Humongous Entertainment of Woodinville, Washington is showcasing Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam and its group of characters with a Web site that kicked off early last month. The CD-ROM producer created the site as ‘a fun and entertaining resource for parents, kids, the media [and] retailers,’ says John Uppendahl, communications director. The global nature of the medium also makes it a good approach to reach its customers worldwide (Humongous Entertainment’s titles are available in English, French, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese). Features of the site (www.humongous.com) include coloring pages and crossword puzzles that can be printed and filled in, a forum to ask Freddi Fish questions, a gallery for art that kids have sent to the company, news about products and where they are available, and information about the company.
Humongous, which developed the site in-house, plans to sell its products on-line once it has established secure Internet transaction capabilities.
Marvel Comics Group of New York is chronicling the battle between supervillain Onslaught and Marvel’s superheros on the Internet. The Web site is intended to ‘give the fans more access to what I think is probably the biggest storyline in comics this year,’ says Marvel publicist John Cerilli. Although Onslaught has existed for about a year and a half, his role stepped up in June and will reach its climax by the end of July when he causes drastic changes in the Marvel Universe. In fact, the outcome will result in Marvel relaunching the Captain America, Iron Man, The Avengers and Fantastic Four series from book #1 with new artists and a revamped look. The site, launched mid-May, is the first dedicated to a comic-book character. Marvel Online Entertainment of New York was responsible for the creative direction of the Web site, while New York-based M/B Interactive built the site.(www.onslaught.com).
New York-based Nickelodeon’s third ‘Kids Pick the President’ campaign is also taking place on-line for the first time. The area on America Online (keyword:NICK) provides information about the presidential candidates, the hot issues and the electoral process. Kids can complete the captions in political cartoons and hear clips from past presidential speeches. On October 22, they can also vote for their choice of president, and the results will be broadcast simultaneously on air and on-line.