Casper the Friendly Ghost Back Returning to Comic Books

As part of its ever-expanding KiZoic line of all-ages titles, Ape Entertainment and Classic Media announced today that the publisher will be adding the Casper’s Scare School property to its roster, featuring the “Official Ambassador of Halloween,” Casper the Friendly Ghost, and all of the characters from the CGI-animated Casper’s Scare School television series.

Press Release from Ape Entertainment and Classic Media

NEW YORK, NY (March 8, 2011)—As part of its ever-expanding KiZoic line of all-ages titles, Ape Entertainment and Classic Media announced today that the publisher will be adding the Casper’s Scare School property to its roster, featuring the “Official Ambassador of Halloween,” Casper the Friendly Ghost, and all of the characters from the CGI-animated Casper’s Scare School television series.

Based on the film, Casper’s Scare School, released in 2006, the television series first premiered in the U.S. in 2009 on Cartoon Network.  In Scare School, Casper has a new assignment:  to get in touch with his spooky side—or else!    The school was founded over 100 years ago to educate and prepare the creature youth of today for the difficult challenges they’ll face tomorrow.  Its purpose… to turn the pupils into lean, mean, scaring machines!  Well, all except for one.

“Anyone who grew up on comic books is familiar with Casper the Friendly Ghost,” states Ape Entertainment founder and co-publisher Brent E. Erwin.  “What Scare School does is reinvent the character for a new generation of fans, while never losing what appealed to the original readers who first fell in love with Casper decades ago.”

Published under the company’s young reader imprint, KiZoic, Casper’s Scare School will reach stores in October 2011.

“It’s classic Casper but with a slight contemporary spin,” continues Erwin.  “And while a lot of the old material featured only Casper at its core, Scare School stars a cast of colorful characters that the entire family can enjoy.”

For more information on Ape Entertainment, visit www.ape-entertainment.com.

Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E Erwin.  Home to such popular titles as GO-GO GORILLA AND THE JUNGLE CREW, SUPERHUMAN RESOURCES, BLACK COAT, ATHENA VOLTAIRE, and THE TROUBLE WITH KATIE ROGERS, it is also the North American publisher for Dreamworks Animation  licensed properties SHREK, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, MEGAMIND, and KUNG FU PANDA.

About Casper the Friendly GhostCasper the Friendly Ghost, “The Official Ambassador of Halloween,” has been making friends around the world for generations. The star of thousands of comics (more than 100 million sold), hundreds of cartoon episodes, and a blockbuster Spielberg film, Casper is beloved by audiences from kids to tweens to adults.  He has always been the ghost who would rather make friends than frighten, thereby showing all of us that it’s okay to be you.  Casper’s Scare School is an CGI animated television series that made its global debut in 2009 and airs around the world on major broadcast networks, including Cartoon Network (US, Europe, Asia and Latin America), TF1 (France), ZDF (Germany), YTV (Canada), and TV Globo (Brazil).

About Classic MediaClassic Media, one of the world’s largest independent entertainment companies, is a leader in reinventing the classics of yesterday and creating the entertainment classics of tomorrow. The Company owns and manages a globally-recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, including Casper the Friendly Ghost®, Where’s Waldo?®, The Lone Ranger®, Lassie®, Postman Pat®, and new global brands Tinga Tinga Tales® and Guess with Jess®. Big Idea Entertainment, a member of the Classic Media family, is the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s programming, including the best-selling animated series, VeggieTales®.  Classic Media programming is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music.  Visit us at www.classicmedia.tv.

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