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Ugly Christmas-sweater party season is just around the corner. People still throw those, right? If they do, Merchoid has you — and every other geeky guest — covered, in a blend of cotton and polyester.
The online retailer, which specializes in licensed pop-culture merchandise, has rolled out its nerdiest seasonal wear with ugly (but not heinous) sweaters based on characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more.
The borders of the Land of Ooo have expanded into the realm of virtual reality with the launch of Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games.
Based on Cartoon Network’s hit animated series, the mobile game allows fans to actually become part of the Adventure Time narrative, with the help of Samsung Gear VR. Boasting an original story and gameplay inspired by classic 3D platformers, Magic Man’s Head Games is voiced by the cast of the TV show.
The announcement of the Adventure Time line of boots from Dr. Martens was made with much fanfare in February, but we nearly missed the stealthy addition of Marceline the Vampire Queen to the line.
Inspired by the 1,000-year-old guitar-playing vampire, the limited-edition design captures a different facial expression on each boot (mouth closed on the right, open wide on the left). Joining the previously released Jake and Finn designs, the Marceline boot is available for women, children and toddlers (prices range from $150 to $105).
WeLoveFine knows what time it is, with a new collection of women’s and men’s clothing inspired by Adventure Time.
Designed by WeLoveFine’s Catherine Elhoffer, the brightly colored (and occasionally imaginatively patterned) pieces certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the Land of Ooo. They range from the expected, like the Jake Pocket Hoodie (you kind of have to, right?), to the bold, like the Lady Rainicorn Leggings.
Oh, my glob! When artist/musician Ryan Murphy created those wonderful mashups of Adventure Time and Mad Max: Fury Road, he not only made us smile, he inspired Egor Zhgun to take the concept a step or two further.
Borrowing music and dialogue from one of the Fury Road trailers, the Russian artist brings us “Madventure Time,” an animated parody that once again casts Finn as the Road Warrior, the Ice King as Immortan Joe, Princess Bubblegum as Furiosa, Marceline as the Doof Warrior and Lemongrab as Nux.
It’s perhaps not a stretch to imagine Mad Max: Fury Road‘s wasteland as part of Adventure Time‘s Desert of Doom, and Finn as a sword-wielding Road Warrior and — OK, maybe it’s a bit of a stretch. But the Ice King makes an amazing Immortan Joe in this series of mashups by artist and musician Ryan May.
In “Mad Max v. Adventure Time,” Princess Bubblegum becomes Furiosa, complete with candy arm, while Marceline the Vampire Queen is, of course, transformed into the guitar-wielding, flame-throwing Doof Warrior.
Cartoon Network is setting off in a different direction with its next Adventure Time game, reteaming with Little Orbit for a story-driven 3D adventure that transforms Jake and Finn into detectives.
Developed by Vicious Cycle, Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations sees Pendleton Ward’s beloved characters follow in the footsteps of Finn’s foster parents and become professional investigators. Faced with mysterious disappearances and strange events in the Land of Ooo, players will interrogate its inhabitants, dispatch evil-doers, solve puzzles and explore new and familiar locations.
If you’re planning a trip to the Land of Ooo, it’s important to travel there in style.
Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways, has rolled out its Adventure Time-themed Airbus A-320, emblazoned with Finn, Jake and Princess Bubblegum. The fun doesn’t stop at the exterior, however: As you can see below, inside characters from the beloved Cartoon Network series adorn the headrests, overhead compartments, cups, serving trays and even the air-sickness bags (sorry, Jake).
As cute as Dr. Martens’ new Adventure Time boots are — and make no mistake, they are cute — they pale in comparison to how the venerable British footwear company celebrated the new collaboration: with a bounce mob.
One hundred Dr. Martens and Adventure Time fans dressed as Finn the Human rolled onto London’s Carnaby Street atop Jake the Dog space-hoppers, and, well, hopped, all the way to the Carnaby Street store, which featured a DJ … and the Dr. Martens x Adventure Time collection, naturally.
If you’ve been wishing that Jake, Finn and the rest of the Adventure Time crew would make the leap to LEGO, this may be your chance.
Brick enthusiast aBetterMonkey has submitted a set of 15 brick-built Adventure Time figures to LEGO ideas, where projects that receive 10,000 votes qualify for review and a chance to be transformed into an official LEGO product.
Ahead of the Tuesday release of those limited-edition Adventure Time boots, Cartoon Network and British footwear company Dr. Martens have unveiled a 30-second promo kicking off their partnership, featuring new animation of Finn and Jake.
The spot, which debuted on Footwear News, gives a big push to “Stand For Something,” the Dr. Martens campaign celebrating “free-thinking individuals; from first-timers to those who have been with us forever.” Presumably, Finn and Jake qualify.
If you love food more than you love people, these handmade Adventure Time Oreo necklaces may be for you.
Artist Monika Alexandria sculpts adorable little cookie-shaped pendants of Jake, Finn and Peppermint Butler out of polymer clay, and then hand paints them, meaning no two are alike. She also accepts custom requests, so you could have an entire Adventure Time set, with Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and so on.
Venerable British footwear company Dr. Martens has collaborated with Cartoon Network on a line of limited-edition Adventure Time boots for men and women.
Called, appropriately enough, “Dr. Martens x Adventure Time,” the collection of Finn and Jake boots — there are three designs — is limited to just 1,460 pairs, ranging in price from $130 to $150. They’re available for preorder now for release on March 3.
As the reviews editor for Comic Book Resources, I accumulate a lot of collected editions. For better or worse, trade-waiting has become a part of the comics landscape, but it’s easy to tell when a collection rises above the pack. Whether it’s through superior craftsmanship, incredible bonus material, attention to the little details or a combination of all three, there are always a few trades that rise to the top, and make for an enjoyable reading experience and a fantastic display piece.
Thus, here are a few of my favorite collected editions of 2014, factoring in the strength of the original material, and what makes the collection worth picking up for those that might already own the single issues — ranging from budget-conscious trades up through the incredibly pricey omnibus editions.
Pop culture | Eighty years ago today, Donald Duck was introduced as a supporting character in the animated short “The Wise Little Hen,” part of Walt Disney Productions’ Silly Symphonies series. His comic strip debut came a few months later, in an adaptation of the short by Ted Osborne and Al Taliaferro that ran in Sunday newspapers between Sept. 16 and Dec. 16. To mark the milestone, the National Turk publishes “a love letter to the duck,” while The Telegraph offers 10 surprising facts about the character. [National Turk, The Telegraph]
Political cartoons | The South African cartoonist Zapiro, himself no stranger to controversy, said the Eyewitness News cartoon depicting the South African legislature and the people who voted for them as clowns (and calling the voters “poephols,” or idiots) was a mistake. “I think the EWN cartoonists made a big error in the way they depicted the voters, what they called them and the shadow in the bottom corner, which could be misconstrued as meaning black voters,” he said. “They should have – and the editors of EWN should have – picked it up. But, they have apologised and anything that goes beyond that now is just bandwagoning by politicians.” Meanwhile, a fake Zapiro cartoon made the rounds on social media over the weekend. It’s based on a real 2002 cartoon that showed doctors finding the brain of then-president George W. Bush while giving him a colonoscopy; the fake cartoon substitutes South African President Jacob Zuma, who went into the hospital over the weekend. [Times Live]