I love the internet.
It’s no news to the fans of Adventure Time that they’ve had a huge influence on that series. But I think it might be almost revolutionary to the uninitiated.
From the minute we posted the original AT short online in 2006 fan art started popping up on Deviant Art and Flickr including the first cosplay and DIY Finn hat; by the time we debuted the show on Cartoon Network in March 2010 we already had 500 pieces of fan art. From one short.
We’ve put up over 7000 posts on the AT tumblr (currently with 79,476 followers, and still growing) and one of them, Natasha Allegri’s PMS Time with Fionna & Cake sparked off an independent uprising of it’s own and soon the creative team had developed a parallel universe that’s so rich an independent set of characters has been turning up in public for months now (thanks to Kris for the photo up above).
It’s beyond my pay grade to tell you where Pen Ward and the AT creative team is going next. But, I can tell you with complete certainty, they’re going there with their fans. And God knows where the fans are going to bring us.