Rick & Morty: In the Eye(s) of the Beholder*
If you drew a Venn diagram of Rick and Morty fans and devotees of Dungeons and Dragons, the granddaddy of all tabletop role playing games, we suspect there'd be a respectable overlap.
In which case we have good news: Rick and Morty are going on a dungeon crawl. Or something like that.
This past Sunday at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, IDW Publishing and Oni Press announced a crossover between Oni's Rick and Morty comic book and Dungeons & Dragons in a brand-new four-issue comic book series.
The series will be written by Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicles) and Jim Zub (The Avengers, Wayward) with art by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little (Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—get a taste at right).
"I love Rick and Morty with a powerful love, and I’ve played D&D since the 5th grade," said Rothfuss. "So when they approached me about writing a story with both of them together? That’s some serious you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut butter $#!& right there. I’m in. I’m all the way in. I’m gettin' that chocolate all up in the peanut butter. Like, deep in. All the way in. It’s going to be sticky and delicious."
In the story, currently set to debut in August, Morty goes to Rick for help learning about Dungeons & Dragons, which all his cool schoolmates are playing. Naturally, things go horribly wrong as Rick, Morty, and the whole Smith family find themselves on an epic quest with no escape in sight.
"The Dungeons & Dragons crew is letting Pat and I open a Pandora’s Box of insane adventure material and iconic creatures from the granddaddy of all tabletop role-playing games," said Zub. "I wish I could say we’ll take good care of it, but, the simple truth is, this is Rick and Morty we’re talking about. No fantasy world or otherworldly plane of existence is safe."
Check out Oni Press' Rick and Morty comic book wherever comics are sold, and keep an eye out for the crossover series in August.
*Did you see what we did there, with that title? Old school D&D cred, here.