Official Press Release
Ape Entertainment announced today that they have entered into a licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, to produce a series of print and digital comic books featuring the cast of the beloved children's show "Sesame Street." The new and original comic book series will emphasize educational and entertaining content for younger readers.
From television to the comic panel, Ape Entertainment will portray the characters that millions of parents and children have come to know and love in a comic series that will be produced in full color and available in stores this fall in standard comic sized printed editions for $3.99 and digest sized hardcover comic book editions for $7.99. They will also be available as a digital comic book that will be available through Apple's App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. "We are excited about our new relationship with Sesame Workshop to bring the "Sesame Street" characters to comics, which is a dream come true for all of us here at Ape," said Ape Entertainment COO Brent E. Erwin. "Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the whole "Sesame Street" gang have always been a part of our lives, now we feel like a part of their family, and that's a great feeling."
"We look forward to collaborating with Ape Entertainment to create a series of 'Sesame Street' comic books, for all ages" said Jennifer A. Perry, Vice President, Worldwide Publishing, Sesame Workshop. "The 'Sesame Street' Muppets and comic books go together like Cookie Monster and snickerdoodles, so we can't wait for Sesame Street fans to have the chance to learn and laugh in the unique way comics draw readers in and keep them turning the page."
Ape Entertainment's mission to grow the comics industry by increasing awareness about comics among a new generation of readers; Ape takes a step forward with the announcement of its new relationship with "Sesame Street." Ape Entertainment hopes young readers and their parents will discover the exciting world of comics and start visiting a local comic book shop. Parents can find a local comic shop in their area by visiting the Comics Shop Locator service at http://www.comicshoplocator.com. For more information, please visit www.apecomics.com or www.sesameworkshop.org.
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 POCKET GOD, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA, RICHIE RICH, CASPER, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, and CUT THE ROPE.