From Pixar to Peanuts, Boom! to Kaboom
There are big changes afoot at Boom! Studios, which publishes several lines of kid-friendly graphic novels based on licensed characters. Last week, the news came out that they had lost the license for comics based on the Pixar movies Cars, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, which they had been publishing for several years. Disney is moving the licenses to Marvel (which it owns) and will publish the comics in its magazine Disney•Pixar Presents.
Boom! Studios will still be publishing a number of other Disney comics, however, including several lines based on the classic Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge. In January, they switched those comics over from modern stories to classics from the 1930s onward, many by well-regarded Disney creators such as Carl Barks and Don Rosa. They also publish several lines based on updated Disney characters, such as Darkwing Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and last week they announced a new series, DuckTales.
Yesterday they made two announcements. The first was that they are changing the name of their kids’ line from Boom Kids to Kaboom, and the second was a bombshell: They will be publishing a line of Peanuts comics. That’s all we know for now—marketing director Chip Mosher sent out an e-mail with the teaser image and then took the rest of the holiday off—but more information is sure to be on the way.
And in the meantime, what a great image that is!
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About Brigid Alverson
Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.
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