D23 Preview of Second Issue of Magazine to be Released May 5

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D23 Issue 2 CoverAlthough several D23 members have already reported receiving copies of the second issue, for the rest of us, D23 has posted the cover and a hint of what’s to come here.

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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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BOOM! Studios Launches New Site for Pixar and Muppet Comics

BOOM! Kids previews and offers subscriptions to the first series of the Disney/Pixar Incredibles and Cars comics as well as the Muppet Show. In addition, sets of first covers and special limited edition covers are also available for sale.

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Exclusive Sneak Peeks at New Pixar Comics at CBR

Comic Book Resources has posted several high-resolution pages from each of The Muppet Show and The Incredibles comic books which both hit the shelves next week courtesy of BOOM! Studios. You can check them out here.

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ESPN Magazine Taps People Gone Fishin’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – ESPN has stumbled onto a niche that seems to be thriving despite the recession — people who literally have gone fishing.

The Walt Disney Co owned sports network said on Wednesday that it had added 44 percent more pages than planned to an insert in its Bassmaster Magazine aimed at saltwater fishermen because of advertiser demand.

From product expos at bass pro shops to the Bassmaster Classic fishing competition, companies that supply equipment and boats for bass enthusiasts are seeing greater interest, said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine and the supplement, ESPN Outdoors Saltwater magazine.

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Disney D23 Magazine Review – Lotsa Details, Some Photos

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Disney twenty-three Spring 2009 Premiere Issue Cover
Disney twenty-three Spring 2009 Premiere Issue Cover

Thanks to a tip from a Distant Creations reader, I was able to get my hands on a copy (or two, actually) of Disney twenty-three magazine, the companion guide to the new Disney 23 Official Community for Disney Fans, or the ‘Disney affinity club,’ as CEO Bob Iger recently referred to it.

First Impressions: First of all, I hesitate to call this a magazine. It’s not at all what might first come to one’s mind at the thought. No, this is actually more of a timely coffee table book. With 62 pages of content, this quarterly periodical packs in plenty of full color photos (when available) laid out in a very contemporary fashion accompanied by some well detailed articles. Quite arty. The pages are binded with glue, not staples and the pages are of a thicker stock than traditional magazines. The cover, which features an embossed title, might as well be hardcover. Priced at $15.95, it’s a modest investment. And I almost forgot to mention, it comes complete in a plastic, resealable protective pouch.

So what exactly is D23 aside from the tagline? According to the inside cover, D23 (referred to throughout the issue as Disney twenty-three) ‘celebrates the adventure Walt embarked upon and the amazing legacy that lives on in the work of Disney storytellers, animators, film-makers, Imagineers and Cast Members around the world.’ (more…)

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D23 News: Magazine Details and D23 Expo

UPDATE: You can read a full review of the magazine and see some photos here.

Thanks to Distant Creation / Inside the Magic’s Ricky and and one of his readers, we now have some amazing additional details on D23′s new magazine and the dates of the first expo to take place in Anaheim in September (d23expo.com was one of the domain names registered to Disney and currently forwards to http://d23.disney.go.com which currently serves up a blank page). For all the details, read the article here.

In related news, he also covers some of the D23 trademark applications here.

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NYCC09: Disney Publishing Worldwide Panel

The panel began with Tashana Williams, a licensing manager, discussing the importance of the fab five to Disney in the comics industry and the longstanding relationship with Gemstone Publishing who holds the rights to the property in the United States (much to the chagrin of many of the audience) and will continue to do so for the forseeable future. She mentioned Mickey and the Gang as the current (published Nov 2005) high end, oversized collection which features reprints of all of the Good Housekeeping comic strips from the 1940s through 60s along with additional collections. She mentioned that there are currently over 100,000 pages of fab five comics at their disposal so the ink well won’t run dry anytime soon. In the medium to long term, she said the company is working towards licensing the classic characters (such as the Disney princesses) in comic book form. (more…)

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NYCC09: BOOM! Studios on Pixar and More

BOOM! Studios Booth at NYCC09

BOOM! Studios Booth at NYCC09

Chip Mosher, Michael Alan Nelson and Ross Richie headed this panel which covered the most recent and upcoming releases from BOOM! Studios. Editor-In-Chief Mark Waid was expected to appear as well but he was unable to make it, although he did send along a video message. (more…)

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