NYCC: Animal Jam to Expand into Comic Series

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Dynamite Entertainment, a comic book company famous for the success of it’s all age titles Grumpy Cat and Boo: The World’s Cutest Dog, have announced a formal partnership with online game phenomena Animal Jam. The popular children’s online game will receive its own expanded comic book series.

Animal Jam is an all-ages online game developed by WildWorks, Inc that boasts over 66 million registered users worldwide. Players can collect and customize animal characters, adopt pets, build their own homes, chat with friends, and team up for special adventures. The game ranks #1 in online games for children and was named the fastest growing website in the United States.

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“We are always looking for ways to expand our line of children’s titles,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and publisher. “We have had tremendous success with our Grumpy Cat program, and most recently, Boo: The World’s Cutest Dog. We knew Animal Jam would be perfect to follow-up Dynamite’s previous success with bringing an online sensation to the printed page.”

“We’re excited for the opportunity to work with Dynamite Entertainment,” says Clark Stacey, CEO of WildWorks, Inc. “They have a reputation for publishing some of America’s best-selling comic books, and they continue to work with high profile creators. We’re honored that they have chosen to work with Animal Jam and bring the game’s characters to life.”

“I’ve been very impressed with everyone I’ve met involved with Animal Jam… from the folks at National Geographic endorsing and supporting it, to the agents at Peeko creating this outstanding licensing program, to the team at Wildworks who have built and grown this game into what it is now,” says Rich Young, Dynamite Director of Business Development. “Also, Animal Jam is really just getting started; they have some impressive plans in place to keep steadily growing this brand over the coming years. I’m very excited to have Dynamite involved with such an amazing kids’ property.”

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Expanded details on the new partnership will be unveiled in the next few months, with the comic series debuting sometime in 2017. Be sure to check out the Animal Jam Wiki for more information about the series’ popular browser and mobile games.

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Doug Trein
Doug Trein is a staff contributor at Fandom and focuses primarily on video games and animated television shows. His game genre favorites include strategy and turn-based role-playing games, first-person shooters, 2D fighting games, and action/adventure titles.
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