‘Disney/Pixar Presents’ Magazine to Debut in May from Marvel and Disney Publishing Worldwide

Marvel and Disney Publishing will debut Disney/Pixar Presents, a new monthly magazine featuring some of the most popular characters from the acclaimed Disney/Pixar films. Intended for readers of all ages and priced at $5.99, the first issue will hit stores in May 2011.

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The Walt Disney Company to Celebrate 45 Years of “it’s a small world” in 2011

For the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York, Walt Disney was commissioned by the Pepsi-Cola Company to produce an attraction to benefit the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With less than a year to create it — and with the vision of former Disney Imagineer Mary Blair and catchy tune by the Sherman Brothers —  Disney introduced “It’s A Small World” to the public. In 1966, the attraction re-opened at Disneyland, albeit in a modified form, and ‘the happiest cruise ever to have sailed’ has been a perennial favorite for millions at Disney Parks around the world since.

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‘General Hospital’s’ Damian Spinelli to be Featured in Novel from Disney Hyperion

Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, ‘The Killing Club’ and ‘Charm!,’ Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV’s popular daytime soap, ‘General Hospital,’ to coincide with the show’s 48th anniversary.

Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on
Ms. Miller’s stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli’s imagination.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Debuts Illustrated Books From Tron, Toy Story, Cars and More on Apple’s iBookstore

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the debut of beautifully illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on Apple’s iBookstore. iBooks 1.2 app, Apple’s popular free reading app whose new version was released today and includes the iBookstore, features new visual enhancements for brilliant, full-color, two-page spreads of illustrated books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Disney titles include:

  • Beauty & the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
  • Donald’s Christmas Gift
  • Mater Saves Christmas
  • Phineas & Ferb: Oh Christmas Tree!
  • Prep and Landing
  • Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair
  • Thumbs Up! Phineas & Ferb

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‘Kingdom Keepers,’ ‘Peter and the Star Catchers,’ Others Coming to eBook Format in November

Kingdom Keepers III by Ridley Pearson for the KindleDisney (e)readers, rejoice! At last, classic beloved series and books from the prolific authoring team of Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry will be released in the Amazon.com Kindle eBook format later this month. First, the exciting prequel series to Disney’s Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry will be released on November 23. The remaining books and series will be released in Kindle format on November 29.

Included in the releases are:

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Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play’ to be Released April, 2011; Now Available for Pre-Order

Amazon.com has now begun accepting pre-orders for Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play by noted young adult author Ridley Pearson.

The next in the incredibly popular series which centers on what happens inside the Walt Disney World theme parks at night (at least until they hit the high seas of the Disney Cruise Line in book five), Power Play ‘s official synopsis is as follows:

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ESPN Casts Off BASS Fishing Enthusiast Organization

BASSESPN Inc., announced Tuesday that it has finalized the sale of BASS, LLC to a group of investors including Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland.  An agreement in principle was announced in August by ESPN and the transaction was completed Monday.

BASS is the largest membership organization of bass anglers in the U.S. with more than 500,000 members.  It was purchased by ESPN in 2001 and includes several media platforms, including three magazines and a popular web site.  The investor group is a powerful combination of business acumen and superior knowledge of the outdoors industry.

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Free ‘Epic Mickey’ App for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch by Disney Publishing Worldwide Now Available

Epic Mickey DigiComics App for iPhone/iPad by Disney Publishing WorldwideDisney Publishing Worldwide has released the ‘Epic Mickey’ universal iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch app to support the release of the upcoming game. The free app includes the first of six DigiComics with the rest offered as an in-app purchase bundle for $2.99. The official description is as follows:

Welcome to Wasteland! Visit directly on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad the world where long-forgotten Disney icons of animation can find new life inspired by the Disney Epic Mickey videogame.

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NYCC: Disney Publishing Talks Tron, Pirates, Muppets, Epic Mickey and More (Spoilers)

Epic Mickey iPhone/iPad App

TRON, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Muppets and Epic Mickey were the topics of discussion today during the Disney Publishing Worldwide panel at the 5th annual New York Comic-Con which kicked off today in New York City.

Briefly touching upon TRON, preview pages of the prequel graphic novel TRON: Betrayal and The Art of TRON: Legacy were shared. Since the titles themselves as well as many of the other TRON: Legacy titles (mostly geared towards tweens) were made available to browse through at the Disney Publishing Worldwide booth, there wasn’t much more needing to be mentioned on the topic.

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World’s Smallest Horse to be Honored by Photographic Book in 2011 from Disney-Hyperion

Einstein, the world's smallest horse, with owners Dr. Rachel Wagner and Charles Cantrell (Photo by Mark WagnerDisney Book Group announced today that it will publish a photographic picture book about the miracle of Einstein—the smallest horse ever born—and his search for a perfect friend. The agreement for North American rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Cheryl Pientka of Grinberg Literary. The book is scheduled for publication in April 2011, just in time to celebrate Einstein’s first birthday.

A Friend for Einstein: The Smallest Stallion, written by Einstein’s owners, Charles Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner, celebrates the unique size and personality of the mini miniature horse. Cantrell also contributed all of the photographs that appear in the book.

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