12:20pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Frozen' Comic Coming as Part of Disney Line From Dark Horse
Weeks after Disney subsidiary Marvel Entertainment announced that it would inherit the comic book rights to Conan the Barbarian from Dark Horse Comics in 2019, the Oregon-based independent publisher bounced back by revealing that it will be soon be publishing a number of titles based on Disney properties. First up is Frozen.
Dark Horse’s Frozen series, written by Joe Caramagna with art from the Kawaii Creative Studio, is set to launch in August, according to the publisher. “We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Disney on this great project," Dark Horse president Mike Richardson said in a statement. "Frozen has legions of fans, many of whom are here at Dark Horse. I’ve personally enjoyed repeated viewings with my granddaughter, and I look forward to sharing this new series with her.”
More details about the Dark Horse series — to be titled Disney Frozen — will be shared at some point in the future, with the publisher’s official announcement adding that “Dark Horse and Disney will announce additional comics in the coming months.” It’s unclear whether or not those titles will be Frozen-related.
This is far from the first time that Disney has gone to outside comics companies to license its material since its Marvel purchase in 2009; indeed, Frozen comic book material has already been released by independent publisher Joe’s Books for a number of years. And last year, Californian publisher IDW Publishing surprised many with the news that it had partnered with Disney for a Big Hero 6 comic book series in 2018, despite that property originating with the Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment.