What interesting times these be. From Rich Johnston’s final Lying in the Gutter’s column:
I understand that Boom Studios has won the comic book license for “Walt Disney Comics And Stories,” “Mickey Mouse And Friends,” “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck,” “Donald Duck” and more.
Boom has recently shown much promise with its well received Disney Pixar and “Muppet Show” comic books, and this seems reward for its efforts. Both titles were previously published by Steve Geppi’s Gemstone, a publisher that has been seen to be suffering of late. Expect to see this reflected in solicitations shortly.
I hate to see Gemstone lose the Disney license, I really do as I thought they were great stewards, but I’m far more interested in seeing Disney titles on stands for new and old fans alike and reading them month in and month out myself, particularly if they can receive the same kind of care and attention to detail that have helped them stand the test of time, while working their way into the hearts of millions…”thousands even” for decades. Gemstone had a great run and I would be ungrateful if I didn’t say “thanks” for so many great memories. All the best in their future endeavors (!) and I hope that the news about BOOM! obtaining the license is true, but that if not, Donald and the gang will eventually find a worthwhile place to call home.
Stay tuned for more info. as it breaks, the place hasn’t quite been the same without the residents of Duckburg stopping by regularly and hopefully that’ll change real soon!?