Official Press Release
ONI PRESS INTRODUCES THE BOARD COMIC WITH TWO NEW YO GABBA GABBA! TITLES
Oni Press and W!ldbrain Entertainment bring comics to young readers with Yo Gabba Gabba! Board Comics! As innovative and fun as the show that inspired them, Board Comics are comics for the youngest comic fans! It’s board book format meets comic book medium, introducing the youngest of readers to the wonderful world of comic books, featuring everyone’s favorite characters from the hit television series and live stage show Yo Gabba Gabba! and hitting store shelves this November!
“They’re perfect for reading with your kids,” said Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones. “Being a father and working in comics I want to share the medium I love with my kids but I’ve always had trouble finding kids comics that were both engaging and accessible, especially when they were learning to read. The idea for Board Comics came to me when I realized that the picture books that they loved to read with me were only a few panels away from being the comics that I loved to read myself! And in teaming with W!ldbrain we get a unique opportunity to play with characters that are easily recognizable and loved by both myself and my kids.”
Yo Gabba Gabba! stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and a cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink flower bubble, Muno, the red Cyclops, Toodee, the blue cat-dragon and Plex, the yellow robot. Both of the Yo Gabba Gabba! Board Comics feature the cast learning and playing together. In Yo Gabba Gabba!: Gabba Ball Cartoonist and Yo Gabba Gabba animator Chris Eliopoulos take the DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Toodee, and Plex out for a round of the best new game—Gabba Ball! It’s fun and learning with boombox buddies! While Gabba Ball is all fun and games, in Yo Gabba Gabba: Goodnight Gabbaland all-star kids’ comics creators J. Torres (Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Alison Dare) and Matt Loux (Salt Water Taffy) combine their talents to get the Gabba gang ready for bed!
Each Board Comic features 16 pages of fun in the traditional 10” X 6” comic book size for $7.99. Pickup Yo Gabba Gabba!: Gabba Ball and Yo Gabba Gabba!: Goodnight Gabbaland this November at your favorite comic shop or bookstore!
Oni Press Inc. is a leading publisher of independent, creator owned comic books. Founded in 1997 on the belief that comics can be used to tell any story, Oni Press has published hundreds of different comics and graphic novels. Their creator-owned comics have won numerous book, library, and comic awards. With a strong focus on character, genre, and story driver creator-owned work, Oni Press has become one of the most well respected publishers in the comic industry. www.onipress.com
Wildbrain Entertainment is an award-winning entertainment company and one of the world’s foremost producers of animation. The studio develops television, motion pictures, short-form programming, commercial content and consumer products. Their exceptional slate of programming includes the critically acclaimed television series Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nick Jr.) and live touring show, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! There’s A Party in My City; The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO); Higglytown Heroes (Disney); Bubble Guppies (Nick Jr.); The Hard Times of RJ Berger (MTV) and Team Smithereen, the short-form stunt puppet show from Dan Clark. Wildbrain has received Clios, Addys, BDA Awards and Annies for their commercial work, reinvigorating classic brands for leading companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Honda, Kraft and Nike. Wildbrain Entertainment is based in Los Angeles, CA and is owned by DHX Media Ltd., a TSX-listed public company.
About YO GABBA GABBA!:
YO GABBA GABBA! premiered in the U.S. on Nickelodeon in August, 2007 and currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television with broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults. The award-winning series is created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz and is produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN Entertainment. Jon Berrett and Michael Polis are executive producers. The live show, YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE¹S A PARTY IN MY CITY!, is currently on tour and is produced by S2BN, in association with The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN Entertainment. YO GABBA GABBA! has been referenced in other hit television series, including DEXTER (Showtime), COMMUNITY (NBC), PARENTHOOD (NBC) and PSYCH (USA Networks). YO GABBA GABBA!, was voted as one of the best new shows on television by TIME magazine when the show premiered. Rolling Stone voted YO GABBA GABBA! One of the top 50 reasons to watch television. Entertainment Weekly says YO GABBA GABBA! is one of the hippest shows on television and currently ranks among the top 10. YO GABBA GABBA! won a BAFTA Award in 2008, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Children¹s Television² Award by the Television Critics Association and is a two-time Emmy nominee. Its companion website, www.yogabbagabba.com, won a Kidscreen Award.
YO GABBA GABBA! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons through music. The series and the live show stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and a cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink flower bubble, Muno, the red Cyclops, Toodee, the blue cat-dragon and Plex, the yellow robot. Today¹s most popular names in movies, television, music and sports flock to guest star in the groundbreaking series, including Fred Armisen, Erykah Badu, Jack Black, Anthony Bourdain, Devo, Rachel Dratch, Rob Dyrdek, Flaming Lips, Melora Hardin, Tony Hawk, The Killers, Angela Kinsey, Solange Knowles, Biz Markie, Jack McBrayer, MGMT, Mos Def, Mark Mothersbaugh, The Roots, Andy Samberg, Amy Sedaris, The Shins, Sarah Silverman, Amare Stoudemire, The Ting Tings, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. Additional celebrity guests performed during the live tour kick-off shows, including Devenda Banhart, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, DMC (Run DMC), Snoop Dogg, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Keri Russell and more, while Christina Aguilera, Jason Bateman, Travis Barker, Brendan Fraser, Heidi Klum, Chris Noth, Brooke Shields and Dennis Quaid attended with their families.
YO GABBA GABBA! apparel, CDs, DVDs, books and other merchandise are sold in stores nationwide in the U.S. and have skyrocketed in popularity. The series is now in its third season on Nickelodeon in the U.S., with encore episodes airing 7 days a week on Nick Jr. The series also airs in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K. YO GABBA GABBA! Is recommended as a trusted program for preschoolers by The Smart Television Alliance, a non-profit organization comprised of leading non-profit children¹s media organizations including Common Sense Media, Parents Choice Foundation, Parents Television Council and Coalition for Quality children’s Media: KIDS FIRST!. Visit www.yogabbagabba.com.