Boom! Studios, the company behind the comic book adaptations of "The Greatest Cartoon Ever" Adventure Time have revealed a slew of Seattle specific comic book cover variants that will be exclusively available at the Emerald City Comicon starting March 28. The best one by far is the image above by Ian McGinty—a rendering of baby Finn posed to resemble the cover of Nirvana's classic Nevermind.
Rumors have been floating around that Adventure Time's post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo and Seattle might be the same place. The conjecture comes from an easter egg hidden in issue #1 of the Adventure Time comic from Boom!, which depicts Seattle's Elephant Car Wash sign buried under the rubble of a deep ravine. At last year's ECCC, Braden Lamb, a Seattle native who works as an artist on the Adventure Time comics, revealed he drops Seattle easter eggs throughout the series.
I talked to Ian McGinty, the creator of the Finn/Nirvana image, about Adventure Time's potential Seattle crossover:
1) Does Finn have any secret Seattle ties? This panel from one of the AT comics has the city's famous Elephant Car Wash sign hidden in the post-apocalyptic subterranean remains of Ooo. I've heard one of the artists who works on the comic is from Seattle, any other Easter Eggs you could reveal?
Look. You trying to start trouble? Huh?! HUH?!?! YEAH, YOU! I'M TALKING TO YOU!! What Finn does, eh, ain't my problem... maybe he's got some ties to Seattle, maybe he don't. DON'T PUSH ME. Hey, allright, okay. The guy's a warrior, a fighting machine, who am I to judge? Dude's got secrets I can't even comprehend. What I can say is BMO 's got some major ties in...nope, nope, can't do it. Too much. Listen, you seem like a good egg, and LSP's the boss and...oh, oh no...I've said too much...whoa, hey, back off, I didn't say nothin'! I swear!! Braden Lamb! He's the guy! And Shelli! Wait, help, I've said too much and-
2) Finn is, of his own accord "a tough tootin' baby." What do you think is grungier, Finn's underwater baby farts, or Nirvana?
There is no doubt in my mind that Nirvana is grungier than some weird baby's underwater farts. On the other hand, I'm pretty much convinced baby Finn could annihilate David Grohl in a "who would look better dressed as a flight attendant" contest. "Learn To Fly" is a good video but c'mon man, where's the rubbery dog and vampire queen, not to mention some wack airplane sword? Um, how about the candy people? A talking peppermint candy? Giant farmhouse albino? Shame on you, Dave, shame on you.
3) Do you imagine that Marceline likes Nirvana, Bikini Kill, or Pearl Jam more?
Marceline. Wow. Probably the smartest woman I've ever met. Her tastes in music are wide and varied. Here's the deal: Marceline loves Foo Fighters, Cibo Matto and Bikini Kill, not to mention Beastie Boys, No Doubt, and The Smiths! And check this! Polysics, Queen, Regina Skektor, Fiona Apple and the entire 1980 Popeye movie soundtrack. She's nuts, man. But, hey, she's my hero. What can ya do.