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Comics for Fionna and Cake Fans

Alain McAlister

So, you watched Fionna and Cake. It was incredible, heart strings pulling, and lovely! It felt amazing to have new universes and spin offs to adventure in. But the show has ended – now what?? You still crave new stories, new hijinks with the same vibes. Well, you’re in luck, because I’m in the exact same boat and have sought out great reads to satisfy the need for more! Here are some recommendations for fans of Fionna and Cake, Adventure Time, and all of its spin off stories.

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The First Cat In Space Ate Pizza book coverThe First Cat In Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett (he/him) and Shawn Harris (he/him)

The rats in space are EATING the moon! That means it’s time to activate Project 47. The fate of the whole world rests on our famed hero… a cat? In a spacesuit? Who only meows? Teamed up with a robot whose purpose is to clip toenails and the queen of the moon, the gang attempts to save the galaxy from the dark side of the moon. With a perilous journey and lots of pizza, will our heroes be able to save the world?

With fantastic pacing/comedic paneling, this moon book is funny, exciting, and cute. The art is gorgeous, with a textured, luscious, and alive quality. This story is a fun read, and the amount of puns kept me giggling throughout the entire thing. I’d definitely recommend this for everyone; it’s a great read by yourself or can be shared with the kiddos in your life. It totally has the vibes of earlier seasons of Adventure Time.

PLUS Book Two, Soup of Doom, is out now!


Bug Boys book coverBug Boys by Laura Knetzger (she/her)

Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own — sometimes confusing and complicated — thoughts and feelings. In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town’s popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites! Join these two best bug buddies as they go above and beyond for each other and the friends they meet in their adventures.

These two really feel like Adventure Time protagonists. Their dynamic is so great, and their world takes on a life of its own with mysteries at every turn. The two of them wander around, solving problems and making journeys every chapter, so this is a great read to either knock out in an afternoon or read as a section at a time!


skip book coverSkip by Molly Mendoza (they/she)

A colorful, unpredictable post-apocalyptic world comes alive in Skip when two unlikely friends, Bloom and Gloopy, find themselves tossed from dimension to dimension. Gloopy is running toward adventure, and away from their home and friends who don’t understand their creative talent. Bloom is desperately trying to return home to their lake, and avoid the terrible violence of the city. Instead, both Bloom and Gloopy find what they need in each other, and bravely return home to challenge their fears and create beauty in their own worlds.

This comic is another world of weirdness and magic that really calls back to the vibes of Adventure Time. With beautiful character designs and illustrations, this story sweeps you up and draws you along in the emotional journey of trying to change or return home. These two protagonists really feel like Adventure Time characters.


The Many Deaths of Lalia Starr book coverThe Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V (he/him)

Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality. As a result, the avatar of Death is cast down to Earth to live a mortal life in Mumbai as twenty-something Laila Starr. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born. Will Laila take her chance to stop mankind from permanently altering the cycle of life, or will death really become a thing of the past? A powerful new graphic novel from award-winning writer Ram V (These Savage Shores, Swamp Thing) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying through the lens of magical realism.

This comic is wonderful. Questioning mortality while creating a corporate structure of the gods, this narrative says a lot about our world that prioritizes productivity and capitalism over connection and our understanding of death. The characters feel like an extension of Prismo and the Scarab’s dynamic, with snarky dialogue and goofs. (This was one of my favorite reads from this summer too!)


Grog the Frog book coverGrog the Frog by Alba BG (she/her) and Davilorium (he/him)

Every summer, Grog the Frog forgets to celebrate the most important magic ritual of the year: the Perseids harvest. But this year will be different. The eternally grumpy wizard will travel to forsaken mystical mountains and complete the magical rites. Will Grog be able to put order in chaos and fulfill his purpose? Or wait, perhaps Grog would prefer chaos? He’s supposed to be the lord of chaos, isn’t he? Either way, it will be epic! All hail Grog!

Betty let me borrow her copy of this book, and we truly gushed over it. The story is silly, confusing, and weird in the best way. With the slang, banter, and use of “fools”, this book immediately feels like it fits into the Adventure Time world. The art style is amazing and unique, with great character designs. I want to draw every character from this comic, much like how I want to draw every single spin off character in Fionna and Cake!


Cosmoknights book coverCosmoknights by Hannah Templer (she/her)

For this ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.

Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn’t even matter that Tara was a princess… until one day it very much did matter, and Pan had to say goodbye forever. Years later, when a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators show up on her doorstep, she finds that life may not be as small as she thought. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down.

This book is set in a galaxy where princesses are won like prizes in hugely broadcasted jousts (Ice King would LOVE it). Even though the public rallies around the competitions, there are some in the shadows working on its downfall. While being deeply political, the story is also lovely and moving, with great characters and relationships. The main character, Pan, feels very Fionna adjacent, with a fire for making things right and going on adventures (even if it feels like they aren’t very well equipped for them). They will fight for their loved ones and defend the greater good!


Flavor Girls book coverFlavor Girls by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky (he/him)

Naoko, Camille, and V are the FLAVOR GIRLS, Sacred Fruit Guardians of Earth! They defend the earth from the threat of ever-looming Agarthians, whose motives regarding earth and humanity are still unknown. Sara, just a U.N. applicant trying her best to help, finds herself in over her head when she’s thrown into this crisis in a way she never could have imagined! As the Flavor Girls hone their sacred fruit powers with their master Himiko, can their newest member help them save the planet from impending destruction?

I just KNOW Fionna would be all over this comic. With magical girls based on foods, a risk of planetary disaster, and amazing character dynamics, there really isn’t anything that could disappoint in this story. This series is still relatively new and I think more people should be talking about it, so definitely check it out if you’re into magical girl stories (and if you’re not too!).


On a Sunbeam book coverOn a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (she/her)

A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love–only to learn the pain of loss. With interwoven timelines and stunning art, award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden creates an inventive world, breathtaking romance, and an epic quest for love.This comic has a special place in my queer little heart. With characters lost and in search of purpose, this story really draws you into an epic journey where you explore ruins and from a time long forgotten. The characters really feel like Adventure Time characters; much like Simon, they seem relatively simple and easy to understand until you learn more about their past.


Some of my past recommendations that also fit this vibe:

Fangs by Sarah Andersen (she/her)
Accursed Vampire by Madeline McGrane (she/her)
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (she/her)
Girl Juice by Benji Nate (she/her)

Happy adventuring, fools!
-Your friend Alain