Some of my recent stories
9475609 at arran.sms.edinburgh.ac.uk
Wed Nov 23 20:36:28 CET 1994
(A letter originally intended for Digest #500, but denied appearance
there by a computer error only Per understands)
I'm guessing there's going to be a while's wait before
"Pork-Barrel Politics" is published. I was shipped the art for "Two
in One" in March 1993, and it was October by the time it was
published. By that same timetable, it could even be April when
"Pork-Barrel Politics" gets published. But on the other hand, Don
Rosa had that 60th-birthday story published almost immediately after
he drew it, so who knows what will happen? My story is 11 pages
long, so I'm guessing it will indeed be the first story in the issue
where it appears.
I actually haven't done THAT many original stories, mainly due
to Egmont downscaling its production for 1994 (since too many stories
were made, by accident, in 1993, when no one was keeping tabs on what
was going on!). My 1994 slate ended as three Donald stories (a
12-pager, a 10-pager, and a 15-pager) and three Mickey stories (all 8
The ten-pager, "The Sheepish Rancher" is about DD's new job as
overseer on a sheep ranch. When the appearance of a wolf nearby
coincides with some sheep vanishing, Donald assumes the worst and
begins a series of escalating attempts to capture the wolf,
concluding with something I hope none of you will expect.
"Mickey Mouse's Unjust Dessert" involves Mickey trying his hand
at being a chef, to help Uncle Mortimer wine and dine a European
cattleman named Friedrich Schmecktgut. Mickey lets his enthusiasm
run away with him as he puts together a fancy meal like you've never
seen before, and hopefully will never see again.
I think I've told you about the other stories already. The summer
was also consumed by that "Pirate Gold" sequel, which has been
edited to Disney's taste now and will soon go off to an artist friend
of mine. (AT LAST!!!) This 26-pager was written for Gladstone.
My conception of Mickey Mouse doesn't owe it all to old stories.
He is, in fact, the "disney-comics at minsk.docs.uu.se" version of
Mickey. We discussed Mickey's character months ago. It was the
voices of many of you, talking about how Mickey should create his
own situations and have more mouse-like curiosity and
impetuousness, that helped me in developing a way to use FG's
late-1930s Mickey in non-adventure stories.
Of course, FG did do great gag stories. But being in the
Sunday strip, their continuity was limited by the need to make each
episode into a gag on its own. (For example, if "Helpless Helpers"
(1936) had been a comic-book story, it would have built to a climactic
catastrophe. As it stands, it has many climaxes.) I needed to
rework this format a bit when it came to gag stories with Mickey for
comic books, and all of you helped me do that. Thanks!
That doesn't mean I'm not going to ignore adventure tales OR
the occasional story when Mickey is caught in adventure that isn't of
his own making. After all Donald, too, often just stumbled into an
adventure, you know -- only by chance did he get involved in them.
It's Scrooge who causes about everything that he gets involved in.
That's about all for now, folks. I'll be back soon. Best,
<9475609 at arran.sms.ed.ac.uk>
"The only way for anyone to get ahead of Mickey Mouse, is to
run in front of him!"
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