Rick and Morty, created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, originated from an animated short for the Channel 101 film festival. Cartoon Network’s late night programming block, Adult Swim, approached Roiland and Harmon to develop a program based on the short. Inspired by the 80's hit Back to the Future, the series follows the misadventures of a cynical mad scientist named Rick, and his easily influenced grandson Morty. The general formula for Rick and Morty consists of two conflicting scenarios: an extremely selfish, alcoholic grandfather dragging his grandson across space for intergalactic and/or interdimensional adventures, intercut with domestic family drama.
In addition to Rick and Morty, both voiced by Roiland, the series features Beth Smith, Rick’s daughter and Morty’s mother (voiced by Sarah Chalke); Jerry Smith, Morty’s father (voiced by Chris Parnell); and Summer Smith, Morty’s older sister (voiced by Spencer Grammer). While the series is primarily centered around the relationship between Rick and Morty, Summer occasionally joins them on their adventures. Meanwhile, Jerry strongly disapproves of Rick’s influence over Morty, while Beth is unperturbed by her father's destructive and reckless tendencies. As this show is produced on Adult Swim, the target audience is older viewers with several jokes involving adult humor or strong language.
The series is currently on its third season, which is scheduled to air during the summer. In addition to the television show, Rick and Morty has spawned several video and tabletop games, as well as an all-new comic series from Oni Press. Both the comic and television series continue to thrill fans worldwide, with many already considering it a cult classic.
Rick and Morty Volume 5 (978-1-62010-416-3, $19.99) is scheduled to release July 2017 alongside the third season of the hit television series. This volume features Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) in collaboration with series artist CJ Cannon in a three-issue story about the despicable Doofus Jerry and his attempt to take over the multiverse. Also included is the uncanny and sinister "Morty Shines," drawn by artist Marc Ellerby, the action-packed return of Tiny Rick in “Honey, I Shrunk The Ricks,” drawn by Kyle Starks.
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