Disney Partners With Zappa, Adds Graphic Novel Line

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at graphicfiction.wordpress.com.

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6 Responses

  1. MARK WHEATLEY says:

    Didn't they just let DISNEY ADVENTURES and DISNEY COMICS die?

    • Russ Rogers says:

      This might be why they let DISNEY ADVENTURES and DISNEY COMICS die. You wouldn't want to compete with your own new comics line by offering a cheaper, omnibus comic in supermarkets. Who knows! Disney is such a behemoth, this new comics line might be coming out of an entirely different corporate arm than the old magazines. It kind of sounds like they are creating a whole new division.

      • MARK WHEATLEY says:

        I can't think of a better way (other than free comics on the internet) to promote graphic novels than digests at the supermarket checkout.

        • Russ Rogers says:

          The few Disney Digests I picked up were rehashes of old ideas with new toy promotions (a la Winks and W.I.T.C.H.E.S.). The books lacked any spark. It's why Disney Animation had to buy up Pixar. Pixar was the only thing connected with Disney that was producing consistent, quality and original animated movies. What was Disney busy making? Jungle Book 2, Peter Pan 2, Lion King 1 1/2. Even the less popular movies like Brother Bear and Atlantis were getting sequels because Disney couldn't come up with enough original new ideas.

          • MARK WHEATLEY says:

            That is usually not a case of, "can't come up with a new idea". Usually it is a case of, "I'm going to cover my ass and do a sequel rather than risk being blamed for a new idea that fails." Other than that quibble – you have a point.

  2. Mike Gold says:

    Well, it's a sad day for creator's rights as another big corporate publisher with the media industry's worst reputation for only doing business under "we own it all" terms now re-enters the comics business. I guess when the Evil Empire steps up to the plate, there's money to be made so it's some sort of sad confirmation of creator's efforts.But that title makes me think they'll be selling 'em door-to-door at 8 in the morning.