Image Comics’ hit comic book TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH is the latest addition to the stable of geek animation god Titmouse, Inc. An adaptation of the monthly comic book series critics have called “the highest quality black comedy available today” is being developed with veteran comedy producers Krysia Plonka and Tracey Baird of Thank You, Brain! Productions, and TODD creators M.K. Perker and Ken Kristensen. Whether aired on Disney XD or Adult Swim, Titmouse’s shows (Venture Brothers, Black Dynamite, Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja) are the powerhouses of geek animated comedy and were a natural fit for TODD.
“We are beyond thrilled to be the producing partner for TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH alongside the animation geniuses at Titmouse, Inc.,” says Plonka. “This is the most deliciously f**ked up comic book we’ve ever seen, and it will be our distinct pleasure to bring it to life on the screen.”
TODD co-creator M.K. Perker says, “We wouldn’t trust just anyone to shepherd the deranged and dysfunctional world of TODD to the boob tube, it had to be just the right group of godless, self-medicated comedy producers and animators.”
“When producers of the edgiest comedy on TV want to take on the edgiest comedy in comics, it’s a no-brainer,” says writer and co-creator Ken Kristensen. “Plus, Internet pirates have been complaining that there aren’t enough forms of media through which they can steal our little bag-headed bastard. Well, pirates — you’re welcome.”
This is the latest in a string of TV development pacts for Kristensen, who earlier this year signed deals with Ryan Seacrest Productions, Discovery Studios, and whose one-hour pilot is currently in production at A&E.
TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH sold out of the first print runs of issues 1 and 2 in the first twenty four hours of release. The trade paperback collecting the first four-issue story arc will hit stores August 7, 2013. Issue 5 hits stores September 4.
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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
About Titmouse, Inc.
Titmouse is the name of a small Northeastern bird. Not unlike this bird, we started as a small Northeastern company. But not the way you might think… By the the year 2000 – Chris P had worked in animation as a director and show creator for 6 years or so. He was just about to move out to LA with his chick, Shannon, when he had the idea of starting up an online t-shirt company. And that’s exactly what he did. Titmouse, Inc. was formed to sell the kind of bad ass t-shirts Chris P had been designing on the side for years. It started out great! The designs were great. The t-shirts were great. The vibe was great – but one thing kept happening… Clients wouldn’t stop hiring Chris P to do animation. The freelance animation gigs kept getting bigger. Shannon quit her job to run the business. The networks and studios wanted to hire a company to do these projects, not just a dude freelancing. So Titmouse, Inc starting doing less clothing and more cartoons. We hired more and more employees, expanded into more and more offices in our West Hollywood location and eventually bought our own building in Hollywood to house the ever growing crew. We’re now over 200 people strong and rock multiple television series, movies, titles, shorts and commercials – all in house. We still even make an occasional t-shirt.
About Thank You, Brain! Productions
Located on the historic Hollywood Center Studios lot in Hollywood, Thank You, Brain! is a full service production and development company dedicated to the art and business of producing quality film and television with a specialization in comedy. Launched in 2012, by partners Krysia Plonka (The Jeselnik Offensive, Billy on the Street, Mind of Mencia) and Tracey Baird (Flight of the Concords, Bored to Death, Eagleheart) Thank You, Brain! produces and develops comedy programming across genres: scripted, late night, animation and talk. Clients include: CBS, Amazon, Adult Swim and Participant.