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.