BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon are partnering on a new Rocko's Modern Life comic book series based on the hit animated series of the same name starring everyone’s favorite wallaby. Writer Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Ian McGinty will be the first creative team to work on the series, which kicks off in December 2017. According to an official press release, each issue will also feature bonus short stories by different illustrators, including Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), KC Green (Invader Zim), and David DeGrand (SpongeBob Comics).
An official description for the series reads: "Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, Filburt, the Bigheads, and the entire cast of O-Town are back, but all is not well. The town is facing a job shortage and Rocko is hit hard. With unemployment and potential homelessness on the horizon, Rocko’s problems are just beginning. But with help from his best friends Heffer and Filbert and his faithful dog Spunky, Rocko is (mostly) ready to take on the world (maybe)."
“ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE was one of the standout series for me growing up, as it really struck a chord with me in how similar it was to my own sensibilities and sense of humor, even at that younger age,” Ferrier said in a statement. “Working on this series, especially knowing how incredible Ian is going to make it, has made me an even bigger fan.”
McGinty added, "Fans are gonna be pretty blasted away by how well the new comic blends ’90s nostalgia with modern sentiment, and a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque vibe that I find really, really cool.”
Rocko's Modern Life #1 features a main cover by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time Comics), a “look-and-find” cover by Bachan (Bill & Ted Save the Universe), and a variant cover by Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects). Take a look at each cover below.
Created by Joe Murray, Rocko's Modern Life ran for 52 episodes from 1993-1996. A TV special was recently announced, which is set to debut on Nickelodeon in 2018.
Releasing under BOOM!'s all-ages KaBOOM! imprint, Rocko's Modern Life #1 hits stands in December.