Lovefool 01.20.14 | Off to Very Distant Lands

It only took three years, but Lovefool finally gets around to writing about one of her favoritest things in the history of ever: Adventure Time.





Nerdlings, I am so sorry. I might have been too hungover to write last weekend. And then I had Cube Plague. And I’m late because I still had Cube Plague and was just all tired and then I had to go to work because I don’t have a fancy job that would let me have today off. So I went to work, was busy, and then I had to go fight with Dr. Katz about the nature of forgiveness and my boundary issues, god, always with my boundary issues. Then I had to come home and watch Adventure Time and then I realized OH, MY GLOB, WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT ADVENTURE TIME!
Adventure Time, if you’ve been hanging out under a rock, is a story about Earth in a hot minute after we’ve…well, things got hot and it was the end of the world as we know it. Nature is a pesky thing, however, and as long as there’s a little bit of this rock left, it seems she’ll do what she wants. And that’s what Adventure Time is about—the absurdity and weird beauty of Earth after it ceases to be recognizably our world and dogs and candy start talking. Amidst all this, a long time from now, one little boy (-ish) appears or is mutated, it’s never really explained satisfactorily, and is found in the woods by a dog in a fedora and his also-canine wife.
The show is absolutely one of my very favorite things. So much so, in fact, that my birthday party last weekend was Candy Kingdom themed. Well, there was a lot of pink food and flavored vodka. Oh, and I cosplayed as an Adventure Time character and my friend came in a pretty rad candy-accessorized outfit. Anyway, I digress. The Candy Kingdom, found in the Land of Ooo, is ruled by a fairly uptight thousand-year-old sentient candy princess/scientist/lunatic, who has always looked 19 and will always look 19, except for once when there was an incident. For reals. Its inhabitants are, surprise, surprise, all made of candy. By their princess, for the most part, some under questionable circumstances. This land (and the rest of Ooo) is championed by Finn the Human and Jake the Dog, who were raised as brothers by the aforementioned dapper canine couple, and just go around looking for trouble and people to rescue all day. They’re also pretty into making sandwiches and looking out for each other. Jake is in a relationship with Lady Rainicorn, a…well, she’s a horse luck dragon? Really, she’s just a rainicorn and you’ll have to Google it. There’s about a thousand princesses, all indicated by their gems, and a mad Ice King and his penguin pet, Gunter, who is the cutest thing ever. There’s a Vampire Queen who is hiding from her responsibilities in the Nightosphere, where her dad rules…for now, anyway. And there’s some flirting and a little bit of romance and a fair bit of innuendo, making this the best kids show for adults ever, in the universe, end of discussion.
Naturally, I ship Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen, who are regularly hinted at as a thing but never ever quite confirmed. (Except the once and everyone freaked out and there was mega backtracking and whatever, I still believe it in my heart, Cartoon Network.) Princess Bubblegum and Marceline have both been around for a thousand years, give or take a few, and there’s history there. But we never quite find out what that entails, just that there’s some tetchiness and a bit of regret and lots of little hints. Finn, sadly, has a crush on Princess Bubblegum for quite a while but it’s one of those doomed things that’s never going to work because she’s 1000-going-on-19 and he’s way too young for her, which is still a thing that matters and that’s okay. It really, really is.
Fortunately, there are a lot of princesses in Ooo and Finn finds one a little closer to have an actual relationship with. And it’s adorbs, like, heart-squishingly so, even when she sets him on fire by accident. Which happens a lot since she’s Flame Princess. There’s also gender-swapped versions of Finn and Jake named Fionna and Cake, which are the stars of the Ice King’s fanfiction in the television show. They don’t get much airtime in the cartoon but, stay with me here, BOOM! Studios has put out a lot of Adventure Time comics in alternate continuity, which is to say…they’re just that kind of a thing but not the thing most viewers know and not always necessarily solidly part of the same storyline? But it could be part of the same story? Either way, that thing is AWESOME.
Fionna the Human and Cake the Cat get their very own miniseries in the BOOM! books, which is fabulous because they’re great. Natasha Allegri, who works on the cartoon and created the characters, wrote and illustrated that series. Marceline’s band goes on tour, managed by Princess Bubblegum, in Marceline and the Scream Queens, written and illustrated by Meredith Gran of Octopus Pie. The flagship comic, the main Adventure Time book, is helmed by Ryan North, who you may know from his amazing Dinosaur Comics webstrip and features an epic future battle pretty early on in things, which is always awesome. And, whoa but there are a million gorgeous covers and b-stories done by fantastic indie artists. You’ve probably seen them on Tumblr. We’ve all probably seen them on Tumblr.
I really wish that I could somehow tap you on the forehead, dear nerdling, and communicate how awesome Adventure Time is if you’re not already aware. The thing about the Land of Ooo is that everyone has a friend, everyone has somewhere to go. Some people have more-than-friends and SOME PEOPLE JUST PINE AND WEAR SECRET CONCERT T-SHIRTS AND HAVE PHOTOS TACKED UP IN THEIR CUPBOARD, AHEM. But whatever. No one is ever truly alone forever in Ooo, unless they’re horrible and, even then, there’s always a chance at redemption. Unless you’re really bad or made of grass or coincidentally in a scary, evil dungeon and not in obvious need of rescue, in which case you’re toast. | Erin Jameson

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