Work Before Creation: An Adventure Time Lesson

Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #2 (from Boom! Studios) features an eight-page back-up story by my favorite Faith Erin Hicks. In “Grumpy Butt”, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline need to figure out how to find red (which Marceline eats, in a kid-friendly way to portray a vampire) in a world of nothing but blue. There are a lot of silly, clever ideas in it, but my favorite part was this panel:

Adventure Time panel by Faith Erin Hicks

In it, robot Kevin is told that creativity is something for after work gets done. Which sounds kind of like a downer, except that it’s teaching readers to pay attention to responsibilities before wallowing in being an artist. (In this particular case, anyway.) Especially when other people are depending on you for food or other necessities. It’s a very practical approach to life. I have no idea if it’s faithful to the Adventure Time characters, but I liked the idea of showing kids that there should be a balance between what you have to do and what you want to do.

Earlier, Kevin says, “Kevin wanted to paint the colors the music made him feel.” He’s a very emo robot, which is part of the funny-but-touching.

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