BOOM! Studios Signs First-Look Deal With Cartoon Network

California-based comic publisher will have first dibs on any comic or graphic novel adaptation of new CN comedy series, starting with "Steven Universe."
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Following the critical and commercial success for its Adventure Time and Regular Show titles, BOOM! Studios has announced a first-look deal with Cartoon Network that will give the publisher first refusal on any comic book adaptations of newly launched comedy series from the network.

The two companies have been working together since 2012’s launch of Adventure Time, which has since expanded into a line including New York Times best-selling collected editions, spin-off series and original graphic novels. Regular Show was launched the following year, becoming the best-selling title in BOOM!’s history.

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“As we grow our roster of original comedies, it’s a great opportunity to expand our relationship with BOOM! and allow us to build on this strong success with additional brands debuting later this year,” Pete Yoder, vp consumer products, North America for Cartoon Network Enterprises, said in a statement accompanying the announcement of the deal.

Currently, Cartoon Network has publishing deals with three comic book companies: the newly expanded BOOM! deal; one with IDW that covers properties including Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10; and a third with Warner Bros. corporate sibling DC Entertainment that includes properties that predate the creation of the network, including Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes.

The first fruit of the new BOOM!/CN deal will be Steven Universe, based upon the animated series created by Rebecca Sugar. The comic book series will debut in August.