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Monday, November 15, 2004

Disney's afraid to publish comics?

Many more details regarding CrossGen properties being picked up by Disney have surfaced here and here, including news that Disney was planning on walking away from the deal if they couldn't get the all ages fantasy book ABAZADAD.

What worries me is this:
"We're doing Abadazad as a series of children's books. [4 hardcover prose novels] We'll be taking material from the comics, adding to it, reformating it ... and coming up a combination of prose, illustration and sequential art that we think will be unique. Our plan is to create a storytelling format that is new and exciting ... and we can't wait to get started.

Brenda Bowen, VP and Editor in Chief of Hyperion Books admits she's not "a comic book person" and feels that ABAZADAD will work better as small hardcover books with a mix of prose and illustration, along the same lines as Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's The Spiderwick Chronicles. But again, like with Disney's other comics originated property, W.I.T.C.H., Disney in North America felt the series would work better as a series of prose novels with 8-page comic inserts. Did Bowen feel ABAZADAD would work better as prose because of JM DeMatteis' text-heavy writing style? Or is Disney still not confident enough that the graphic novel format has hit mainstream book buyers yet? It's somewhat worrisome that the self-proclaimed publisher of 50% of comics worldwide will not take the leap here.

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