In honor of Free Comic Book Day (check out #FCBD on Twitter), and in anticipation of the Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 video game (to be released Oct 1 on the Wii, PS3, and Xbox360), I thought I’d pay homage to Disney’s Epic Mickey Digicomics.
The Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics is an app for iPhones/iPods/iPads written by Peter David. These are fascinating works of visual and narrative finesse that blend the comic and cinematic arts. In addition to buying and reading the full comics, within the app you can view samples the six Wasteland digicomics (for free), you can buy a graphic-novel version of Epic Mickey, you can explore a map of Wasteland, you can watch a trailer for the game, and you can take a look at character bios.
I particularly enjoyed the Wasteland digicomics. They provided a colorful background for Oswald, a character who (prior to 2006) had belonged to Universal. I thought the digicomics were a unique way to introduce (or reacquaint) Oswald to Disney fans; the game presents Oswald as Mickey’s “half-brother,” and the comics reinforce the familial similarities. Oswald and his friends get into fun adventures reminiscent of the old Mickey comics, and I really began to care about this cute, sassy, funny-looking rabbit who hadn’t seen the spotlight in roughly 75 years.
The digicomics are a fabulous addition to the Epic Mickey microverse, as well as to the Disney universe, overall. Welcome home, Oswald!
If you’re not familiar with Oswald, you can find several of his cartoons on YouTube, and there are great histories about him at http://www.toonopedia.com/oswald.htm , http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/profiles/oswald/ , and http://www.cartoonresearch.com/winkler/index.html .
Check out Disney’s Epic Mickey Digicomic app homepage for more info about the app, how to purchase, and cool preview images!