Due to raising paper prices, Gemstone Publishing in the United States has indefinitely suspended its four monthly titles Mickey Mouse and Friends, Donald Duck and Friends, Mickey Mouse Adventures and Donald Duck Adventures. Should paper prices fall, or better marketing opportunities present themselves, the Baltimore-based publisher might return some of the suspended series.
On a related note, Gemstone’s two prestige titles Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories will undergo a small price hike — the first since 1997, and only a matter of fifty-five cents per book (from $6.95 to $7.50, starting in two months).
Secondly, Gemstone Publishing is moving full steam ahead with plans to make their Walt Disney Treasures an ongoing series; to introduce two new 80-page annuals; and to release several thick-but-inexpensive Shonen Jump-style black and white books per year—some specially targeted to collectors, others to all ages. Bringing these onto the schedule means that Gemstone will actually be publishing more Donald and Mickey in 2007 than they did in 2006!
Mickey Mouse 293 is out now, and 294 and 295 have yet to come out. As for Donald Duck, issue 344 is out now and 345 and 346 have yet to come out.
Mickey Mouse 296 and 297, Donald Duck 347 and 348, Mickey Mouse Adventures 13 and Donald Duck Adventures 22 have been listed in Diamond Previews as these were planned, but they will not come out.