The Moore American


October 6, 2010

Local comic artist has strip on the Web

MOORE — Imagine waking up in the middle of the night by a bright flash and loud bang. You get out of bed and find a large can of beans in the middle of the floor.

Excited because you are a little hungry and beans are nutritious, then out of the can pops Kung Fu Bean, a martial artist wearing a flag of Japan for a head band, and he’s ready to take on the world.

Kung Fu Bean is the creation of Moore comic artist Michael Adams, and Viper Comics out of Dallas has picked up the comic on its website.

Once 45 pages of the strip are published on the website, they will be published in a book. Adams also would like to see Kung Fu Bean become an animated series.

The Bean was born in 1999 when Adams was doodling and the sketch developed from there. Then “Kung Fu Panda” came out and Adams was mad.

“I tried to come up with a better name,” Adams said. “But kept coming back to it because it’s who he is. Once you read it, you know it is nothing like ‘Kung Fu Panda’.”

He has three daughters, ages 5, 9 and 11, and he wanted a kid-friendly story to go with the drawing.

Kung Fu Bean is dejected trash from a space shuttle. The can of generic beans, banana peel, half eaten apples, drift off in space when a flash of lightning heats up the beans and compresses them into one large super strong bean. He is skilled in all forms of martial arts.

Adams took Tae Know and Kung Fu as a child and two of his children have their blue belts in Tae Kwon Do. His youngest will be taking it soon.

“Just two away from their black belt,” Adams said.

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