Available December 7: ‘Rick and Morty vs. Cthulhu Part 1: The Whisperer In The Dorkness’

ONI PRESS AND WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS ENTERS THE LOVECRAFT DIMENSION WITH THE NEW RICK AND MORTY™ MINISERIES

Just when you thought Cthulhu was all played out in the pop culture ecosystem!

September 20, 2022 (PORTLAND, OR): The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Adult Swim, announces the launch of a new Rick and Morty™ miniseries, Rick and Morty™ vs. Cthulhu Part 1: The Whisperer in the Dorkness, available December 7, 2022. This first installment in the four-part miniseries travels down Lovecraft’s rabbit hole, reuniting the Eisner-nominated creative team from Rick and Morty™ vs. Dungeons and Dragons—writer Jim Zub, illustrator Troy Little, colorist Leonardo Ito, and letterer Crank!. Rick and Morty™ vs. Cthulhu Part 1: The Whisperer in the Dorkness will feature a cover by Troy Little, with five variants by Zander Cannon (Kaijumax, Heck), Marc Ellerby (Rick and Morty™, Dr. Who), Jim Zub , Julieta Colás (Rick and Morty™, Invader Zim) and Ryan Lee (Archer & Armstrong, Rick and Morty™). Rick and Morty vs. Cthulhu will be available in comic book stores around the world and online.

Rick and Morty™ fans have spent the last few years speculating about the nearly century-old cosmic villain, as every episode’s opening credits feature a quick glimpse of Cthulhu and, more recently, “Baby Cthulhu” in the end credits.

Creator Jim Zub

“Lovecraft’s horror has been around for decades because it asks important questions like ‘Does humanity matter in the face of an unfeeling, unknowable universe?'” says creator Jim Zub. “Rick and Morty ask equally pertinent questions about ourselves, our existence, and the idiots who create our pop culture, so I thought it was time to put peanut butter on that chocolate and take a big bite.”

Returning to the creative well is Troy Little. Says Zub, “Troy is one of the absolute best cartoonists in comics. His ability to take every over-the-top moment I write and translate it into amazing pages full of humor and emotion made Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons and its sequel a great success. Now we’re back for a third interdimensional exit, but this one is even messier than before. Troy’s twist on Lovecraft’s cosmic horror stories will bust guts and break minds. You’re not prepared.”

Illustrator Troy Little

“…If you’re reading this, I’ve already succumbed to the madness,” shares illustrator Troy Little. “As a comic book artist, I believed I had an innate ability to deal with madness, but the depth of horror I was forced to illustrate has tested my limits. I just hope this warning reaches you in time. If you have access to a portal gun, feel free to flee to any other dimension.”

Little warns of co-creator Jim Zub: “Her phosphor yellow eyes…I still see them in my daydreams. The words are written in cryptic symbols that only I can understand. I am compelled to draw these unspeakable beasts and bear witness to the fate of Rick and Morty. This madman the ancients call ZUB weaves a tale so wet you can feel it. For this wordsmith, he would sacrifice my sanity. All for ZUB”.

Synopsis

What could be worse than an off-planet sugar deal gone wrong? Traveling through a Lovecraftian hellscape with the Smith family as they battle cosmic sentient color and racist fish-people? That can’t be right…

Welcome to Rick Sanchez’s school of how to do shit! And that poor bastard Jerry declares “everything smells of cinnamon and sadness” in this Lovecraftian epic.

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About the creators

jim zub

Jim Zub is a writer, artist, and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past 20 years, he has worked for a wide range of publishing, film and video game clients, including Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network and Bandai-Namco. He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and a professor who teaches drawing and storytelling courses in Seneca College’s award-winning animation program. His current comic projects include Conan the Barbarian, the monthly adventures of Robert E. Howard’s legendary sword and sorcery hero, Dungeons & Dragons™, the official comic series of the world’s most popular tabletop role-playing game, and Stone Star, a space-fantasy adventure set in a traveling gladiator arena.

little Troy

Troy Little, a three-time Eisner, Ringo and Harvey Award nominee, has worked with IDW, Oni Press and Top Shelf on books including the award-winning adaptation of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Rick and Morty™ vs. Dungeons & Dragons™, The Powerpuff Girls™, Ronin Ragdolls radically rearranged with Kevin Eastman, as well as his creator-owned books, Chiaroscuro, and the Angora Napkin series. He lives in PEI, Canada.

Leonardo Ito

For over 12 years, Leonardo Ito has brought worlds to life by coloring properties like Batman Animated, TMNT, The Powerpuff Girls™, Rick and Morty™, and Sonic the Hedgehog™, among many others. Japan, technology and racing games are some of the things he doesn’t shut up about. If you don’t believe him, ask his wife.

christopher crank

Christopher Crank (Crank!) has written lyrics to a host of books published by Image, Dark Horse, Oni Press, Dynamite and elsewhere. He also has a podcast with comic book artist Mike Norton and members of Four Star Studios in Chicago (crankcast.com) and makes music (sonomorti.bandcamp.com). Catch him on Twitter: @ccrank and Instagram: ccrank

About Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty is the Emmy Award-winning half-hour hit animated comedy series on Adult Swim that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on incredibly dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez lives with her daughter Beth’s family and constantly takes her, her son-in-law Jerry, her granddaughter Summer and her grandson Morty on intergalactic adventures.

Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland (Solar Opposites), Sarah Chalke (Firefly Lane), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), and Spencer Grammer (Greek). The series is created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Roiland, who also serve as executive producers.

Rick and Morty was the #1 sitcom on all of US cable in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Since its release, Rick and Morty ranks as one of the best series on HBO Max, both domestically and globally. Lifetime to date, Rick and Morty has been viewed more than 10 billion times worldwide, in linear, digital and streaming formats.

Following its world premiere beginning September 4, new episodes of Rick and Morty will debut in the US on Sundays at 11:00 pm ET/PT on Adult Swim. Seasons 1-5 are currently available on HBO Max.

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