Strike Action Threatens Disney Italy Handing Mickey Mouse Over To Panini

topolino-3000When Disney bought Marvel, there was much speculation that the Italian comic market, one of the few in which Disney actually published comic books themselves, may see Disney publishing more titles and pulling the licences from Panini, who had the Marvel rights.

Instead, what occurred was mostly masterful inaction. Until this week… When the opposite of what was speculated happened.

Instead of Disney pulling in the Marvel rights, they have instead given up their publishing rights to Mickey Mouse, handing the long running weekly comic Topolino, starring Mickey Mouse, with over three thousand issues to its name, to Panini.

This will also involve twenty-two employees moving from Disney to Panini, a tenth of the total number of staff, having to move from Milan instead of moving to Moden. However the move across the country has not gone down well with affected employees and strike action is likely very soon.


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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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