Uh... does Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World really belong on the Classic Disney Comic Solicitations list? It doesn't sound like a comics release at all, judging from the description:
Since his modest debut in 1928, Walt Disney's creation Mickey Mouse has become one of the world's most recognized and beloved characters. This gorgeous art book gathers original art, drawings, animation cels, and artifacts from a groundbreaking, original exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, with text by noted Disney animator Andreas Deja. Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous art, some of it never before see by the public and published in book form. Trace the history of the world's most famous character from the eight-minute black-and-white short, Steamboat Willie to his appearance as an Andy Warhol pop-art legend and beyond.
I linked it in both threads. Thought there may have been interest in it here since it's Classic Mickey even if its not a comic. I saw the museum gallery mentioned in that solicit and the artwork on display in there was amazing. If the book is like the gallery, then it will likely be mostly sketches and artwork from the early theatrical shorts.
I’m surprised IDW hasn’t just pulled the plug on these books yet. It’s too bad that Fantagraphics isn’t producing the monthly issues instead. They care more about the characters and their legacy.
Just for the record (and I think you've seen this) -- IDW doesn't seem to be the main reason for these changes in the monthly books, as Thad explained over here. Fantagraphics' books are produced more explicitly for the collectors' market, as are IDW's Disney books in the Library of American Comics series. That's probably why these haven't been subjected to the changes seen in the regular comic books.
Oh, I’m aware of that. But thanks for the reminder.
I thought you might have forgotten, since your comment above seemed to indicate that you thought Fantagraphics would by default do a better job with the monthly books than IDW. But, considering that the decision to change the monthlies came from an external office, I doubt that it would make any difference. Fantagraphics would probably have had to comply with the same changes as IDW if they had been producing the comic books.