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‘Dexter’s Lab’ Comic Will Be Published by IDW

Next month, IDW, the publishing company that partnered with Cartoon Network last year for the comic book revivals of The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, will be adding Dexter’s Laboratory to their library of monthly titles.

The comic book will feature new adventures of the eponymous prepubescent super genius defending his top-secret lab from his hyperactive older sister Dee Dee. It will be written by Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Li’l Gotham) and drawn by Ryan Jampole (Mega Man).

“As someone who grew up with an older sister I fought with, I feel a certain kinship to Dexter (I’m still working on the boy genius part),” said writer Fridolfs. “I’ve always enjoyed the clever stories and look forward to helping Dexter achieve success, even despite himself.”

The creator of the series, Genndy Tartakovsky, has a full slate at busy at Sony Pictures Animation and will not be involved in the comic. Tartakovsky created the character for a student film that he made while attending CalArts, and produced the first professional Dexter’s Lab short for CN’s shorts showcase World Premiere Toons in 1995. The series premiered the following year and ran for 78 episodes as well as a made-for-television movie.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Great news. I’d like to see more comic books published based on popular cartoon shows.

  • tredlow

    I want a Venture Bros. comic!

    • Funkybat

      I would want to see a Venture Bros. comic ONLY if some/all of the writers and artists from the actual show were involved.

      The Venture Brothers is like a rare hothouse flower in the world of American animation, I seriously doubt even a talent base of devoted fans who are also fellow professional artists could possibly do anything that would quite hit the mark. I am not really big on comics derived from TV shows that do not at least get some input from the creators of the series. (In much the same way I have my doubts about a Boondocks TV series without Aaron McGruder.)

  • R. I.

    One cartoon-based comic done right was Comico’s “Jonny Quest” comic from the ’80s. (Issue #1 had a story drawn by Jonny’s de facto creator Doug Wildey, and and interview with Hanna and Barbera)

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I may have one of those issues.