Disney Publishing teams up with comics legend Stan Lee on new book based on the Chinese zodiac
Disney Publishing Worldwide Group Publisher Jeanne Mosure appointed acquiring editor Nachie Marsham to the project
NEW YORK, NY – November 1, 2013 — Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) today announced the acquisition of a new book based on the Chinese zodiac written by comic book legend Stan Lee with Stuart Moore, featuring illustrations by renowned comics artist Andie Tong.
ZODIAC is an action-packed illustrated novel that follows Steven Lee, a young Chinese-American teen who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding twelve mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization. When he and other randomly chosen teens around the world are suddenly gifted with magical powers, they’ll have to find each other and learn how to handle fantastic abilities and responsibilities. Their greatest hopes and deepest fears will be brought to light by the powers of the zodiac!
Working from a core concept pitched by Lee and POW! Entertainment and developed with DPW, SVP and Group Publisher Jeanne Mosure appointed acquiring editor Nachie Marsham to the project, who ultimately paired Moore and Tong with Lee to complete the powerhouse team behind ZODIAC.
Says Lee, “I’m thrilled to be working with Disney Publishing Worldwide with whom I always hoped to develop this project. Our partnership has been enormously fruitful, collaborative and great fun.” Adds Mosure, “It’s a dream come true to be involved with this fantastic creative team, launching a compelling new property and introducing a rich new world to middle-grade readers through this unique book.”
ZODIAC will be published as a hardcover original and goes on sale January 27, 2015. For more information go to http://DisneyZodiac.com
About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy, and Disney Libros in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children’s magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW’s digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.
About POW! Entertainment, Inc.
POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises.