“Disney Adventures” Magazine Shutting Down

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the magazine industry has seen better days. Overall readership is on a slow decline, resulting in lower subscriptions and lost advertising revenues. It looks like C. F. Payne is not the only artist being affected by it. I just learned that Disney Adventures, the snazzy comic-book magazine, is officially no more. The November issue (currently in stores) is the last one to be published by the company.

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Here’s the announcement from Ad Age, as quoted by Heidi MacDonald on her blog “The Beat”:

Disney Publishing attributed its decision to an effort to better focus resources and maximize long-term growth potential through new magazine and book initiatives.
The demise of Disney Adventures, which was introduced for tweens in 1990, closely follows the end of fellow child soldier Nick Jr., which MTV Networks closed with the April issue. It isn’t clear that there’s any particular exodus of children from magazines, but proliferating competition and rising costs are knocking out big magazines at a fairly regular clip these days; adults for their part have lost Premiere, Jane, Life and Child so far this year.

This is disappointing news. Disney Adventures has been a fun comic-book magazine consistently loaded with quality artwork. It’s one of the few magazines at the checkout stand I would actually pick up and thumb through. Occassionally I’ve even bought a copy just so I could drool over the artwork and keep up on the latest “trendy” art styles for kids. Recently I’ve even thought about putting together a submission package to send them in hopes of landing some work. Looks like that will never be. (Ya snooze, ya lose.)

Fellow fans can still enjoy some of the Adventures content. According to Wikipedia, Disney Press recently released theme-based collected volumes of various Disney Adventures comics (96 pages each):

Comic Zone Vol. 1: Lilo & Stitch
Comic Zone Vol 2: Gorilla, Gorilla
Comic Zone Vol. 3: Disney’s Tall Tails
Comic Zone Vol. 4: Kid Gravity

Magazines have traditionally been a solid and consistent place for illustrators to find work (although they don’t pay what they used to). Someday in the future I’d like to write a blog post about the effect of the decline of print media on illustrators.

Thanks to Tom Bancroft for the heads-up. Also, check out Tom’s blog which he runs with fellow artist Rob Corely. It’s nifty!

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10 thoughts on ““Disney Adventures” Magazine Shutting Down

  1. WHY HAVE YOU STOPPED —I really liked this magazine and looked forward to getting the next month — I am sad – I liked all the information and comics in the magazine — there are not many good magazines that a 9 year old can read!!!!! Think about bringing it back PLEASE

  2. I guess that explains why my Daughter didn’t get her December issue. I was searching on line for the site because I e-mailed them inquiring about her missing issue and never heard back from them. Wow, I wonder how much $ they made off new subscriptions that will never be sent? We have only recieved 4 magazines or our year subscription. My daughter is going to be MAJOR bummed about not recieveing the magazine any more!!

  3. Disney Adventures no more! My 9 year old Devin Stewart is crushed at this very moment … he is in shock that one of his # ONE magz is publishing no more. I have gone to at least 7 stores in a massive hunt for the December 2007 issue – which of course they didn’t have and no one was understanding why, so we have came here, and now weeping at our loss.

    Thank you for the news,
    Sherrie and Devin Stewart
    Nanaimo BC

  4. Does anyone know how to get a refund?? I just realized why we are gettng SI for Kids! My daughter has no desire to read this magazine. What bad business for Disney to not contact the people with subscriptions.

  5. What? How can you shutdown that magazine a lot of people subscribed to it I subscribed to it for two years and I didn’t even get them for one year because you shut them down! So either you give me a refund or you bring the magazine back I really liked those magazines! Thanks a lot!

  6. i was a big fan sense the first came out,,i hold all the issues there were so many that i had no more roomfor them,,so i had to give them all away…..iam sadwhat a great childhood magazine…rest in peace…

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