Preview of Boom! Studios’ new collection of the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa!

Posted by Arthur in Boom! Studios, Don Rosa, New Titles, United States

Yesterday Boom! Studios released the first book collecting Don Rosa’s legendary epic story The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The hardcover album ($16.49 at Amazon) was released earlier than expected, but in case you haven’t seen it yet here are some pictures of this fabulous new book.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Volume 1

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January 8th 2010 | 12:14 am CET | 2 Comments »

Two new monthly comics from Boom! Studios this month

Posted by Arthur in Boom! Studios, New Titles, United States

Wizards of Mickey issue 1Boom! Studios in the United States is launching two new monthly series this month: Wizards of Mickey and Disney’s Hero Squad.

Wizards of Mickey #1, on sale January 27th, will continue the epic tale of magical adventure that was started in Mickey Mouse & Friends issues #296 – #299. The stories proved popular enough to garner its own stand alone series. Wizards of Mickey follows the adventures of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as they compete in the Grand Wizard's tournament, determined to win all the pieces of the Sorcerer Supreme's crown and free Mickey's master from the clutches of the evil Phantom Blot! You can pre-order Wizards of Mickey #1 for $2.39.

Ultraheroes issue 1Disney’s Hero Squad, which will also go on sale on January 27th, continues the Ultraheroes stories that were started in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #699 – #702. The series features Super Goof, Duck Avenger, Eega Beeva, The Red Bat and more coming together as Disney's mightiest band of heroes, ready to stomp out the bad guys wherever they may lurk! Pre-order Hero Squad now for $2.39.

"The fan response to Wizards of Mickey and Disney’s Hero Squad has been completely insane," says BOOM! Disney Editor Aaron Sparrow. "These characters have reached a whole new audience, and fans, old and new, have clamored to have these stories in their own dedicated series. Well, you demanded it and we delivered."

So what will happen to Mickey Mouse & Friends and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories? The first one will take a break for a while as Boom prepares the next wave of Mickey Mouse stories. This will delay the series milestone #300 issue, which would have been next. Comics & Stories #703 will see the debut of a new series by Italian artist Casty titled “Mickey Mouse and The World to Come” (I TL 2721-3P, “Topolino e il mondo che verrà“). For a preview of Casty’s work see this fan-made website about his work.

From this website you can even download a wallpaper for the story that is coming to Comics & Stories:

Topolino e il mondo che verrà

January 7th 2010 | 9:44 am CET | No Comments »

Official Disney DigiComics sites in UK and Italy

Posted by Arthur in Digital Comics, Websites

The United Kingdom and Italy now have a DigiComics section on their local Disney websites. The two sites can be found at disney.co.uk/digicomics and disney.it/digicomics. They are only two pages, but provide some official information about the service.

The homepage has two large features for Wizards of Mickey and Superduck:

UK Disney DigiComics homepage

UK Disney DigiComics homepage

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January 4th 2010 | 9:57 am CET | 3 Comments »

4-for-3 Disney Comics at Amazon

Posted by Arthur in Shopping

Amazon has another one of their great 4-for-3 deals for books under $10. This includes some of Boom’s latest trade paperbacks as well as lots of older Gladstone and Gemstone comics and albums that are still in stock at Amazon.

 
December 26th 2009 | 9:01 pm CET | No Comments »

Merry Christmas

Posted by Arthur in Announcements

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

Uncle Scrooge with Christmas wreath made of money

(This picture of Scrooge by Carl Barks was taken from Christmas Parade 5)

December 25th 2009 | 3:13 am CET | No Comments »

A Review of the new Disney DigiComics on the PSP

Posted by Arthur in Digital Comics

Last Thursday, PlayStation launched their new Digital Comics service for the PSP (PlayStation Portable). Comic stories can be purchased from the PlayStation Store and there’s a large variety of different genres, from Astroboy to X-Men. Disney comics are available too (or I wouldn’t be writing about this here) as part of the new Disney DigiComics program from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Right now there are a total of 40 Disney comics available for download and DPW plans to add five to ten new stories per week! The PSP service is currently only available in English in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. There are also sites for Ireland, Germany, Italy and Spain but these have a ‘coming soon’ message on the homepage. In 2010, other countries will be added and Disney DigiComics will become available on other platforms, like Apple’s iPhone and iPod.

Disney DigiComics is using the vast library of comics created by The Walt Disney Company Italy for Topolino and other Italian comics. The Disney stories are in a special section in the PlayStation Store on the PSP and they are organized by character. You can browse by Donald Duck, Daisy, Gladstone Gander, etc. Special series, like Double Duck and Wizards of Mickey, are listed separately. The short stories (around 25 to 30 pages) are $0.99 each and the longer ones (around 50 pages) are $1.99. There is one free 8-page comic for download, which is titled ‘Donald Duck and the Fussy Genie’ (I-2270).

Disney DigiComics on the PSP

Disney DigiComics on the PSP

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December 20th 2009 | 9:49 pm CET | 2 Comments »

Disney DigiComics launch on PSP today

Posted by Arthur in Digital Comics

Just a quick note that Disney DigiComics have launched on the PlayStation Network today for the PSP (PlayStation Portable). You can view the available Disney comics here. Most of them are $0.99 each, but there seem to be some free ones too.

I received the following email in my inbox this morning. Check it out, there’s pictures of Wizards of Mickey and X Mickey in there!

Playstation Network Digital Comics Ad

Sony’s comics website is available in the following countries: Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Austria, South Africa, United Kingdom and the USA. I haven’t tested yet if Disney comics are available in each country, but this is quite a big launch.

December 17th 2009 | 8:36 am CET | No Comments »

Disney Comics Gift Guide

Posted by Arthur in Shopping

Looking for Christmas gifts for the comic or Disney fan on your list? Here are some of my top Disney comics gift ideas. It’s a mix of goodies for collectors, new comic readers and the littlest Disney fans, too!

Walt Disney's Christmas Classics by Boom! Kids Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics by Boom! Kids
$16.49 at Amazon
This 112-page hardcover book by Boom! Kids features some great Disney comic holiday classics written and drawn by creators who are legends in the field.

Stories include Christmas on Bear Mountain by Carl Barks and It’s a Wonderful Christmas Story by Romano Scarpa

Walt Disney Treasures - Disney Comics: 75 Years of Innovation Walt Disney Treasures – Disney Comics: 75 Years of Innovation
$10.39 at Amazon
This great 160-page paperback by Gemstone Publishing celebrates 75 years of Disney comics (it came out in 2006). Travel from the Mickey Mouse epics of Floyd Gottfredson and Paul Murry to the long Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge adventures of Carl Barks and Don Rosa.
Carl Barks: Conversations Carl Barks: Conversations
$19.80 at Amazon
This book is the only comprehensive collection of Carl Barks interviews. It ranges chronologically from the very first one to the artist’s final conversations with Donald Ault in the summer of 2000. “Conversations” reveals previously unknown information about the life, times, and opinions of one of the master storytellers of the twentieth century.
The Incredibles: Family Matters The Incredibles: Family Matters
$9.99 at Amazon
This paperback has the first four chapters of Boom! Studio’s new The Incredibles comic book. America’s favorite family of superheroes finally returns, courtesy of legendary comics scribe Mark Waid! The Incredibles face terrifying new villains … and friendly new neighbors, all while Mr. Incredible hides a troubling secret from his costumed clan.
176-167 T-Shirt 176-167 Beagle Boy T-Shirt
Different styles, from $16.65 at Zazzle
Be a beagle boy with this 176-167 numbered t-shirt. Just be careful for all those booby traps around the money bin when you try to steal some of Scrooge’s money. It can be really dangerous out there! The design is available on different t-shirt styles and apparel items.
Disney and Me Disney and Me
$31.97 for a one year subscription at Amazon
Disney and Me is a classic children’s favorite. The magazine is published bi-monthly and is targeted at children aged 2-6. Each issue includes stories, drawing, matching, counting, coloring, and a pull out workbook. Magazine subscription available within the US only.
Statue of Carl Barks' Magica de Spell Statue of Carl Barks’ Magica de Spell
$39.96 at Things From Another World
This is the fourth in a series of beautiful Syroco-style statues from the new Uncle Scrooge Character series. Magica de Spell, created by Carl Barks, believes that if she could somehow steal Uncle Scrooge’s “number one dime” for herself, it would allow her to use her magic spells to get mountains of riches of her own. Great collector’s item.
Donald Duck Donald Duck
Single issues are $2.39 at TFAW.com
The quack is back in this new Boom! Kids series. He’s no double ‘o’ seven, he’s Double Duck! Donald shows us his dashing, adventurous side as a secret agent on a mission to stop a dangerous ice-melting machine and save the world from rising oceans! This is a Donald Duck like you’ve never seen!
The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck Companion The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck Companion
$11.55 at Amazon
This 208-page book by Gemstone Publishing has the pre-chapters and in-between-chapters of Don Rosa’s famous Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck series. This wonderful trade paperback by Gemstone Publishing is still available. Featuring ‘Hearts of the Yukon’, ‘Prisoner of White Agony Creek’ and more!
Calisota University T-Shirt Calisota University T-Shirt
From $12.99 at CafePress
Barks fans, show your ‘hometown’ allegiance with this exclusive unofficial swag from Calisota University. Calisota is the functional US state from the Carl Barks comics, a combination of the real-life US states of California and Minnesota, that is home to Duckburg. The design is available on various t-shirt styles.
Cars: The Rookie Cars: The Rookie
$9.99 at Amazon
See how Lightning McQueen became a Piston Cup sensation in this pulse-pounding collection! CARS: THE ROOKIE reveals McQueen’s scrappy origins as a local short track racer who dreams of the big time…and recklessly plows his way through the competition to get there! Along the way, he meets Mack, who help McQueen catch his lucky break.
Toy Story: The Mysterious Stranger Toy Story: The Mysterious Stranger
$9.99 at Amazon
Andy has a new addition to his room—a circuit-laden egg. Is this new gizmo a friend or foe? While Woody and Buzz welcome the mysterious stranger, Hamm and Rex are terrified of it, plotting to destroy the orb before Andy comes home! Can they do it? Story by Eisner Award-nominated writer Dan Jolley!
Disney's Princess Disney’s Princess
$39.97 for a one year subscription at Amazon
Disney’s Princess is an early-learning magazine which brings together Disney favorites. Each issue is full of magical stories, a collectible poster, a Princess project, and a pull-out workbook full of fun activities. It’s published bi-monthly and it’s great for any princess, aged 4 and up. Magazine subscription available within the US only.
Uncle Scrooge Uncle Scrooge
Single issues are $2.39 at Things From Another World
Boom! Studios recently relaunched this classic Uncle Scrooge monthly comic book series. Building on a tradition created by some of the greatest creators the comic book world has ever seen, like Carl Barks and Don Rosa, these issues follow Scrooge on new adventures that North American audiences have never seen!
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories
Single issues are $2.39 at TFAW.com
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories is one of the longest-lived and greatest comics of all time. The new series by Boom! Studios kicks off with an Italian multi-part series titled Ultraheroes, which features all the superheroes of the Disney comics universe in an epic clash against the super villains to determine the faith of the world.
Mickey Mouse and Friends Mickey Mouse and Friends
Single issues are $2.39 at TFAW.com
In September Boom! Kids launched this new series featuring adventures starring Mickey Mouse and friends. The series kicks off with Wizards of Mickey, an epic story with Mickey, Donald and Goofy in a world of wizards, castles and bewitched lands.
I Love Square Eggs T-Shirt I Love Square Eggs T-Shirt
From $16.65 at Zazzle
Don’t you just love the square eggs from the valley of Plain Awful? Next time you go get some, make sure you don’t bring any round things with you. This great design for Barks fans and collectors of Disney comics is available on different t-shirt styles.
Disney Presents Carl Barks' Greatest DuckTales Stories Volume 2 Disney Presents Carl Barks’ Greatest DuckTales Stories Volume 2
$8.76 at Amazon
This 2006 book from Gemstone Publishing collects vintage Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge stories that DuckTales adapted to animation. The second volume includes such classic stories as “Giant Robot Robbers,” “The Golden Fleecing,” “The Horseradish Story,” “The Status Seeker,” “Tralla-La” and more!
DuckTales TV Show DVD - Volume 1 DuckTales TV Show DVD – Volume 1
$25.99 at Amazon
This is the first of three DVD volumes collecting all the DuckTales animated TV show cartoons. The 3-disc box set featured 27 fun episodes, including Send in the Clones, Where No Duck Has Gone Before, Robot Robbers, Microducks From Outer Space and more.
Also available: Volume 2, Volume 3
Tinkerbell Tinkerbell magazine
$26.97 for a one year subscription at Amazon
Join Tinker Bell and her fairy friends from Pixie Hollow in this sparkling magazine. Every issue includes stories to read, an activity workbook, craft projects, collectible fairy profiles and great giveaways. Tinker Bell Magazine is for young girls who love everything about fairies. Published 6 times per year. Magazine subscription available within the US only.
December 11th 2009 | 12:14 am CET | No Comments »

Covers for Mickey Mouse 297 and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories 700

Posted by Arthur in Boom! Studios, United States

On November 18th, Boom! Kids will release the next issues of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, which will feature the second chapters in the Wizards of Mickey and Ultraheroes series. Just like the first issues there will be two regular covers and a limited edition cover for each issue. Note the limited cover for WDC&S is the penciled version of Cover A, which I think is pretty neat.

To celebrate the milestone 700th edition of Walt Disney Comics, Boom is bringing us a a double-sized issue at no additional cost. Besides the regular 32 pages of the second chapter of Ultraheroes, it also has a special back-up feature by William Van Horn, an 8-page story titled Close-ups.

The next two issues of Walt Disney Comics will wrap up the first arc of the Ultraheroes series, which will spin off into its own special series in January with Disney’s Hero Squad: Ultraheroes #1, a trade paperback now available for pre-order on Amazon for $9.99. That same month Walt Disney Comics will start a new 4-part story arc starring Mickey Mouse in The World of Tomorrow, a newspaper strip by Floyd Gottfredson from 1944 an Italian story from 2008 written and drawn by Casty.


Mickey Mouse 297 Cover A

Mickey Mouse 297 Cover B

Mickey Mouse 297 Cover C

WDC&S 700 Cover A

WDC&S 700 Cover B

WDC&S 700 Cover C
November 14th 2009 | 10:58 pm CET | 3 Comments »

New Life of Scrooge and Christmas books from Boom! Studios

Posted by Arthur in Boom! Studios, New Releases

Amazon has some new artwork of two of Boom! Studios’ upcoming hardcover books: The Life & Times Of Scrooge McDuck: Volume 1 and Walt Disney’s Christmas Classic. Each of the two books can now be pre-ordered for $16.49.

The Christmas book, which comes out in three weeks, has a neat “Look Inside” feature that allows you to see some pages inside. It looks like Boom has selected a nice variety of classic Christmas stories. The contents are:

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November 4th 2009 | 1:54 pm CET | 1 Comment »
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