IDW, Paramount Renew TMNT Comics Deal

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IDW has been the home of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for quite some time now. The TMNT got their start in the comics, after all, 40 years ago as a humble black and white indie release. Now a new deal between IDW and Paramount assures their current gig will continue for quite some time to come.

The two companies have signed a full renewal of the TMNT comic book contract that extends IDW’s use of the license for many years. The press release doesn’t specify HOW many years, but it does hint the new agreement will bring with it a lot of new Turtle titles, and we could be seeing them soon.

”We are delighted to continue our relationship with IDW Publishing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and graphic novels,” said Lourdes Arocho, SVP, Licensing & Publishing, Consumer Products, Paramount. “After 40 years, there are still so many more stories to be told, and we can’t wait for everyone to see what’s next.”

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are iconic. They are part of the tapestry of comic book history and I’m honored to be publishing their continuing adventures during this milestone year,” stated IDW Co-Publisher Mark Doyle. “Our Editor-in-Chief Jamie S. Rich and the Editorial team have put together an incredible publishing plan that will thrill long-time fans, excite new readers and show why the Turtles stand shoulder to shoulder with the biggest heroes in comic shops all over the world. It’s a great time to be a fan of TMNT!”

Given that some of IDW’s best sellers as of late have been TMNT titles — we’re thinking of The Last Ronin, of course — they would have had to be nuts not to extend the deal. A sequel to that story, subtitled Re-Evolution, will begin publication in March.