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NYCC: “Rick & Morty” Travel Into Comics With Oni Press

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NYCC: “Rick & Morty” Travel Into Comics With Oni Press

In its first season, the adult swim sci-fi insanity of “Rick and Morty” earned critical accolades, and with Season 2, the show will also receive an Oni Press comic.

Today at New York Comic Con, it was announced that the indie publisher will bring a four-color version of the Dan Harmon/Justin Roiland series out in the new year (via The Hollywood Reporter). The comic will be written by Zac Gorman – known to readers for his contributions to similarly twisted animated tie-in comics like “Adventure Time.”

“Rick and Morty” explores a Back To the Future-esque series of adventures lived by the titular crotchety scientist and his troublesome grandson. CBR TV spoke with Harmon and Roiland at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego for an inside view of how the show works.

“What appeals to me about the grandson is he makes the grandpa feel a little more palatable,” said Harmon. “The thing that appeals to me about the grandpa is everything that appeals to me about Justin’s work, which is it makes a really good metaphor for — call it mental illness, call it creativity, whatever it is that’s wrong with us that makes stuff, I like characters that are so smart they’re crazy, so smart they can’t function. Rick is a sociopath, he’s an alcoholic, he has such bigger fish to fry cosmically speaking, that human beings are relatively worthless to him — especially their emotions. It’s a really resonant character.

“It’s like the relationship between Doctor Who and a companion. There’s a lot of — and I don’t know how it happened — there’s so much British-ness about the show. No one in it is British or anything, but the sensibility feels like my favorite stuff growing up, like ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’ It seems to be a very British thing to create characters that are incredibly smart and incredibly socially challenged — characters that indoctrinate innocence into relativity and do so with a lot of tough love.”

Watch the full video below, and stay tuned for more news out of NYCC 2014 on CBR.

Official Press Release

October 11, 2014 (Portland, OR) – Rick and Morty are taking their interdimensional adventures through time and space into a whole new sphere: comic books. Beginning in spring 2015, Oni Press will create a monthly comic book series based on the popular animated series that airs on Adult Swim.

Since its debut in 2013, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s RICK AND MORTY has become one of the most critically acclaimed, feverishly watched shows on television. The insane adventures of impressionable, endearingly clueless teenager Morty and his sociopathic scientist grandfather Rick have given rise to an insatiable fan base, not to mention a top-rated series after its first season run on the network.

So, of course, bringing RICK AND MORTY to comics is kind of a no brainer.

Written by Zac Gorman (Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, Magical Game Time), the RICK AND MORTY comics promise to be a monthly injection of the darkly frenetic, gut-punishingly hilarious brilliance that millions have come to relish on television.

“We’re all huge fans of the show, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to comics,” said Oni Press’ Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones. “The world Dan, Justin, and their whole crew have built is so wildly imaginative and fun, we’re sure it’ll translate flawlessly. On top of that, the stuff Zac is doing 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.”

While there are more details yet to be announced, it’s safe to say 2015 is going to be a great year for fictional super science and unchecked substance abuse!

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