Friday, October 10, 2014

KaBOOM! Joins Cartoon Network to Peek Over the Garden Wall


November 5th will be a big day for garden walls. More specifically, looking over them, as KaBOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network are planning to release Over the Garden Wall on the day. The oversized comic book special is based on Cartoon Network’s first original animated mini-series that will air over the course of five nights beginning Monday, November 3rd. It boasts a 26-page story written and directly supervised by the mini-series’ creator, Patrick McHale and illustrated by Jim Campbell, who was personally hand-picked by McHale.

“Over the Garden Wall is one of those wonderful stories that’s fun and adventurous, and just the right amount of eerie—it’s almost reminiscent of Don Bluth and Tim Burton films,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Patrick has crafted a story that’s set in a strange place, but at its core it’s about siblings growing up and figuring out who they are, and that’s something many of us can relate to. This one-shot, written by Patrick, will be additive to the animated mini-series with an all-new separate, but related story. We can’t wait for you to get lost in the Unknown with us!”

Designed to seamlessly tie in with the animated mini-series, the comic story is one of the adventures that brothers Wirt and Greg and their ill-tempered bluebird friend Beatrice go on while trying to find their way home from the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. In their attempt to get to Adelaide of the Pasture, a mysterious figure who might have the key to getting them home, they team up with a group of wayward soldiers in search of adventure and risk getting thrown even further into the Unknown. Headlined by an all-star voice-cast that includes Elijah Wood, Collin Dean and Melanie Lynskey, Over the Garden Wall is Cartoon Network’s first ever mini-series, an animated comedy/fantasy story about two brothers, Wirt and Greg, who are trapped in a mysterious world. In this 10-part production, music plays an important role with a soundtrack full of Americana-influenced original songs.

The Over the Garden Wall one-shot arrives from KaBOOM! in comic shops on November 5th with a cover price of $4.99, under Diamond order code SEP141163. The main cover is illustrated by Campbell, while the retailer incentive cover (1 in 15) is drawn by McHale. The Final Order Cutoff date for retailers is October 13th. Full press release below.
KABOOM! JOINS CARTOON NETWORK FOR A PEEK 'OVER THE GARDEN WALL' IN COMIC SPECIAL

   Over the Garden Wall Variant Cover
OVER THE GARDEN WALL
Incentive Cover by Patrick McHale


October 8, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - KaBOOM!, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, are pleased to announce the November 5th release of Over the Garden Wall, an oversized comic book special based on Cartoon Network’s first original animated mini-series that will air over the course of five nights beginning Monday, November 3rd.

The Over the Garden Wall comic is an oversized, 26-page story written and directly supervised by the mini-series’ creator, Patrick McHale (Adventure Time, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack). Acclaimed cartoonist, illustrator, and colorist Jim Campbell (Star Wars, The Krachmacher), who was personally hand-picked by McHale, is drawing and hand-lettering the entire story himself. Designed to seamlessly tie in with the animated mini-series, the comic story is one of the adventures that brothers Wirt and Greg and their ill-tempered bluebird friend Beatrice go on while trying to find their way home from the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. In their attempt to get to Adelaide of the Pasture, a mysterious figure who might have the key to getting them home, they team up with a group of wayward soldiers in search of adventure and risk getting thrown even further into the Unknown.

Over the Garden Wall is one of those wonderful stories that’s fun and adventurous, and just the right amount of eerie—it’s almost reminiscent of Don Bluth and Tim Burton films,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Patrick has crafted a story that’s set in a strange place, but at its core it’s about siblings growing up and figuring out who they are, and that’s something many of us can relate to. This one-shot, written by Patrick, will be additive to the animated mini-series with an all-new separate, but related story. We can’t wait for you to get lost in the Unknown with us!”

Headlined by an all-star voice-cast that includes Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Collin Dean (The War at Home), and Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), Over the Garden Wall is Cartoon Network’s first ever mini-series, an animated comedy/fantasy story about two brothers, Wirt and Greg, who are trapped in a mysterious world. In this 10-part production, music plays an important role with a soundtrack full of Americana-influenced original songs. Over the Garden Wall is created by Patrick McHale and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

The Over the Garden Wall one-shot arrives from KaBOOM! in comic shops on November 5th with a cover price of $4.99, under Diamond order code SEP141163. The main cover is illustrated by Jim Campbell, while the retailer incentive cover (1 in 15) is drawn by Patrick McHale. The Final Order Cutoff date for retailers is October 13th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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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 comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was 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, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. 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, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. 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. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

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 prime among boys 6-11 & 9-14. Currently seen in 97 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. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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