was based on a film that came 8 years before it did. Will we be seeing AJ, Danny, and Morgan again in the future? That would be pretty noice.