Disney Publishing Worldwide is working on bringing traditional Disney comic stories to the digital age by making them available in ‘animated’ format (with the panels scrolling by) on mobile devices around the world. I first learned about Disney DigiComics back in July and then they were reported to target a launch by the end of this year. Today I’ve received some new information about this exciting project from the DigiComics team in Italy.
Disney DigiComics has an ambitious rollout schedule. They are still planning to release them this year! In December they will first be made available in Italy and English speaking countries, including the United States. This will be on Apple iPhone, iPod and Sony PSP.
In the new year, DigiComics will enter some countries where Disney comics have a strong history and the paper versions are already read by millions each week: Germany, the Nordic countries and the Netherlands. Later in 2010, DigiComics will become available in France, Spain, Poland and other countries like China and India. More platforms will be added throughout next year as well, including Nokia phones, Nintendo and more.
When DigiComics is launched in December, it will have about fifty different stories available for download, stories starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the gang. After that, five to ten newly digitized stories will be added each week (!) depending on the platform. Initially, all these comics will be taken from the huge archive that The Walt Disney Company Italy has built up in the last 50 years. These stories were originally made for the Italian weekly and monthly magazines. However, my contact at Disney Publishing Worldwide said that it is likely that in the future new stories will be created specifically for the DigiComics platform.
There’s no information on pricing yet. One of the screenshots on this page has Euro prices on it, but these are not confirmed.
On the list for the launch are the following classic Italian stories:
- X-Mickey – A unique series that features Mickey Mouse and his sidekick Pipwolf (Goofy as a werewolf) solving mysteries about monsters and the unknown;
- Wizards of Mickey – a 266-page fantasy saga starring Mickey, Donald and Goofy as wizards;
- The Canterville Ghost – a 1990 story written by Alessandro Sisti with art by Roberto Marini;
- Casablanca – a 1987 story written and drawn by Giorgio Cavazzano;
- The Phantom of the Opera – a 1984 story written by Alessandro Bencivenni with art by Luciano Gatto.