Lincoln Loud enjoys living the double life–mild mannered middle school student by day, and would-be fledgling super-secret agent by night, following in the footsteps of his comic book idol, Secret Agent David Steele. Missing homework? Wicked shadow company M.A.L.I.C.E. must be behind it! A change in the lunch menu? This is a job for a super spy! But when Lincoln and his best friend Clyde McBride aren’t spying on M.A.L.I.C.E. at school, they are trying to hone their spy craft at The Loud House. So, study your acronyms, grab your bowtie, and put on your best black suit and join Lincoln, Clyde, and Lincoln’s ten sisters Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lana, Lola, Lisa, and Lily for some spy games, top notch gadgetry (thanks, Lisa!) and lots of chaos to uncover.
The Loud House Special: Loud Spies [9781545810620; Ages 7-12] arrives November 14 2023 in paperback and hardcover. It is available for preorder wherever books are sold, including Amazon, Bookshop, and Barnes & Noble.
In advance of the Paramount Pictures release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Mayhem, in theaters on August 2, Nickelodeon is expanding the beloved franchise again with the acquisition of the original 1987 animated Fred Wolf TMNT series (193 x 22-min episodes, 1987-1996).
Under the deal,Nickelodeon has acquired global rights to the storied series, which follows the adventures of the beloved characters—Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo—as they battle the Shredder, Krang and other villains and criminals. The series is slated to debut digitally later this month in the U.S., followed by Nickelodeon branded channels and digital platforms internationally.
The news was revealed during the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2023. The Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon movie follows the Turtle brothers as they set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts after years of being sheltered from the human world. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.
Considered one of the most popular kids’ franchises, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail.
Nickelodeon’s activations at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2023 tee up three of its most powerful and popular global franchises that span the platforms of Paramount Global, including: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:Mutant Mayhem, releasing only in theaters August 2 from Paramount Pictures; Good Burger 2, an all-new movie sequel to the iconic ‘90s feature film coming soon to Paramount+; and Avatar: The Last Airbender, the beloved animated series coming to theaters with a new story in 2025.
Headquartered at its 1,800 square-foot booth (#4113) on the convention center floor, fans can also load up on new retail items, including an Avatar: The Last Airbender watch featuring Toph, enamel pins, a collector’s skateboard by Bear Walker based on the artwork from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem film poster, and more.
The following is a rundown of Nickelodeon’s booth-related activities and products:
DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Photo Opportunity and Experience: Turtlefans can take photos with a giant 12-foot-long skateboard and learn about Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on an interactive screen.
Good Burger 2 Experience: Step inside a detailed recreation of the famed restaurant outfitted with props and signage from the actual Good Burger2 movie set, including the Good Shake machine, tables and tabletop elements, sauce bottles and more. Approved by Ed himself, compete against the clock and another player to virtually smash as many burgers as possible before time runs out in original game, Good Burger Smash. Before exiting the Good Burger restaurant, snap a picture inside the photo booth to share via social media.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Activation and Photo Opportunity: What’s your element? Answer a 5-question personality quiz to discover your element – air, earth, fire, or water. Fans will receive a printed trading card featuring their photo and element. Welcome to the Avatarverse! Don’t’ leave without snapping a photo with life-size cutouts of Aang, Sokka, Katara, Toph, Zuko and the Cabbage Merchant from original the Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Customized T-Shirt and Flip Flop Station: Fans can purchase t-shirts and flip fops at the retail shop and create their own custom-design from a choice of 15 fan-favorite Nick shows and characters. Items are ready within minutes!
Costumed-Character Appearances: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will make appearances at select times.
Retail: Attendees can purchase Comic-Con exclusive figures and collectibles, t-shirts, pins and more.
Giveaways: Special giveaways and posters will be handed out throughout the convention.
EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED-EDITION PRODUCTS
Below are items that will be on sale at Nick’s booth.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Bear Walker Official Skateboard
The official cruiser for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem! This Mutant Mayhem x Bear Walker skate deck is handcrafted in the USA and utilizes official movie artwork in collaboration with Bear Walker and Paramount Pictures. Debuting at Comic-Con, the top of the board features a carved-out design for grip and is accompanied with premium packaging and a numbered certificate of authenticity. Swing by the Nickelodeon booth on Thursday, July 20 between 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to have your board signed by Bear!
These limited-edition Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo action figures based on the upcoming blockbuster movie feature collector-quality decoration and articulation, and enhanced TMNT weapon accessories – perfect for fighting off an army of mutants! Each figure is packed in a Mutant Mayhem graffiti-style package with a protective sleeve from Playmates Toys…the official headquarters of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures for over 35 years!
Classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Iron Studios Minico Statues
Take a journey into the sewers to sharpen your ninjutsu skills with these stylized statues of the Heroes in a Half Shell! Debuting at SDCC 2023, this line evokes the fun and unique visual style of the comic books. Collect all four!
SRP: $40.00 each
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super7 ReAction Shredder Collector Figure in Pasta Can
Join the devious Foot Clan with this SDCC 2023 exclusive featuring Shredder! Inspired by the vintage Shredder-in-a-Can mail-in promotion figure, this collector figure comes packaged in a TMNT-themed replica pasta can.
Avatar: The Last Airbender “Toph” Disliz Watch
You may not be able to master Earthbending, but you can certainly master time with a Limited Edition Disliz Watch featuring fan-favorite characters Toph and Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender. There are only 200 in stock, so grab one while you can!
Nickelodeon x San Diego Comic-Con 2023 Zen Monkey Pins
Attention all pin collectors! Nickelodeon’s partner Zen Monkey Studios is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering 250 of these SDCC 2023 exclusive golden pins with sparkles and glitter of Arnold with Gerald from Hey Arnold! and Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
SPR: $15.00 each
Nick ‘90s Poster
The ‘90s are back! This 18” x 24” poster on premium glossy paper features classic Nick characters from series including SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, Rocket Power, and so many more. Hang it on your wall and see how many you can count!
SPR: $20.00 each
Customized T-Shirt and Flip Flop Station
Fans can purchase t-shirts and flip fops at the retail shop and create their own custom-design from a choice of 15 fan-favorite Nick shows and characters. Items are ready within minutes! T-Shirt SRP: $20.00
The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Paramount+, Nickelodeon, and Hasbro’s Entertainment One (eOne) have revealed the official trailer for the upcoming original animated series Transformers: Earthspark, which will debut the first 10 episodes of its premiere season in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, Nov. 11, on Paramount+. Transformers: Earthspark will also debut overseas beginning in November on Paramount+, where the service is available, and on Nickelodeon channels around the world. The trailer debuted in a panel at New York Comic Con 2022 where fans gathered to hear from voice cast members Diedrich Bader (Mandroid), Sydney Mikayla (Robby Malto), Zion Broadnax (Mo Malto), Cissy Jones (Elita-1), co-executive producer Dale Malinowskiand executive producer Ant Ward.
Also announced today is an all-star lineup of additional voice talent for Transformers: Earthspark:
Nolan North (“Rick and Morty”) as Swindle and Hardtop – Swindle and Hardtop are Decepticon brothers and professional mischief makers. Swindle is the brains, a wheeler and dealer always looking to take advantage of a situation, and Hardtop is the muscle, an experienced tracker and an expert shot.
Michael T Downey (Chicago Fire) as Wheeljack – Wheeljack is a resourceful mechanic and experienced scientist Autobot who spends his time working out the kinks of his most recent invention.
Marc Evan Jackson (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) as Agent Schloder – Agent Schloder is a hard-nosed G.H.O.S.T. operative on a mission to climb the corporate ladder to the executive suite where his sister comfortably sits.
Sean Kenin Reyes (“Pokemon”) as Soundwave – A Con of few words, Soundwave maintains a cold exterior by choosing to express himself through his fists.
Nicole Dubuc (“Young Justice”) as Skywarp and Nova Storm – Skywarp and Nova Storm were partners on an elite squad of Decepticons with jet alt-modes called Seekers. They’ve been displaced after the end of the war and are doing whatever they must to survive.
Martha Marion (“The Wave”) as Arcee – Arcee has been an Autobot for millions of years, and she’s collected a wealth of experience along the way. Being on the smaller side for a bot, Arcee proves that being undersized has its own advantages.
Kari Wahlgren (STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS) as Executive Agent Croft – Intelligent, a master planner, and the woman pulling the strings of the Autobots, Croft has a far more nefarious scheme than any Decepticon.
Daran Norris (“The Fairly OddParents”) as Mr. Smelt – Mr. Smelt is Witwicky Charter School’s frustrated drama teacher, who will never surrender his dreams of starring on stage and screen.
The new voice actors join previously announced cast members: Sydney Mikayla (Robby Malto), Zion Broadnax (Morgan ‘Mo’ Malto), Benni Latham (Dot Malto), Jon Jon Briones (Alex Malto), Kathreen Khavari (Twitch), Zeno Robinson (Thrash), Danny Pudi (Bumblebee), Alan Tudyk (Optimus Prime), Rory McCann (Megatron), Cissy Jones (Elita-1) and Diedrich Bader (Mandroid).
The all-new animated series Transformers: Earthspark introduces a new generation of Transformers robots–the first to be born on Earth–and together with the human family who welcomes them in and cares for them, they’ll redefine what it means to be a family.
Nickelodeon invites fans to dive into an immersive experience at New York Comic Con 2022 to celebrate fan-favorite characters and shows–SpongeBob Universe, Transformers: EarthSpark, the all-new Monster Highanimated series and live-action movie musical, Monster High The Movie, and more–with one-of-a-kind panels, activations and interactive booth design elements.
Headquartered at its booth (show floor, booth 1201) on the convention center floor, every day of the convention will feature a 16-foot-tall Bumblebee of Transformers: EarthSpark photo opportunity and AR experience, an immersive Monster High activation, an 8-foot-long underwater television from The Patrick Star Show that fans can step inside,and a Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years photo opportunity.
Nickelodeon will present three panels: Avatar: Braving the Elements– LIVE!, a behind-the-scenes look at how Avatar was brought to life; SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone, a special discussion about the upcoming one-hour crossover event; and Humans and Bots Unite in Transformers: EarthSpark, an exclusive look at the upcoming all-new Paramount+ series.
Avatar: Braving the Elements – LIVE!
Thursday, Oct. 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Room 405): Fan-favorite podcast Avatar: Braving the Elements, the official companion podcast co-produced by Nickelodeon and iHeartRadio, returns to New York Comic Con for a live recording of an episode! Explore the amazing world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and TheLegend of Korra with hosts Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Prince Zuko) as they share how Avatar was brought to life.
Humans and Bots Unite inTransformers: EarthSpark
Sunday, October 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Room 405): Autobots, Roll Out! From Nickelodeon and Hasbro’s Entertainment One, join the next generation of heroes to celebrate the all-new Paramount+ original animated series Transformers: EarthSpark. During the exclusive panel, voice cast members Sydney Mikayla (Robby Malto), Zion Broadnax (Mo Malto), Diedrich Bader (Mandroid) and Cissy Jones (Elita-1), along with co-executive producer Dale Malinowski and executive producer Ant Ward, will give fans a first look at behind-the-scenes art, casting, and never-before-seen footage. Moderated by: Andrea Towers, Associate Editor, TVGuide Magazine.
SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Main Stage): Embark on a multidimensional adventure throughout Bikini Bottom in this behind-the-scenes discussion about the first-ever SpongeBob Universe crossover special, SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone. Legendary voice talent Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Jill Talley(Karen, Squidina), Dana Snyder (GrandPat) and executive producers Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, The Patrick Star Show, and the Paramount+ original series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years will take fans on an undersea adventure to explore these iconic shows and characters and share what to expect next from SpongeBob and the denizens of Bikini Bottom.
DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY
Transformers: EarthSpark Photo Opportunity and AR Experience: Fans can take photos with fan-favorite Bumblebee and new characters Twitch, Thrash, Robby Malto and Mo Malto from the upcoming all-new series. Attendees can also scan different objects in the space with a QR code to make elements animate with sounds and lights.
Monster High Experience: It’s time to join in on the building anticipation for the upcoming live-action movie musical based on the iconic Monster High franchise about the children of famous monsters and creatures. Beneath the 22-foot tall clock tower, compete against the clock to match objects to lockers designed with each character in mind. Correctly place objects to their respective lockers before time runs out!
The Patrick Star Show Photo Opportunity: Step inside Patrick’s underwater television set and snap a photo with the world’s most famous sea star.
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Photo Opportunity: Gather around the campfire and take a photo with 10-year-old SpongeBob, best pal Patrick Star and camp counselor Squidward.
Nickelodeon’s Are you Afraid of the Dark revival has been a surprisingly refreshing take on YA horror that is unafraid to conjure up a fair bit of darkness to get its story across modern audiences. The first season, for instance, centers on a carnival that kidnaps children and turns them into zombie-like carnies, leaving a trail of broken communities and the threat of real harm in its path. It’s chockfull of horror references that fans of the genre can point to and say ‘that’s from [insert classic horror film or director],’ but it never strayed from its intentions of honoring the original 90’s show celebration of sitting around a campfire and telling scary stories.
Season 3, subtitled “Ghost Island,” aims to further the revival’s American Horror Story-like anthology approach with another self-contained story that’s as welcoming to newcomers as it is to fans of the original series and of horror in general. Having said that, and as far as the first episode of the new season is concerned, “Ghost Island” might be Afraid of the Dark’s most mature entry yet.
A lonely tropical island serves as the setting for the story, a place that carries the name of Ghost Island due to the legend of its haunted hotel. The legend is explored quite a bit in the first episode and it seems to center on room 13 of the building, the place guests never check out from. Whatever haunts this room makes anyone who steps inside disappear, leaving only tortured ghosts and disembodied voices as the only trace they were ever there.
As was the case with the previous two seasons, the driving force behind the series is the group of kids that make up the latest version of the Midnight Society (the club that opened each episode of the original series with a story around a campfire deep in the woods). Kayla (Telci Huynh), Max (Conor Sherry), Leo (Luca Padovan), Summer(Dior Goodjohn), and Ferris(Chance Hurstfield) make up the group, all enthusiasts of supernatural storytelling.
The reason behind their trip to Ghost Island is tied to the death of one of the original members of the club. She wanted her friends to specifically go and stay in the haunted hotel (so it seems) for reasons that will surely be revealed as the story progresses. The loss of this member is felt throughout the first episode with an intensity that gives it a serious tone, funereal in parts even. This Midnight Society is trying to come to terms her absence, with the death of someone they never thought they’d just lose forever. It raises the emotional stakes of the story and signals an interest in exploring the ways death manifests itself among kids, how it lingers.
It succeeds at this thanks to the performances of the main cast, with Telci Huynh leading the pack as Kelly, the member who seems to be taking the loss the hardest. Huynh showcases a very nuanced interpretation of the character with an emotional range that captures how overwhelming someone’s death can be while trying to enjoy the early years of one’s life, where the expectation is fun and carefree-ness.
The rest of the cast stays the course, a mix of youthful energy and melancholy that jumps off the screen to entice its viewers with enough reality to say something meaningful even as ghosts threaten to bring the group into the others side.
The hotel’s manager, played by Julian Curtis, is another standout. He plays his part with a snark that’s all too familiar in these kinds of stories, but there’s a hidden element to the character that always makes itself known to great effect. Curtis doesn’t go for the classically annoying and oblivious authority figure. Instead, he feels like a key component of the mystery and is given the necessary presence to make him an important character.
What glimpses we get of the horrors in room 13 are brief but effective. Great care seems to have been afforded to the makeup effects for the ghosts that bleed through to the side of the living. Some of it is best appreciated in the opening sequence of episode 1, where we get a taste of how the haunted room disappears its guests. It’s among one of the revival’s most intense opening sequences and it features a nod to certain iconic visuals from movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and The Frighteners (1996).
JT Billings’ script and Dean Israelite’s direction expertly combine for a story that has elements of The Shining (1980) and another haunted hotel movie called 1408 (released in 2007), both based on the works of Stephen King. It’ll be interesting to see how these influences will inform the remainder of the 4-episode season, but what’ll potentially be most compelling for longtime fans of the original series will be spotting the references to classic AYAOTD episodes scattered throughout. Like the first season, a lot of thought is being put into the things the revival wants to homage and identifying them as they pop up is uniquely gratifying.
With the first episode of “Ghost Island” already up in YouTube for eager fans to see ahead of the premiere (July 30th), there’s no reason why you shouldn’t dive into this impressive and deep exploration of horror at a young age. Are You Afraid of the Dark: Ghost Island starts off with a genuinely creepy and unsettling haunting that means to contemplate serious themes and age-specific fears. Thus far, it stands to be further confirmation that Are You Afraid of the Dark isn’t just one of the best YA horror shows currently on air but one of the best straight up horror productions on television, period.
BOOM! Studios with IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon, have announced the return of the acclaimed writer Ryan Parrott and artist Dan Mora to the morphinominal world of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Dive into the highly-anticipated comic book sequel series in December 2022.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a brand new adventure with two of the most iconic teen crime-fighting teams coming together once again to save the world from a rising danger that threatens to bring both teams to the brink!
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 features wraparound main cover art from fan-favorite illustrator Dan Mora and more.
Nickelodeon has some hot new items exclusive to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2022 that are available at the Nick booth #4113 on the convention center floor!
Nickelodeon is celebrating fan-favorite characters and shows–SpongeBob Universe, Rugrats, Transformers: EarthSpark, Monster High: The Movie, Avatar: The Last Airbender and more–at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2022 with one-of-a-kind panels, talent signings, activations, interactive booth design elements and exclusive products. Fans can load up on both nostalgic and new retail items, including a ‘90s Nickelodeon Backpack, a Rugrats Chuckie Finster Fanny Pack, an Avatar: The Last Airbender Youtooz Aang Vinyl Figure, and enamel pins, among other exclusive items.
‘90s Nickelodeon Backpack
The ‘90s are back! The SDCC 2022 exclusive‘90s Nickelodeon Backpack features fan-favorite Nickelodeon shows – Hey Arnold!, Rocket Power, The Ren & Stimpy Show, All That and so many more! Relive the nostalgia of childhood with this collector’s item backpack.
Rugrats Chuckie Finster Fanny Pack
Hold onto your diapers – because we have the cutest fanny pack around. The SDCC 2022 exclusive Rugrats Chuckie Finster Fanny Packfeatures everyone’s favorite bespectacled baby. Store all your belongings hands free so you can go off on an epic adventure – all before snack time!
SpongeBob SquarePants Bikini Bottom Bus Pencil Case
All aboard the Bikini Bottom Express! The exclusive SpongeBob SquarePants Bikini Bottom Bus Pencil Caseis the perfect accessory to hold school supplies or other small items and is chock full of fan-favorite SpongeBob Universe characters, plus a surprise meme on the bottom.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Youtooz Aang Vinyl Figure
Does he look like a 112-year-old man to you? See for yourself and check out this meme-tastic figurine made by our partners at Youtooz. This exclusive Avatar: The Last Airbender Youtooz Aang vinyl figurinefeatures this specific expression and catchphrase from beloved airbender – Aang.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Disliz Aang Watch
We believe Aang can save the world – and that’s why we partnered with our friends at Disliz to bring you Aang in the form of a #DislizWatch. The SDCC 2022 exclusive Avatar: The Last Airbender Disliz Aang Watchis the ultimate Avatar collector’s item. Just like the Avatar, they are super rare – only 250 were made – so grab one while you can!
Nickelodeon x San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Tote Bag
Get your slime AND your shopping on with this collector’s reusable tote bag. The SDCC 2022 exclusive Nickelodeon x San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Tote Bagis great for carrying home purchases from the convention, plus it’s the perfect way to display your favorite pins. Fans who buy ALL (4) Nickelodeon x SDCC Pins will get the tote bag for FREE!
Nickelodeon x San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Pins
This year, we have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Nickelodeon x San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Pinsto collect. These one-of-a-kind pins feature some fan-favorite characters: Cynthia Doll from Rugrats, Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender,Danny from Danny Phantom, and Gary from Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years. Fans who buy ALL (4) Nickelodeon x SDCC Pins will get the tote bag for FREE!
Dark Horse Direct and Nickelodeon have unveiled The Legend of Korra – Korra Statue, a limited-edition collectable statue inspired by Avatar Korra in the hit animated series The Legend of Korra.
The Legend of Korra – Korra Statue stands 10-inches tall on a 4-inch base, inspired by the protagonist’s Book 4 appearance sporting the traditional Southern Water Tribe garb. Deftly bending all four elements – water, earth, fire, and air – this dynamic statue collectible was sculpted by Bigshot Toyworks with prototyping and paint by J.W. Productions.
With a limited-edition size of 2,000 units, each Korra Statue collectible comes complete with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity and detailed elemental base. This collector’s item retails for $199.99 USD with payment plan options available. Pre-orders are scheduled to start shipping to customers between November 2022 and January 2023.