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Derek Charm On IDW’s ‘Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up,’ The New Cartoon Network Team-Up Title [Interview]

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With New York Comic-Con coming up this weekend, many publishers are saving up their big announcements for the Javits Center. IDW Publishing, however, has decided to get the jump on everyone by releasing their first big announcement a few days early, and it's one that we're definitely looking forward to. Following on the success of Super Secret Crisis War, the Cartoon Network crossover event, IDW has announced Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up, a new ongoing series that will team Townsville's favorite heroines up with Cartoon Network shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo and more -- and the series will be written and drawn by Derek Charm.

To find out more about the series, scheduled to kick off this January, we spoke to Charm about more about the premise of the series, which characters we can look forward to, and whether the Talking Dog will finally get his starring role.

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Preview: IDW & Cartoon Network’s ‘Super Secret Crisis War!’ #1 And Comic-Con Cosplay Cover

Super Secret Crisis War #1 Variant Cover by Derek Charm

I watched a lot of Cartoon Network in the '90s (and the 2000s, and the 2010s, but that's beside the point), and I distinctly remember thinking that if there was one thing that could really improve shows like Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory, it would be throwing all the characters together into one big fight against robots, preferably while hanging out at San Diego's Comic-Con International.

Fortunately for me, my dreams have once again made reality thanks to Derek Charm's variant cover for IDW's upcoming Cartoon Network crossover, Super Secret Crisis War! Not only will the series tell the tale of a crossover between the shows' heroes and villlains written by Charm and legendary writer Louise Simonson with art by Charm, but there's a SDCC variant cover featuring characters from the shows engaging in that most time-honored Comic-Con tradition: Cosplay! Check out an exclusive preview below.

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Monster Day Hits Townsville In Derek Charm’s ‘Powerpuff Girls’ #7 [Preview]

Powerpuff Girls #7 by Derek Charm

We've been excited about the amazing Derek Charm taking a shot at writing and drawing The Powerpuff Girls ever since IDW first announced his two-part story, and now, we are on the eve of Monster Day. PPG #7 is out next week, and with it, the City of Townsville comes under attack -- sort of -- by the residents of Monster Island, heckbent on having a good time and probably destroying huge swaths of real estate in the process.

Obviously, the Utonium Triplets are going to have something to say about that, but how do you stop a monster invasion when all they really want is to have a good time? It's pretty exciting, but if you still need more to get pumped about it, check out a preview below!

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Mojo Jojo Returns To Action, For He, Mojo Jojo, Has Been Absent, But Now Has Come Back In ‘Powerpuff Girls’ #6, A Comic In Which Mojo Jojo Returns!

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If you've been keeping up with IDW's Powerpuff Girls series, then you already know that the first arc has been built around that sinister simian, Mojo Jojo, finally realizing that his life of crime was getting him nowhere and requesting that Professor Utonium take away the nightmarish burden of sentience so that he could live out his days in peace as a normal monkey. Well, I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who have, y'know, never read a superhero comic book before, but it turns out that was all a dastardly ploy!

In next week's spine-tingling Powerpuff Girls #6, writer/artist Troy Little reveals the evil machinations that have led to the potential destruction of the city of Townsville. But you, dear readers, don't have to wait quite that long to get in on the action. Check out a preview of the issue below!

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Problematic ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Variant Cover Pulled By Cartoon Network

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A variant cover for a new issue of IDW Publishing's Powerpuff Girls comic book sparked a bit of a debate over its depiction of the titular, pint-sized heroines as young adults in revealing outfits and heavy makeup. Although the piece by Mimi Yoon was commissioned by PPG licensor Cartoon Network to be offered specifically to direct market comics shops as a collector's item -- as opposed to the "mass market" version for readers of all ages featuring a more traditional PPG cover -- the company has decided to cancel the variant over fans' and retailer concerns about its appropriateness.

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Dexter Meets The Powerpuff Girls, But Only On Derek Charm’s Amazing ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ #1 Cover

Dexter's Laboratory #1 RI, IDW

I don't think the renewed interest in Cartoon Network's '90s jams could be any more welcome than it already is, but today, IDW has stepped up their game by giving us the crossover we've always dreamed of... sort of. For their retailer incentive cover of the upcoming Dexter's Laboratory #1, artist Derek Charm has drawn up the historic meeting between everyone's favorite pint-sized, inexplicably accented mad scientist and the Powerpuff Girls.

Obviously, the girls are no stranger to labs, having been born of an experiment involving the mysterious Chemical X. Still, unless you count that one Cartoon Network promo from the '90s where everyone goes to the movies, I'm pretty sure this is the first time they've hung out. Check out our exclusive reveal of the full cover below!

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Derek Charm On ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ And The Spring Break Monster Invasion Of Townsville [Interview]

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The Powerpuff Girls have been one of my favorite superhero teams since I was in high school, so I have been exicted beyond all reasoning by the renaissance they seem to be undergoing lately. Not only is there a new special set to air later this month, but IDW has revived the Powerpuff Girls comic series, and they're handing two issues over to writer-artist Derk Charm for a story of the Spring Break Monster Invasion.

Charm is a favorite here at ComicsAlliance, so we spoke to him about his connection to the Powerpuff Girls cartoon, why he wanted to attack the city of Townsville with an army of monsters, and how it compares to his other work on the decidedly more adult-oriented Trip Fantastic.

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Link Ink: The Powerpuff Girls Take On Broccolini, Hello Kitty Meets ‘Tiger & Bunny’, And Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer’s ‘Get Away’

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Click through for a Wednesday loaded with links.

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The Powerpuff Girls Go C.G.I. In New Cartoon Network Special [Video]

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Last week Cartoon Network revealed plans to air a brand new Powerpuff Girls special in January. The special, titled "Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed," in no way involves series creator Craig McCracken. As such, it features a completely reimagined look for Townsville's heroes, as the Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup get the CG treatment. While the show has a different look, it does reunite the original voice cast, and along for the ride this time is Ringo Starr, debuting a brand new song and giving voice to the "flamboyant mathemetician Fibonacci Sequins," a character with one of the best names I've come across in any show in years.

Cartoon Network has now released a commercial for the upcoming special, debuting the first footage we've seen, and you can check it out below.

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Get Ready For A New ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Special On January 20

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I've got good news, bad news and strange news. Which do you guys want first?

The good? OK. A new CGI-ish Powerpuff Girls special, titled "Dance Pantsed," will debut on Cartoon Network January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time. The bad news is that show creator Craig McCracken doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. The strange news: It will prominently feature former Beatle Ringo Starr.

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