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Comics A.M. | Disney Publishing expands; Spider-Man choreographer ousted?

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Publishing | Disney Publishing is pushing further into the kids’ periodical market with four new magazines, including two standalone issues tied to Marvel’s upcoming Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger movies. Marvel’s comics division apparently won’t be producing content for the publications. A third magazine, based around Cars 2, will be monthly beginning in the fall, while the fourth, tied to the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb, will be bimonthly. [Variety, Deadline]

Broadway | On the heels of the recent departure of director Julie Taymor, producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are reportedly in talks to replace choreographer Daniel Ezralow, who designed the $70-million musical’s complex flying sequences. Chase Brock is likely to step in for Ezralow, who was described by a cast member as “a Julie person.” [Bloomberg]

Zita the Spacegirl

Publishing | Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second, discusses the state of the market, webcomics and what lies ahead for the five-year-old imprint: “I know it sounds like PR spin, but I genuinely feel like 2011 is the year that First Second has been preparing for all along. In terms of the range of themes, genres, styles, [and] age categories, it’s what the First Second dream was from the start.” []

Publishing | Archie Comics has teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten for a story out this week in Archie Double Digest #217. [The Associated Press]

Publishing | The 2003 biography Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic is being republished in “a smaller, manga-style format for a new generation of fans to pore over.” [Independent Online]

Retailing | Caitlin McGill spotlights A Comic Shop, the Winter Park, Fla., store that recently added a lounge, and created the Fangirls club to give female readers a place to meet. [Orlando Weekly]

Internet | PopCrunch names the 14 best comic book websites, a list topped by Comic Book Resources. [PopCrunch]



“Internet | PopCrunch names the 14 best comic book websites, a list topped by Comic Book Resources. ”

I see what you did there. ;p

“Marvel’s comics division apparently won’t be producing content for the publications.” Shows you how much faith Disney has in Marvel’s comics division. Even Disney knows that Marvel couldn’t produce a good comics-related mag if their lives depended on it (which they do in a way–which is why Disney ain’t gonna let ‘em touch it)! The end is nearer than ever now, people. Look for more of this type of thing in the future. What a pathetic joke that Disney has to get non-Marvel people to do a magazine about Marvel characters! So much for the House of No Idea!!

Jason Witten isn’t the only “tight end” Archie Comics has been teaming up with lately. Kevin Keller, anyone? BA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! That’s the biggest joke Archie Comics ever published!!

Joe Blough, the Variety article says that “Marvel Comics will not be directly producing content for these publications.” That doesn’t say it won’t contain Marvel Comics content. I imagine it will be similar to the previously announced Pixar comic that will contain material originally published by Boom. There’s no way to know until the issues come out, but there’s no reason to assume the worst until we’ve seen it.

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