By Andy Khouri
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.
By Joe Hughes
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.
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.
It’s a big month for anniversaries. Doctor Who has turned 50. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is 25. One anniversary that doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention is the one that might make all of us feel the oldest. The Powerpuff Girls have officially been around for 15 years, debuting on Cartoon Network on November 18, 1998. If fans count creator Craig McCracken’s original “Whoopass Girls” concept that he created while in college at CalArts and debuted in 1992 as “Whoopass Stew!,” though, the team is old enough to drink.
Tomorrow, Cartoon Network will premiere Teen Titans Go!, a new series that’s somewhat unusual in the world of kids’ animation. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the Teen Titans series that premiered in 2003, with the same characters and voice cast. On the other, it’s got a completely different format and animation style, with the goal of being a little less action-y and a little more funny, though the previous series had some of both, and this one will, too.
In anticipation of the show joining the DC Nation block, ComicsAlliance had a phone chat with Tara Strong, the voice of Raven, about the show and the many, many other iconic characters she has voiced over the years, including one very popular pony.
ComicsAlliance: You are Twilight Sparkle.
Tara Strong: I am Twilight Sparkle.
CA: A friend of mine by the name of Chris Sims who also writes for ComicsAlliance certainly self-identifies as a brony, and I have to imagine that you have many thoughts about the brony community. How unprepared were you for that?
TS: Completely. Completely unprepared. I’ve never seen a fanbase like the bronies in my entire life. They are so hilarious and so supportive. They’re just the greatest ever.
The roles I’ve had have been such iconic, classic legacy characters. You’d think, wow, being Batgirl or being Harley [Quinn] or Raven would have these incredibly verbal fans. But there’s never been anything like the bronies. I embrace them. They’re adorable. They’re totally nerdy. They’re totally hip.
It just runs the gamut. There are kids that are 14, and I get letters from doctors in their forties. I just think they’re all so wonderful, and the fact that they can come out and say, “Hey, we like this show and we don’t really care if you like us.” I just love their bravery and how, for the most part, the community is just so sweet, so supportive and loving of each other.
There are these Army bronies that paint Pinkie Pie on their tanks and sing songs to feel good. If it’s making people feel good, we’ve all done something right. I really, genuinely love the bronies.
If his Tumblr page is any indication, Iros Yan is a pretty big fan of both the Avengers and the Powerpuff Girls. He’s also fond of combining the two, and a quick look through his Tumblr shows that he’s been creating various comics and illustrations depicting the Avengers in Powerpuff Girls style art for some time. But he may have just outdone himself with a recreation of the Powerpuff Girls opening credits that features Thor, Captain America and Iron Man standing in for Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
By Andy Khouri
Ahead of its presentation to advertisers and promotional partners — known in television as “upfronts” —Cartoon Network confirmed what new and returning series will be on the slate for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. While such ComicsAlliance favorites as Adventure Time and Regular Show will return with new seasons and specials, it seems we’ll not see new installments of Green Lantern: The Animated Series orYoung Justice. But in happier superhero news, Cartoon Network announced the long awaited return of thePowerpuff Girls in a new CG-animated special, and the much anticipated Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! will finally make their premieres later this year.