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  • Blog Post: Hunting for theme park treasures at the Disneyana Collectibles Expo

    Early this Sunday morning, I left New Hampshire in the middle on a snowstorm. After a quick plane change in Detroit (where -- at that time -- it was a frigid 6 degrees), I caught a flight out to Los Angeles. Where -- as soon as my plane landed at LAX on Sunday afternoon, I grabbed my bags and then hustled...
  • Blog Post: A fried power cord leads to some gratuitous self-promotion

    My apologies, folks. I had hoped to have a brand-new article up on the site this morning. But about 7:30 p.m. ET, New Hampshire had a brown out. And even though I had my laptop plugged into a power strip which supposedly had surge protection, the power cord for my HP 6000 series still wound up getting...
  • Blog Post: Jim Korkis to speak this Saturday night at World Chapter meeting

    Hey, gang. My apologies if JHM seems to have been running at half speed for the past 10 days or so. But after spending October 8 - 10 th in the Big Apple covering New York Comic Con , I came down with a bad case of Convention Crud. Which is the Pop Culture equivalent of Kennel Cough. Anyway, what with...
  • Blog Post: WDW's Adventurers Club lives on Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics

    Greetings from kooky, crazy and crowded New York Comic Con . Photo by Jim Hill JHM will soon be posting multiple articles about what went on this past weekend at the Jacob Javits Center (with a particular emphasis on what was revealed at the TRON: Evolution , Marvel Television , Disney Comics and Disney...
  • Blog Post: NFFC / Disneyana Fan Club's annual convention mixes fun with fund-raising

    I know, I know. For the past week or so, JHM has been running a lot of Comic-Con- related stories . Talking about the various celebrities who made a special trip down to San Diego this year. Well, as it turns out, Anaheim had its own star-studded affair earlier this month. Jennifer Cody (i.e. the winner...
  • Blog Post: Disney presents dozens of panels at this year’s Comic-Con

    Good Lord?! Is it really just 10 days ‘til Comic-Con officially gets underway? The folks at Comic-Con International have finally posted all four days of programming for this year’s event. And given the huge number of Disney-related panels that are being presented this year … Well, San Diego is the place...
  • Blog Post: Hollywood hypes what it hopes will be its 2011 & 2012 hits at the Licensing International Expo

    Welcome to Las Vegas. Where the 2010 Licensing International Expo is just winding down. Just like last year, before attendees could enter the Mandalay Bay Convention Center , they first had to walk through this gauntlet of colorful banners which trumpeted all of The Walt Disney Company’s key brands and...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: D23’s Steven Clark looks ahead to 2011 and beyond

    On the heels of last week’s news that there would be no D23 EXPO in 2010 – but, rather DESTINATION D , a history-based event that celebrates Disneyland ’s 55 th anniversary – I reached out to Steven Clark, the Head of the Official Community for Disney Fans . And – as usual – Steven was forthcoming. ...
  • Blog Post: NFFC Disney World Holiday Extravaganza places the emphasis on in-park fun

    I don’t know how many of you got to see Jason Garcia ’s great story about the Space Mountain redo at WDW ’s Magic Kingdom (It was featured on the Orlando Sentinel ’s new Daily Disney blog . Which is well worth adding to your Favorites list, by the way). Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved Anywho …...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: Glen Keane goes back to the drawing board

    He’s ba-a-ack. After taking a six month sabbatical from the Mouse House, master animator Glen Keane is back. Keane – who stepped down from his directorial position on “ Rapunzel ” last October due to health-related reasons – is now back supervising animation on that project. Master animator Glen Keane...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Will Disney's "Mickey By" program start a fashion trend in 2010?

    We’ve all seen Mickey Mouse in this classic pose before, typically on a t-shirt. Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved But here’s some food for thought: Would it cheese you off to see Mickey portrayed in this fashion? Photo by Jim Hill Or – better yet – would it bug you to see Disney’s corporate symbol...
  • Blog Post: “Nemo” gets new screenwriter, subs & costumes to be displayed in San Diego

    If you were listening carefully yesterday, you might have heard an enormous sigh of relief coming from the 20K fan community as word began to spread that Randall Wallace had been hired to rewrite Bill Marsilii & Justin Marks ’ script for “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Copyright Disney...
  • Blog Post: Comic-Con Countdown: Can Peter Parker pick the proper panels?

    It’s the classic Comic-Con conundrum. In this corner, you have some of the biggest names in modern animation coming together to pay tribute to Walt Stanchfield. We’re talking about Glen Keane, Eric Goldberg, Tom Sito and Rubén Procopio all in the same room at the same time, taking part in a panel that...
  • Blog Post: It's time to cash in those Disney Dollars. D23 Expo tickets go on sale today

    Look at this trove, Treasures untold How many wonders can one cavern hold? Well, the Anaheim Convention Center is pretty cavernous. It has 813,000 square feet of exhibit space, to be exact. Plus 51 different meeting rooms. And did I mention those 7,500 seats in the Anaheim Arena? "So why should I care...
  • Blog Post: "I've been dealing with alien probes my whole life"

    To be onstage at the San Diego Convention Center was -- to say the least -- a somewhat surreal experience for Andy Fickman . Especially since -- not all that long ago -- Andy was a garden-variety geek himself. "For the past 10 years, I've been coming to Comic-Con ," Fickman told the 6,500 film fans assembled...
  • Blog Post: Night Kingdom to reimagine the Disney-theme-park-going experience

    TiggerFan452 writes in to say: Hey Jim, Just wondering if you've heard anything about these focus groups that Disney World has been recruiting people for. If you take part, you're apparently shown a preview video for something called "Disney's Night Kingdom". Any idea what this project is about and if...
  • Blog Post: Davis derails Disney annual shareholder meeting

    On behalf of the Walt Disney Company and its stockholders, I'd like to apologize to the city of New Orleans. I mean, hasn't this beautiful city suffered enough? After having been blown about by Hurricane Katrina , was it really necessary to then expose the Big Easy to yet another long-winded female,...
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