Epic Mickey gets...an iPhone app?!

by: Sean Colleli -
It's not what you think! Warren Spector and Epic Mickey aren't cheating on the Wii, but fans who also happen to own an iPhone can get psyched for the game with a nw digicomic. Titled Tales of Wasteland, the 6-part series of short comics chronicles the land of forgotten Disney characters that Mickey will be questing through in the game. The app goes for $2.99 and will be updated later this year with a graphic novel and some motion comics. Not a bad deal for an Epic Mickey fan, and hopefully this will ease the wait for the game. Only 28 days to go, folks!
disney publishing WORLDWIDE launches disney epic mickey

digicomics app FOR IPAD, IPHONE AND IPOD TOUCH



“Tales of Wasteland” disney digicomics –

based on highly anticipated disney epic mickey video game –

bring comics to the digital age

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 29, 2010 – Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today its Disney Epic Mickey App for viewing Disney Digicomics is now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch on the App store. The first Disney Digicomic available in the app is “Tales of Wasteland”, which comprise 6 eight-page short comic stories that take place in Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts. Users get a preview of Wasteland and feature characters from the upcoming Disney Epic Mickey video game, including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star.

The Disney Epic Mickey App expands Disney Publishing’s growing library of originally created apps for iOS and marks the first Disney comic content developed specifically for digital release.



“Disney Publishing’s launch of this Digicomics app extends the storytelling experience of Disney Epic Mickey,” said Russell Hampton, president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We are proud to continue delivering the very best reading experiences to families around the world across all formats.”



Disney Epic Mickey App Highlights:



· Enjoy the Disney Digicomics on a double spread when using iPad

· Readers can choose between a guided reading experience in the landscape view or a portrait view that lets users flip and pan through the comics.

· Readers can view a map to discover more details about Wasteland and can read character bios

· The Disney Epic Mickey video game trailer is featured in the Digicomics

· The Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics App will be updated later this fall with new content, including a graphic novel and six motion comics.



Disney Epic Mickey is available from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. The first comic story, “Tales of Wasteland” is free and the additional five may be bought as a bundle for $2.99.



About Disney Epic Mickey

Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for the Wii™ console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts. While there, the player is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.

Through the use of this unique paint and paint thinner game mechanic, the key components of animation and Mickey’s tools for impacting his world, players will have the ability to shape how the story unfolds as they discover the concept of “Playstyle Matters” – an innovative style of gameplay created by Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point, led by industry luminary Warren Spector. This unique style of gameplay encourages players to creatively tackle different challenges in the world by exploring all the possibilities and storylines – but with consequences for their chosen actions.

Disney Epic Mickey will be available this holiday season exclusively for the Wii console.

About Disney Interactive Studios

Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines, with over 250 million children’s books and over 400 million children's magazines sold each year. Disney Publishing Worldwide includes the vertically integrated publishing imprints Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy and Libros Disney in Spain as well as an extensive worldwide licensing structure. DPW also publishes a range of children’s magazines globally including Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey and Donald Duck as well as family titles in the U.S. including Disney FamilyFun. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, including Disney English centers in China and a worldwide retail licensing program. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books and magazines in 85 languages in 75 countries.

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