Julie Andrews and Toby Bluth Product Releases & Signings, August 29 at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and LullabiesAcademy Award® Winning Actress, Julie Andrews will be on hand for the debut of her newest book titled, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, which will be released in October 2009. As part of this product release and signing, Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the book before its released to the public.

In addition, Artist Toby Bluth will be on hand for the release of his latest work, titled Poppins and Penguins, which was created in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the beloved Disney film, Mary Poppins.

More details to come.

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Disney Interactive Studios and Disney Press Announce New Novels Based on the Popular Spectrobes Video Game Franchise

Spectrobes: First ContactBURBANK, Calif. — Disney Press will publish the new middle-grade series based on Disney Interactive Studios’ best-selling Spectrobes videogames. The sci-fi story of two planetary officers and the mysterious Spectrobes creatures will be told through these original junior novels in addition to the upcoming Wii™ game. Disney Interactive Studios and Disney Press today announced that four Spectrobes junior novels will be available in North America this year.

Spectrobes is Disney Interactive Studios’ original monster battle video game franchise. The first Wii game of the series, Spectrobes: Origins, will be released this fall. More than 1.6 million units of the two Spectrobes Nintendo DS games released in each of the last two years have been shipped worldwide.

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Mickey Comics Get a BOOM! as Gemstone Gets the Boot

As we reported back in February from the New York Comic-Con’s panel with Disney Publishing Worldwide, Gemstone got a poor reception from the audience who felt that the publishing house wasn’t giving Mickey and pals the comic presence they richly deserved. To the panel’s credit, Disney’s response was fair and ambiguous: as long as the relationship was mutually good, it would stay.

Shortly after that, word that Gemstone was losing the franchise starting to spread and Gemstone published a notice on their website stating that the economy has forced them to make cuts which placed the Disney comics in limbo.

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Hyperion Unveils ‘Kernl’ Web Publishing Initiative

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America will mark the official debut of a new ‘e-imprint’ initiative by Disney publisher Hyperion called Kernl (reasons behind name/spelling not revealed). Looking like your standard run-of-the-mill web-based video player, the Kernl is offered in a tabbed format and offers more in-depth text and other forms of information to supplement the originating content.

If you’re not confused about why this is news, please let me know, because I sure don’t get it.

Full article here.

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Papercutz to Produce Graphic Novels Based on Disney Fairies Franchise

Publishers Weekly is reporting that New York-based Papercutz who has made a name for itself by producing comics for the youth and tween market will start publishing graphic novels starring Tinker Bell and the rest of her fairy friends in both hardcover and paperback formats. The publisher plans on releasing four graphic novels a year with the first being released in April 2010.

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BOOM! Studios Disney Line of Comics Now Available at Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store

Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.

Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.

May 7th, 2009, Los Angeles, CA — Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store announced today that the new BOOM! Kids line of Muppet and Disney/Pixar comics will be available to their customers starting immediately! Newsstand editions of THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS, CARS: THE ROOKIE and all forthcoming Muppet and Disney/Pixar comics will be hitting the shelves each Wednesday as new comics are released!

“We couldn’t be more excited to be the only comics carried at the Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store,” said BOOM! Kids editor Paul Morrissey. “I can’t wait to see the fans’ reaction to these great books!”

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The Curious Case of the Missing Imagineering Field Guide

Imagineering Field Guide - DHSSurely I couldn’t have been the only one with bated breath waiting for the release of the fifth member of the Imagineering Field Guide, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disneyland took fourth place honors). Scheduled to be released on April 28, 2009, the timing could not be more perfect, coinciding with the park’s 20th anniversary.

Checking online just a few days before, Amazon was accepting pre-orders (they now promise shipping in 12-14 days). Barnes and Noble had it ready to be sold on April 28. Only Borders’ website was showing a release date of April 2010 (?!).

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Take a Free Ride with a Free Pixar’s CARS Comic Book This Saturday

Disney/Pixar's CARS Comic Book from BOOM! Studios

Disney/Pixar's CARS Comic Book from BOOM! Studios

The first Saturday in May marks the annual Free Comic Book Day in which comic book retailers all across North America (and even the world) offer select comic books for free.

One of the offerings this year will be a special edition of The World of Cars #1 from BOOM! Studios. In addition to Cars, BOOM! works hand in hand with Disney and Pixar to produce comics based on The Incredibles, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., the Muppets and more.

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Disney Launches Fab Five and Classic Comics in India

Disney Publishing Worldwide (India), a division of Walt Disney Company (India), has announced a licensing agreement with local publisher Junior Diamond to publish Disney comic books, both in English and Hindi.

Featuring Disney’s characters, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, the 32-page comic book will be priced at Rs 25. Roshini Bakshi, regional director, Disney Consumer Products said, “Every month, we will print 50,000 copies for each character and launch 2 titles under Mickey and Donald respectively per month.” Disney is gunning to reach 10,000 points-of-interest within the first month of launch.
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