Disney is encouraging children to fall in love with reading one comic strip at a time.
Disney announced on Friday that Story Central users can now read comics and graphic novels on the platform.
New comics will be added weekly to Disney Story Central starring Mickey and other popular characters from the Disney and Pixar universe.
Adding comics to the app is just another way Disney is helping young kids become interested in reading. Through comic strips, children can tap into the power of their imagination. The panel layout also provides a fun way to tell a story, with the emphasis being on the illustrations.
Reading these comics is also a great way to get young kids interested in the medium itself, so that they can later be exposed to popular superhero titles that many parents enjoy themselves, as families make time to read together or encourage their children to do so on their own.
However, the Disney comics and graphic novels can only be accessed for those with a subscription. The feature is also only available in select regions.
Available for iOS devices, Disney Story Central is a subscription-based reading app that features a digital library with stories starring children's favorite Disney and Pixar characters.
Users automatically get two free storybooks upon downloading the app, and then an additional two books for signing in or up for a Disney ID account.
While the app is free to download, it costs $7.99 for a one month or $39.99 for a six month unlimited reading subscription.
The app's account is managed by the parent who can then add their children as readers. Users have the option of browsing by characters (Dory, The Incredibles), the current Disney movie (Moana), or holiday-themed stories (Valentine's Day.)
There is even popular Disney Junior content like Captain Jake & the Never Land Pirates and Doc McStuffins for the little ones.
With hundreds of titles to read, adding comic content to the platform will further help to educate and entertain.