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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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This being the appropriate week,it seems apt to wish all those who celebrate it, a Happy Thanksgiving

Though not everyone agrees )
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Here's a webcomic from Sassquach. The full story is fairly long (30 pages or so) so I'm posting the first four and then linking to the rest. It's written by Max Landis, the writer for Chronicle.

Just a basic warning for adult language and themes, nothing too bad.

Story under the cut... )
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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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More Ducks! (Don't worry, I'll be taking a break from them after this.)
I'm a little late for Black History Month, but I thought this story would be appropriate for such. I shall proceed to explain why.
As I'm sure you're all aware, racial depictions in comics have had... well, not a very good track record over the years, especially during the first few decades of their history. Carl Barks, overall, was much better about this sort of thing than many of his contemporaries - he wasn't above the occasional stereotype, but they were, as a general rule, very mild and innocuous.
There are exceptions to every rule, though, and this story, 'Voodoo Hoodoo', is one of them. Personally, I think the story as a whole is quite effective - it IS Barks, after all - but there are some elements to it which... well, see for yourself.

Read more... )
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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! )

Heavy Duty

Feb. 28th, 2011 12:50 am
[personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Here we are with more Duck! You can never have too much Duck!
While Barks and Rosa are the acknowledged masters of the field when it comes to Donald and Co., one personal favorite Duck artist of mine is William Van Horn. His work is currently not as readily available as it might be, and I find this rather exasperating, because personally, I don't think there's a better guy out there if you like your Duck stuff FUNNY. His wonderful use of language and marvelously (there's no other word for it) GOOPY artwork make his stories consistently memorable, at the very least.
This particular Van Horn story, 'Heavy Duty', is rather interesting in that, while there are plenty of stories where Daisy turns Donald's life upside down, this is the only one I can think of where she does so without even REALIZING it. (It also paints a pretty vivid picture of what it's like to be around Donald when he's in one of his... moods.)

(A note - I only thought of this at the last moment, but there's a possibility you might not want to read this if you're currently having issues with gaining or losing weight. I personally think that the humor is broad enough that it shouldn't offend anybody, and it certainly isn't INTENDED to do so, but some people are justifiably sensitive about such things, so I figured I should put this warning here just in case - I don't want to spoil anyone's day by accident.)

Read more... )
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Bet you thought this had something to do with 'Watchmen', eh? Well, as a matter of fact...

Read more... )
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Well, my first post was easy enough that I thought I'd do another one in honor of Valentine's Day. Of course, I HATE Valentine's Day...

*ominous thunder*

...And, as it turns out, it took just a LEETLE longer than I thought it would, so it's not Valentine's Day anymore, anyway. So this is an anti-Valentine's Day post posted after Valentine's Day, so I guess it doesn't make much sense. But what the hey, here's some Donald Duck.

Read more... )
[personal profile] arilou_skiff
From the mind of the Venetian Wonder, the inimitable Romano Scarpa. This story was first published way back in 1960, but the scans are from Uncle Scrooge #242, published by Gladstone in 1990. I do have a swedish version from "Kalle Ankas Pocket" but I didn't use it because A) It's in swedish B) The swedish pockets used an odd system where only every other page is colored.


Why you should worry about words getting stuck in your head... )
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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! )


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