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NEW Disney Marvel MUPPET comics!

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by a_Mickey_Muppet, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Print media is dying and every publisher, even comics, are feeling the shift. A regular Muppet Magazine in print is highly unlikely.

    I don't think these reprints will be lackluster. They're sending out press releases - it's definitely something they want to showcase.

    The comics are not Disney's #1 priority now. It's the film. We're all going to have to employ a little more patience. No, they're not doing everything right the way I'd do it, but this is a time to be focused on the delicious donut rather than the hole. :insatiable:
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    ...which is basically my point. I don't see how magazines, single issues or multiple issues are going to go even further than the comic. I know it's waaaay too early to tell, but it really seems the best we're going to do on the magazine front is a one shot just before the movie, and they'll no doubt do the same with Cars.

    At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I might just grab the Cars one up because... as I said with the Muppet comics, it's only a boon to those who were unable to find them, or just didn't care. I dig Cars, but I didn't feel like grabbing every issue.

    The problem with that is there's really not all that much Muppet media popping up right now. The movie finished shooting a while ago, sure... and Sesame Street is taping as we speak, so we might have to wait a while for virals to go back into production (and go back into production they SHOULD), I'd love to see that Halloween special get produced and air this year, but that's only kinda likely... other than that, there's no regular outlet for Muppet goodness other than maybe talk show appearances just before the movie. The comics were a great outlet for the characters, and now that's gone unless they have plans in the future... anything else has to weigh on the success of the movie, and unless they start starting the slow trickle of Muppets up again, the movie will go unpromoted.

    That said, the Pixar stuff also makes no sense. TS3 made a bundle, Cars continues to do well, and the Incredibles were at least a nice little fan thing (they could have at least given that a good ending as well)... it seems this is mostly corporate, and they really need to turn this around.

    If they pull the Darkwing license, though... I Will be TICKED OFF TO THE MAX!
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I just see so much impatience when we should be excited. Not every gap of silence needs to be filled with Muppets on the market. Give it time.

    Disney Adventures, Wizard and Toy Fare Magazines got the axe. Regular print magazines are dying unless your Time, Playboy or Us or Vogue.

    This country has ADD. Long campaigns for films and media are a thing of the past. Love it or hate it, think "Hop". Not the film itself of the poop jokes, but the marketing. 99.9% percent of the advertising was the month before the film and it's been doing great. We're going to see more of that model rather than the one for the "Adjustment Bureau" that had so many ads that people thought it was already on home video before it hit the multiplex and that didn't help its box office take.

    I suggest we all take a breath and try to enjoy the things that are coming out now. No, they're not all fantastic, but it's all leading up to something that should be. :)
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Okay... this is due next month or so, right...

    well, I checked out the Cars Marvel comic magazine, and I have to make a couple observations:

    There WERE no added magazine advertisements (YAY)
    The paper stock is decidedly inferior (meh)
    It seems that they combined everything into one long storyline (but I need to double check)
    They are offering a subscription (So that basically means more issues will be on the way)
    and here's the weird news...

    There are actually 2 Cars magazines (SAY WHAAA?!)

    One is the Marvel reprint of the Cars comics from Boom... but the OTHER is an actual magazine with an adaption of the movie printed after the articles. Guess which one I saw at an actual not comic book store... that's right NOT the comic reprint. And I saw neither at the super market (but to be fair, that super market didn't have a big magazine selection... though I did see Phineas and Ferb, as well as a couple other Disney published titles).

    So, I don't really know what to tell ya. Still, if the Muppet magazine reprints are a success and we get future issues, we're going to have to wait forever for the last arc.

    I don't see why Marvel just can't publish them as a 4 part for the collectors first.
  5. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    I bought the Tron Legacy magazine, and yeah...it was printed on cheapo paper...not at all like the usual nice slick glossy paper a lot of video game magazines are printed on. It's hard to even call these magazines, since Cars and Muppets are just straight reprints in a bigger size. No interviews, games, articles, ads...thats a magazine.

    If we could just get ONE issue in the vein of Star Wars Insider, that'd be a literal dream come true.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, the other Cars magazine was more of a Nickelodeon type magazine... it had articles ads for itself and a comic at the end (though it was a straight up adaption, like last years' Toy Story 3 magazine)... the Phineas and Ferb magazine was sort of like that to... articles and activities.

    The Cars comic magazine was just a flat out reprint. Not even so much as a crappy kiddy crossword added to it. The fact they didn't add cheap little activities actually is a GOOD thing, but other than that, it's just the same stuff we've seen on inferior tabloid newspaper stock. Glossy, but sickly.

    Again, yeah... this is great for all the fans who just didn't bother getting the comics or had no access to them... but other than that, I just don't see how this would have been any better than just reprinting the GN's with the Marvel logo.

    Still, I'm thinking the Muppet license was married to the Pixar license, and they only intended on crummy reprints of Pixar comics. And again, anything happens to the Disney Afternoon license, I'm not bothering with comics anymore. I'll just subscribe to Mega Man and read the postal service mangled copies.
  7. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Well all Toys R Us' carry the Megaman(as well as both Sonic titles...btw, Sonic Genesis retro series comes out next month. Both Sonic and Sonic Universe have gotten rather amazing art/story wise) series, though I prefer the look of the 2003/2004 Dreamwave version.

    If we get any sort of Muppets magazine, I will be pleased as a porcupine
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    IF and that's a huge IF we were to get a Muppet magazine that isn't just a reprint of stuff we already have on bad paper it would be a movie tie in ONLY. A one issue movie tie in with stock photos and cute little interviews or something like that. It would be no where NEAR the wacky wonderfulness of the Muppet Magazine of the 80's.
  9. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    And? We can't be nitpicking about every single thing. That would be simply wonderful. If it's just a straight reprint of the Boom titles, I'll pass. But if it's anything approaching a kid's magazine, I'll buy multiple copies. Been waiting 22 years for a new Muppet magazine, even if it's just one standalone issue.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, again, there are 2 Cars magazines... the reprint of Boom comics and the Cars 2 Movie magazine. Now, I'm not sure that there will be the same treatment for the Muppets... it would be great though. But other than that, the only one guaranteed is the straight up reprints. I mean, the reprints are good for everyone who just plain couldn't get the original issues, the reprints or the hardbound or soft cover graphic novel edition (if you waited that long, you probably didn't want it, though), but even a kiddy interview magazine would be much more interesting.

    I am digging (just can't afford to pick up) the Phineas and Ferb magazines. A couple short comics, some fun articles... that's what I'd like to see. Even if it was a one shot.
  11. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Sadly there was no Up magazine, but there was a Tangled movie magazine and I think a Bolt one. Every November tentpole seems to have one, so there's a good chance. Tron Legacy had one, as did Toy Story 3. I'm just hoping we get more than the Star Wars figures Muppet toy wise:)
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If that's the case, one just might happen yet. I just hope they don't publish a comic adaption of the movie. I STILL don't understand why that's ever a good idea. I mean, the thing's an advertisement of the movie... why then put the movie in it?
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Another interesting development as far as Cars goes.

    A 2 part movie novelization in standard comic book form with the label "Disney comics."

    I'm wondering if this is a sub-line from Marvel or what. So, I'm not saying we could get other Muppet comics just yet. This IS just the standard movie merchandise comic novelization after all, but still... the fact there's a "Disney comics" line makes me wonder...
  14. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    There's a new Disney comics app for iPad & iPhone...it does not have the boom created titles or material, though it does have some pixar content. It is NOT part of the Marvel app, nor is it even made by comicology. I think yhe contents are From the Disney magazines maybe? In the settings you can select alerts for when new content arrives by character...you can select monsters Inc, toy story, wall-e, jack sparrow, tron, tangled, and so on...BUT NO MUPPETS.

    Through the marvel comics app, I sent in feedback asking if they will put up the Muppets since Marvel now had the rights. I got back the generic form response (note, it doesn't even acknowledge "Muppets") :

    So I guess if you want digital marvel Muppets, summit your request through the app's feedback option in settings.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    BTW, this is out now, at least in comic book stores. I didn't get an overall good look at it, didn't seem to be edited. it had logoless covers breaking up chapters and I didn't detect any ads (the Cars one had some ads for Marvel comics, but only a few and they broke up chapters). But I also didn't notice if it had any subscription cards. Noticed one for Cars, though. And the paper may be higher quality than that one too, but I'm not sure.

    Here's the cover...


    Other than that, there's nothing much added to it. So, if you missed the comics, reprints, graphic novels, and basically couldn't find anything until now, you can pick it up... maybe wait a week or two to hit news stands.
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  16. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    I asked Joe Q at SDCC about marvel's plans for the Muppets...
    Only reprints being released 1 every 3 months. No new material in the plans.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Which basically means we have to wait a year or more for the freaking last arc. And that's if it continues.

    Seriously... why couldn't they get a sub-license for reprints and let Boom at least FINISH the thing before it was cancelled.
  18. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Saw it in the comic st0re to delighted surprise (mainly because i wasn't expecting to see it as i hadn't heard any announcement or hint it would be out this week) but i was actually kind of disappointed when i looked at it - i mean i knew it wouldn't have new content or anything but i was struck by two things:

    1) the colors just looked really dull compared to the prior incarnations (individual comic books and Boom! paperback) - some of the "life" just seemed lost.

    2) really don't like the cover. I thought maybe it was one of several possible covers though from what i can tell so far, that is actually The cover. Just seeing one Muppet on a collection all about (and titled!) meeting the Muppets (four of which having their own focus on each story) just seemed really incongruent plus the art style of the cover is so girly and frau-frau and a total mismatch to the style inside.
  19. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Holy molie, that's a TERRIBLE cover. Yeah I definitely am not buying this.

    What is going on with Disney? So far they are getting almost everything wrong with their "buildup" to the film.
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  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I think they're trying to get some tween girl interest in the Muppets. That's the only reason for such a terrible girlie cover.

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