+Postage Due+Disney-comics digest #146.
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Sun Nov 7 18:54:14 CET 1993
COMMENTS ON #146:
I'm trying real hard to find something to comment on here.
Mattias and Geir's discussion is great, and I completely agree with BOTH
of them. Which is to say that I don't think it would be beyond Barks,
especially considering his background and personality, to try to slip
some phallic symbols or such into his stories... but as to whether he
ever did do so on purpose will forever be only a matter for interesting
debate. It would be interesting to hear what Barks' answer to a question
about that particular instance would be -- but his answer would not be
wholly reliable. I can't recall my exact reasons for what I did in a
story 6 months ago, much less 40 years ago, but I might CLAIM I can
recall it in order to tell a questioner what either he wants to hear or
what I want him to think. An example: the scene in the Square Egg story
where the Ducks first see Plain Awful and Barks' perspective is twisted
and inaccurate. Barks has always had the story that a pesky neighbor was
talking to him while he was drawing it and distracted him. Common sense
tells you a few things in this instance: a pesky conversation can make
you make ONE or TWO errors... but to draw an entire cityscape in the
wrong perspective with the wrong vanishing points would entail literally
HUNDREDS of separate errors, one right after another. Plus, remember
that we don't work directly into INK. Even if someone DID make 756
errors while penciling a scene, he would hafta make the EXACT SAME 756
errors when he was inking what he should SEE is wrong. The truth is that
Barks started out wrong and wasn't getting paid enough or didn't want to
take the time to stop and correct it -- I know the feeling!
And Geir, if you want some Norwegian "Don Rosa" albums, you'll
need to talk to Svein Erik Soland, not me. That's his decision. I'm
ALWAYS willing to help!
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