Ape Entertainment has kind of been MIA for a while, but they are still around and just announced a partnership with Sesame Workshop, and three Sesame Street comics featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the rest of the crew. (No Maria?) Another Sunny Day (October 28), Blast from the Past (November 23), and Many Friendly Neighbors (January 1) are stand alone periodical comics aimed at the preschool crowd. The books will be available digitally in December from the iBooks Store, Amazon Kindle Store, Google Play and NOOK Books and the following month will be included in a print and digital bundle with H is for Hero, a comics first released in 2013. , will also be available for download with a new cover. A bundle of all four Sesame Street comic books will be available in print and digital formats in January 2016.
“As longtime fans of Sesame Street and its countless memorable characters, the Ape team is thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with Sesame Workshop and release these brand-new books to readers both young and old,” states Ape Entertainment Managing Partner Brent E. Erwin. “Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the cast have enhanced the early education of generations of children, and now they can help introduce a new generation to comic books.”
“The zany and sweet humor that has always been an integral part of Sesame Street is custom-made for comic books,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Vice President of Publishing at Sesame Workshop. “To teach everything from math to manners via a book format that’s synonymous with fun helps us reach a broader audience of families.”
As mentioned above, Ape has been dormant for a while (their website and twitter last updated in 2013), when this Sesme Street project was first announced. As a company that specialized in mostly kids licensed material—Pocket Gods was a big hit in digital—they were a little ahead of the curve and the pamphlet business can be brutal. But hey, Cookie Monster!
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