Regular Show is one of Cartoon Network's most popular cartoons and one of my favorite shows of the last couple years. In the simplest of terms it's about two best friends, a blue Jay (Mordecai) and a raccoon (Rigby) who are at the age where they are expected to be adults but that's the last thing on their minds. They have regular problems that usually end up becoming much, much worse -- until it's anything but regular! The humor is unmatched and hits that sweet spot where it's entertaining to anyone, from little kids to fully grown adults. It's absurd and funny and completely endearing.
I got to talk to the creators of the upcoming comic book Regular Show from BOOM! Studios where the first issue will debut May 15 in comic shops everywhere.
Thanks to the rad folks at BOOM! Studios I was able to provide you a four page preview from issue #1 of Regular Show.
The first season of Regular Show is currently on Netflix Instant Queue if you haven't seen it yet and new episodes air every Monday on Cartoon Network on 7 p.m. Central.
Dave: Tell us about yourself.
Allison: My name is Allison Strejlau, and I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011. At my day job I work with comics, I read comics on my commute, and when I go home I draw comics. Comics are literally my life, and yet they always manage to surprise me.
KC: My name's KC Green and I've been drawing comics since third grade. I didn't go to art school, just drew constantly and watched cartoons. I learned a lot of graphic design stuff in college, but mostly spent my money on comic books and graphic novels and what not. I currently do comics and illustration for a living with my side comic Gunshow.
Dave: Creatively speaking, what are you both trying to bring the world of Regular Show?
Allison: I don't think Regular Show is the kind of thing that wants to be clean. That was my first impression of it, so that is the energy I am bringing to the comic. It's clean enough, but at the same time I'm letting it be sort of a controlled mess where it wants to be.
KC: My own weird ideas and a sense of fun. I would like to explore bits of their world more too, side characters and stuff.
Dave: What is it about Regular Show that you think resonates with so many people of different ages groups?
Allison: The characters are ridiculously relatable. I showed an episode to my grandma, and when Benson was yelling at the guys I've never seen her laugh so hard because that is literally her. Benson yells, but it's because he cares a great deal. All the characters have a surprising amount of depth, but at the same time they have these glaring faults that everyone secretly wants to have, so from watching the show you get to almost live vicariously through them. Most of the time I forget it's supposed to be a kid's show.
KC: Yeah, they're relatable on a level that young adults and 20-somethings get, but still fun and goofy for kids. I can see a bit of Rigby in myself, sometimes.
Dave: How does the comic differ from the show, outside of being structured for a 22 page instead of a 11 minute episode?
Allison: Artistically I'm going to be really playing up the awesome sense of pacing KC has written in. It starts off normal and flat just like the episodes do, but when things get insane I'm letting the panels roll with the flow and contribute to the storytelling in that way. Things like playing with perspective and letting my brush roam free. Comics don't move, but I'm using every tool I have to make it feel like the comic has a life of its own.
KC: It's kind of early on to really say, as the writer, but I would like to explore more of the other characters myself, beyond Mordecai and Rigby. And we're actually more structured for 16 pages. We gotta let backup artists and writers have some fun there too.
Dave: Who is your favorite character to draw?
Allison: Rigby is a lot of fun because he's the most expressive of the group and I get to play a bit more.
Who is your favorite character to write?
KC: Same, Rigby.
Dave: Each issue is mainly a self contained story right?
KC: Not yet no. So far I am planning each story to be about two issues long cus that feels like a good length for a Regular Show story to unfold and finish up. There might be some longer ones down the line.
Dave: Anything else you'd like to say?
Allison: I'm just excited and incredibly thankful to have this opportunity. I get to combine my love of comics with my favorite cartoon. I can't ask for much more, but I hope you will enjoy it!
KC: It's cool to kind of get a second chance at Regular Show since I did a storyboard test for it years ago before it started. Plus it's easier to do the comic on the opposite coast the cartoon is produced from, so that is cool too. Moving is not fun.
Dave: Do you know who else likes to ask people interview questions?
Allison: MY MOM!!!!!!!
KC: Her Mom