Danish Anders And & Co Turns Sixty

Posted by Arthur in Anniversaries, Denmark, Disney comics

Denmark’s Donald Duck weekly Anders And & Co, which was launched in March 1948, turns 60-years-old this month! The popular magazine celebrated its anniversary with a golden cover of the 9th issue and a special competition.

Anders And Issue 9 of 2009

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March 11th 2009 | 1:10 am CET | 4 Comments »

Rare Don Rosa Speedskating Story

Posted by Arthur in Don Rosa

Speedskating World 8In 1998, Disney comic book writer and illustrator Don Rosa drew a story about speedskating for Dutch (but English-language) magazine Speedskating World. The story is titled The Annual Speedskating Race of the Burg of Ducks and was written by Norwegian professor of mathematical statistics at the University of Oslo, Nils Lid Hjort, who is also a Disney comics fan and has edited two books with the works of Don Rosa.

The two-page story was made specifically for the Speedskating magazine and has, as far as I know, not appeared anywhere else. It was printed in black-and-white, which really brings out Don Rosa’s beautifully detailed artwork, and extra large at two (sideways) rows per page. I was lucky to obtain a copy of the magazine back in 1998 and have scanned the two-page story below. More »

March 4th 2009 | 2:48 am CET | 3 Comments »

Great 4-for-3 Books Promo at Amazon

Posted by Arthur in Disney comics

Amazon currently has a 4-for-3 promotion on books under $10. This is your chance to get a great deal on Gemstone’s Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories issues. These comics normally sell for $7.99 but with this promotion you can get them for $6 each (if you buy 4). And shipping within the United States is free on orders over $25 with Amazon’s Super Saver Shipping.

Amazon.com 4 for 3 books

It was recently announced that Gemstone Publishing is in trouble due to unpaid bills, so the future of Disney comics in the United States is uncertain. The last issues that came out were Uncle Scrooge 383 and WDC&S 698 in November 2008 and these may very well be the last American Disney comics for a while. Amazon still has many of these great Gemstone comics in stock. Buy any 4 eligible items and get the lowest-priced item free. Check it out.

March 2nd 2009 | 11:18 pm CET | No Comments »

Romano Scarpa Animation from 1982

Posted by Arthur in Italy, Romano Scarpa

This 5-minute animation from 1982 was made by Italian Disney comics artist Romano Scarpa as an introduction to a Disney TV special in Italy. The video shows a parade of Disney comic characters, including Detective Casey (by Floyd Gottfredson), Donald Duck’s superhero alter ego Paperinik (known in the US as Duck Avenger) and Brigitta McBridge (created by Romano Scarpa) following Scrooge McDuck. It’s a unique piece of animation with these characters that can normally only be found in the comic books, and some of them only in Italian comics. (via Cartoon Brew)

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March 1st 2009 | 5:25 am CET | No Comments »

Future of US Disney Comics in Jeopardy

Posted by Arthur in Publishers, United States

Bad news from Gemstone Publishing, the publisher of Disney comics in the United States and the only publisher in the world that still publishes English-language Disney comics that are easily available. The economic recession has hit the Baltimore-based publisher hard as it is being sued for unpaid bills. Creditors Trade Association is suing Gemstone, Diamond and owner Steve Geppi for $373,000 on behalf of Global Interprint, which is the print broker for many of Gemstone’s deluxe editions such as the EC Archives. Gemstone owes the large sum for printing bills that were run up between December 2007 and September 2008.

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February 19th 2009 | 11:18 pm CET | 3 Comments »

2008 Finnish Interview with Don Rosa

Posted by Arthur in Don Rosa

Check out this interview with Don Rosa from Finnish TV station MTV3. He talks about his interest in writing rather than drawing, making his first Uncle Scrooge story for Gladstone in 1986, his unique detailed drawing style and the Quest for Kalevala. At the end of part 2 Don talks about his bad eye sight and a detached retina that he suffered in March 2008 that prevents him from doing any more detailed drawing. He’ll be able to continue to write articles about his stories for Don Rosa collections, but unfortunately will probably not be able to make any more new duck stories. More »

February 9th 2009 | 2:06 pm CET | No Comments »

Special Issue of Finnish Disney Comics Fanzine

Posted by Arthur in Finland, Magazines

National Donaldistic MagazineAnkkalinnan Pamaus, a Finnish fanzine about Disney comics, has published an English version of their magazine this month to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The February 2009 issue, titled National Donaldistic Magazine on a cover that looks like an issue of National Geographic Magazine, features 36 pages of information on Disney comics in Finland and various Disney comics authors. There are articles on the Italian artist Romano Scarpo, Li’l Bad Wolf-artist Gil Turner, Disney comics legend Carl Barks and more.

The special issue can be ordered online and costs only $6.90 to the USA or €5.35 to Europe including shipping. This is a unique chance for people outside Finland to read about Disney comics in another country. I’m looking forward to receive my copy.

February 5th 2009 | 4:31 am CET | No Comments »

Comic Books at the Louvre

Posted by Arthur in Exhibits, France

Comic strip art at the Louvre in ParisComic books as an art form are finally getting the recognition they deserve at the most famous and prestigious museum in the world.

Starting this week, the Sully wing at the Louvre in Paris is home to a special exhibit for comic book fans titled Le Louvre invite la bande dessinée (‘The Louvre invites comic strip art’). Mona Lisa will get some company in the form of Asterix & Obelix, Tin Tin, and many other popular French comic book characters.

The exhibit runs until April 13th and features original artwork by Nicolas de Crécy, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Éric Liberge and Bernard Yslaire. More »

January 26th 2009 | 1:25 am CET | No Comments »

New Soccer Magazine in Germany

Posted by Arthur in Germany, New Titles

DonaldoOn January 22nd, Ehapa Verlag, publisher of Disney comics in Germany, is launching a new soccer Disney magazine titled Donaldo. The bi-monthly magazine will feature football-themed comic stories as well as news reports from the Champions League and Bundlesliga soccer championships, posters and activities.

The 52-page magazine is targeted at 7 to 10-year-old kids and will sell for €2,80. The first issue will have a print-run of 110,000 copies.

January 17th 2009 | 1:40 am CET | No Comments »

Three New Titles from Boom! Studios

Posted by Arthur in United States

Boom! Studios in the United States is getting ready to release three new titles based on Disney franchises. They are Pixar’s Cars, Pixar’s The Incredibles and The Muppet Show. The first issues of these new series will hit newsstands on March 25th. Disney Publishing Worldwide and Boom! Studios announced in July last year that they are collaborating on new comics with characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and WALL-E, so look out for more titles coming in the future. You can pre-order these titles on MailOrderComics.com.

Four The Incredibles covers by Boom! Studios
The first issue of the new The Incredibles series is available in four different covers!

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January 6th 2009 | 3:39 pm CET | No Comments »
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