IDW Publishing and Cartoon Network Enterprises today announced that the two companies have forged a partnership to produce and release comics based on many of the network’s popular and iconic classic characters!
Beginning in 2013, fans can look forward to seeing the returns of beloved characters from classic Cartoon Network shows including The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, Generator Rex, and many more.
Not only will IDW be teaming with high-caliber creators from the world of comics to publish new adventures featuring tons of Cartoon Network’s characters, but fans can also look forward to a variety of reprints of previous incarnations of Cartoon Network comics.
While details have yet to be announced on the specific titles and creative teams, IDW and Cartoon Network are thrilled to be heading into 2013 with this new partnership and great new comics hitting comic shops soon!
In 2011 Cartoon Network will transport fans attending San Diego Comic-Con International to the unpredictable and exciting world of Adventure Time! The Land of Ooo comes to Comic Con and to the streets of San Diego with an Adventure Time themed booth, Pizzeria and the first-ever Adventure Time Parade.
Based on the hit show, Cartoon Network’s booth will feature a massive one-of-a-kind inflatable of series star Jake, with Finn and Lady Rainicorn along for the ride. Fans will be able to take photos set in the Land of Ooo with Adventure Time characters, collect five exclusive Adventure Time buttons, participate in an open casting call to audition as their favorite Adventure Time character and attend a star-studded panel filled with live readings, giveaways, and more!
Cartoon Network once again goes beyond the San Diego Convention Center with an even bigger presence, this time based around the massively popular show Adventure Time! Visit the Cartoon Network Pizzeria (Ciro’s Pizzeria, 536 Market Street, Between 5th and 6th in the Gaslamp Quarter) from Wednesday, July 20–Sunday, July 24 for a unique, fully immersive takeover. The restaurant brings you into the world of Adventure Time with floor-to-ceiling décor, episodes and clips, and a custom Jake plush free with purchase throughout the entire convention (while supplies last). Also, brand ambassadors throughout the Gaslamp District will distribute coupons for special Happy Hour free food and drink each day.
Every day during the convention an Adventure Time parade featuring Finn, Jake, Ice King, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, and Lady Rainicorn will wind its way through the Gaslamp District!
Other Cartoon Network series will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International with talent and giveaways at convention panels including the exciting action of Ben 10, Generator Rex, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, ThunderCats, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the hilarious antics of comedy hits like Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Problem Solverz, The Looney Tunes Show and many more!
Fans can also tune into Cartoon Network for “Cartoon Network’s Big Fan Weekend” featuring Andrew W.K. (host, Destroy Build Destroy) interviewing popular Cartoon Network show creators and talent live from the convention floor! All weekend long viewers tuning in to Cartoon Network will get first looks at upcoming new movies and series as well as exclusives and sneak peeks of their favorite returning series.
Below is a schedule of Cartoon Network series panels, fan events and signings at 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24, 2011. All times, dates and locations subject to change.
Thursday, July 21
LUCAS PANEL: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
The epic conflict of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intensifies in the upcoming season, as new battle lines are drawn, new threats arise, and old enemies resurface. Take an unparalleled first look into this Fall’s action, drama and adventure as the creators of hit series from Lucasfilm preview some of what will astound Star Wars fans in Season Four. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting and FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind-the-scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo.
Friday, July 22
WB PANEL: MAD Screening and Q&A
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Often imitated but never duplicated, MAD is more than just the country’s best-selling humor magazine — it’s also the inspiration for the outrageous animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring short animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags inspired by the iconic magazine, MAD is currently one of the highest-rated series on Cartoon Network … and back at Comic-Con to share more laughs and explore the world of MAD. Join MADMagazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and “Spy vs. Spy” artist Peter Kuper, along with MAD series producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, for a sizzle reel of laughs from season one, a sneak peek at season two and a wise-cracking Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD. MAD airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
CARTOON NETWORK: Regular Show / The Problem Solverz + More!
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Johnny Test! The Amazing World of Gumball! Adventure Time! Regular Show! MAD! The Problem Solverz! Cartoon Network is dominating Monday nights with the FUNNIEST night on television, and we’re bringing the inside scoop to Comic Con! Join creators and talent from Regular Show and The Problem Solverz as they talk about how these two comedy hits came to life, perform unique live readings, and show exclusive clips from upcoming episodes! The panel features Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (Mordecai), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Pops, Benson, Muscle Man), Janie Hadad (Margaret) and Mike Roth (creative director); The Problem Solverz talent includes acclaimed artist and show creator Ben Jones (Alfe and Roba) and Kyle Kaplan (Horace).
WB PANEL: Green Lantern: The Animated Series Video Presentation and Q&A
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Warner Bros. Animation brings the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series for Cartoon Network from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series centers on Hal Jordan and his partner Kilowog who find themselves alone on the edge of the Guardian Frontier fighting off an invasion by the deadly Red Lantern Corps. Timm will headline a panel — moderated by Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register (Teen Titans) — which will also feature producer Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer/story editor Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm). In addition to the Q&A, fans in attendance will be treated to footage of this highly anticipated new series prepared exclusively for Comic-Con.
LUCAS PANEL: Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away – The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What does it take to being The Clone Wars to the screen? How is the feature film quality animation produced on a weekly television schedule? These secrets are kept by the artists at Lucasfilm Animation, and they are here to peer behind-the-scenes of the hit animated series, offering insight into the creative and technical process of continuing the epic sweep and visual grandeur of the Star Wars saga. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting & FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind-the-scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo.
WB PANEL:ThunderCats Premiere EpisodeScreening and Q&A
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Comic-Con, Ho! From the moment this series was announced, fans have answered the call — now, the wait is finally over as Warner Bros. Animation is proud to bring the fans at Comic-Con the world premiere of this all-new reimagining of the beloved ’80s franchise. Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wily Kit, Wily Kat and Snarf are back! After the screening, producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender), art director Dan Norton (G.I. Joe: Resolute) and members of the voice cast will discuss what viewers can expect in the first season of this exciting new series. ThunderCats premieres in a special one-hour episode on Friday, July 29 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of ThunderCats on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thundercats.
Saturday, July 23
CARTOON NETWORK: Adventure Time
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What time is it?! It’s ADVENTURE TIME…COMIC CON STYLE! See what’s in store for Finn, Jake, and and all their friends from the mystical Land of Ooo as Cartoon Network’s break-out hit comes to you LIVE with a star-studded panel of talent, including show creator Pendleton Ward, Jeremy Shada (Finn), Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum), Olivia Olson (Marceline the Vampire Queen), Kent Osborne (storyboard artist) and others. If you want to see sneak peaks of upcoming episodes (and we know you do!), and be the first to learn about upcoming special events (don’t deny it!) and want to get your hands on some algebraic Adventure Time gear (Hammacow!), then you do not want to miss this totally out-of-this-world panel!
Sunday, July 24
WB PANEL: Young Justice Screening and Q&A
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Red Arrow and Superboy — these aren’t your average sidekicks and this isn’t your average cartoon. In a short amount of time, and with just a small number of episodes, fans have embraced this new action-adventure series as Warner Bros. Animation has brought some of their favorite DC heroes to life. Following a special screening, producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and additional members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions on what the future holds for “the team.” Young Justice Season 1, Part 1 is available on DVD now.
WB PANEL: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Screening and Q&A
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The gang from Crystal Cove is packing up its best traps and bringing them to San Diego, and it’s no mystery as to why fans have embraced this most recent take on Scooby-Doo from Warner Bros. Animation. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers) and producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) for a special screening of the first season finale and a lively panel on the adventures that await Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma in season two. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated airs Tuesdays at 7:30/6:30c on Cartoon Network and the original movie Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur will be released on DVD September 13. Become a fan of Scooby-Doo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scoobydoo.
WB PANEL: The Looney Tunes Show Screening and Q&A
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Comic-Con can be a crazy place, but it’s about to get Looney. After an extended break from the limelight, animation’s favorite mismatched duo Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck (along with all your other favorite Looney Tunes characters) return in The Looney Tunes Show, an all-new animated half-hour comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Following a special screening, the laughs continue when supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), story editor Hugh Davidson, writer Rachel Ramras and other members of the creative team will take the stage to answer your questions. Just don’t ask them, “Eh, what’s up, Doc?” From Warner Bros. Animation, The Looney Tunes Show airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of The Looney Tunes Show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/looneytunes.
CARTOON NETWORK Action: Ben 10 / Generator Rex
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Two of action animation’s biggest stars collide in one explosive panel! Join the voice talent and creators behind Ben 10 and Generator Rex as they give fans a sneak peak into the future of these two series, including an exclusive first look at the upcoming “Ben 10 / Generator Rex: Heroes United” Crossover Special Event! Yuri Lowenthal (Ben) is on hand for some fun surprises, as well as series creators and writers for the inside scoop on two of Cartoon Network’s biggest Friday Night Action hits! PLUS: Ben 10 Fans won’t want to miss the exclusive world premiere unveiling of footage from the new Ben 10 CGI movie!
CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS
Friday, July 22
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Regular Show / The Problem Solverz + More!
Saturday, July 23
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Adventure Time
Sunday, July 24
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Ben 10 / Generator Rex
THE CARTOON NETWORK PIZZERIA at CIRO’s
536 Market Street (Between 5th and 6th)
San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 696-0405
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