Here is a list of the comics being handed out for Free Comic Book Day 2017. Be sure to visit and support your local comic shop.
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James Silvani is cartoonist and illustrator living in Hawaii. He draws comics for various publishers and wrote a book about drawing dinosaurs called DRAW-A-SAURUS. He has illustrated Disney and Muppet comics for BOOM! Studios as well as interiors and covers for IDW and APE Entertainment. He is currently creating Darkwing Duck comics for Joe Books and Disney with writer Aaron Sparrow. James in well known for his mash-Up drawings done as commissions at comic conventions.
How did you get into the business of drawing mash-ups?
After I found some recognition for doing the Darkwing Duck comics, I started appearing in the Artist Alley’s for a few comic conventions. The main business of a table in AA is to take commissions. Most people would come to me for DW sketches but some people had multiple favorite fandoms of other properties I’ve worked on (Star Wars, TMNT) and couldn’t decide which character to pick. To which my answer was “Why not do both?” Since then I think my average weekend of commissions at a con is 20% straight interpretations of characters and 79% mashups. (There’s always that one percent that wants something…weird)
Which characters and properties are your favorite to include in a mash-up?
Easy, Stitch. I live in Hawaii so I have a special fondness for 626, but the ridiculousness of the situations he can be mashed up in also makes him the most fun to draw. I also have any encyclopedic knowledge of anything Star Wars (not bragging/bragging). So I like that when folks ask for a mashup from a galaxy far, far away, I don’t have to look up any reference.
How difficult is it to do a mash-up of a property that you are unfamiliar with?
I kind of make it rule up front not to take commissions of properties I’m unfamiliar with. If I don’t know the characters and the scenarios that they might be in I think it makes for a bad piece of art. In instances like that I usually ask the patron to pick something else. I’m not into anime, My Little Pony or any of the Cartoon Network shows (Adventure Time, Steven Universe). If someone is looking for a mashup featuring those characters, I try to refer them to another artist who knows those characters better and could give them a lot better piece of art than I could.
Which character is the most versatile to feature in a mash-up?
It’s a toss up between the afore-mentioned Stitch and Mickey Mouse. Mickey is portrayed as the all around good guy so you could pretty much put him in any situation where he’s the hero and it works. Stitch is also versatile because you can also put him in most situations and he’s there to throw a monkey wrench into it. Plus I always draw him with Scrump so you have instant sidekick. Two for the price of one.
Which character has given you the most difficulty to feature in a mash-up?
Princesses. Those ferkakta Princesses. One problem is I’m usually seated next to Disney Princess artist Amy Mebberson and she makes drawing them look so easy. The difficulty with doing Princess mash-ups is you have these pure characters usually wearing very floofy dresses and at a comic con, most people want them mashed-up with their favorite super heroine or villain. Let me tell you, trying to figure out how to put Cinderella in Harley Quinn hot pants and keep her “Cinderella-ness" ain’t the easiest thing to do.
What are a few of your favorite mash-ups?
The ones that have context. Artist Alley at a comic convention is filled with walls and walls of mash-up prints with characters that have no relation to each other. One of my favorite commissions for the same customer at a few cons a year is a series of Beauty and the Beast mashed with other famous lovers throughout media. I’ve done everything from Lady Mary and Matthew to Rhett and Scarlett to Jeannie and Major Nelson. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with for the next con. I also enjoy anything with Darkwing and Negaduck mashed with other eternal enemies. I’ve mashed them up with everything from Jedi vs Sith to Spy vs Spy.
Commissions are available at all convention appearances and occasionally through the mail. All art is on 9x12" art board and starts at $80 per character in grey marker and $100 in full color. Additional characters, props, backgrounds, etc. go up from there.
You can contact James through the following sites:
James is scheduled to appear at the following conventions:
*Denver Comic Con June 30-July 2
*D23 Expo July 14-16
*San Diego Comic Con International July 20-13
Wizard World Chicago August 24-27
Rose City Comic Con September 8-10
DuckTales and Tangled: The Series are Disney’s latest animated TV series to make the leap from the small screen to the printed page with brand-new comics from IDW Publishing, in collaboration with Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC.
This August, Tangled: The Series debuts as an original graphic novel collection titled ‘Adventure is Calling.’ In the novel, Rapunzel will embark on exciting new adventures with Eugene (FKA Flynn Rider), Pascal, Maximus, and her new friend Cassandra in a special adaptation of the series. The collection will feature 72 pages for $9.99, available everywhere comics are sold.
IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos said “We’re extremely excited to expand IDW’s relationship with Disney. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding both of these new animated series and we aim to live up to, and exceed, fan expectations.”
IDW’s history of publishing quality Disney Comics has been well established with such core titles as Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and more, paving the way for DuckTales and Tangled: The Series to become your next favorite Disney Comic. This summer, Disney begins a new chapter in comics with IDW Publishing!
Images Courtesy of Disney and IDW Publishing.
The newest edition of Chris Strodder's The Disneyland Encyclopedia is scheduled to hit shelves this upcoming Tuesday. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom on April 11, 2017.
Since its humble beginnings in the mid-1950s, Disneyland has captured the imagination of millions of visitors. Author Chris Strodder launches his new, completely updated and expanded third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia (Santa Monica Press/April 2017) with over 50 new entries and 300 new photos. This new edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia spans the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 60 years ago to the present day. This fascinating book features detailed explorations of 600 Disneyland topics, including lands, attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people. Each of the main encyclopedia entries illuminates the history of a Disneyland landmark, revealing the initial planning strategies for the park’s iconic attractions and detailing how they evolved over the decades. “Disneyland is more than beautiful and entertaining; it’s wondrous and transportive,” Strodder explains. “Like a magnificent work of art, Disneyland reveals more and more of itself with intense study. Ultimately, the best lesson of all is that there is always more to learn, especially in dynamic, ever-changing Disneyland. As Disneyland continues to reach new heights, so will we, in our appreciation.” Paralleling Disneyland’s continuous growth, the third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia is the largest yet. The first edition appeared in 2008 with 502 entries; since then, Strodder has researched and added another hundred. Among them are: - new structures that have recently joined or will soon join the park (including Star Wars Land) - new exhibits (such as Season of the Force) - new events and parades (Egg-stravaganza, Paint the Night, etc.) - new profiles of Disneyland’s Imagineers and performers (like Tony Baxter, Steve Martin, and the Side Street Strutters) - new entries for movies and books with scenes set in Disneyland (such as Saving Mr. Banks and Little Man of Disneyland) - and all-new individual entries for some longtime Disneyland favorites (Big Thunder Trail, Fort Wilderness, Mailboxes, Mouse Ears, Windows of Enchantment, and many more). In addition, Strodder has added topics that aren’t exactly part of Disneyland, but are still important to its history: entries for Harbor Boulevard, the Heliports, and new profiles of some influential “outsiders” who helped shape and support the park (such as Arrow Development, Ray Bradbury, and Keith Murdoch). Enriching this unique A-to-Z chronicle are profiles of the personalities who imagined and engineered the kingdom known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Discover never-built concepts like Liberty Street, Rock Candy Mountain, and Chinatown, and delight in fascinating trivia about long-lost Disneyland features ranging from the real rifles in the shooting gallery previously located on Main Street to the jet-packed Rocket Man who once flew above Tomorrowland. On top of all this, the third edition’s new “Mouscellany” sidebars highlight fun facts, hidden secrets, and odd trivia about the park. Overflowing with meticulously researched details and written in a spirited, accessible style, the third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia is a comprehensive and entertaining exploration of the most-influential, most-renovated, and most-loved theme park in the world! “Strodder’s attention to detail shows and it is very important in a work of this caliber. . . . An indispensable tool for the Disneyland fan and researcher.” —MiceChat.com ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition is Chris Strodder’s tenth book. Among his other works are The Disneyland Book of Lists, the children’s book A Sky for Henry, an adventure story for young adults called Lockerboy, the comic novel The Wish Book, the Stories Light and Dark collection of short fiction, a pop culture compendium entitled The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool, and a popular nonfiction volume of profiles that garnered international attention named Swingin’ Chicks of the ’60s. Strodder’s writing has also appeared in Los Angeles magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, USA Today, California magazine, Movieline magazine, and others. Strodder has also gained exposure on national TV and radio shows and coverage in dozens of magazines ranging from the National Enquirer to Playboy. The Disneyland Encyclopedia was named a “Best Reference Book” by Library Journal. An avid Disneyland visitor and collector since 1966, Strodder lives by the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, California.
THE DISNEYLAND ENCYCLOPEDIA – UPDATED THIRD EDITION
by Chris Strodder Santa Monica Press/April 2017 Softcover/$19.95
* Pictures reprinted with permission from Chris Strodder.
Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge And Donald Duck The Don Rosa Library Vol. 8: "Escape From Forbidden Valley" (Vol. 8) to be Released October 3,2017
Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge And Donald Duck The Don Rosa Library Vol. 8: "Escape From Forbidden Valley" (Vol. 8) to scheduled to be Released October 3,2017. The Disney Ducks meet Jurassic Park in the latest Rosa masterpiece! In search of rare Amazonian nutmegs, Scrooge and Donald approach deadly Forbidden Valley... a lost world of live dinosaurs whom Donald once stampeded! Now the long-suffering locals get revenge by throwing Donald in with the dinos ― and only Scrooge can save himl! In “The Quest for Kalevala,” Scrooge, Gyro, and Magica De Spell hunt for a legendary gold-making machine... and in “The Black Knight,” master thief Arpin Lusene arrives to rob Scrooge’s money bin ― or destroy it! Full-color illustrations throughout.
*Photo Courtesy of Fantagraphics
The Disney Christmas newspaper comic strip was a yearly tradition from 1960 to 1987, running daily for the 3-4 weeks before Christmas. All 28 special holiday stories are collected here for the first time.
A delightful book for Disney fans of all ages. The Disney Christmas newspaper strip debuted in 1960 with "Peter Pan’s Christmas Story," in which Captain Hook tries to sabotage Christmas. It was such a success that new stories were created yearly, each self-contained, each featuring characters from another animated movie, and each leading up to Christmas Eve and Santa off to deliver his presents. The “Disney-villain-wants-to-spoil-Christmas” plot was exploited with inventive variations each year. Stories include “Cruella’s Very Furry Christmas,” “Snow White’s Christmas Surprise,” “Dumbo and the Christmas Mystery,” "Cinderella’s Christmas Party,” “The Three Little Pigs’ Christmas Story,” and many more.
*Photo Courtesy of Fantagraphics
The newest volume of the Carl Barks Library is scheduled to be released on September 19, 2017.
The Disney Ducks go on a perilous jungle quest and start a risky business! When Uncle Scrooge loses some vital papers in a plane crash in the jungles of Hondorica, he sends Donald and his nephews to rescue them. But wily cousin Gladstone Gander gets wind of the expedition and decides to get there first ― to claim the reward for himself! Then Donald becomes a sales agent for the Break & Bruise Insurance Co. and sells a policy to Uncle Scrooge. But Scrooge is determined to collect, so Donald has to become his bodyguard to protect him from harm. And when the Junior Woodchuck boys are challenged by the Chickadee Patrol girls to build a wilderness bridge, Donald’s efforts to help put him in danger ― and the boys have to choose between rescuing him and winning the contest. Full-color illustrations throughout.
*Photo Courtesy of Fantagraphics
Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge And Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vol. 7: "The Treasure Of The Ten Avatars" to be released June 6, 2017
Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge And Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vol. 7: "The Treasure Of The Ten Avatars is set to be released on June 6, 2017.
"In this volume's adventures, Scrooge McDuck searches for a lost city, the Money Bin blasts off into space, super villains team up, and much more.
Presented with brilliant color and a treasure trove of Rosa’s cover art and behind-the-scenes factoids, these Duckburg epics are back in a definitive, comprehensive edition for posterity ― at a bargain price worthy of Scrooge himself! Full-color illustrations throughout.
*Photo Courtesy of Fantagraphics
The Fourth Volume of Walt Disney's Donald Duck The Complete Daily Newspaper Comics is set to be released on May 23, 2017.
Direct from the Disney Vaults! As the Second World War comes to a close in 1945, readers are kept guffawing with their daily dose of mayhem, featuring the one-and-only Donald Duck!
Once society began to settle into a post-war calm the comics pages grew even more manic, with Donald and his nefarious nephews playing havoc with anytning that passed for normal. As Alberto Becattini observes in his exlusive introduction to this volume, the town where the Ducks dwell was the home of frantic frivolity–and plenty of graffiti featuring the names "Al" and "Bob"! There are insider chuckles and all-ages belly laughs aplenty in these strips, collected in an archival edition for the first time ever!
This fourth volume includes 750 sequential daily comic strips from July 2, 1945 - December 31, 1947
*Photo Courtesy of Fantagraphics
The newest Volume in the Carl Barks Library is scheduled to be released on May 23, 2017.
There are underground civilizations, exotic locales, and a race for pirate gold in the latest collection of world-famous Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics.
Worried about an earthquake that might swallow his money bin, Uncle Scrooge digs deep to secure his fortune ― and discovers an underground civilization! Introducing the Terries and Fermies ― the subterranean critters who can make earthquakes! Of special note, our presentation of this story restores two pages that were cut from its original publication. Then, Scrooge shanghais Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie to the Himalayas to help him recover “The Lost Crown of Genghis Kahn.” And when Scrooge is hypnotized to go back in time and learn the location of a pirate’s buried treasure, he thinks he’s got a clear shot ― until he learns that Donald is also on the trail. And the race is on! Full-color illustrations throughout.
*Photo Courtesy of Fantagraphics