Earlier this weekend at WonderCon, IDW Publishing announced that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be returning in an ongoing comic series. Based upon the original 1984 series, IDW will begin publishing new issues of TMNT this summer. This new series promises “new and exciting storylines that also maintain the ‘turtle power’ core beloved by millions of fans.” There are also plans to release remastered versions of the older Turtles comics as well, beginning with the independently published 1980s books.
Also, as part of the effort to revitalize the TMNT brand, Nickelodeon will be joining IDW to begin broadcasting a new TMNT animated series, beginning in late 2012. This fully CGI-animated program has been promoted by Nickelodeon as “funnier and ninja-ier” than previous incarnations.
“Through this partnership, we’re able to introduce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a new generation of fans, while also providing new stories for the fans who grew up enjoying these comics,” said Paula Allen, Senior Vice President, Global Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “These all-new comics and graphic novels based on the original series will support the overwhelming demand we’ve received from the millions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans looking to reconnect with this celebrated franchise.”
Here’s a preview clip for the new series. It doesn’t show much, but what do you think? Will this new cartoon and comic series revitalize the brand for younger generations while satisfying long-time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans?
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