Meet Your New Neighbor
Ryan Ferrier and Ian McGinty continue BOOM! Studios’ partnership with Nickelodeon with all-new stories about everyone’s favorite wallaby! When Rocko faces unemployment, a terrible living situation, and increasingly slim job prospects, he is forced to find out just how far he is willing to go to get a job.
We sat down with Ryan Ferrier and Ian McGinty to find out what they loved most about this 90s classic!
Are you a big fan of Rocko’s Modern Life? What’s it like working on a comic for a show you watched as a kid?
Ferrier: I am definitely a huge fan; when the opportunity to work on this series came around, I lost my cool! Growing up, Rocko’s was always one of my favorites, so to help usher in a new iteration of this world, especially alongside Ian who is one of my favorite artists, is a pretty big honor.
McGinty: Absolutely. Rocko’s was included in a television line-up on Nickelodeon that started right when I got home from school, so I’d do my homework while watching Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats and Doug, plus David the Gnome (that was on PBS, so I could trick my mom into thinking I was learning). Rocko’s was by far the strangest of the three on Nick and, therefore, my favorite. It’s pretty bizarre to be working on the comic, and I’ve worked on a lot of comics based on TV series, but this has to be the best possible scenario. Getting to work with Ryan AND the Rocko’s gang? C’mon!
What adventures are Rocko and his friends up to in this new series?
Ferrier: We’re telling a modern story, just as the title suggests, and we start in O-Town after the same passage of time since the show; so as creators, we’ve aged just as the characters have, and Rocko and co. are facing a whole new set of challenges that they could only have now. That being said, we have some absolutely wild things planned for everyone, and nothing is off the table!
McGinty: Our dive into the world of O-Town focuses on the challenges of being a holdover from a different era. Rocko and his pals are swept into the 21st Century and Rocko has to deal with the challenges that we all, mostly, take for granted; cell phones, 3D printers, new tech based jobs, these are all things completely unknown to Rocko, and he and Heffer and Filburt and Spunky and everyone gotta learn to cope with it all or else.
Who do you relate to the most in Rocko’s Modern Life? The least?
Ferrier: I’m about 75% Rocko and 25% Filburt; a fatty cut of fleeting optimism and misfortune seared with a crust of paranoia.
McGinty: Definitely Ralph Bighead, Ed Bighead’s son, a manic/depressive creator of a super popular animated series based on his parents. I’ve literally done that. I even look like him. I can’t really say there’s a character I DON’T relate to in Rocko’s Modern Life, but if I had to pick I’d say Really Really Big Man because his nipple powers are pretty gross.
If you were stranded on a deserted island with one character from Rocko’s Modern Life, who would you want it to be and why?
Ferrier: Spunky, without a doubt!. A dog is the greatest companion one could ever have on a desert island. I feel like anyone else would get really annoyed with me before first nightfall; it wouldn’t end well.
McGinty: Probably Peaches, ’cause it would be a lot more fun, though I guess I could also eat the entire cast of Wacky Delly.