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I spent most of this Saturday at Atlanta's DragonCon, which takes place here every Labor Day weekend for the past 30 days, cosplaying as The Question under the Georgia sun. A recurring guest at the DCon is Disney comic books legend Don Rosa, who is almost unknown in his native US but is a very big name in the European comics scene.

I had the pleasure to chat with Don, and told him that I though he did a good job on continuing Carl Barks' work. He quipped "I think just you and me know who Carl Barks is in this room, kid".

While I'm sure it's an exaggeration, what I do know is we don't have enough Barks or Rosa here. So I'll post a sample of a 1996 Don Rosa story that was reprinted by Fantagraphics in 2014 for Free Comic Book day, called "A Matter of Some Gravity".

And by sheer coincidence, guess the song playing on the radio )

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In today's post, a few one or two-pages Uncle Scrooge stories, taken from Fantagraphics Books' reprint collections. I've started collecting these hardcover volumes recently and I highly recommend them.

Under the cut, we have three one-page stories by Carl Barks, and two, two-pages stories by Don Rosa. )

"Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man" By Carl Barks (Fantagraphics Books, 240 pages).
"Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: "The Son of the Sun" - Don Rosa Library vol.1" (Fantagraphics Books, 208 pages)
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So here's something else I usually don't discuss in this community: Disney comics and me go back a long, long way. My grandparents in China had been buying a bimonthly Disney publication for me since I was about five or six, and they didn't stop for a good long while even after I had immigrated over to the United States. It was through those comics that I first became familiar with the classic Disney cast - Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and of course, the subject of today's post.

(Incidentally, those comics also regularly featured pretty damn obscure characters from the Disney stable. Quick show of hands - who remembers Mad Madame Mim, Li'l Hiawatha, or Li'l Bad Wolf?)

Disney comics tend to be regarded as barely a footnote to the American public, but from what I gather, they sell like hotcakes in places like Latin America and Europe. One name, in particular, comes up again and again: Don Rosa.

Now, I'm not a Rosa obsessive like so many others are, but even a cursory glance at his Wikipedia page shows that he was Something Special. The Disney Juggernaut typically puts so little thought into its comics that even the hackiest folks at Marvel and DC look like Alan freaking Moore in comparison, but Rosa was the exception: a man who went at his Disney comics with the kind of passion and attention to detail that anyone would've been envious of. He began as just another writer/artist in the Duck comics, but in the early nineties, he put out his Eisner-winning magnum opus: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

Scrooge probably has the somewhat narrow honor of being the most popular Disney character have been born on the printed page instead of on the screen (though a Donald Duck short from '43 did seem to lay a prototype for him), and it's not hard to see why: he's more versatile than even Donald himself, able to go from hero to villain at the drop of a hat while always remaining true to his core personality. He can be protagonist, antagonist, plot device, damsel-in-distress, chew-toy... the sky's the limit, really.

And it all began on the unforgiving streets of Scotland...

The duck tougher than the toughies, and smarter than the smarties, behind the cut! )
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I mentioned this story to psychopathicus_rex the other day, and I just managed to find some scans of it. This Donald Duck story isn't by Barks, but Volker Reiche makes a damn good imitation of the master. (3.3 pages of 10)
For Science! )
[identity profile] hyaroo.insanejournal.com
It's been a while, I know, but finally -- here is the fourth and final installment in my "Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" series! If you remember, the first two posts covered Scrooge's rise from poor showshine boy to the World's Richest Duck, as chronicled in Don Rosa'a magnificent twelve-part epic, while the third post (the first of the two appendixes) examined his stormy romance with Glittering Goldie O' Gilt, as told in additional comics by Rosa -- and of course by Carl Barks, Scrooge's creator.

In this second appendix, we'll take a closer look at the one thing Scrooge didn't get to really experience until he was an old duck, namely family, and how he finally got to be properly part of one.

Meet the ducks behind the cut! )
[identity profile] hyaroo.insanejournal.com
My earlier posts here on Don Rosa's magnificent epic, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck seemed to go down well, so I decided to spread the praise for the richest duck in the world a little further, and present some scenes from other important parts of Scrooge's life, stories that weren't included in the twelve-part miniseries but still fit into its continuity.

There'll be two "appendix" posts, both including snippets not only from Don Rosa's comics but also a bit from the late, great Carl Barks. And this first of the two is, of course, dedicated to Scrooge's one-true-love-that-almost-was, Glittering Goldie O'Gilt.

(Oil painting by Carl Barks)

Scrooge and Goldie, behind the cut... )
[identity profile] hyaroo.insanejournal.com
And we're back, with the second and final part of my run-through (with commentary) of Don Rosa's marvellous recounting of Scrooge McDuck's eventful life.

(In case you missed it, here's the first part.)

It's my hope to manage conveying that just because the main protagonist is a three-foot-tall duck in a funny animal world, the story is not necessarily pure and toothless kiddie fare. (And it doesn't have to be "erotic furry" to have something to say to adults either. ...Not that Omaha the Cat Dancer wasn't a decent comic, but... uh... well. That's a post for another day, don't you think?)

In any case...

Behind the cut awaits action, adventure and ducks with huge tempers! )
[identity profile] hyaroo.insanejournal.com
Because Disney comics need more love.

I live in Norway, and the biggest comic star on the Norwegian market is Donald Duck -- yep, you read that right. The weekly Disney anthology comic book, Donald Duck & Co. (which features lots of Disney characters but consistantly has the Duck as the flagship char, since in Scandinavia he is much more popular than Mickey Mouse), sells roughly one million copies every week, not to mention all the related specials and collections of classic stories...

Everybody has read at least one Disney comic in their lives, and this is so ingrained in the Norwegian soul that if you say "comic book" to your average Norwegian, said average Norwegian will instantly think "Disney," most likely "Donald Duck."

By contrast, in Disney's country of origin, U.S.A., the majority of people don't even seem aware of the huge amount of Disney comics out there. Sure, a fair few of these comics are absolute crap -- but a lot of them are really good too.

And here is one of the really good ones.


Adventure, comedy and tragedy behind the cut! )


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