Feb 25th 2013 By: Caleb Goellner
When DC brought its long-running catch-all Cartoon Network
comic to an end last spring, it seemed like the cable station's premiere properties were destined for comics limbo. With Adventure Time
and Regular Show
at Boom!, assorted Adult Swim shows like Metalocalypse
at Dark Horse and DC focusing on its own characters rather than those on its parent company Warner Bros.'s network for animated programming, the fate of CN comics remained in question.
Well, fans need wonder no more.
IDW has announced original new Cartoon Network comics, plus reprints of previously published CN material
As revealed this past weekend at the 2013 ComicsPRO trade convention, IDW and Cartoon Network are partnering to "produce and release comics based on many of the network's popular and iconic classic characters".
According to IDW's official press release, the stable of cartoons they'll be honing in on includes The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, Generator Rex
and others. So, essentially, no current comic publishing deals elsewhere will be effected. DC's DC Nation tie-in comics will remain in-house, with licensed series like Lego's Legends of Chima
and certain Adult Swim fare still free to land elsewhere.
From IDW's official press release:
"Many of these Cartoon Network shows have only grown in popularity since they originally aired," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, "and we're excited to be able to offer new iterations of the characters in comic-book form alongside both our planned reprint material and also some new animated ventures Cartoon Network has planned, too. There's a wealth of fun properties to play with here, and we've already got some unique things in mind for them."
Though IDW has yet to specify which material they'll be drawing from for reprints, DC's previously-released titles like the 1997-1999 Cartoon Network Presents
, 1999-2001 Cartoon Network Starring
, 2004-2009 Cartoon Network Block Party
and 2006-2012 Cartoon Network Action Pack
series and their respective specials and one-shots seem like likely candidates.
It'll likely be a bit before the publisher reveals its full Cartoon Network publishing slate, but with convention season kicking off, fans can probably expect to know a lot more soon.