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Dynamite Entertainment continues to expand upon the success of all-ages titles like Grumpy Cat and Boo: The World’s Cutest Dog with the announcement of plans to bring Animal Jam, another online phenomenon, to comics!
Animal Jam is a safe and exciting online playground for kids who love animals and the outdoors. Available on desktop computers and mobile devices, players can customize animal characters, adopt pets, build their own dens, chat with friends, and team up for adventures, all while learning about animals and nature.
The game has over 55 million registered users worldwide, made up primarily of girls between the ages of 7-11. Animaljam.com boasts 6.5M+ monthly unique visitors, and new accounts are created every 1.25 seconds. It is the #1 ranked online social game for kids in the world, and named the fastest growing website in the USA.
The mobile version of the game, Animal Jam Play Wild, is the #1 iOS app for kids 9-11. Both the mobile and desktop versions were winners of the Parents’ Choice Awards 2016 in the “Fun Stuff” category. Animal Jam toys from Jazwares recently made Toy Insider’s Hot 20 List!
“We are always looking for ways to expand our line of children’s titles,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and publisher. “We have had tremendous success with our Grumpy Cat program, and most recently, Boo: The World’s Cutest Dog. We knew Animal Jam would be perfect to follow-up Dynamite’s previous success with bringing an online sensation to the printed page.”
“We’re excited for the opportunity to work with Dynamite Entertainment,” says Clark Stacey, CEO of WildWorks, Inc. “They have a reputation for publishing some of America’s best-selling comic books, and they continue to work with high profile creators. We’re honored that they have chosen to work with Animal Jam and bring the game’s characters to life.”
“I’ve been very impressed with everyone I’ve met involved with Animal Jam… from the folks at National Geographic endorsing and supporting it, to the agents at Peeko creating this outstanding licensing program, to the team at Wildworks who have built and grown this game into what it is now,” says Rich Young, Dynamite Director of Business Development. “Also, Animal Jam is really just getting started; they have some impressive plans in place to keep steadily growing this brand over the coming years. I’m very excited to have Dynamite involved with such an amazing kids’ property.”
Look for further details on Dynamite Entertainment’s Animal Jam publishing program to be announced in the coming months, with the comic series making its debut in 2017.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.