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Comic Issues #152 – Star Wars NOW!

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Comic Issues #152 – Star Wars NOW!

The day we knew was coming is finally here, after the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney it was only a matter of time until every aspect of the company would be controlled by the mouse; including the comic rights.  Announced just this past Friday, beginning in 2015 Marvel Comics will be the sole publisher of Star Wars comics thus ending a 23 year relationship with indie darling, Dark Horse Comics.

The news stirs up mixed feelings with Anthony and Elizabeth as they’re joined by J. Bear in Andrew’s absence due to the plague.  Although Disney has the right to do with what they please with their toys the crew can’t help but feel jaded about Dark Horse’s loss.  Let us know what you think about the move in the comment section below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

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Movie Issues: Saving Mr. Banks

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Movie Issues: Saving Mr. Banks

In the new movie Saving Mr. Banks, director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) tells the tale of how Hollywood mastermind Walt Disney finally convinced Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers to sign over the rights to make the Mary Poppins movie, which is still considered one of the greatest films to date. What is presented is an earnest, whimsical film, which makes for a sweet and sugary movie, but not a terribly interesting tale.

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Movie Issues: Frozen

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Movie Issues: Frozen

It could be argued that most Disney Animated Features could be Broadway musicals, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen one like Frozen, where you can see the show that it’s destined to be. With massive female empowerment for mothers and daughters, Disney smartly packaged this to hit all the right marks it’s supposed to. For fans of Disney movies or not, Frozen is one beautiful movie that will go down as one of the best new animated films Disney has to offer.

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Preview: Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1

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Preview: Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1

Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, from the critically acclaimed creative team of Brandon Seifert and Karl Moline! Inspired by Disney’s legendary but never constructed Museum of the Weird addition to the Haunted Mansion – and created in conjunction with the world-famous Disney Imagineers — Seekers of the Weird is an all-new, five-issue adventure no Disney fan or Marvel fan can miss!

When their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s strangest – and most treacherous — museum! With the aid of their mysterious and swashbuckling uncle, it’s up to the young heroes to rescue their family and save the world from an evil secret society!

This January, enter the fabled Museum of the Weird for the start of an action-packed adventure in Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1!

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Movie Issues: Monsters University

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Movie Issues: Monsters University

It’s been a decade since Monsters, Inc. and it’s two top scarers Mike and Sulley first proved that things that go bump in the night could be fluffy and just as cute. Pixar is returning once more to fright factory with Monsters University. The prequel follows the monsters from the first film during their formative years in college, where they learn how to become the great frights we see in the original film.

Billy Crystal and John Goodman return to voice our heroes Mike and Sulley, along with wonderful performances from Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion and Steve Buscemi. The result is one enjoyable family movie.

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Walt Disney and EA join forces for Star Wars

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Walt Disney and EA join forces for Star Wars

Walt Disney and Electronic Arts announced plans to develop and publish a new series of Star Wars game titles for the next few years.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels President Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

While Electronic Arts’ component teams handle the console market for Star Wars titles, Disney retains certain rights to the mobile, tablet, and online spheres. While the agreement will span years, no financial details were disclosed.

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This Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time – Disney Shuts Down Lucasarts

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This Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time – Disney Shuts Down Lucasarts

Few studios have made a lasting and important impression in the gaming industry. Some of the biggest franchises of the last two generations are new IP’s from upstart studios, and while they produce brilliant work, I really don’t feel anything when names like Naughty Dog, Bungie or Treyarch are thrown around.

But if you say Bethesda, Bioware, or Lucasarts, my eyes light up. I’m ten years old again, earnestly clicking through dialogue in my parents’ computer room. My big eyes are awash in the warm glow of a gigantic monitor with a two-liter of soda tucked between my knees, a soft blanket wrapped around my shoulders, and not a care in the world.

Today another part of that childhood is forever cemented as past. Disney has announced that they’re shutting down Lucasarts, and I have to say my feelings are more than a little hurt.

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Interview with Epic Mickey 2 Composer Jim Dooley

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Interview with Epic Mickey 2 Composer Jim Dooley

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is right around the corner, and I had the privilege of speaking with the game’s composer, Jim Dooley at his studio in Santa Monica.

An acclaimed composer and a fan of Disney, Jim has previously worked on such film, television, and video game projects such as Madagascar, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Pushing Daisies, WilfredInfamous, and countless other works.

In addition to talk about Epic Mickey 2, Jim had much to say about his projects both past and future, as well as his experiences in composing music.

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