Sesame Street and Ape Comics in USA Today

Quick mention of my comic series included:

The comic-book publisher is teaming with the Sesame Workshop to bring longtime TV stars Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Elmo and all the gang to comics for the first time in Sesame Street’s 43-year history.

Ape CEO David Hedgecock says he’s been working with Sesame Workshop for more than a year and a half to close a deal, which was longer than normal in negotiating licenses. (The company also publishes Richie Rich,Strawberry Shortcake and Casper the Friendly Ghost comics, among others.)

The artist who has been working on Strawberry Shortcake – Amy Mebberson – just announced that she and James Silvani will be working on this one too.

CBR Reports on Ape Comics and Sesame Street

 

It looks as if Sesame Street, the television series that’s educated and entertained children since 1969, could be making the move to comics.

It all seems very tentative, but Ape Entertainment has announced it’s in talks with Sesame Workshop to produce a series of a series of comic books featuring such beloved characters as Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo. If the deal pans out, the comics would debut next year in print and digital editions.

“We are incredibly excited about our current negotiations with Sesame Workshop and the possibility of being able to bring their expertise in educating and entertaining children to comics,” Ape COO Brent E. Erwin said in a statement.

Ape already publishes several licensed children’s comics, including Richie RichCasper Scare School,Strawberry Shortcake and Shrek.

Sesame Street may move to Ape Entertainment

My publisher is out to make comics for kids cool again! In the wake of Kaboom losing their Disney licenses and no word whether Marvel will continue the titles, every partnership is an exciting new twist.

Ape Entertainment hopes to set up shop on Sesame Street!

October 13, 2011 | Author Brent E. Erwin

APE ENTERTAINMENT HOPES TO SET UP SHOP ON SESAME STREET
Ape Entertainment and Sesame Workshop in Negotiations to Create Educational Comics for Young Readers

(SAN DIEGO, CA, October 13, 2011) – Ape Entertainment announced today that it is currently negotiating with Sesame Workshop for the right to produce a series of comic books featuring the cast of the beloved children’s show Sesame Street.

Ape Entertainment hopes to work with Sesame Workshop to create a series of comic books that will be both educational and entertaining for young readers. Subject to successful negotiations, the comics will be produced in full color and available in printed editions as well as in digital editions that will be available through the Sesame Street store on Apple’s iTunes in 2012.

“We are incredibly excited about our current negotiations with Sesame Workshop and the possibility of being able to bring their expertise in educating and entertaining children to comics,” said Ape Entertainment COO Brent E. Erwin. He went on to say, “I love the idea of creating educational comics that will both teach and entertain children. And the possibility of getting to work with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Grover, well…that’s just a dream come true.”

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization with the mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs. Sesame Workshop has been producing Sesame Street for over forty years.

Ape Entertainment intends to continue its mission to grow the comics industry by increasing awareness about comics among a new generation of readers. Ape Entertainment hopes young readers and their parents will discover the exciting world of comics and start visiting a local comic book shop.

For more information, please visit www.apecomics.com or www.sesameworkshop.org.