This is a little premature, but we might be looking at Sesame Street comics in the not-too-distant future. APE Entertainment, which does have some history with younger reader titles like Strawberry Shortcake has announced they’re in negotiations with the Sesame Workshop.
Least you think this is a strange notion, comics fans of *ahem* a certain age *ahem* will remind you that Marvel used to publish “Spidey Super-Stories,” featuring “easy to read” stories for much younger readers and tying in with a PBS show called “The Electric Company.” The Electric Company was produced by the Children’s Television Workshop, which changed it’s name to the Sesame Workshop. So there is a precedent for this.
Before the press release, here’s a link to a classic Electric Company bit: Morgan Freeman as Dracula, wearing only a sash, taking a bath in a casket and singing about it.
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.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About Ape Entertainment
Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E. Erwin. Ape Entertainment is the comic book home to innovative new titles as LITTLE GREEN MEN, SCOUTS, and HEROIC. Ape is also the North American publisher for licensed properties SHREK, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA, RICHIE RICH, CASPER, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, and CUT THE ROPE. Visit Ape Entertainment online athttp://www.ApeComics.com .
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