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.
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.
‘ 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.
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.
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.
Hyperion recently announced plans to publish three original eBook novellas by renown mystery writer Richard Castle, marking a return to his internationally bestselling and award-winning Derrick Storm series. The first eBook, titled A Brewing Storm, will be published in May 2012 and will bring the former CIA operative out of retirement. The as-yet-untitled second and third Derrick Storm eBooks are scheduled for release in July and August respectively.
On Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, guests at the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to meet author Ridley Pearson and purchase a signed copy of his latest book, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game’ days before its official release in stores on April 3, 2012.
Pearson will be at Once Upon a Toy in the Downtown Disney District Marketplace on March 29, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and at the Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 30 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Note that park admission will be required for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios event, but not for Once Upon a Toy.
Via his Twitter account, ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series author Ridley Pearson announced that the cover for his anticipated fifth entry in the series, Shell Game, along with chapter one will be officially released tomorrow on the official Facebook page. The cover will debut at 10 am ET while the first chapter will be released at 5 pm ET. The book, currently available for pre-order, will be released on April 3. The cover, presumably seen here, was actually posted on Ridley Pearson’s website for a few weeks prior being pulled in favor of a big reveal (special thanks to @urakan for providing the image).
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today that two more storybook app titles based on the original Marvel Origins series will join ‘The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story‘ app, which launched last month. The new titles, both narrated by comic book legend Stan Lee, include ‘Avengers Origins: Hulk’ and ‘Avengers Origins: Assemble!’ which will be available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch in February 2012.
Marvel Comics today announced that it has joined forces with Disney Publishing to produce a new limited series of comics based on Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. This will be the first new issue of a title previously produced by BOOM! Comics who no longer have the Disney license.
‘Everyone loves Toy Story, so we’re excited to team with our friends at Disney/Pixar to bring readers all new stories of our favorite characters from these blockbuster films,’ said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. ‘Toy Story allows us to bring great new material to the market that’s not only perfect for kids, but also a great read for fans of all ages. What’s next for Woody and Buzz in these stories? We can’t wait for you to find out!’