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‘GloomCookie’ Author Serena Valentino on Wicked Disney and the Elegance of Villains [Interview]


GloomCookie, created by writer Serena Valentino and artist Ted Naifeh, featured a villain who was the evil queen of the goth club scene, so when Disney Press introduced a series of middle grade novels about their animated feature films’ villains, who better than Valentino to tell the tale of Snow White's Wicked Queen in Fairest of All?

That book was followed in 2014 by The Beast Within, about the cursed prince from Beauty And The Beast, and 2016 will see the publication of Poor Unfortunate Soul, about the sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid. We spoke to Valentino about the ways and wiles of villainous characters.

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Gallery: The Best Disney Villain Fan Art Ever

Disney Villains (Dr. Facilier, Ursula, Maleficent, Grimhilde, Frollo)

If you were born any time in the past 90 years or so, there's a pretty good chance you've been frightened, unsettled, menaced or just generally made uncomfortable by one or more of the villains in a Disney animated film.
Understandably, it's the protagonists of Disney films --- particularly the princesses --- who get a lot of attention from fan artists, but as it's October, we here at ComicsAlliance are taking the time to shine a spotlight on villains, those characters who make it their mission to throw obstacles in the way of fresh-faced (and occasionally hunchbacked, wooden. or passed-out) heroes.

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Thin Lines, Striking Shapes, and Lots of Black: The Art of Mike Mignola


Today is Mike Mignola’s 55th birthday, and that’s the perfect excuse to look back at a comic and illustration career that spans back to the 1980s.

There’s a reason Mignola’s art has not only captivated comic readers for years, but also attracted the attention of Hollywood, where his designs and aesthetics have been applied to both animation and live action. Mignola’s style is deceptively simple, but there is a beautiful elegance in that simplicity, even when manifests in the ugliness of some demon or nightmare creature. There is a mastery in every line and scratch he puts on a skull or statue or monster.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Blasts Out Rocket Raccoon’s Backstory in New Clips

Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Rocket Origin
Marvel / Disney XD

One of the more interesting elements of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series has afforded movie-influenced backstories to each character, that while not necessarily canon, offer insightful looks into the character history James Gunn could only exposit in the film. Next up comes Rocket Raccoon, whose gruesome origins are a tough one to tackle for Disney XD.

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‘Big Hero 6′ World Announced for Kingdom Hearts 3

Disney / Square Enix

Sora, Donald and Goofy are going to San Fransokyo as last year's hit Disney film Big Hero 6 will have its own world in Kingdom Hearts III.

According to Japanator, Disney announced at its D23 event this weekend that the world and characters of Big Hero 6 would be joining the ranks of Kingdom Hearts III. Sora and the gang will be entering San Fransokyo after the events of the movie, so expect all kinds of awesome superhero escapades and some astonishing encounters with Baymax, Hiro and the rest of the gang.

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Disney’s Latest ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Promo is a Love Letter to Raccoons

Animated Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Rocket
Marvel / Disney XD

Anyone initially skeptical of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy quickly changed their tune at the prospect of talking raccoons and trees, something Disney XD’s upcoming animated rendition knows full-well. Our latest look at Guardians of the Galaxy writes a love letter to all raccoons, talking or otherwise.

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Rumor: Disneyland Is Getting Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ Expansions


Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and Marvel, theme-park fans have wondered when the company would start to take advantage of their shiny new properties in their theme parks. And for a good long time, there was nothing. Marvel presented a tangled web of rights issues. Star Wars proved a creative challenge. But now, the floodgates look like they’re about to open. New rumors concerning the presence of both franchises at California’s Disneyland have emerged and it sounds like Disney isn’t kidding around.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Funko Pop Figures Leak From a Galaxy Far, Far Away


This September is home to arguably the most anticipated shopping day of the year for many longtime Star Wars fans. Hasbro, Disney and Lucasfilm have appointed that day as "Force Friday," which will be the very first day merchandise from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for purchase. If you've visited a Toys 'R Us in the past month, you may have spotted the countdown clock, ticking down to 12:01AM on Sept. 4, 2015, which will be when hundreds of stores nationwide open their doors for thousands of fans eager to get their hands on Force Awakens merchandise.

To this point, much of the upcoming slate of releases for the Force Awakens have been shrouded in secrecy. There have been hints and teases as to what to expect, but until very recently, no one outside of the major merchandisers and manufacturers really knew what was in store. That all changed about a week ago when the very first leaks started springing from the good ship Star Wars. While we've only seen a few Hasbro products in blurry pictures to this point, today Amazon (which is always good for a few leaks) accidentally pushed the pre-order pages for all of Funko's planned Force Awakens Pop figures.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Reveals Groot’s Origin, Ronan and More in New Clip

Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Clip Groot
Marvel / Disney XD

Guardians of the Galaxy gave (or at least alluded to) backstories of only four of its five members, but haven’t we all wondered who puts the Groot in “I am Groot?” Get the full story of Groot’s growth (as well as our first animated look at Ronan the Accuser) in a new short from Disney XD’s animated Guardians of the Galaxy!

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Animated ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Will Have You ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ All Over Again

Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Series Trailer
Marvel / Disney XD

Just over a year to the day after Guardians of the Galaxy had us all hooked on a feeling in theaters, Star-Lord and the crew are back with a brand-new beat. We’ve seen a few frames, but the first official Guardians animated series trailer brings a Galaxy’s worth of new action.

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