Uncle Grandpa joins KaBOOM! family of titles

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Press Release

KaBOOM!, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, is pleased to announce that Cartoon Network’s hit comedy animated series, UNCLE GRANDPA, will be coming to comics this November. Following the announcement of the publisher’s first-look deal with Cartoon Network Enterprises in March, UNCLE GRANDPA is the latest property to be encompassed by the new partnership, joining previously-announced titles STEVEN UNIVERSE and THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL.

“When we had the opportunity to sit down with UNCLE GRANDPA creator Pete Browngardt and pick his brain we were instantaneously inspired by what him and his team have created,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Pete is a bonafide comics reader and that can only magnify what we’re doing on the series. We’re thrilled—UNCLE GRANDPA is going to have readers on cloud nine.”

Created by Emmy® Award nominee Pete Browngardt (Secret Mountain Fort Awesome), Uncle Grandpa is a show about everyone’s magical uncle and grandpa who travels around the world in a mystical RV. His mission is to help people wherever, however, and whenever they need it. Through his child-like and innocent ways, he finds unusual solutions to everyday situations. An eternal optimist, Uncle Grandpa’s glass is always full of something delicious and he’s always ready to greet the day (and everything and everyone) with his signature, “GOOD MORNIN’!”  Uncle Grandpa debuted on Cartoon Network last September as the #1 telecast of the week among boys 6-11. Uncle Grandpa airs on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

“The rich characters and surreal adventures found in every episode of the Uncle Grandpa television series make it a perfect fit for a comic book adaptation,” said Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products, North America for Cartoon Network Enterprises. “We’re excited to partner with the talented team at BOOM! to help bring Uncle Grandpa, Pizza Steve and, of course, Giant Realistic Flying Tiger to life in the pages of their very own comics!”

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UNCLE GRANDPA will make its comics debut in KaBOOM!’s Free Comic Book Day offering, KABOOM! SUMMER BLAST, which will be given away for free at participating comic book shops on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. To find the nearest participating shop near you, visit freecomicbookday.com. UNCLE GRANDPA #1 is anticipated to debut in comic shops this November with a cover price of $3.99. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK ENTERPRISES
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for LazyTown Entertainment and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is regularly the #1 U.S. television network in primetime among boys 6-11 & 9-14. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.