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Earlier today Hachette Book Group announced via press release that effective September 1, 2010, it will be handling distribution of Marvel graphic novels which is currently handled through Diamond Book Distributors. Although Marvel has since announced that it intends to [i]extend[/i] the current agreement with sister company Diamond Comics Distributor to continue handling the distribution of Marvel’s more traditional comics form, it does tend to strike a familiar chord such as when parent company Disney handed off its license for comics starring traditional Disney characters in the United States to BOOM! Studios, formerly handled by Diamond sibling Gemstone Publishing.

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Disney Educational and Artist Neal Adams Announce Motion Comics Series on Holocaust

Disney Educational Productions has enlisted comic book artist and activist Neal Adams to illustrate and narrate a new ten-part series of motion comics titled They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust.

Ironically enough, Adams has actively fought against the work-made-for-hire provision of the copyright laws in the past, fighting on behalf of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to have original art returned to them. Adams also took on an active role when he learned of Dina Babbitt who agreed to paint prisoners for Josef Mengele so that she and her mother could prolong being put to death. The art eventually landed up in the hands of the Auschwitz State Museum who later refused to return the artwork to Babbitt upon her request.

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The Kingdom Keepers Return to Guide Guests Through the Disney Parks by Day – and Protect the Parks from Disney Villains at Night

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadows by Ridley PearsonFive teenagers – the Kingdom Keepers – have been transformed into Disney Holographic Images (DHIs) that thrill guests as they guide them through each of the Disney parks. In truth, the Disney Imagineers created the DHIs to protect Disney’s theme parks from the Overtakers, classic Disney villains, who are trying to seize the parks and use them for their own evil agendas. Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers book series follows these heroes on behind-the-scenes adventures in the magical world of the Disney parks – and in Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow, the action happens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. (Disney-Hyperion Books, ages 10 and up, $17.99)

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First Look: ‘Toy Story’ Read-Along App for iPad from Disney Digital Books

img_5544 Although it’ll still be another couple of days before anyone can actually experience them on the new iPad from Apple, the iPad apps floodgates opened today and Disney quickly debuted and previewed a slew of iPad exclusives from all across the Walt Disney Company family.

Disney Digital Books has offered up a couple of its interactive storybooks in the form of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, even offering the former for free. The Toy Story 2 Read-Along is $8.99 but that also includes a one month’s subscription to the online service where hundreds of interactive Disney books are already online with more added monthly. In addition to the Toy Story iPad apps, Disney Publishing will soon be offering apps featuring stories from The Princess and the Frog, Phineas and Ferb, Winnie the Pooh and — of course — Toy Story 3.

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Chapter Two of Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow’ Now Online

Via his blog, author Ridley Pearson has made the second chapter of Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow available for download. Previously, Pearson has made the first chapter available as we reported earlier.

The full book from Disney Hyperion will be available in stores on April 6.

To view the second chapter, click here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

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Nook Owners Can Obtain Exclusive ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Content at Barnes & Noble

Barnes and Noble announced its ‘More in Store’ program today which offers free bonus content to owners of its Nook portable e-book reader when visiting the store.

Amongst the offerings announced is the ability for Nook owners to personalize their Nooks with 13 screensavers, based on director Tim Burton’s sketches from Alice in Wonderland from Walt Disney Studios. The screensavers include images of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Red Queen and other memorable characters from the imaginative movie. Additionally, customers can download a free copy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland eBook.

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First Pages of ‘Kingdom Keepers 3′ by Ridley Pearson Available Online

On his official blog, Ridley Pearson, popular author of young adult novels, has made the first several pages of his upcoming title Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney in Shadow (April 6, 2010; Disney Hyperion) available for download (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). The newest book in the series has our heroes back in the theme parks of Walt Disney World with a new challenge, obstacles and enemies to overcome.

As Ridley has promised us, Stitch has a prominent role in the book, appearing first on page one, but his badness level appears to be questionable at best. Only time (and the rest of the book) will tell if Stitch counts Maleficent and the Overtakes or Finn and the rest of the DHIs amongst his ‘ohana.

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‘Kingdom Keepers’ Online Game Now Accepting Applications for Beta Testers

Through his twitter, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson has announced that the developers of the Kingdom Keepers online game are now accepting applications for beta testing. The only requirement for applicants is that they are at least 13 years of age.

To apply for beta access to the game, fill out the application here.

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Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Announce Winners in ‘Flat Stanley’ Contest

Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Children’s Books today announced three winners from “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure” contest. Children, ages 7 to 12, had the opportunity to win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially-themed Flat Stanley and a 150-word story describing his “Next BIG Adventure.”

Following hundreds of creative entries crafted from all sorts of material, including glitter, sand, yarn, construction paper and even jeweled stickers, three winners have been chosen from the following age groups:

  • 7-8 yr-old winner Lauren Shepard from Tennessee sent Flat Stanley to Australia for a great adventure “Down Under”
  • 9-10 yr-old winner Adia Chaney of Maryland designed a European-style Flat Stanley; her story highlighted the Queen of England
  • 11-12 yr-old winner Destiny White from Texas captured her win with an Asian-inspired Flat Stanley and an unforgettable adventure to the Great Wall of China

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BOOM! Studios Releases Hardcover Collection of Classic Disney Valentine’s Day Comics

Love stories from the world’s most famous couples — Mickey and Minnie and Donald and Daisy — in some of the greatest (and most painful) romances ever told!  Romantic, suave, debonair- all these words and more have never been used to describe Donald Duck!  Check out how many humiliating ways he can ruin a nice night out with Daisy!  Mickey has better luck, but he’s a hopeless romantic at heart, and everyone knows that’s nothing but trouble…  Featuring the industry’s greatest all-time talents like Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Daan Jippes, and more on the world’s most well-known characters!

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