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‘The Powerpuff Girls’ are back — at IDW Publishing

IDW_Cartoon_Net_2It sounds like some interesting announcements were made at the ComicsPRO meeting over the weekend in Atlanta, and one that is already hitting the streets is that IDW Publishing will release an entire line of comics based on Cartoon Network properties.

“Many of these Cartoon Network shows have only grown in popularity since they originally aired,” Chris Ryall, IDW’s chief creative officer and editor-in-chief, said in the press release, “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.”

The starting lineup will include The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo and Generator Rex. Many, if not all, have been made into comics before: DC released 70 issues of its Powerpuff Girls comic and 34 issues of Dexter’s Laboratory, in addition to a Cartoon Network Action Pack anthology, which featured many of the network’s other characters (like DC Entertainment, Cartoon Network is a subsidiary of Time Warner), and Del Rey published a Ben 10 graphic novel that was written by Peter David and illustrated by Dan Hipp. So there is an interesting back catalog to draw on in addition to new material.

An IDW spokesperson told ICv2 that the first release in the new line will be a Powerpuff Girls comic this fall.

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And the question we can ask is: why isn’t DC doing this? I’ve seen it suggested that the people at CN have autonomy, and really don’t care much for DC (which would tie into why DC Nation seems to be an afterthought sometimes).. Alternately, it could just be a lot more profitable to let someone else do all the work and let DC focus on being DC. Either way, it does seem odd.

It also could bode well for the Dark Horse Star Wars franchise. If IDW can do the work for CN and do it well, there is no reason that Disney can’t leave well enough alone with the already successful and even resurgent Star Wars comics.

Probably because DC doesnt want to do CN Comics anymore.

For the same reason they’re canceling all of their kids titles, they don’t want to do them anymore.

We predict that the theatrical shorts of “Tom & Jerry” and “Looney Tunes” with “Merrie Melodies” would be on PERMANENT HIATUS FOR ONE WHOLE ETERNITY due to “The Looney Tunes Show” and the upcoming TV show, “The Tom & Jerry Show”.

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