In Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage (now available)The Kingdom Keepers and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed — and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.
Now, for the first time, readers get the chance to help write the seventh and final book in the series via the Kingdom Keepers Insider app, launching April 2nd. Available on all mobile devices, e-readers and online, the app will provide a groundbreaking interactive fan experience for readers of the Kingdom Keepers series, allowing them to follow along as Ridley Pearson writes, voting on plot points, character involvement, and locations—even contributing ideas for dialogue! Plus, there will be writing contests based on the previous book in the series and judged by Ridley Pearson, promoting writing and literacy in a safe environment with characters readers already know and love! Learn more at www.kingdomkeepersinsider.com.
- April 2: 7:00 PM event at Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
- April 3: 7:00 PM event at Barnes & Noble, Paramus, NJ
- April 4: 7:00 PM event at Book Revue Huntington, NY
- April 6: 2:00 PM event at St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
- April 7: 2:00 PM event at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
- April 9: 7:00 PM event at Books-A-Million, Brandon, FL
- April 10: 4:00-6:00 PM signing at Once Upon a Toy in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
- April 11: 9:30-11:30 AM signing at Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL
- April 19: 6:30 PM event at Poisoned Pen, Phoenix, AZ
- April 20: 2:00 PM ‘Sagas and Series’ panel at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA
First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide are once again teaming up to fight illiteracy by delivering new books to children of low-income families and the educational systems that serve students of low-income families. Via a Groupon Grassroots campaign, First Book will be accepting donations of $10 per Groupon which will go directly towards providing four new books to children in need. Disney Publishing Worldwide has committed to matching each donation up to a total of one million books.
At the Disney D23 Expo in 2011, Disney Publishing announced it was donating $500K and eight million books to the cause which was founded in 1992 and is now celebrating distributing over 100 million new books in North America.
For more information or to donate to First Book with a matching donation by Disney, visit the Groupon Grassroots campaign for First Book. Donations will be accepted over the next two weeks.
Living Social has introduced a new deal which allows customers to subscribe to one of many popular Disney-branded magazines for just $15/year, representing a 50% savings of the regular $30 subscription fee.
Each subscription will yield you eight issues of your choice of the following Disney magazine titles: Disney Junior Magazine, Disney/Pixar Cars Magazine, Disney Princess Magazine, Disney Fairies Magazine or Disney Phineas and Ferb Magazine. Each themed mag includes engaging content such as playful activities, games, coloring pages, puzzles, cut-outs or posters, and more. Each colorful page is designed to encourage your child to read — and to inspire family togetherness.
This is a time-limited deal and will only be available for the next two weeks. For more information or to purchase a subscription, visit the Living Social deal page.
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today its release of one of the first apps for early readers in the Windows Store, ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book.’ From Cinderella and Ariel to Snow White and Jasmine, the app features Disney Princess favorites in an interactive story and dress-up sticker book complete with colorful illustrations, expert narration, and enchanting music.
‘The new touch interface of Windows 8 is highly conducive to creating deeply engaging storytelling experiences for children and their families,’ said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. ‘We’re thrilled to bring the “Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book” app to life on Windows 8 and look forward to creating more content for our readers to enjoy on this platform in the future.’
‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book’ encourages children to read along and interact in creative dress-up play with each Disney Princess while exploring royal weddings, special celebrations, and other magical moments. Readers can change outfits and accessories and add tiaras with the swipe of a finger. An interactive camera feature allows children to upload their own photo and save royal portraits for friends, family, and fellow princesses! Children and parents also have the option to save their sticker creations.
Developed in conjunction with Vectorform, a leading developer of mobile apps and digital products, ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book’ app is now available in English on the Entertainment section of the Windows Store for US $3.99. Additional languages will be available in the coming months. The book is supported by all devices running Windows 8.
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) kicks off New York Comic-Con 2012 with several exciting author/illustrator panels, in-booth signings, and exclusive giveaways at the DPW booth, #1132.
From Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus to Disney “It’s a Small World,” there is something for everyone. Giveaways include:
- Marvel preview booklet
- Heroes of Olympus water bottles
- Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel posters
- Disney “it’s a small world” tote bags
Passion, Power, and Paranormals! (Friday, October 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1A14)
Authors Keri Arthur, Maureen Johnson, Tahereh Mafi, Tonya Hurley, Margaret Stohl, Dan Krokos (False Memory), Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds) and Kalayna Price discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. If dating the undead wasn’t tricky enough, these protagonists must also battle the forces of evil while trying to keep their sanity and the world safe from destruction. Moderator Jocelyn Davies will have the authors divulging the steamy details behind creating their characters and their tricky love affairs.
Hocus Pocus: Magic & Monsters in Science-Fiction and Fantasy (Saturday, October 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1A08)
Science-Fiction and Fantasy authors discuss the costs and consequences of ‘magic’ in their novels. Moderator Beth Revis will have authors Andrea Cremer, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Max Gladstone, Cecil Castellucci, Victoria Schwab (The Archived) and Richard Kadrey dishing about the the scary, hairy, and dangerous creatures that lurk in the worlds they have created.
The World of Graphic Novels (Saturday, October 13 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm, Room 1A06)
Restaurants, outer space, fantastical worlds, high school — graphic novels today will take readers to all these places and more! How do graphic novelists combine words and pictures to create the worlds within their books? Authors Fred Chao, Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, Tyler Crook, and Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid: Graphic Novel) discuss how world-building works in the world of comics.
Action-Packed Comics to Grown On (Sunday, October 14 @ 10:45 am -11:45 am, Room 1A08)
Want to raise a comic book aficionado? Start here! With characters ranging from a neurotic rabbit to a crime-fighting lunch lady and formats from graphic novels to pop-ups, authors Patrick McDonnell (Mutts comic strip), Philip Amara (So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist), Ben Hatke (Legends of Zita the Spacegirl), Zach Giallongo (Broxo) and Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel) are masters at penning favorites for the youngest age group. Look forward to a discussion about presenting the comic book genre to the littlest readers in an accessible and often downright hilarious way guaranteed to have them reading AND creating works of their own.
Kids/YA Publisher Spotlight (Sunday, October 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1A07)
Come hear the advance buzz about what’s coming up from Disney Publishing Worldwide, First Second, Macmillan Kids, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Random House, Penguin Young Readers, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and Tor! Editors and marketing staff come together to recommend their favorite upcoming books by exciting new authors and illustrators — accompanied with giveaways, trivia and — most of all — FUN!
Friday, October 12th:
- Dan Krokos (False Sight advance copies) and Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds advance copies) @ Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booth 1132 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Post-Panel signing: ‘Passion, Power and Paranormals!’ @ Autographing Area, Tables 2, 3, and 4 (3:15 pm – 4:15 pm)
Saturday, October 13:
- Victoria Schwab (The Archived advance copies) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booth 1132 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Post-Panel signing: ‘Hocus Pocus: Magic & Monsters in Science-Fiction and Fantasy’ @ Autographing Area, Tables 2, 3, and 4 (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
Sunday, October 14:
- Post-panel signing: ‘Action-Packed Comics to Grown On’ @ Autographing Area, Tables 2, 3, and 4 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
- Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid: Graphic Novel) @ Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booth 1132 (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the release of Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book, based on Walt Disney Studios’ highly anticipated stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie, in theaters October 5, 2012. Capturing the creative process from concept to completion, the interactive book integrates videos, vibrant music, and original sketches to offer readers a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie. Available on the iBookstore, this book is Disney Publishing’s first to be created with Apple’s iBooks Author.
“We’re thrilled to give fans a look at how Tim Burton and his creative team brought Victor Frankenstein and Sparky to life in the town of New Holland,” said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Using iBooks Author, Disney Publishing was able to include more digital content than ever before—including previews of animated storyboards documenting the transition from sketch to screen.”
Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book incorporates a brief history of the 1984 live-action short film and details the upcoming full-length stop-motion animated feature, including a foreword by Academy Award®-winning actor Martin Landau (the voice of Mr. Rzykruski in the film) and introductions to over 200 resident puppets of New Holland (with a special introduction to Victor and Sparky), as well as a look into “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition,” now on tour.
A chapter on the film’s music includes previews of each track from the original motion picture score by Oscar®-nominated and GRAMMY®-winning composer Danny Elfman and from Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 16-song compilation of music from and inspired by the film, featuring artists including Karen O, Neon Trees, and Kimbra. Both albums will be available from Walt Disney Records on September 25 and can be purchased directly from within the book.
Using Apple’s iBooks Author app, Disney Publishing was able to include video, audio, multi-touch, and 3D widgets to create a robust storytelling experience that enlightens Frankenweenie fans of all ages. Readers can watch interviews featuring producer Allison Abbate and executive producer Don Hahn and explore the art of stop-motion animation with Tim Burton, while younger fans can create their own “chalkboard collage” using the film’s characters.
“Thirty years after he first visualized Frankenweenie as a student at CalArts, Tim Burton has finally made the movie he dreamed of making way back then,” said Martin Landau, voice of Mr. Rzykruski in the film. “The eBook reveals how a truncated, live-action version made by Tim three decades ago evolved into the 90-minute, black-and-white, stop-motion (Tim’s favorite animation process), 3D motion picture that he visualized all those years ago. It’s wonderful that Tim has managed to keep Victor and his friends young, energetic, and alive for 30 plus years.”
Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book is available for free exclusively on the iBookstore in 32 countries around the world.
Via its official Facebook page, Disney Reads today unveiled the artwork for the sixth chapter in the popular Disney series for young adults, Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage by Ridley Pearson.
Expected to be released in April of 2013, KK6: Dark Passage finds the Kingdom Keepers as they continue aboard the inaugural voyage of the Disney Cruise Line ship. The Kingdom Keepers discover that Maleficent and the Overtakers are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the ship, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. A destructive force is about to be unleashed — and the Kingdom Keepers will become its first victims.
Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage is expected to be penultimate book in the series.
‘ KA’ by Cirque du Soleil , the spectacular production at MGM Grand Las Vegas, and Marvel Custom Solutions team up to tell the story of this acclaimed live production through an all-new, collectible comic book. KA #1 will debut at the Marvel booth (#2329) during Comic Con International in San Diego, July 12 – 15, 2012.
“To see our live KA performances transform from the theatre to ink on pages in a comic book is an incredible opportunity for our entire team,” said Marie-Helene Gagnon, Artistic Director of KA. “By aligning ourselves with the premier brand of comic book creators, we have produced an illustration of KA that depicts the story very vividly and stays true to the plot. Marvel and its team of creators have been great to collaborate with and have embraced the story of KA and the expectations of Cirque du Soleil.”
“Marvel’s proud to bring the exciting, out of this world action and adventure of KA to life in this all new comic book,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “This is a great comic for fans of all ages, whether they’re long-time fans of Marvel, KA or new to both exciting brands of storytelling.”
KA fans attending Comic Con International can take home the heroic journey of Imperial Twins separated by war who encounter adventure and peril at every turn on their quest to reunite their kingdom.
“What’s more jaw-dropping, the majesty of the Imperial Court…the dynamic dance of their martial arts display…the overwhelming might of the invading archer army…the desperate fight for survival in the storm-tossed seas…or the tantalizing glimpses at the future threats that await the Twins?” said Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann. “Readers can decide for themselves when they feast their eyes on the all-out spectacle that writer Bryan J.L. Glass, artist Wellinton Alves and cover artist Michael Del Mundo have crafted in this world premiere debut issue.”
KA #1 will be distributed at Comic Con International in San Diego at the Marvel booth in July. A limited amount of books also will be available at comic book stores in select markets. In addition to the print copy of the comic book, fans will be able to access the KA customized comic book by utilizing Marvel’s cutting-edge digital comics reader.
Fans can get an inside look at the making of the comic book by visiting www.kacomicbook.com. Featuring sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes information, including line art, storyboards and more, this site will serve as a hub for details on the collaboration. Fans will be able to receive information on how to get their own copy of the comic book.
Arguably one of the most anticipated titles this year amongst Disney theme park enthusiasts, Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke and Vanessa Hunt takes a look at more than five decades of attraction posters and concept art from Disney parks around the globe. Featuring a foreword by the Senior Vice President, Creative Development of Walt Disney Imagineering, Tony Baxter, the 144 page, oversized compendium of attraction posters was written by Danny Handke, who serves as an Associate Show Producer for the Tokyo and Hong Kong Parks as well as Disney Cruise Line where he’s worked on projects such as Tokyo’s Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House and the AquaLab aboard the Disney Fantasy. Also contributing to the book is Imagineer Vanessa Hunt who serves at the Art Library at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Below, we are pleased to bring you some sample pages from the book, which will be released on September 4, 2012. It will retail for $40 at bookstores everywhere, but is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com at a significant discount.
Images copyright © Disney Enterprises, courtesy of Disney Book Group
Via its official YouTube channel, Disney Hyperion has released this new video of Kingdom Keepers creator and author Ridley Pearson as he discusses his upcoming title Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game which will be released on April 3, 2012 and is currently available for pre-order.
Shared from whilst aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream — upon which the fifth installment takes place — Pearson explains that the book takes place during the fictionalized 14 day maiden voyage of the Disney Dream in which the ship is scheduled to travel between its home port of Cape Canaveral and the port of Los Angeles. Pearson also makes note of a mysterious landing of an airplane at Castaway Cay.
Those fortunate to be in the Walt Disney World area at the end of this month will have an opportunity to meet Ridley Pearson and purchase his new title ahead of its official release. Details for the pre-release can be found here.