Bill and Ted’s Most Excellent Adventure TP Evan Dorkin 1st print SLG


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Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Adventures Volume 1
by Evan Dorkin (Author, Artist)

Slave Labor is totally stoked to announce the first of two volumes collecting the Eisner-award nominated series originally published by Marvel Comics in the early 90’s, chronicling the fully awesome further exploits of those two trippy time-traveling troubadours, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan.

This volume contains the Bogus Journey movie adaptation and issues 1-4, featuring zombies, aliens, assassins, some dude named Satan, and most non-non-heinous of all — record industry executives!
It’s not just excellent, it’s totally excellent!

Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: SLG

It’s really never going to be possible to explain how this short series, which began as simply a tie-in to the second movie before taking on a life of its own, still remains one of the funniest comics (if not, dare I say it, THE funniest) I have ever read in my whole stinkin’ life. Take the rolling-on-the-foor dialogue from Calvin & Hobbes, the mind-warping sci-fi illogicity of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the classic screwball physicality of Plastic Man, the scribbled-in-the-margins punk rock freneticism of Tank Girl, and then DON’T name it after a silly 80’s stoner time-travel comedy, and you’d sort of get why this is so good, despite all the obvious reasons that even its creator insists it shouldn’t be. All this, and you also have to keep in mind that it was ONE guy writing and drawing this book against a monthly deadline.

And if none of that convinces you, maybe the fact that the cooler-than-thou folks at Slave Labor saw fit to republish the entire run twenty years later might.

But what do I know? I’m just some schmoe who likes Bill and Ted’s Excellent Comic Book.

In 2010, Reeves indicated that Matheson and Solomon were working on a script for a third film.

Reeves gave an update on the film in February 2017 during an interview on The Graham Norton Show saying the story was written and discussed the plot of the film. “Basically, they’re supposed to write a song to save the world, and they haven’t done that. The pressure of having to save the world, their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them, and then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don’t write the song it’s just not the world, it’s the universe. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart” Reeves said. During the New York City Comic Convention, Reeves revealed that the title will be Bill & Ted Face the Music.

Solomon, speaking to Digital Spy in January 2018, said of the film’s long pre-production period:

We have a script that we really are proud of, that we worked very hard on, that we’ve done many iterations of – and we did it on spec, meaning we spent years working on it because we wanted to get it right, creatively. This is not, ‘Hey let’s all cash-in on the Bill & Ted thing for money’ – this is the opposite. This is, ‘We love these characters, they’ve been with us for our whole lives’ – Chris and me, and Alex and Keanu – and we wanted to visit them again as middle-aged men. We thought it would be really fun, and funny, and sweet.

Solomon further stated that they have had issues getting financing for the film as those they have approached want to see a reboot of Bill & Ted, rather than a sequel, and had also expressed concerns that since the first film was not distributed internationally, there would not be a large audience for this film. Solomon said that elements of the script would see the middle-aged Bill & Ted revisiting events of the first film, such as watching their interactions outside of the Circle K. Solomon confirmed that they have Steven Soderbergh aboard for production of the film, along with Scott Kroopf, who produced the original films. They also have planned for William Sadler to return as the Grim Reaper.

Pre-production of Face the Music was started in May 2018, with both Reeves and Winter confirmed to return to reprise their roles. The United States distribution will be handled by MGM under their Orion Pictures label. The international distribution rights are expected to be determined during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, with Bloom Media negotiating these rights.

Near mint, 1st print.