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Disney Kingdoms: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMRR) is an iconic attraction at the Disney Parks. They have a little bit different theme to them, but they are all run away mine trains! And Marvel Comics has taken that run away train and turned it into the Wildest Comic in the Wilderness and put it in their Disney Kingdoms collection!

This is my first post talking about Disney Kingdoms, but in fact BTMRR is the 3rd story to come out of this collection. The 1st to come out was Seekers of the Weird, based on Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s Museum of the Weird. (If you don’t know what Museum of the Weird is… in a nutshell, Rolly Crump made up some really weird stuff when Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion was being imagined. Walt liked what he had, but didn’t know how it would fit. So Walt decided to have a “Museum of the Weird” that guess would walk thru after riding the Haunted Mansion. After Walt passed away, the museum idea got scrapped… Until this comic.)

The 2nd comic to come out in the Disney Kingdoms was Figment, based on that little purple dragon in Journey Into Imagination in Epcot. This series did so well that Marvel is come out with Figment 2, due out September 2015.

I’ll do a post on those first two series later, this one is about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

Story of the attractions are this: Big Thunder was sacred ground for local Indian tribes and the spirit of Big Thunder was not happy with the gold being removed from the mountain. The town(s) (different at different parks) and mining company suffered accidents from earthquakes (in Disneyland and Disneyland Paris) and flooding (in Magic Kingdom). The trains themselves began operating on their own, possessed by mischievous spirits. The town(s) became abandoned, but visitors still come to ride the haunted trains. (I feel like I should be eating a s’more telling that story… or at least a churro! Haha!)

Anyway, writer Dennis Hopless, artist Tigh Walker, along with the cover artists Pasqual Ferry (issues #1, #2, and #3) and Marcio Takara (issues #4, and #5) did an AMAZING job putting names and faces into the story of BTMRR. Now I don’t want to do a big old review on this series, but I do want to show some of the artwork and lil’ gems that were put into the story.

First off, the 5 covers!

(Cover Artiest: Pasqual Ferry)

(Cover Artiest: Pasqual Ferry)

(Cover Artiest: Pasqual Ferry)

(Cover Artiest: Pasqual Ferry)

(Cover Artiest: Pasqual Ferry)

(Cover Artiest: Pasqual Ferry)

(Cover Artiest: Marcio Takara)

(Cover Artiest: Marcio Takara)

(Cover Artiest: Marcio Takara)

(Cover Artiest: Marcio Takara)

Now, have you ever watch a Disney movie and seen the little Easter Egg’s (Hidden Mickey’s) the animators slip in? I love to watch Disney movie and look for those… And Marvel does it in these comics. Some are part of the stories. Some are just in the background. But I think they are a perfect way to really connect the comic to the attraction.

Like good ol’ Banabas T. Bullion. (If you haven’t been on BTMRR in the Magic Kingdom at WDW in a while, take a look at this guy… he looks a little familiar…)

Tony Baxter looking out from his window on Main Street? Haha!

Tony Baxter looking out from his window on Main Street? Haha!

And there’s this smiling guy! No “bones” about it, you’ve seen him.

Bones

The busy town of Rainbow Ridge!

Rainbow Ridge

DUCK! …I mean GOAT!!!

The Goat

Like I said, I don’t want to give anything away. But here is a small look inside the mine… Ohh… colors!

Rainbow Caverns

And it’s not Disney without…

A Hidden Mickey

A Hidden Mickey

BTMRR is a must get for any Disney Park fan. As are the other two series, Seekers of the Weird and Figment. They are great backstories to the attractions we all love! But here’s what is cool! The editors have expressed a goal of creating a cohesive “Disney Earth” composed of these attraction stories with connections becoming more apparent as the imprint goes on. (I got this statement from Disney Wiki. I did read it a while back in Marvel’s website, but can not find it at this time.)

There are 2 options to get these series: 1) Get the issue, one at a time, as they become available. And 2) You can get the Hardcover after all 5 issues have been released. In the Hardcover you get ALL 5 issues!

The Hardcovers for Seekers of the Weird and Figment are out now! And Hardcover for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad goes on sale in October, 2015.

Anyway, Disney Kingdoms: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad… go get it if you want to know why that mountain is so upset! And while you’re at it, pick up Seekers and Figment! (I’ll have a post on those later.)

Thanks for reading! °o°

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I am Groot

I4551039-groot_1_cover recently picked up a copy of Marvel’s Groot #1. (I wasn’t the biggest comic book fan as a kid. But yes, I’m that guy who got into it later in life, and yes its because of the whole Disney/Marvel thing.) 🙂

I heard that Groot was going to have his own comic. I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and really enjoyed it! But how can Groot have his own comic… In his language all we hear and understand is “I Am Groot”. I have a few of Rocket Raccoon’s comics, and in issue #5, Groot tells some campers a story. The whole thing is “I Am Groot”. (I found that to be VERY funny!)

Because of Rocket Raccoon #5, it got me very curious on how Marvel will do it. I looked it up and saw that it is written by Jeff Loveness, cover artist is Declan Shalvey, and the artist is Brian Kesingler.

No disrespect to Jeff Loveness and Declan Shalvey. I just don’t know them because I am just now getting into comics. But Brian Kesingler I’ve heard of! He was a Disney Animator! He worked on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, Winnie the Pooh, Tarzan, Tangled, Chicken Little, Home on the Range, Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, and one of my favorites Wreck-It Ralph. (His voice is used for the Cyborg.)  Kesinger also has a book that he wrote and illustrated called Walking You Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod”. (I haven’t read this book, but it’s on my list.) Walking Your Octopus

If you would like to know more about Brian Kesingler, here is his Wikipedia page.

Now, back to Groot!

Groot

In this first issue, we follow Groot with Rocket Raccoon as they try to make their way to earth. They run into some troubles, and the issue ends in a cliffhanger. (I don’t want to give too much away.)

With Groot teamed up with Rocket Raccoon, it actually is easy to understand. All Groot says is “I Am Groot” and Rocket answers back (in a language we can understand), and the cool part is, we know exactly what Groot said!

The artwork is great, along with the story. So if you’re a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, or are a fan of Disney animation go ahead and check out Groot #1.Groot-Rocket 2

This is a short post… so I guess all that is left to say is “I Am Groot!”