D23 Expo: Disney Donates $500,000 and 8 Million Books to First Book; Audience to Receive Free Book

A special event this Friday at 1 p.m. at the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center celebrates the power of imagination and the magic of Disney storytelling. Disney will donate $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need. Disney’s enduring commitment to kids, families and communities will be front and center at the event, as Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney Junior highlight the emotional connection that generations of kids and families have to Disney’s iconic stories and beloved characters.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces Plans, Signings for San Diego Comic-Con

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) thrills at the 2011 Comic-Con convention with exciting panels and signings including: a Disney/Marvel panel showcasing DPW’s Marvel publishing program through fall 2011; an exciting sneak peek at the recently launched Disney Comics App; and exclusive giveaways just for Comic-Con attendees at the DPW booth (#1016).

The DPW booth will showcase an assortment of books, comics, graphic novels, and magazines; preview upcoming releases; and product sneak peeks will be on display including The Art of Epic Mickey and Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension: Official Movie Magazine. A limited selection of product will also be for sale.

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D23 Expo: Authors Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry to Present with Actor David Arquette

A strong commitment to corporate citizenship is as much a part of The Walt Disney Company’s heritage as the family entertainment that has delighted and captivated audiences for decades. Disney opens a new chapter in that level of commitment at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011 in the Anaheim Convention Center Main Hall. A special announcement will be part of a storytelling event featuring two of America’s best-known and most popular writers, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and David Arquette, star of Disney Junior’s #1 series, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

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Disney Partners with Lilly Diabetes to Promote Awareness for Families

Lilly Diabetes and Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bookLilly Diabetes today announced the launch of an innovative collaboration with Disney Online and Disney Publishing Worldwide that combines Lilly’s deep understanding of diabetes with some Disney magic to provide inspiration, education and practical advice to families with children who have type 1 diabetes. The companies have created a variety of resources for families, including a special online hub found on Disney Family.com and a series of custom books by Disney Publishing Worldwide for children of various ages and stages of life with diabetes.

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Marvel to Publish ‘Castle’ Hardcover Graphic Novel

Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce Castle: Richard Castle’s: Deadly Storm, an all-new hardcover graphic novel inspired by the popular “Castle” television series. This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere in September 2011. Fans can get a first look at the upcoming graphic novel when Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) reveals the cover on “Knockout,” the Season Finale of “Castle,” airing Monday, May 16 at 10:01 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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Classic Disney Comics, Marvel Superheroes and Disney Afternoon Among 2011 ‘Free Comic Book Day’ Offerings

Each year, the first Saturday in May marks Free Comic Book Day, an opportunity for new and experienced comic book readers to enjoy special, free editions of comics across all genres from many participating publishers and comic book shops across the globe.

This year includes the following Disney and Marvel titles from Marvel, BOOM! Studios and Fantagraphics. Clicking on the comic book image or title will take you to the comic’s respective page on the official Free Comic Book Day site where you’ll even have an opportunity to preview the comic online.

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Disney ‘D23 Magazine’ Summer 2011 Issue Sneak Peek; On Newsstands May 3

Disney D23 Magazine, Summer 2011The summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands May 3, filled with features that will take readers from the depths of the sea to the edges of outer space. In the swashbuckling cover story on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall and actors Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths take D23: The Official Disney Fan Club into the action-packed world of the highly anticipated film.

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‘Kingdom Keepers IV’ Author Tour Dates Announced

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonVia his Wild Ride blog, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson has provided details on the tour schedule for the Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play book tour, which will kick off on April 4, 2011 at Walt Disney World as we were the first to announce.

Following Walt Disney World, Pearson will be appearing in the New York City area, the west coast and finally Georgia and Missouri. For the full details of the tour as well as any future updates, see Wild Ride.

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Video: Ridley Pearson Talks ‘Kingdom Keepers IV,’ New Online Game

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonBad news involving Chernabog and Maleficent have caused the Overtakers to step up their game and there’s no telling what they’ve become capable of in the latest entry to the popular Disney Parks-based series for young adults, Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play, by Ridley Pearson, available exclusively at Walt Disney World on April 4, everywhere else April 5 (available for pre-order on Amazon.com).

Pearson has offered the following video as an appeal to his loyal fans to help him investigate further just what those pesky villains are up to, inviting them to participate in an all-new viral video game, the ‘Kingdom Keepers: Race to Save the Magic Video Challenge’ coming soon exclusively to thekingdomkeepers.com.

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Ridley Pearson to Premiere ‘Kingdom Keepers IV’ Early at Walt Disney World

'Kingdom Keepers 4: Power Play' by Ridley PearsonNoted young adult author Ridley Pearson will be making a signing appearance at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 4 and April 5, 2011 to promote his latest entry into the popular Kingdom Keepers series, Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play. Available nationwide on April 5, 2011, Walt Disney World guests will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase it the day before at Once Upon A Toy, located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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