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NYCC | Are Sesame Street comics on the way? (Everything’s A-OK)

It looks as if Sesame Street, the television series that’s educated and entertained children since 1969, could be making the move to comics.

It all seems very tentative, but Ape Entertainment has announced it’s in talks with Sesame Workshop to produce a series of a series of comic books featuring such beloved characters as Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo. If the deal pans out, the comics would debut next year in print and digital editions.

“We are incredibly excited about our current negotiations with Sesame Workshop and the possibility of being able to bring their expertise in educating and entertaining children to comics,” Ape COO Brent E. Erwin said in a statement.

Ape already publishes several licensed children’s comics, including Richie Rich, Casper Scare School, Strawberry Shortcake and Shrek.

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If these comics are on the same quality of the Children’s Workshop books throughout the ages, I’ll be very impressed. If we could capture the same intensity of The Monster at the End of the Book, that would be wonderful.

The Monster at the End of This Book is one of great children’s picture books EVER… I truly feel that’s no exaggeration. I consider that a classic on par with Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, the Seuss books, any of that stuff.

I wouldn’t, personally, have a reason to buy Sesame Street comics for myself, but if they’re as good as “Monster,” I would love to buy them for my young nephews and nieces. That would give me the excuse to peek at them too!

Of course, I imagine the books will emphasize Elmo, Abby Kadabby (sp?) and those latter-day interlopers more than the classic characters (Grover, Ernie & Bert, Cookie, etc.), so that would be a drag. But if they’re good quality, help children to read, and also raise money for Sesame Workshop that’s great. I hope the books find their audience.

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