Note to Readers:
Hurrah! We’ve solved the technical issue that made it difficult for me to send out Last Kiss comics to my mailing list. And I’ve resumed the mailings. Sign up here if you haven’t already.
I’m sorry to say that I will not attending this week’s San Diego Comic-Con—again. But—health and commitments permitting—I fully intend to be back next year.
However, my friends at Prism Comics (Booth 2144) will once again be selling lots of Last Kiss fridge magnets (and a few Last Kiss tote bags) for me. So please stop by for some giggles.
And, if you buy some LK gifts for family, friends and yourself? I’m sure that will make your family, friends, yourself and—most importantly—me very happy!
Last week I was once again a guest on Mark Severino’s wonderful Barks Remarks – a Carl Barks Podcast. This time we discussed in depth one of Barks’ all-time great stories, “A Flip Decision,” frequently known as “Flipism!”
Check it out here: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/barks…/id1569066754… or wherever you get podcasts!
For the first time, I was a guest on Mark Severino’s wonderful podcast series Barks Remarks. Together Mark and I discussed one of Carl’s best short Donald Duck stories (“Omelet”) in depth. Panel by panel and often joke by joke. It was tremendous fun!
Here are a couple of ways to listen to the free podcast:
My memorial to my long-time friend Dana Gabbard is in this year’s San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir book. And it’s free via download here.
Previously, you had to attend this mother of all comic cons to get that year’s souvenir book. But this year the book is strictly digital and available to everyone who can click a link.
As for Dana, he was my longest friend in comics. We shared a passion for Disney comics and both of us had a hand in shaping Disney duckdom. But there was a lot more to Dana as both a person and a professional. Wanna know more? Click the frickin’ link!
Before I explain what I’ll be doing, though, I should mention that the first issue of Nervous Rex is now ready for order in the Diamond Comics Preview catalog. (If you want a copy, ask your friendly, neighborhood comic shop owner to order it pronto!)
Drew Ford’s It’s Alive Press is reprinting William Van Horn’s entire 1980s comic book series. The plan is to reprint all 10 issues from the original series. Plus, print an additional comic (#11!), that collects all of Van Horn’s Rex comics—all of ’em in color—which appeared only in Disney Adventures.
In addition to new variant covers by Van Horn—colored by original series cover colorist Barbara Marker—there will be other art that never appeared in the original series. I’m curating that art and I’m also writing introductions for every issue.
I’m thrilled because Nervous Rex is a wonderful, witty and silly masterpiece that Van Horn did shortly before his long and better-known series of brilliant Disney comics. And because Van Horn played a huge part in my early comic career. And it all started when I got involved in helping plot the final issue of Nervous Rex.
By the way, It’s Alive is also offering 100 issues of #1 signed by Van Horn.
While I’m not back on the con circuit yet, Last Kiss products are. Prism Comics is selling Last Kiss fridge magnets and tote bags at it’s booth at Q Con—a new LGBTQ comic con in LA on Saturday, June 18. Free admission.
And, from July 20-24, 2022 they’ll also be for sale at Prism’s booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Can you buy happiness? You bet!
When you buy any of my Last Kiss magnets, greeting cards or coasters, I guarantee I’ll be happy. And you’ll be happy that I’m happy, right?
Dozens of my Last Kiss goodies are now for sale at the ultra groovy Sir Lonebuck’s House of Comics & Geekery (in Woodinville, WA!)
I rarely get interviewed about my Disney comics career. And even less often do I get to talk about my involvement with Disney legend Carl Barks—creator of Uncle Scrooge and so much more!
Barks’ stories are a primary influence on my Disney stories as well as much of my other work. So it was fun to do talk about all of that in these YouTube interviews by my friends Scott & Georgia Ball.
Part 1: In addition to discussing Carl Barks, I talk about how I got my start in Disney comics and how I came to know Carl.
Part 2: We talk about how Barks’ career in comics began; his storytelling; and his fantastic splash panels!
Part 3: We talk about Barks’ characters—Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Magica De Spell, Flintheart Glomgold and so many more.
Part 4 : We talk about Uncle Scrooge’s appearances in animation and my graphic novel adaption of the DuckTales movie.
Part 5: We talk about censorship and editing problems that Barks faced. Plus, we discuss problems caused by the Code Code and Western Publishing internal restrictions.
Part 6: How did Carl go from being an anonymous comics creator scratching out a modest income to being world famous and eventually a millionaire? We discuss how fans sought him out and rescued Barks from obscurity.
Part 7: I attended the huge public celebrations for Carl’s 95th & 96th birthdays–as well as his funeral a few years later. We talk about that and more.
Part 8: In the final episode, we discuss Carl’s Disney duck paintings—which made him a millionaire—and wrap up with a discussion of my Last Kiss work.