Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
This week we're taking a look at Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, the Powerpuff Girls!
The city of Townsville is home to three of pop culture's greatest superheroines, and with their return to television with a new series last year, it was only a matter of time before The Powerpuff Girls made it back to comics. Now the newly redesigned Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are taking center stage in comics once again in a new series from show writers Haley Mancini and Jake Goldman, and artist Derek Charm.
But with a show that's been as visually driven as PPG, there are a lot of challenges to bringing it to the page. I spoke to Charm about his connection with the show, the challenges of what he's drawing, and how the comics are coming from a much stranger place than the show.
Which of the Crystal Gems from Steven Universe are you? Are you a delicate, meticulous Pearl? Or perhaps you're more of a Garnet: strong, proud, perfectly balanced. Or could you be more of a hedonistic, impulsive Amethyst? Or maybe you're Steven?
Whichever Gem you identify with most, Hot Topic is ready to help you express that side of yourself with some fantastic clothes that just debuted in their Cartoon Network Lookbook. And if you're less of a Gem and more of a Powerpuff Girl, a Marceline or Finn, or even a Courage the Cowardly Dog, Hot Topic can help you out there too.
Never fear, Citizens of Townsville --- the Powerpuff Girls are back! Not just in an all-new 40-episode season arriving on Cartoon Network starting in April, but with an equally all-new ongoing comic from IDW. Show writers Jake Goldman and Haley Mancini are co-writing the comic. And Mancini's more than just writing the Powerpuff Girls, she's also one of their arch enemies, as the voice of Princess Morebucks on the show. Art for the comic is provided by Derek Charm, whose work you may have seen in Super Secret Crisis War and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.
Retailer incentive covers will feature art by animators from the Powerpuff Girls cartoon, starting a Jay Hasrajani variant for this first issue. There's also a subscriber variant by Paulina Ganucheau, as well as the standard cover by Charm.
Here at ComicsAlliance we're big fans of Teen Titans Go, the sitcom that asks, "What do the premier group of teenage superheroes do when not saving the world?" And answers that question with, "Almost marry a pot of chili, team up with alternate versions of themselves, and eat so much that their stomachs overtake their minds." The point is, it's a pretty great show.
If you've been watching Cartoon Network at all during the last month, you're probably aware that the channel recently rebooted Craig McCracken's legendary The Powerpuff Girls. Like TTG , the new Powerpuff doubles down on the wackiness of its predecessor to pretty fun results. Now fans of both shows will get the crossover of their dreams with "TTG v. PPG." Check out a first look clip, above!
A few years back, I had a conversation with Derek Charm where he talked about how much he loved drawing bright, poppy colors. Even then, I thought his clean lines, expressive style and love of neon pinks and blues would make him a perfect artist for a Powerpuff Girls comic, and now, we know that's the case. After serving as the regular artist of IDW's PPG and PPG Super Smash-Up, it's pretty clear that he has a knack for the job.
And now, he's back at it, taking on the redesigns from the new television series in IDW's all-new Powerpuff Girls #1 --- and in addition to the art for the story, he's done a new variant cover where they're kicking the living heck out of Mojo Jojo.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
If you thought the first year of Lego Dimensions brought together more characters and franchises than you thought humanly possible, wait until you get a load of what TT Games has in store for 2016. The first official trailer for Lego Dimensions: Year Two (my titling, not theirs) arrived today and with it came a wealth of unexpected surprises. Yes, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle are back again, but the portal has opened in new worlds featuring Harry Potter, Teen Titans Go!, Adventure Time, the A-Team, Goonies, Gremlins, the Powerpuff Girls and like a bajillion others. Lego is not playing around.
What's more, every single new set is 100% compatible with everything that's already been released. You know what that means? You can have BA Baracus drive the Mystery Machine. You can have the Joker and Voldemort fight over who has a pastier complexion. You can have Beast Boy and Mowgli take down Beetlejuice. Dogs and cats living together; mass hysteria!
With a brand-new Powerpuff Girls series headed to Cartoon Network this spring, this seems like the perfect time to gather some Powerpuff fan art for your enjoyment. Ever since Professor Utonium accidently created them in his lab in 1998, the Powerpuff Girls have been the heroes of Townsville and some of the most influential superheroes to originate on television rather than comics.
The girls comprise a perfectly balanced team despite the small number (and small stature). Buttercup is the violent tomboy, Bubbles is the sunny girly-girl, and Blossom, as the leader, falls between those extremes. Add the Professor as an Alfred figure and the Mayor of Townsville as their Commissioner Gordon, and you have a perfect little superhero premise.
While we still don't know exactly when Cartoon Network's upcoming relaunch of Powerpuff Girls is going to premiere on television, it's definitely coming soon, and we know that because the promotion for the series is in full swing. It was just last week that the network unveiled a clip from the first episode, and now, we've got a look at the theme song.
Specifically, an extended version of the show's opening sequence, with a brand new theme song, "Who's Got The Power?" by Seattle's Tacocat, just in case you wanted a reason to get pumped up for the return of what might actually be the single best superhero team of the '90s. Give it a watch!
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