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Fans of Dan Harmon’s Adult Swim series Rick & Morty will have even more bad grandparenting and even worse science to look forward to next year, with the announcement at New York Comic Con that the show’s second season will be accompanied by a comic book spinoff.
Starting Spring 2015, Oni Press will release a monthly Rick & Morty series, written by indie creator Zac Gorman, whose previous work includes stints on the comic book versions of Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors and his own Magical Game Time and Costume Quest.
Co-created with Adventure Time’s Justin Roiland, Rick & Morty centers around an alcoholic, irritable inventor (Rick) and his anxious grandson (Morty) and the adventures they share (even if, in Morty’s case, he would be happier if he was somewhere else entirely). The series launched to much acclaim in December last year.
“We’re all huge fans of the show, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to comics,” Oni editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones said in a statement about the new series. “The world Dan, Justin, and their whole crew have built is so wildly imaginative and fun, we’re sure it’ll translate flawlessly.”
Jones said that Gorman’s work “fits so perfectly and is so funny that we’re certain the comics will make a perfect companion to the show. We really can’t wait for folks to see what he’s cooked up.” During the NYCC panel for the show, Roiland told the audience that he and Harmon felt bad after reading Gorman’s scripts, joking that they were better than their own scripts for the show’s second season.
While better-known as a publisher of original work — including Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth Gun, Charles Soule’s Letter 44 and Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series — this isn’t Oni’s first foray into licensed material; the company has previously published Jay and Silent Bob comics, in addition to a series based on Stephen Colbert’s sci-fi parody Tek Jansen.
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