This July, First Second is publishing the graphic novel adaptation of wildly popular podcast The Adventure Zone, titled Here There Be Gerblins. The Adventure Zone is a live-play D&D podcast starring the three McElroy brothers and their dad. The McElroys have their own unique brand of off-kilter humor and action that’s truly magnetic—the podcast has been downloaded tens of million of times, has spawned sold-out live shows to thousands of fans, spin-offs, a fanzine Kickstarter, and a rabid fan-base.
One of the biggest and most outspoken fans of The Adventure Zone is fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss, who actually wrote the introduction for the graphic novel out of the kindness of his heart and his passion for The Adventure Zone. While First Second were originally just planning to reveal the text of the introduction, the McElroys thought Patrick would do a fantastic job reading it aloud, hence this video, which starts with some wildly funny bloopers…
(Some NSFW language)
SEE! The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure!
READ! Their journey from small-time bodyguards to world-class artifact hunters!
MARVEL! At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in real time!
Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior for an adventure they are poorly equipped to handle AT BEST, guided (“guided”) by their snarky DM, in a graphic novel that, like the smash-hit podcast it’s based on, will tickle your funny bone, tug your heartstrings, and probably pants you if you give it half a chance.
With endearingly off-kilter storytelling from master goofballs Clint McElroy and the McElroy brothers, and vivid, adorable art by Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins is the comics equivalent of role-playing in your friend’s basement at 2am, eating Cheetos and laughing your ass off as she rolls critical failure after critical failure.