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Sesame Street #1

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  • Posted on 17th Sep, 2022 08:03 AM

The debut issue of "Sesame Street" by a cavalcade of creators captures the spirit of the show and encourages parents to share their love of comics with their kids.

"Sunny days, sweepin' the clouds away" is a phrase every American child has heard since 1969, when producer Joan Ganz Cooney and psychologist Lloyd Morrisett's Children's Television Workshop first aired their creation, "Sesame Street" starring Jim Henson's Muppets and the genius of the man himself. Re-named Sesame Workshop in 2000, it surprisingly took 13 more years for "Sesame Street" to make its first big score in comics with Ape Entertainment and Kizoic. The debut issue is true to the franchise's legacy of making learning entertaining -- it's fun!


Featuring Sesame Street denizens from all generations, the opening page sets the tone and shows it has a lot to offer the parents of the comic book reading community and their children.

Up pops Elmo -- of course it's Elmo -- who explains what word balloons are. Elmo's the Wolverine of Sesame Street, but still that's cool. This is a kids comic after all, and Sesame Street is geared toward the younger portion of the reading youth, so why not give a demo on how to read comics. It makes the issue truly accessible to all kids of all ages and reading levels. There's even a QR Code to scan with a smart phone, complete with additional "How to Read A Comic" tutorials. But as Elmo goes on to explain the workings of comics -- joined by Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and an orange version of Murray -- not only does the over-saturated little red guy become more endearing, but the book truly becomes something special; it encourages parents and adults to read the issue out loud with their child.

And this is what Sesame Street is known for -- bridging all kinds of gaps. Of age, race, gender or whatever else is out there holding back mankind from being truly human, lighting the way for the future of our children. Ape's "Sesame Street" #1 is onto something here, breaking new ground with the "read it aloud" format, and by sticking to that mold it offers special moments between parents and their children. And in the long run, these moments only make this world a better place.

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