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Rick and Morty Book One


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Zac Gorman is a cartoonist from Detroit, MI, raised on the sacred suburban triumvirate of video games, cartoons, and comic books. He's the creator of the popular webcomic Magical Game TIme and has worked on several animated television series as a storyboard artist and character designer. Zach currently resides in Chicago with his far more talented wife and a furry little monster who most people mistake for a cat.

CJ Cannon is a self-taught artist living in Nashville, Tennessee. When they're not working on comics, outside riding their bike, or drumming, they're almost always in the house drawing fan art.

Ryan Hill lives in North Hills, California and has worked in comics in some form or another for over a decade. He's been coloring for the last few years and hopes he's good at it. He knows Dex tends to roam around Alberta a lot but thinks at some point she should try drinking North around 50th and Division 'cause that's his favorite bar.

Marc Ellerby is a comic book illustrator from the UK. He is probably most known for his work on the Rick and Morty comics from Oni Press and [adult swim]. He has worked with companies such as Disney, Warner Bros., BBC, Hasbro and Cartoon Network. However, he is never as happy when he is drawing his own comics such as Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter or the autobiographical diary comic Ellerbisms.

Nick Filardi grew up in New London, Connecticut listening to Small Town Hero and watching Batman: The Animated Series. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, he colored for Zylonol Studios under Lee Loughridge in Savannah, GA while maintaining the pretense of working an "office" job. He is currently living in Gainesville, Florida with his three-legged dog, DeNiro. You can find his work in Powers, The Victories, and Blink.


"Rick and Morty, the unlikely pair at the heart of the hit Adult Swim cartoon, happily bring their signature blend of brainy sci-fi and surreal, warped mayhem to print. When dissolute genius Rick builds a device to predict the future of the stock market, he and his bumbling teenage grandson, Morty, hit the big time. But time cops catch on to their scheme, and they're sentenced to prison in a torturous labyrinth. That's a tidy metaphor for most Rick and Morty plots, since Rick has his fingers in just about every parallel universe, so moments of sentimentality can easily turn on a dime with an interdimensional leap (and a knowing wink ro the reader), hurtling hapless Morty in myriad disorienting directions. Though readers unfamiliar with the show might be thrown off by the idiosyncratic speech style, it's a pitch-perfect replica of the voice actors' performances, and the artwork, full of exaggerated cartoon shapes and grotesque creatures, expertly mimics the animation. With intelligent plots and lowbrow jokes aplenty, this is tailor-made for older teens." - Booklist "Aside from the normal difficulties inherent in being young, such as school and the trials and tribulations of parents, siblings, and friends, Morty also has to deal with his grandfather Rick, a cracked scientific genius with authority issues. Under Rick's belch-fueled tutelage, the daringly duplicitous duo embark on various outrageous adventures, including making a fortune in the stock market by manipulating multiple universes to ensure maximum profit, getting arrested by time police and sent to a death-maze of Rick's design, and experiencing a haunted campground in the land of dreams. Rick's crazy ideas keep them one step ahead of the problems he instigates, while Morty tries to maintain a level head and survive. Verdict Based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's (adult swim) animated cartoon, Rick and Morty walks a shredding tightrope among slapstick, pathos, and hilarity, with unexpected twists and a healthy sprinkle of nutty sf concepts thrown in for good measure. The anthology nature of the stories means some pieces are stronger than others, but all are imaginative and will appeal to fans of weird sf humor that borders on the psychedelic. Fans of the original series will see new takes on their favorite characters." - Douglas Rednour, Georgia State Univ. Libs., Atlanta"Library Journal "Bottom line, if you love the show, you'll love the comic, and if you've never watched the show, this debut issue will make you want to run out and buy the DVDs as soon as you are humanly able. Oni Press has struck gold with Rick and Morty #1. Zac Gorman, C.J. Cannon, Ryan Hill, and back up artist Marc Ellerby have given audiences, both in and out of know, a solid debut issue chocked with comedy and pathos that can go nowhere but up. Sitcoms are always tricky for comics to really take to, but the breathless insanity and solid emotional core of Rick and Morty may be the latest one that the medium embraces and takes to a whole other crop of fans. To sum it all up, WUB A LUB A DUB DUUUUB!" - Newsarama "Oni's Rick & Morty comic captures the feel of the TV show exactly. Every issue has the same manic-but-meandering style as the best episodes. CJ Cannon's art could be lifted straight from the animation cels. Reading Zac Gorman's dialogue, with each character's familiar tics in place, it's hard not to hear each the actors' voices in your head. With a show as singular as Rick & Morty, getting all that right is a mighty achievement. A perfect imitation doesn't necessarily make for an entertaining read, but luckily, the show's energy translates perfectly to comics, and the team manage to build on it.
The format allows for stories that run between multiple issues, while Marc Ellerby's backups squeeze stories about the rest of the family, exploring their lives outside the B-plot, into a more traditional gag-strip format. Most importantly, it rarely leans on familiar characters and settings for simple fan service. It's as restlessly inventive as the show, taking you to new worlds and letting Rick and Morty be as awful as ever within them." - Comics Alliance "I'd definitely suggest you buy this if you are a fan of the two loveable idiots because it embodies everything that is great about the Adult Swim show.Rick and Morty is here to stay, so I suggest that you become acquainted with it." - We the Nerdy "If Rick and Morty isn't in your comic book collection by now, then you are missing out on one outrageous and dynamic tale! The series is taking off fast and there is still time to jump onto this chaotic ship before it gets too deep into space. Plenty of laughs await you, and trust me when I tell you that you won't be disappointed." - Junkie Monkeys

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