Does this mean we'll see the end of Negation
the Disney Company confirms what comic book readers had thought
House of Mouse now owns the House of Alessi. For most of
us, that means that we may see how Route 666, Way of the
Rat and many others were to play out. At least, we can hope.
From the tone of the press release, you can also tell that
the one project that had Disney slobbering was J.M. DeMatteis
and Mike Ploog's Abadazad,
which it looks like (this is just my inference) Disney plans
to make into a series of illustrated books, not comics.
makes sense. Though the short-lived fantasy series did bear
a resemblance to Oz on certain levels, it was unique enough
to have garnered critical acclaim, and accessible enough
to be something that should get fantasy-obsessed children
into reading it. And Disney has been taking shots all over
the map trying to find something that could compete with
Harry Potter for young readers' attention.
I just want to see that Negation War end.
Worldwide (DPW) today announced the acquisition of the assets
of CrossGen Entertainment, Inc., an innovative publisher
of comic books and graphic novels, fortifying DPW’s
position as the world’s leading publisher of children’s
comics. CrossGen’s stable of epic fantasy and science
fiction properties include Abadazad, Ruse, Way of the Rat,
Meridian, Mystic, Route 666 and Sojourn. Disney represents
approximately 50 percent of all children’s comic magazines
sold around the world, reaching readers of all ages with
220 million comics each year.
our leadership position, we are committed to developing
and acquiring top-quality, powerful content that expands
our rich comic portfolio and CrossGen has some great properties”
said DPW President Deborah Dugan. “In light of recently
reported declines in reading (1), we are developing creative
new approaches using comics to engage children in the written
word, and we hope to benefit from CrossGen’s experience
in this area.”
Named Comic Publisher
of the Year among small comics publishers for three consecutive
years (2), CrossGen was founded in 1998 and by 2000 had
grown into one of the largest independent comic publishers
in the U.S. The company’s intellectual properties
are known for their excellence in production, artistry and
writing; their compelling stories; and their multi-dimensional
characters. Other Cross Gen assets include a comics-based
educational and literacy program; the proprietary BeeVee
Player and Chameleon technologies that enables enhanced
online publishing of comics and magazines as well as new
digital business models; and an initiative to publish comics
online in several countries, including China.
Disney’s legacy in comics, global distribution relationships
and talent for multi-media storytelling, I believe we have
found a great home for these properties,” said CrossGen’s
CEO and founder Mark Alessi.
One of the first
CrossGen titles DPW plans to develop is Abadazad, a complex
and deeply engrossing story of a girl’s search for
her lost brother, set in a fantastical world within a world.
Four Abadazad books are already slated to be published by
Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of DPW.
successful publishing properties also generate excitement
throughout Disney, including its motion picture, television
and games units,” Dugan said, “and Abadazad
lends itself perfectly to Disney’s synergistic philosophy.”
long history in comic books began when the first Mickey
Mouse and Donald Duck comic magazines were published in
1935 and 1942, respectively. Disney Publishing Worldwide
has enjoyed tremendous success with W.I.T.C.H, a comic magazine
for tween girls that debuted in Italy in 2001, and is now
the fourth largest magazine in the world in terms of international
editions (33 editions generating over 1 million copies/month).
W.I.T.C.H. books are currently published in 20 countries,
and a TV series launch is planned for early 2005.
Worldwide is the largest children’s publisher in the
world, with books and magazines in 55 languages in 75 countries,
reaching more than 100 million readers each month.
- National Endowment for the Arts, June 2004
2 - Comic Publisher of the Year in the under 5% Market Share
category by retailers using Diamond Comic Distributors,
Inc. Annual awards are presented to publishers based on
votes accumulated by Diamond from their more than 4000 retail