First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide are once again teaming up to fight illiteracy by delivering new books to children of low-income families and the educational systems that serve students of low-income families. Via a Groupon Grassroots campaign, First Book will be accepting donations of $10 per Groupon which will go directly towards providing four new books to children in need. Disney Publishing Worldwide has committed to matching each donation up to a total of one million books.
At the Disney D23 Expo in 2011, Disney Publishing announced it was donating $500K and eight million books to the cause which was founded in 1992 and is now celebrating distributing over 100 million new books in North America.
For more information or to donate to First Book with a matching donation by Disney, visit the Groupon Grassroots campaign for First Book. Donations will be accepted over the next two weeks.
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today its release of one of the first apps for early readers in the Windows Store, ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book.’ From Cinderella and Ariel to Snow White and Jasmine, the app features Disney Princess favorites in an interactive story and dress-up sticker book complete with colorful illustrations, expert narration, and enchanting music.
‘The new touch interface of Windows 8 is highly conducive to creating deeply engaging storytelling experiences for children and their families,’ said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. ‘We’re thrilled to bring the “Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book” app to life on Windows 8 and look forward to creating more content for our readers to enjoy on this platform in the future.’
‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book’ encourages children to read along and interact in creative dress-up play with each Disney Princess while exploring royal weddings, special celebrations, and other magical moments. Readers can change outfits and accessories and add tiaras with the swipe of a finger. An interactive camera feature allows children to upload their own photo and save royal portraits for friends, family, and fellow princesses! Children and parents also have the option to save their sticker creations.
Developed in conjunction with Vectorform, a leading developer of mobile apps and digital products, ‘Disney Princess Dress-Up Sticker Book’ app is now available in English on the Entertainment section of the Windows Store for US $3.99. Additional languages will be available in the coming months. The book is supported by all devices running Windows 8.
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) kicks off New York Comic-Con 2012 with several exciting author/illustrator panels, in-booth signings, and exclusive giveaways at the DPW booth, #1132.
From Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus to Disney “It’s a Small World,” there is something for everyone. Giveaways include:
- Marvel preview booklet
- Heroes of Olympus water bottles
- Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel posters
- Disney “it’s a small world” tote bags
Passion, Power, and Paranormals! (Friday, October 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1A14)
Authors Keri Arthur, Maureen Johnson, Tahereh Mafi, Tonya Hurley, Margaret Stohl, Dan Krokos (False Memory), Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds) and Kalayna Price discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. If dating the undead wasn’t tricky enough, these protagonists must also battle the forces of evil while trying to keep their sanity and the world safe from destruction. Moderator Jocelyn Davies will have the authors divulging the steamy details behind creating their characters and their tricky love affairs.
Hocus Pocus: Magic & Monsters in Science-Fiction and Fantasy (Saturday, October 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1A08)
Science-Fiction and Fantasy authors discuss the costs and consequences of ‘magic’ in their novels. Moderator Beth Revis will have authors Andrea Cremer, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Max Gladstone, Cecil Castellucci, Victoria Schwab (The Archived) and Richard Kadrey dishing about the the scary, hairy, and dangerous creatures that lurk in the worlds they have created.
The World of Graphic Novels (Saturday, October 13 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm, Room 1A06)
Restaurants, outer space, fantastical worlds, high school — graphic novels today will take readers to all these places and more! How do graphic novelists combine words and pictures to create the worlds within their books? Authors Fred Chao, Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, Tyler Crook, and Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid: Graphic Novel) discuss how world-building works in the world of comics.
Action-Packed Comics to Grown On (Sunday, October 14 @ 10:45 am -11:45 am, Room 1A08)
Want to raise a comic book aficionado? Start here! With characters ranging from a neurotic rabbit to a crime-fighting lunch lady and formats from graphic novels to pop-ups, authors Patrick McDonnell (Mutts comic strip), Philip Amara (So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist), Ben Hatke (Legends of Zita the Spacegirl), Zach Giallongo (Broxo) and Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel) are masters at penning favorites for the youngest age group. Look forward to a discussion about presenting the comic book genre to the littlest readers in an accessible and often downright hilarious way guaranteed to have them reading AND creating works of their own.
Kids/YA Publisher Spotlight (Sunday, October 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1A07)
Come hear the advance buzz about what’s coming up from Disney Publishing Worldwide, First Second, Macmillan Kids, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Random House, Penguin Young Readers, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and Tor! Editors and marketing staff come together to recommend their favorite upcoming books by exciting new authors and illustrators — accompanied with giveaways, trivia and — most of all — FUN!
Friday, October 12th:
- Dan Krokos (False Sight advance copies) and Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds advance copies) @ Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booth 1132 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Post-Panel signing: ‘Passion, Power and Paranormals!’ @ Autographing Area, Tables 2, 3, and 4 (3:15 pm – 4:15 pm)
Saturday, October 13:
- Victoria Schwab (The Archived advance copies) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booth 1132 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Post-Panel signing: ‘Hocus Pocus: Magic & Monsters in Science-Fiction and Fantasy’ @ Autographing Area, Tables 2, 3, and 4 (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
Sunday, October 14:
- Post-panel signing: ‘Action-Packed Comics to Grown On’ @ Autographing Area, Tables 2, 3, and 4 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
- Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid: Graphic Novel) @ Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booth 1132 (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)
Disney Publishing Worldwide has launched ‘Disney Reads,’ a new social media hub that will be your go-to place for the latest news in the world of books, magazine, comics, digital app and much, much more.
Through its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels, fans will get first access to news, contests, quizzes, polls, giveaways and fan-generated content. ‘Disney Reads’ will also showcase backstage segments from author events, feature exclusive downloadable goodies and other fun Disney fan content.
Fans of the Facebook page can also enter to win two ‘Disney Reads’ Gift Pack assortments — one to keep and one to give (approximate retail value of $700).
Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, today announces the launch of FamilyFun Kids, a new, bi-monthly magazine that encourages kids’ creativity with hands-on crafts, skill-building recipes, imaginative games, brainteasers, and puzzles. The magazine, geared to 6- to 12-year-olds, is created by the staff of Disney FamilyFun magazine, which millions of moms turn to each month for creative family ideas. Like its parent magazine, FamilyFun Kids is packed with fun things to read, but is also specifically designed to be a tactile, interactive experience for children with pages they can cut, fold, tear out, and decorate.
“Many studies show that creative thinking is critical for kids to develop as students and thinkers, yet unfortunately, U.S. creativity scores are declining, and arts programs are being cut,” says Editorial Director, Ann Hallock. “FamilyFun Kids is designed to spark creative thinking in children by giving them ideas and inspiration to make and do things on their own. There is no magazine out there doing this – and we know parents really crave this kind of creative support for their kids.”
The first issue of this hands-on magazine features a playful voice, step-by-step photos and diagrams, ideas from real kids, sneak peeks of great new books, special “art break” pages, where readers can use their imaginations, and even a fold-out-and-use fortune teller. Content will include brand-new activities in addition to favorite ideas from FamilyFun‘s 20 years of archives, re-worked so kids can do them on their own. FamilyFun Kids magazine is the latest addition to a successful cluster of five premium children’s subscription magazines launched in the U.S. by Disney Publishing Worldwide. ‘FamilyFun Kids’ is available for $23.94 for a year subscription (6 issues), and on newsstands for $4.99 per issue. To learn more about FamilyFun Kids, visit FamilyFun.com/kids.
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) invites families and fans to experience The Wonderful Words of Disney. Guests have the opportunity to attend exclusive sessions with renowned children’s authors, listen to timeless stories read live, and explore the ultimate Disney fan’s dream library at the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo, taking place at Anaheim Convention Center from August 19–21, 2011.
Guests will be able to immerse themselves in The Wonderful Words of Disney (booth #702), where classic tales and new adventures come to life. With beanbag chairs, great reads, and kiosks featuring loaded tablets and smartphones, fans can peruse Disney’s vast library of books featuring beloved characters from Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear—and series including Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Kingdom Keepers. Disney Publishing Worldwide’s latest books and magazines—including the brand-new It’s a Small World publishing program, Phineas and Ferb magazines, the Captain America special interest publication, learning products including School Skills workbooks, and the recently launched Cars 2 Read and Race app—will be on hand for guests to read and enjoy.
On Friday, August 19, in the Disney Channel booth, fans of all ages are invited to join Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry and noted New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson, co-authors of the Peter and the Starcatchers series of prequels to Peter Pan, along with beloved Jake and the Never Land Pirates characters Jake, Captain Hook, and Mr. Smee, for a celebration of the power of imagination and the magic of Disney storytelling. This event also includes an appearance by actor David Arquette (the voice of Skully in the hit Disney Junior series Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and a special announcement from The Walt Disney Company Corporate Citizenship team.
In addition, storytellers will read Disney favorites on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Disney Publishing booth, including the Winnie the Pooh and Cars 2 Read-Along digital books, The Ballad of Nessie by Kieran Lachlan, and The Little Golden Book Tangled.
Exclusive giveaways include a high-quality print in honor of the late Disney artist Mary Blair, a chance to win two parks passes through the Disney English referral program, and a special card to download a “Build-a-Roller-coaster” app.
Additional highlights of DPW’s lineup at D23 Expo 2011 include:
- Don Hahn Reveals “Why We Create” (August 19, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – In a fascinating discussion, filmmaker, Academy Award-nominated producer, and author Don Hahn reveals insights into the creative process using classic Disney images, world-renowned art, advertisements, and music to share his inspirations and knowledge.
- Behind the Page with Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (August 20, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) – These highly entertaining best-selling authors will discuss the blockbuster series Peter & The Starcatchers, with focus on the new book, The Bridge to Never Land.
- Ridley Pearson Presents Kingdom Keepers (August 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – In this presentation, Ridley will discuss the series and reveal his behind-the-scenes experiences at the Disney Parks while researching the New York Times best-selling books.
- It’s a Small World Story Time and Pen Pal Program (August 19, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.) – Listen to a live reading from the It’s a Small World picture book and the Hello World! book, followed by a very special opportunity to become pen pals with a Disney English student based in China.
Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3–12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.
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.
More juicy news could be found in the discussion regarding Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Chanties. With a cover by Eric Powell of The Goon and the writing talents including those such as Bryan Q. Miller and Rob Kidd (author of the Young Jack Sparrow series), the described graphic novel anthology will consist of one main story and six short stories. Currently slated to be released on April 19, 2011, the graphic novel will serve as a prequel to not only Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but will include stories going back as far as pre-dating the first film. Although it’s still early in development, stories are said to include dueling Jacks (Sparrow and the monkey that is), Barbossa and the skeleton curse. In preparation for the movie, Blackbeard and other yet-known characters will also be included in the stories.
Next on the docket was the multi-platform integration of books and the digital world. Going forward, it’s reasonable to expect that at least all of Disney’s original graphic novel properties will include some digital aspect. The first one talked about, whose introduction arrived in the way of a sample video, was the Muppets motion comic, debuting this fall. Based on Roger Langridge’s Meet the Muppets for BOOM! Studios, the Muppets motion comic will be made available on the Apple iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Microsoft Xbox Live, Amazon Video Store, Sony PSN and DVD. The sample video included a Muppet News Flash with the Newsman, a commentary by Statler and Waldorf and a brief appearance by Kermit the Frog.
Epic Mickey was the property on which most time was spent and it was here that it was first announced that there would be an Epic Mickey app for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, which is expected to be released next week. Although it was previously announced that Peter David would be creating a 64 page graphic novel prequel for Epic Mickey as well as a digicomics version, the panel spent a great deal of time explaining the details in how the comics will be deployed. The app will be free and will contain some basic content such as the game’s trailer, character bios and the first of the six stories in the Tales from the Wasteland, presumably ‘Clocktower Cleaners.’ The remaining five stories can be purchased in-app as a bundle for $2.99. On November 30, with the game launch, the app will be updated to make way for additional items such as the graphic novel itself (in-app purchase for $3.99), motion comics (first free, remaining five for $1.99 each or bundled for $8.99).
Also mentioned and re-confirmed (as Amazon.com had once listed it) is that there will be an Epic Mickey: It’s Your Call book which is Disney’s answer to the Choose Your Own Adventure type books of yore. Don’t expect to see it anytime soon though, I was told it won’t be released until summer 2011. Also coming in summer, although I don’t believe it was mentioned at the panel, but was told to me later, is The Art of Epic Mickey which will be done in the same vein as the existing ‘Art of’ titles.
Lastly, but by no means least, was the re-announcement that Disney Publishing has teamed up with Fantagraphics to produce a series of the ‘definitive’ collection of Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse comic strips. Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley is the first title which is set to be released on May 18, 2011. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the original comics, the teams have gone to the Walt Disney Studio Archives and are ‘restoring’ the artwork to ensure that the integrity of the original colors and vision of the comics is maintained.
At the Disney Interactive Booth on the New York Comic-Con floor, both TRON: Evolution and Epic Mickey were offered as playable demos. I had the opportunity to play some of the Gremlin Village Ticket Booth level of Epic Mickey, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the Disneyland model’s Fantasyland. Not too much to report on that, other than it is pretty fun and forgiving to play and I learned that in the full game, there’s a full ride inside ‘it’s a small world’ available. Unfortunately in the demo mode, playing inside the attraction just ended the demo, so I’ll have to wait until November 30 for that one. I also received confirmation from a developer of the game that something mentioned during the Disney Publishing Worldwide panel was true. According to them, the endgame cinematic is very emotional and — if I heard things correctly — it’s even said to make Warren Spector shed a tear.
Make sure to read our coverage of the NYCC Epic Mickey panel here.
Popular Young Adult Character Artemis Fowl Comes to Life in ‘Artemis Rocks!’ Tour with Author Eoin Colfer
On the heels of his overwhelmingly successful Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence international tour, Eoin Colfer will tour the U.S. as part of the Artemis Rocks! show. The tour coincides with the publication of Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh title in Colfer’s best selling series of novels for young readers.
Artemis Rocks! launched with two sneak preview performances in Southern California on August 4th and 5th; the U.S. tour runs from September 14th through the 24th. This talk show-style performance features a monologue from Eoin, a first rate writer and part time comedian. Eoin will interview Artemis Fowl himself, and the shows feature original songs and newly created music videos. There will be audience participation and book signings at all events as well.
A mobile texting campaign featuring Artemis Fowl songs will support the show. In addition, Colfer will video blog from all tour locations.
Previously, Colfer, the creator of boy criminal genius Artemis Fowl, toured the U.S. in Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence, a one man live stage show that spins the hilarious tale of his childhood and his four mischievous brothers, and the invariably funny ways they inspired the characters in the Artemis Fowl books. A family show in every sense of the word, Colfer draws on his own childhood for most of his jokes. Cute photos of the five devilish-looking Colfer brothers provide a simple backdrop for Colfer’s gags about fiends, fairies and flatulence, each of which is delivered with perfect deadpan timing.
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex is the latest in one of the most successful fantasy series worldwide. Combined sales of the ARTEMIS FOWL books have now exceeded 12 million copies, and the series is a constant on the New York Times list. The Artemis Fowl series has topped every other imaginable best-seller list as well – including USA Today, Publishers Weekly, BookSense, and even The Economist.
In the book, Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind? Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies – not humans – and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy. Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind – and the grips of a giant squid – in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?
In addition to the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer is also The New York Times best-selling author of Airman; Half Moon Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer’s Legend of… books; The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will make a rare public appearance at Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle in New York City on April 27 to promote her children’s book The Sandwich Swap.
In the story, based on part of the Queen’s own personal experiences, Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grown-ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.
A wristband is required to sit within the specially designated storytime area at the store which takes place at 3:30 pm. The store will begin issuing the wristbands on a first-come-first-served basis when it opens at 9 am on April 27. A wristband is not required to access the signing line.