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Amazon lists future Boom! comics, including Barks, Gottfredson and Rosa’s Life of Scrooge!

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

Searching for Boom! Studios on Amazon reveals a long list (see below) of upcoming trade paperbacks and hardcover books (Please note that these releases are not set in stone; in the past Gemstone titles listed on Amazon were later changed or never came out!). Some of the titles listed feature classic reprints of stories by Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson and Don Rosa. The first book, a hardcover Christmas album, is scheduled to come out in November and the other books in the first half of 2010.

A lot of fans will be pleased to see another reprint of Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, which has been out of print for a while and is still in high demand, but Boom’s version will be more expensive than the previous release. It will take at least three of their 112-page volumes to cover the more than 300 pages in the Life of Scrooge series, which will set you back $75. When Gemstone released these stories in 2005 and 2006 they came in two paperbacks (of 268 and 208 pages respectively) for ‘only’ $16.99 each. At least Boom’s books will be in hardcover. More »

July 4th 2009 | 12:05 pm CET | 13 Comments »

Boom! Studios to distribute new Disney comics to newsstands and book stores

Posted by Arthur in Boom! Studios, United States

Boom! Studios will be distributing its new Disney comics through newsstands and mass market bookstores in the United States. Back in March, Boom announced a deal with Kable Distribution Services for newsstand distribution of their monthly Disney/Pixar comics The Incredibles and Cars. It is this same distribution channel that will be used for the new titles that start in September, including Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories (WDC&S) and Mickey Mouse and Friends.

Kable has a lot of experience in getting comics to kids with the distribution of their Archie Comics, which is virtually the only comic book available at grocery stores like Wal-Mart. To purchase any other comic book, Americans need to find a specialty comic book store or go online. This is quite different from the situation in many European countries, where Disney comics are sold nearly everywhere and reach huge distribution.

A friend in the comic book industry has informed me that Kable will be handling Boom’s Disney comics, including WDC&S and Mickey Mouse, putting the single $2.99 issues in regular stores across the country. Trade paperbacks will be available in book stores like Barnes & Nobles. Wow, this is great news! If Disney comics are to be displayed at stores like Walmart and Target it will greatly improve the exposure of these comics to the younger readers that Boom! is targeting.

Remember that back in 2002, Steve Geppi, owner of Gemstone Publishing, also announced his plan to bring his Disney comics to stores like Wal-Mart and Target, via Diamond Book Distributors. At that time he seemed pretty confident about being able to do this, but we all know how that ended. I hope that this will not happen again.

So what do we know about the new Boom Disney comics so far? Here is a rundown of the facts:

  • Boom! has obtained the license to publish Disney comics with characters from Pixar’s animated feature films as well as classic characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse
  • The Pixar titles, including The Incredibles and Cars, were launched in March 2009 and from the latest Previews magazine we’ve learned that WDC&S and Mickey Mouse will start in September
  • Each monthly issue will have 24 pages (with 22 pages of comics) and sell for $2.99. This is a lower price-per-issue, but a comparable price-per-page to Gemstone’s publications
  • All of Boom’s new Disney comics will be sold at newsstands, book stores and specialty comic book stores
  • WDC&S and Mickey Mouse will start off with two multi-part Italian series called Ultraheroes and Wizards of Mickey, which are intended to appeal more to the younger audience that Boom is targeting. Both stories run for more than 240 pages so it is likely that this will occupy both titles for nearly a year
  • At a later stage Boom will also be handling the ‘classic’ material that Gemstone published, as Boom’s co-founder Ross Richie commented: “We’re not going to abandon the fans that are buying that material, so we will have programs and products for them.”

Sounds promising, doesn’t it? I’m excited!

June 30th 2009 | 7:30 pm CET | 3 Comments »

New Disney publisher Boom! Studios to print ‘classic’ stories too

Posted by Arthur in Publishers, United States

Newsarama has some more news about the Disney comics from Boom! Studios that will come out in September. They spoke with the publisher’s co-founder Ross Richie, who confirmed that Boom has indeed acquired the comic book license for comics with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the gang (yah!). They will begin publishing the new titles through their Boom! Kids imprint.

Richie said: “The Gemstone material that was being printed most recently are some of the greatest comics in the world – you’re talking about Carl Barks and Don Rosa and all these incredible creators, but what we’re going to be doing is branching off and going in a completely different direction. We’re going to start to approach the Mickey and Donald material from a completely different direction, and we’re going to try to have something that at the same time is less the ‘greatest hits’ reprints and more dovetails into what the Boom Kids stuff is, which is sort of an add to and extension of, modern presence creative take on these classic characters that I think can connect with kids today.”

Above: a page from Ultraheroes, a multi-part series from Italy that will be published in the first few issues of the new Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories to be released by Boom! Studios starting in September

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June 22nd 2009 | 9:49 pm CET | 2 Comments »

It’s official: Classic Disney comics return to the United States

Posted by Arthur in Publishers, United States

Boom Studios logoI just returned from a rather disappointing trip (we drove to Florida to see a space shuttle launch that was canceled) and came home to some awesome news that has me all cheered up again. According to reports on comiXtreme and Bleeding Cool there’s an ad in the latest Previews catalog from Diamond Distribution for new Disney comics by Boom! Studios!

This confirms last month’s rumor and it means that Disney comics starring classic characters, including Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and the gang, will soon return to the United States. The news comes just months after it became clear that Gemstone Publishing, who ran Disney comic titles from 2003 till the end of 2008, lost its license due to financial problems. The quick turn-around on this is impressive, especially in these economically tough times. Negotiations with Disney Publishing Worldwide must have gone very well for them to win the license this quickly. Last time it took several years for a new publisher to pick up the license (Gladstone’s run ended in 1999 and Gemstone started in 2003).

Cars comicBoom! Studios already had the license to publish comics based on characters from Disney/Pixar’s animated feature films. The first issues of Cars and The Incredibles, featuring original new stories, came out in March and quickly sold out. Now Boom! Studios can add a whole range of new titles to their line-up. The first new issues to be released in September are Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #699 and Mickey Mouse & Friends #296, but more titles will be announced in the coming months. More »

June 19th 2009 | 11:37 pm CET | 10 Comments »

Boom! Studios to get Disney license?

Posted by Arthur in Publishers, United States

Columnist Rick Johnston at Comic Book Resources is reporting that Boom! Studios in the United States has picked up the Disney license that Gemstone Publishing lost earlier this year. This is definitely not an official statement and the page is sort of a rumors column, but if this is true it is some great news!

The Incredibles issue 1 by Boom! StudiosEarlier this year Boom! Studios obtained the license to publish comics based on characters from Disney/Pixar’s animated feature films. The first issues of these new comics hit newsstands in March, including a Cars and The Incredibles series.

Now this young publishing company (founded in 2005) may add Disney’s classic characters to its line-up, which reportedly will include: Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories (a monthly comic that started in 1940 and by the mid-1950s became the best selling comic book in the US), Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (both ended in 2006 already), Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck (out of print for a while but still in high demand) and more.

Last time it took over four years for a new publisher to pick up the Disney license. Gladstone’s run ended in February 1999 and it wasn’t until July 2003 that Gemstone continued publishing Disney comics in the United States again.

I so much wish that this news is true and I hope that all the good people that lost their job at Gemstone earlier this year will be able to continue doing their great work at this new publisher as soon as possible. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Source: at Comic Book Resources here (via DCF)

May 27th 2009 | 9:30 pm CET | 5 Comments »

Free Comic Book Day today!

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Today, May 2nd, is Free Comic Book Day in the United States. Unfortunately no entry from Gemstone Publishing this year, but there is one other Disney comic: Disney/Pixar’s Cars #1, the first issue in BOOM! Studios’ new line of Disney/Pixar-based comics. The free comic includes an exciting excerpt from Cars #1, revealing the plucky origin of Lightning McQueen! In addition, readers will be treated to never-before-seen sketches, character designs and script pages! Visit freecomicbookday.com to find a participating store near you! More »

May 2nd 2009 | 3:13 am CET | 2 Comments »

Statement from Steve Geppi about Future of Gemstone’s Disney comics

Posted by Arthur in Disney comics, United States

Two days ago I posted that Gemstone ended it’s Disney license, but it looks like no final decision regarding Gemstone’s Disney comics has been reached after all. The following statement from Steve Geppi, President of Gemstone, was posted in their Scoop newsletter yesterday:

“In the past few days, there have been a number of rumors circulating about Gemstone Publishing. As has been the case with many businesses across a wide array of industries, there has been a reduction in staff at Gemstone, and this included the departure of many valued employees. This, however, is not the end of Gemstone Publishing.”

“Our flagship title, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, remains a vital tool for comic book collectors throughout North America and around the world and it continues to be a highly profitable item for the retailers who carry it. I look forward to making announcements regarding new developments for the Guide’s 40th anniversary next year.”

“At this time, no final decision has been made regarding The EC Archives or our comic books featuring Disney’s standard characters, but it seems certain that both lines will continue in some form. We all anticipate resolving the issues facing us and moving forward, and I will be happy to announce the specifics once things have been finalized.”

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March 31st 2009 | 1:45 pm CET | 2 Comments »

Gemstone Ends Disney License

Posted by Arthur in Disney comics, Events, United States

It looks like Gemstone Publishing will no longer be making any new Disney comics in the United States. The news comes after it was revealed last month that owner Steve Geppi is facing financial problems. Gary Leach, who has been doing art and editorial work for US Disney comics for over two decades, reported on the DCML yesterday that “Gemstone is not renewing the Disney comics license, and won’t be putting out any more issues”. This sad news means the end of Disney comics in the United States, at least those with classic Disney characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Gary added that “Disney is looking for someone else to take the license” and he believes that they do have some candidates, although nothing is nailed down at this point.

Desperate Donald, by Carl Barks

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March 29th 2009 | 1:37 am CET | 12 Comments »

Future of US Disney Comics in Jeopardy

Posted by Arthur in Publishers, United States

Bad news from Gemstone Publishing, the publisher of Disney comics in the United States and the only publisher in the world that still publishes English-language Disney comics that are easily available. The economic recession has hit the Baltimore-based publisher hard as it is being sued for unpaid bills. Creditors Trade Association is suing Gemstone, Diamond and owner Steve Geppi for $373,000 on behalf of Global Interprint, which is the print broker for many of Gemstone’s deluxe editions such as the EC Archives. Gemstone owes the large sum for printing bills that were run up between December 2007 and September 2008.

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February 19th 2009 | 11:18 pm CET | 3 Comments »

Three New Titles from Boom! Studios

Posted by Arthur in United States

Boom! Studios in the United States is getting ready to release three new titles based on Disney franchises. They are Pixar’s Cars, Pixar’s The Incredibles and The Muppet Show. The first issues of these new series will hit newsstands on March 25th. Disney Publishing Worldwide and Boom! Studios announced in July last year that they are collaborating on new comics with characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and WALL-E, so look out for more titles coming in the future. You can pre-order these titles on MailOrderComics.com.

Four The Incredibles covers by Boom! Studios
The first issue of the new The Incredibles series is available in four different covers!

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January 6th 2009 | 3:39 pm CET | No Comments »
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