Gladstone/Gemstone not again.....
Daniel van Eijmeren
dve at kabelfoon.nl
Mon Dec 22 17:49:47 CET 2003
RODNEY BOWCOCK to me, 22-12-2003:
>> I think those prestige format comics should contain rarities,
>> like *facsimiles* of Barks stories that have never been
>> reprinted in their original form. That way, I even would have
>> been glad to see this 'Only a Poor Old Man' tale again.
> What about everyone else? According to the letter columns,
> there are people reading these new books that have never read
> a Disney comic book before.
First, I said that I wouldn't mind seeing the story if it would have
been a *facsimile* reprint (a direct reproduction of the original
comic). That way, *both* newbies and CODs (crunchy old dinosaurs)
would have had something to enjoy.
Second, those letters in the letters columns have been *selected* by
the comic's editorial staff themselves. So, as a matter of fact, it's
highly debatable if such letter columns provide a neutral source of
> Should they be deprived of reading this story because long-time
> fans have several copies of it? In my area, at least, back issues
> of Disney books are tough to find and this may be the only chance
> for them to see this story.
Even if those stories need to be re-reprinted by using the same
retouched/redrawn reprint source, they can be published in *regular*
comics, or in comics/albums especially devoted to reprints. In the
1990s, there was a nice comic book series titled "Penny Pincher",
What bothers me is that re-reprints are published as fillers in
an expensive prestige format comic. For me, it makes both the stories
and the $6,95 prestige format look *very* cheap.
I'm sure that the making of these comics need a lot of effort and
devotion, but for me personally it does not show in the results.
>> And what about Gottfredson? And what about rare Taliaferro stuff,
>> which has never been reprinted before? Just to name two other
>> classic artists.
> Gary Leach has spoken on this subject before. Gemstone does not
> have a license to reprint newspaper strips yet.
Okay, but what about all the other classic artists? There's a lot of
classic material gathering dust, in archives and/or awful conditions.
Reprints in a nice prestige format comic would be the only chance for
us to see those stories.
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