‘Captain Underpants’ Author Dav Pilkey Takes On Kung Fu Cavemen From the Future In August
Dav Pilkey, author of "The Adventures of Captain Underpants" has been relatively quiet since the multi-book series (and its "Super Baby" spinoff) began to wind down a few years back, but the creator has returned to Scholastic with a brand new project entitled "The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future."
Created by the CU and SB idea men George Beard and Harold Hutchins with a story and art by Pilkey, the series will follow the adventures of two time-displaced cave boys who learn Kung-Fu in the future in order to return to the past and battle a futuristic corporation laying waste to their prehistoric village...more or less.
Scholastic's press release is calling the series of books graphic novels, but they seem to fit CU's half novel/half comic format and will even feature the "Flip-O-Rama" animation gag (flipping pages quickly to simulate action) in every chapter.
Pilkey's singed a four-book deal, with the first book dropping in August with 1 million printed titles, meaning Scholastic means business. The publisher's reportedly printed 45 million copies of the CU series, so it's nice to see faith in a series that emphasizes the joy of comics, even if they don't seem to emphasize the joy of comic book creation the way the CU series did.