Popping up online today you can expect multiple websites to be previewing their own sets of exclusive artwork from the new art book Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo. The book publishes in one week on the 14th. Here is a link to the book on Amazon.
Many Meathaus associates have connections to the show. Tom Herpich is one of the early designers and then storyboard artists who helped to shape the show. Jesse Moynihan has been a storyboard artist on the show for most of the seasons so far. Brandon Graham has contributed boards to the latest season. Pen Ward, Phil Rynda and Rebecca Sugar have all been featured in our Go For the Gold! sketchbook anthologies. I wrote and designed this book.
Let’s take our own exclusive look at just some of the piles of concept artwork featured in the book by Tom Herpich.
At the top of this post you’ll see some fashion concepts for Marceline, and everywhere else a slew of wild visual designs for Mannish Man the Minotaur from the season one episode “The Enchiridion!”
The book is full of exciting work like this, often paired with insights from the artists themselves, such as this quote from Tom regarding Mannish Man:
“I think this might be my very first character design—maybe from my first day working on the show. Definitely within the first couple weeks. I didn’t really have much of an idea of what the job really was yet, plus there were some hiccups in the production, so we had a lot of extra time on these first couple episodes. So I think this stuff came from Phil just telling me to go nuts and have fun. I didn’t realize at the time that all this stuff was impossibly complicated, plus strayed so far from the original storyboard drawings that it would’ve all had to be reboarded to use these designs. I think even the final one, after all the far-out stuff had been shot down, ended up being too complex and too far off-board, and needed a lot of retakes in the animation later on. If I got the assignment now, he’d end up looking a lot closer to how he does in the board, for better or worse. This was the problem, this superfluous inventive energy, that eventually got solved by my doing tons of concept drawings for episodes in the works.”
Look at Alex Norris’s comics Dorris McComics which are comics about comics.
There are a handful of episodes on YouTube but user Koros84 has three episodes with pretty good quality video especially embedded here:
A good place to start, episode 11, in which you learn about the shiny pink guy’s internal anatomy:
Here is episode 7, in which the jealous battle for the yellow space cat’s attention between mouse and purple space-cat heats up:
An origin story of sorts is included in episode 1. It is a good thing they got rid of this dead-weight kid sooner or later after this episode:
Check it out Wren McDonald sent Meathaus a package with digital duplicator printed comics, sketchbook and postcard that reads:
“MEATHAUS is always an inspiration. Keep up the good work! ☺︎ -wren”
Thanks Wren. Please keep reading Meathaus websites and books even though it took four months to post you letter. It slipped through our tight set of protocols and methodologies, redundant fail-safes and back-up plans. After languishing in the P.O. box for a month I think it was in that pile over there for a few months. See, the P.O. box is the late-posting-guilt container. It allows letters to pile up there for a bit unseen before getting picked up and hitting the posting pile all at once. That way there isn’t a constant dribble of letters to Meathaus coming in, each one calling out to be read, fondled and appreciated almost always at inappropriate times. Some delays have occurred in timely posting.
But back to your package. Wren sent over PLANTR, What’s In Brick’s Bag, and Channel: a Wren McDonald Sketchbook. PLANTR is my favorite with delightful office scenes and plant-aliens. What’s In Brick’s Bag has a slice of life short story about Brick who lives in this crappy techno future that is really difficult to get around in but contains lots of consumer tech-gadgets that convert matter into different forms and can replicate replicated flowers. See more from Wren on his website and Tumblr where you can read and buy Brick’s Bag and also see a previous Meathaus post.