Lucasfilm to Publish Four Surprise Novels on Same Day in Fall 2015

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We have already reported on a mysterious title currently known only as Winter Tales Book and Magnetic Play Set — which many are assuming is tied to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens — but now Disney Publishing has announced plans for four novels to be published a month earlier, all on the same date.

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WATCH: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: The Black Vortex’ Event Trailer

Marvel's 'The Black Vortex' Alpha #1Marvel has provided us with a trailer for its upcoming event, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, of which the first issue is now on stands. In the new series, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the All-New X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel, Cyclops and more team up for a cosmic throwdown the likes of which have never been seen. On sale this week, the highly anticipated first issue in the upcoming crossover from fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and blockbuster artist Ed McGuinness.

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‘Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past’ Graphic Novel in April

'Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past'Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios have announced the future publication of Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past, a graphic novel follow-up to Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen. Inspired by the popular ABC television drama, Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past is an all new graphic novel slated for release in April (now available for pre-order).

Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past shares origin stores of four of Storybrooke’s most beloved residents:

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‘Kingdom Keepers, The Return: Disney Lands’ by Ridley Pearson Cover Reveal

'Kingdom Keepers The Return: Disney Lands' by Ridley PearsonDisney Hyperion has released the cover art for the anticipated follow-up series best-selling author Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers.’ Titled ‘The Return,’ the new series follows the further adventures of the Kingdom Keepers. Expected March 31, 2015, the official current publisher’s description of the first book, ‘Disney Lands,’ is as follows:

With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.

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ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ to Get Original Novel, ‘Red’s Untold Tale’

Although ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time,’ has already enjoyed a previous book release, Reawakened, which is essentially a retelling of the popular fairy tale series’ first season, it’s Ruby/Red who will receive the spotlight for the new original novel inspired by the series. Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale will provide some backstory to the character based on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood. The official publisher’s description is as follows:

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SPECULATION: Shellie May to Visit Disney Parks Beginning in 2015

'Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage'It’s not much to go on and we have admittedly jumped the gun before, but an announcement by Disney Publishing Worldwide has renewed our speculation that Duffy’s gal pal, Shellie May, may finally be coming stateside to join the original Disney bear. Since our original speculation — based on trademarks — she has in fact shown up in the United States in the form of merchandise sold at the Aulani resort in Hawaii. Oddly enough, Duffy has found an additional new friend at the Tokyo Disney Resort in the form of an art-loving cat by the name of Gelatoni.

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‘Big Hero 6′ Manga to be Published in March 2015

'Big Hero 6' MangaOn March 24, 2015, Orbit’s Yen Press imprint will publish Haruki Ueno’s Big Hero 6, Vol 1, a 192-page collection of official manga first published in Japan to introduce the story of the Marvel-inspired film from Walt Disney Animation Studios to the public. The official publisher’s description is as follows:

Hiro’s a genius, but what he really wants is to be like his inventor big brother, Tadashi — but one day, Tadashi vanishes while saving Hiro’s life. The only thing left behind to console the grief-stricken Hiro is Tadashi’s last invention, the health-care companion robot Baymax. But the friendship that grows between the gentle bot and the lonely boy is only the beginning of their adventure…

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‘The Descendants’ Prequel Synopsis, Character Descriptions

DOVE CAMERON, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA CARSON, CAMERON BOYCE (DISNEY CHANNEL/Bob D'Amico)A new publisher’s description for Isle of the Lost, the prequel novel for the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘The Descendants,’ penned by Melissa de la Cruz, has been released. In addition, Amazon has provided what appears to be official character descriptions for the offspring of the famous Disney villains. The book’s description is as follows:

Evil Tree. Bad Apple?

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

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‘Frozen’ Novel, ‘A Frozen Heart,’ to tell Story from Hans’ Perspective

While Random House will continue the adventures of Anna and Elsa in a series of new stories, Disney Press will continue to examine the events of Frozen in new lights, this time from the perspective of Hans — and Anna. Due out May 26, 2015, A Frozen Heart is a 304 page novel for young adults that explores what’s going on inside the minds of Anna and Hans and explore their inner emotions as the events of the film unfold. It is written by Elizabeth Rudnick, who has not only written several junior novelizations, but most recently explored the inner thoughts of Aurora and Maleficent in her Maleficent adaptations.

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Is Lucasfilm’s ‘Winter Tale’ Another ‘Strange Magic’ Surprise?

If announcing Strange Magic just a couple of months before its theatrical release is any indication, Lucasfilm has some pretty interesting cards up its sleeve that it seems ready to produce at a moment’s notice — providing it’s when it’s least expected.

Recently, a new title appeared on Amazon.com for pre-order, titled Winter Tales Junior Novelization with the only clue being that it’s a tie-in to a feature film — a feature film that appears to have the same internet presence as Strange Magic did prior to its unveiling. Other than that, all that’s given is it’s 128 pages and slated for a release of March 3, 2015 March 1, 2016.

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