Waiting for new comics to write about is becoming very much like Waiting for Godot these days. Now that I’ve nailed that reference and justified the English degree hanging above the toilet in my bathroom, we can move on.
It seems like EVERY. WEEK. I’m writing about the eventual return of new comics from the larger publishers in a “light at the end of the tunnel” fashion. Well, they’re still a-comin’ but when they arrive it in a virtual trickle instead of the torrent that we’re all waiting for. Still, some new comics is better than no new comics.
Since I waxed rhapsodic about Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated last week I decided to keep the Cartoon Express rolling and write about another cartoon that caught my attention recently…
Infinity Train: Book One
13-year-old Tulip finds herself on a mysterious train with an endless number of cars, each one its own universe, and must find a way to get home.
Way back in 2016 Cartoon Network posted what was essentially the pilot episode (or proof of concept) to their website for what was to become the Infinity Train series and it instantly caught my attention. Then the waiting began.
It wasn’t until March of 2018 that Infinity Train was greenlit for a series and after that, the first episode didn’t premiere until July of 2019. Animation is an excruciatingly long process for both the fans and the creators, I’m sure both camps would argue about who has it worse between the two of them, but the end result is so incredibly worth it.
As near as I can tell, Cartoon Network seems to have a rather creator-friendly approach to making cartoons. Of course, this is all based on random speculation on my part but I couldn’t see shows like Steven Universe or Adventure Time surviving and thriving on any other network than Cartoon Network. That being said, I’m glad that CN chose to take the time to develop Infinity Train instead of just rushing it into production.
For me, Infinity Train ranks right up there with Over The Garden Wall, another Cartoon Network limited series, as one of my all-time favourites. That’s exceedingly high praise from me considering the lengthy list of great cartoons they’ve produced over the years but what has kept me coming back to these shows is that they both are fantastic pieces of art that have something to say. Without getting too deep into spoiler territory, I wasn’t prepared for how REAL Infinity Train was from the beginning and how real Over The Garden Wall ended up being at the end of its run.
Surprisingly, Infinity Train: Book Two premiered back in January a mere six months after Book One had wrapped up which was, for me, incredibly welcome. As of this writing, there’s been no Book Three announcement but since the series has “infinity” in the title and the seasons are being positioned as “books” I could see this series going on for a long time.
The DVD release of Infinity Train: Book One hit shelves a couple of weeks ago (it’s been available digitally for a while) and I made it a point to pick the physical copy for my library. Book One runs about 110 minutes over the course of 10 episodes and there are even some cool bonus features included on the disc. Check it out!