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Figment comic unveiled from Disney and Marvel, adding Dreamfinder to latest in Disney Kingdoms line

in Disney, Entertainment, Epcot, Marvel, Merchandise, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

Following last week’s “spark” teaser, today Disney and Marvel have revealed a first look at the artwork for their next Disney Kingdoms line of comics.

As many fans guessed, the main character of the new comic will be none other than Figment, the beloved purple dragon from Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination attraction. In the art, he’s posing with a younger version of the famed Dreamfinder, also from the ride, with a bit of steampunk style.

The pattern on Dreamfinder’s vest should look familiar to Epcot fans as well.

The artwork was first released to Geek and Sundry. The comic is set to debut in June.

Here’s the full press release for the new comic series:

This summer, journey into the exciting depths of your own imagination in FIGMENT #1, the new Disney Kingdoms series created by the unique collaboration between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering. This five-issue series, created by rising star writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers), fan-favorite artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) and blockbuster cover artist John Tyler Christopher, weaves an all-new steampunk fantasy adventure that reveals the never-before-told origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his trusty dragon companion!

A mainstay of Walt Disney World’s Epcot® Theme Park, Figment and the enigmatic inventor Dreamfinder have captivated visitors of EPCOT’s Journey Into Imagination attraction for years and Marvel and Disney are proud to bring their exciting story to the masses this June!

“Can you imagine the never-before-revealed origin of one of Disney’s most creative characters? Can you picture a Marvel spin on the Epcot® Theme Park’s mind-expanding attraction, Journey Into Imagination? Have you ever wondered how the inventor known as Dreamfinder created a certain inquisitive purple dragon?” says editor Bill Rosemann. “Be prepared for all of these answers–not to mention amazing creatures, magical lands, and cool clockwork contraptions–in FIGMENT!”

“Expanding the story of Figment has been intimidating, but I’m genuinely enjoying it,” says writer Jim Zub in an interview with Marvel.com. “I want to do right by Disney fans and new readers alike, creating an entertaining story and that comes from working with engaging characters. Digging a bit deeper into Figment and Dreamfinder has been a fun challenge. In so many ways this story really is a ‘Journey Into Imagination’, in both word and deed.”

This summer, all it takes is one little spark to let your imagination take flight. Don’t miss the highly anticipated debut of the next title in the Disney Kingdoms family when FIGMENT hits comic shops this June!

FIGMENT #1 (OF 5)
Written by Jim Zub
Penciled by Filipe Andrade
Cover by John Tyler Christopher
Elements based on Figment © Disney
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

14 Comments

  1. Michel Lichand Mendonça

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force… as if a thousand voices suddenly cried out in fervor, and still were not satisfied.

    1. Michel Lichand Mendonça

      The previous comment was a joke. Take that in consideration before replying.

  2. Ron Schneider

    What do you mean ‘younger version of the Dreamfinder’? I see no change whatsoever!

    1. Debbie

      Serious or joking? He’s not the Dreamfinder I remember. He doesn’t look kindly and he is definitely younger. I’m not liking him. Figment looks good!

      1. Dani

        Debbie… you realize that Ron Schneider IS Dreamfinder, right?

        And I just have to say that Figment is one of my all time favorite characters. I’m fan crazy enough to have chosen my new car (the Spark, you know, like in imagination) in a pretty purple (you know like our little friend) JUST so I could name it Figment!
        BUT if they had chosen to do a comic of him, particularly with any kind of origin story, it would have been a disaster without Dreamfinder. I just continue to hold out hope for the day when I can travel to EPCOT and see Dreamfinder greeting guests with Figment again!

  3. Timothy Rogers

    This looks amazing. Figment was my favorite Disney memory from childhood and I am jacked for this comic. Dreamfinder looks a bit malicious in in the picture though.

    1. Melissa Leahy

      i agree with you there tim. dreamfinder does look “villainy”. But it still all looks interesting. it’s been awhile since i’ve been to a comic store, what other Disney Kingdoms Comics are there? unless it’s referring to the book series, but doubtful.

  4. Tom Lyberg

    The younger Dreamfinder has a bit of a “Something Wicked This Way Comes” look about him. So, does this mean an update to Journey Into Imagination is in the works? I’m not adverse to that.

  5. Because we all know how awesome it is, I’ve made a wallpaper version of that cover photo for whoever wants it!

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14890443/One%20Little%20Spark.jpg

    (I’m hosting it on my dropbox, so go ahead and repost it wherever you want because I know that eventually I’ll clean up my public folder)

  6. Debbie

    I was already out of college when Figment first appeared and he remains one of my two favorite Disney characters.(Goofy is the other.) I still have my original Figment plastic statuette. Changing the Dreamfinder to a young and evil looking man is not inviting and seems more imagination restricting than imagination freeing. Ah, it is a new generation. I have my memories!

    1. Grandpa Munster

      I wouldn’t really call the expression angry or evil, to me it looks more like an expression of confidence, ready to tackle a new adventure! I have confidence that this will be good!

      1. Ginny Chapman

        Figment looks wonderful but Dreamfinder looks lecherous, evil and disgusting. Keep him away from children please.

  7. Susan S.

    Actually there were three Dreamfinders. I worked with them all. They are all the Dreamfinder – the wonderful character who worked Figment and entertained innumerable people. But each of them added their own nuance to the character. One was not better than the other, but they were great talents each in their own right. It was a privilege.

    1. Ron Schneider

      Thank you, Susan. I agree with most of what you said, but there were more than three of us… I knew of at least six personally and I suspect there were more, though it’s true that there would be only three on call at any one time. And yes, each was unique and brought his own qualities to the role.

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