UPDATED: BOOM KIDS! Renamed KABOOM!, Langridge and PEANUTS
BOOM KIDS! Renamed KABOOM
Update, 2/22: Here comes more — but not much more — information about Kaboom!, the new name for BOOM!'s all-ages imprint. A teaser released Tuesday morning shares that Roger Langridge, the cartoonist behind the company's acclaimed licensed Muppet Show comic books, is apparently doing a new all-ages title for Kaboom!, titled Snarked.As always, will update when we know more.
Original Story: BOOM Kids! — the all-ages imprint of BOOM! Studios — is now "Kaboom!," the publisher announced today. Additionally, the newly rebranded Kaboom! is working with Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters in a currently unknown capacity. BOOM Kids! had been dealt a blow last week when Marvel Comics announced Disney•Pixar Presents magazine, meaning the end of BOOM!'s licensed work with Pixar properties including Cars, The Incredibles and Toy Story. The publisher's all-ages comics have centered around their Disney licenses — Pixar, classic characters like Mickey Mouse, and the Muppets — all deals which were made before Disney acquired Marvel in August 2009. The first issue of Disney•Pixar Presents will contain content originally published by BOOM! in their Cars ongoing series. Ross Richie responded in a statement to Newsarama that characters like Mickey, Donald Duck and Darkwing Duck would be staying at BOOM! Studios for the foreseeable future. The next day, BOOM! announced an ongoing series based on the late '80s/early '90s Disney cartoon DuckTales. There are no public details of what BOOM! has planned for the Peanuts characters beyond the teaser image released. Fantagraphics has been publishing two yearly hardcover volumes of The Complete Peanuts since 2004, with volume 15, covering 1979-1980, due out in March. BOOM! first teased major changes to their all-ages comics back in September, with the initial release of the BOOM! Kids 2.0 teaser, which was evidently promoting the rebranding as "Kaboom!" BOOM! Studios is closed for the Presidents Day holiday, and are thus unavailable for further comment at this time, but keep reading Newsarama for more as the story develops.