John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy, has been accused of sexually abusing or harassing girls who came to him because of a desire to become animators, according to a lengthy expose in Buzzfeed.  He had a long-term relationship with one of the girls that started when she was 16, according to the report.  The same report alleged that he harassed adult women that worked at Spumco and had child pornography on his computer.

The allegations come at a critical time for Kricfalusi’s most well-known property, which was a hugely influential early 90s series, one of three animated shows that debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991, along with Doug and Rugrats.  Ren & Stimpy is part of a retro Nickelodeon licensing stream of popular shows from the 90s that has been gathering momentum.  IDW has game licenses (see "IDW Licenses Nickelodeon Characters for Game Line"), for example.  A DVD collection was released in February (see "DVD Round-Up:  ‘Ren & Stimpy’").