Tag Archives: disney

Jack Kirby Will be Honored at This Year’s D23 Expo

This July, Jack Kirby will be honored for his remarkable creative achievements as a Disney Legend in a ceremony to be held at D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event in Anaheim, California.  Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 during D23 Expo 2017.

Jack Kirby first grabbed attention in the spring of 1941 with Captain America, a character he created with Joe Simon.  Kirby then followed this debut with a prolific output of comic books in the Western, Romance, and Monster genres–all a prelude to his defining work helping to create the foundations of the Marvel Universe.  For the next decade, Kirby and co-creator Stan Lee would introduce a mind-boggling array of new characters and teams — including the Avengers, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Panther, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Inhumans.  Kirby was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame’s 1987 inaugural class and continued creating comics throughout the ’90s before passing away in 1994.

Other honorees of this year’s Legends Award are Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.

Advertisements

Cars 3 Races Past White Male Privilege

(This post contains plot spoilers for Pixar’s Cars 3)

Cars 3  is, for the most part and certainly in the first hour of its runtime, an unremarkable bore. It is easily dismissed as a cynical cash grab in a franchise that has always sold more in merchandising than ticket sales. But then in its cinematic final lap, it kicks it into high gear and finally finds a voice– and, even more importantly, something important to say.

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is facing a midlife crisis. A new breed of faster race cars, led by Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer— who should just be considered a stand-in for the worst of dude-bro douche culture) has outpaced the once great champ. With his contemporaries retiring to make way for the new line, McQueen goes to train to regain his crown.

Cars 3

At the brand new, high tech Rust-eze Training Center, McQueen is trained by Cruz Ramirez. (Note the name. This is explicitly a woman of color, which becomes incredibly important.) When they go on a training road trip tracking down the old haunts of McQueen’s mentor Doc, the Hudson Hornet, she confides to him how it was she became a trainer rather than a racer herself.

She grew up watching McQueen on tv and was inspired by him. She trained and got up early and did laps to be as fast as she could. She was faster than everyone in her town, but when she got to her first race? There was no one there that looked like her, and was intimidated by the bigger, faster cars. Cruz asks Lightning where he got that confidence from. He replies he doesn’t know, he’s just always felt confidence and positive about his own abilities.

And this is one of the best explanations of what it means to be a white male in America. Always confident, always told how remarkable we are, given mentors and opportunities, and then told we make it on our own steam. We see ourselves represented on tv, on the news, reinforced through the media as the pinnacle of success. And kids of every race, color, gender look up to the heroes on TV and want to be them.

But how many will have a crisis of confidence when they show up for their races, and none of the their peers look like them? And Lightning, when facing his first crisis of confidence ever, has to figure out why he can’t do all of the things he’s always been told he could do. Just like the forces of toxic masculinity, this affects Lightning as much as it does Cruz.

Along their way, Lightning and Cruz track down the mentor of the Hudson Hornet, who trained Lightning in the first Cars. Upon finding him in a roadhouse in the Carolina mountains, they also meet a group of classic racers, including a woman and a car who is a fairly obvious stand-in for an African American. They talk about how in the old days people wouldn’t let them race, but they forced their way in. And then they had to compete even harder to get the respect of others who thought they didn’t deserve to be there. This will certainly slip by younger audiences, but is a key moment– and also a good reminder of just how far we’ve come.

The final climax of the film occurs when Lightning realizes he is outclassed by the other racers, but that Cruz is the only one capable of taking them on. He comes in for a pit stop, and forces her out onto the track to finish the final ten laps in his stead, cheering her on as her crew chief.

And with someone showing the confidence in her and having received the mentorship from several masters, she’s able to win. This sends shockwaves across the racing world, even including a race correspondent named Natalie Certain (Kerry Washington). Up to that point, Certain had received a huge amount of disrespect from her on-air colleagues despite being the stats expert and far more competent at her job than anyone else. Cruz’s win inspires her, and you can see and hear it in her voice that it matters that she could win.

And this is where we learn the lesson about white privilege: Lightning McQueen isn’t the villain in this movie because he’s white and male. He’s the hero, too. Being white or male isn’t bad– it what we do with the fact that society has been set up to, more or less, work for us and people like us. But he is most heroic when he uses the confidence and access and privilege he has been afforded to pass that along to someone new– specifically to a young Latina racer who just needs to be given a shot.

This mirrors the sort of mentor relationship we get in Star Wars, with Lightning McQueen as Luke Skywalker and his first mentor Doc the Hudson Hornet as Obi-Wan Kenobi. When that mentor passes on and he faces new challenges, he has to seek out the Yoda of this story. And then, perhaps most important, he is challenged to pass along what he has learned to Rey. (We eagerly anticipate seeing the continuation of that story later this year.) It’s a sort of beautiful universal story, and it’s great to see a studio saying that our heroes don’t have to be all white and all male– they certainly were in the first two films of the franchise.

And the moment Cruz realizes her potential and finds her inner confidence and strength, it is equally as powerful and potent as when the lightsaber flies to Rey’s hand, or when Diana of Themysicra walks out into No Man’s Land and becomes Wonder Woman. Indeed, this would make an excellent daddy-daughter double feature this Fathers’ Day weekend for dads who want to show their girls that they are the heroes of their own stories.

Pixar’s Cars has long struggled to find anything to say other than “ka-ching!” as the merchandising money rolls in. Here they find their voice and say something powerful, and say it to an audience — girls — who are not always the main demographic consideration for a movie about race cars.

Don’t get me wrong– most of the movie is a relatively boring piece of commercial cinema interchangeable with the most banal parts of the previous two films. But those moments when it shifts into high gear are something to behold.

Disney’s DuckTales and Tangled: The Series Comic Books Coming This Summer

Disney fans rejoice! 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.

First, DuckTales (woo-oo) returns! Featuring familiar favorite characters like Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, plus Huey, Dewey and Louie, this comic series will be modeled after the highly anticipated new animated series coming this summer, which has already been picked up for a second season in advance of its premiere. Their comic book tales will kick-off in a #0 issue this July for $3.99, providing the perfect jumping on point for both longtime fans and newcomers. Chances are, you’re already humming along to the catchy theme song as you read this! 

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’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!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Gets a Teaser Trailer and New Poster

As revealed at Star Wars celebration….

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Arriving in your galaxy December 15.

Around the Tubes

netflix-logoIt’s new comic day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments!

While you wait for new comic book day tomorrow, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Devil Maybe Cry and The Extremely Small Witch Bibi – FREE COMICS PEOPLE!

Comicmix – Ed Catto: Elasticity of Geek Culture – An interesting read. Check it out.

Newsarama – Netflix Getting Into The Comic Book, Toy & Collectible Business – Interesting… Could be rough times if they think they’ll get some of Marvel’s cuts.

SKTCHD – Off Panel #83: The Real Origin of Image Comics with Jim Valentino – A cool listen.

The Comichron – New Comichron FAQ section launched – If you’re interested in more info from the site.

The Outhousers – Lucifer Renewed For Third Season, One Million Moms Rejoices In Rage – Woo hoo!

Newsarama – Report: Scalped Finds its First Castmember – A good sign.

Kotaku – Disney Drops Pewdiepie Over Anti-Semitic Jokes – Will the rest of his sponsors? I’m sure Breitbart will fill in the loss.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Rom Annual 2017

Pint Size Heroes: Disney in April

Now’s your chance to get your hands on the Disney figures Funko announced last week at London Toy Fair!

The Pint Size Heroes feature a variety of figures from Disney classics, like Mowgli, Buzz Lightyear, and Ursula the sea witch!

Coming soon from Funko! Pint Size Heroes: Disney are out in April.

pint-size-heroes-disney

IDW’s Disney Comics Catalogue Coming To Digital this February

disney-comicsThe action-packed world of Disney’s Duckburg and Mouseton is about to get more easily accessible. Starting in February, IDW Publishing’s entire slate of ongoing Disney Comics titles will become available digitally for the first time!

Dive into the works of modern and classic Disney comic creators such as Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Romano Scarpa, William Van Horn, Al Taliaferro, Daan Jippes, Giorgio Cavazzano, Byron Erickson, Freddy Milton, Al Hubbard, Massimo De Vita, Pat McGreal, Cèsar Ferioli, Mau and Bas Heymans, Lars Jensen, Marco Rota, Flemming Andersen, and Daniel Branca, which is barely scratching the surface!

No adventure is too big for Mickey—even with the Phantom Blot and Pegleg Pete on the prowl! Uncle Scrooge is a lean, mean money machine with Beagle Boys to battle… and treasure hunts to tackle. And who gets stuck with all the bad luck? No one but Donald Duck! (And we’ve got Goofy, Gyro Gearloose and Magica De Spell bringing the mayhem and mysticism, too.)

The full list of online titles will include the following, all previously available only in print:

  • Donald and Mickey: The Magic Kingdom Collection
  • Donald Duck #1-18 and collected volumes 1-5
  • Donald Duck Timeless Tales volumes 1 & 2
  • Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream #1 (FCBD2015)
  • Donald Quest #1-3
  • Duck Avenger #0-2
  • Giant Halloween Hex #1 (Starring Magica De Spell)
  • Mickey and Donald Christmas Parade #1-2
  • Mickey and Donald: The Search for The Zodiac Stone
  • Mickey Mouse #1-16 and collected volumes 1-4
  • Mickey Mouse Timeless Tales volumes 1 & 2
  • Mickey Mouse Shorts Season One #1-5 and their collected volume
  • Uncle Scrooge #1-22 and collected volumes 1-5
  • Uncle Scrooge Timeless Tales volumes 1 & 2
  • Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #721-736
  • Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 75th Anniversary Special #1
  • Donald and Mickey: The Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 75th Anniversary Collection

Disney fans can now pre-order titles starring their favorite characters through the IDW Publishing comics app as well as through ComiXology in preparation for the February 1st launch date.

MyMoji: Disney in February

Collect your favorite Disney characters and their wide range of emotions as MyMojis!

Open the blindbag to find iconic Disney characters, like Mickey Mouse, Bambi, and Princess Ariel!

Collect them all, MyMoji: Disney are out in February!

mymoji-disney

Preview: Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, Vol. 1

Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, Vol. 1

Frank Reilly (w) • Jesse Marsh, Manuel Gonzales, Dick Moores (a & c)

From the early 1950s through the late ’80s, the Disney studio created Sunday comics adaptations of more than 120 of their animated and live-action films that were currently in movie theaters. The chronological all-star line-up in this first volume is an almost embarrassment of riches: the animated Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Peter and the Wolf, and two pre-cursers to the series, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland! The live-action adaptations are: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Robin Hood, The Sword and the Rose, Ben and Me, and Rob Roy. Disney stalwarts Manuel Gonzales and Dick Moores drew the cartoon adaptations, while the live-action stories were illustrated by legendary Tarzan artist Jesse Marsh!

HC • FC • $49.99 • 212 pages • 12” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-718-5

waltdisney_treasuryofclassictales-cover

Fashion Spotlight: Red Hot Fire Flowers, Lost in the Water Level, Wickedness

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Red Hot Fire Flowers, Lost in the Water Level, and Wickedness, by RyanAstle, Italiux, and trheewood are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Red Hot Fire Flowers

31922-detail-57840c92dcd3c_1024x1024

Lost in the Water Level

31923-detail-57840d010a23a_1024x1024

Wickedness

31928-detail-57840d5363915_1024x1024

 

 

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

« Older Entries