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When I was a kid I spent all my money on comic books. I loved comic books. My father called me and my sister the Comic Book Kids. I had tons. All was bliss until that terrible day. I was ten years old. I came home from school and looked under the bed. We only had one bed. The trailer was small. The couch opened up for my mother and my sister, and I slept on the table. Well, I looked under the bed and my huge box of comics was gone. I asked my father. He didn’t know what happened to them. Right. Like when my hamsters disappeared. You’ve heard people say it. “I used to be a millionaire. Then my old man threw away my comic books.” I started buying them again when I was a young man in graduate school. I had a little money. Not much. But I still have those comics that I bought then.
I know there are a lot of Carl Barks fans out there. Let me tell you a little story. I don’t know exactly when it was, but it was quite some time ago. My friend and former editor at Bladkompaniet in Oslo, Terje Nordberg, told me the story. Carl had been invited to Oslo for a book fair of some kind. When he walked out on the stage and saw the hundreds and hundreds of fans clapping and cheering, he started crying. He had no idea that anyone in the world cared or knew who he was. That’s the way Disney operated. You won’t find Carl’s name on any of the many comic books that he drew. Don Rosa, who later drew duck stories, slipped in the letters D.U.C.K. somewhere in his stories. Here’s an excerpt I took from https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Don_Rosa
Most Don Rosa stories have the letters D.U.C.K. hidden somewhere in the first panel. Rosa’s covers also usually have D.U.C.K. in them. This is an acronym for Dedicated to Unca Carl from Keno. Because Disney would not allow for personal signatures in the comics, and thought that D.U.C.K. looked too much like one, Don Rosa later started hiding the letters in various unlikely places. Many of his readers made a sport out of finding them. D.U.C.K. is in most cases hidden in the very first panel of the story. D.U.C.K. is also often hidden in Rosa’s cover-art, which he makes for his own stories and reprints of old Carl Barks stories.
Don’s first name is Keno. So even though it’s not his signature, at least fans will know who wrote and drew the story.
Tomorrow I’ll show you some of my comic books.
Two weeks ago – You might know that I’m a bird fancier.
I believe that little bird in the first clip was a least sandpiper. The terns are Forster’s terns. There are a lot of them around here. Many more than when I was a boy. That one tern tried to swallow a fish that was too big. The ibis eat the bugs under the grass. I wish they’d eat my chinch bugs. I recently hired a lawn service. They will kill the bugs, but you wonder about the runoff and the fish. It’s hell being a tree-hugger.
Ibis are really neat birds. You probably know that the white ibis is represented in the Egyptian God, Thoth. It’s not the same species but very similar.
I ordered the books this morning plus a few extra. If you asked for one, Frau Grace will contact you. The cost will be the 20% discounted price plus the pro rata cost to ship it to me plus the tax plus the cost to ship it to you. She’ll let you know. I think.
Here’s an old story from 1990. I used to know people like Basil and Felicia. A little story about Felicia: Her name was Felicia Gomez.When she first appeared, my syndicate received three nasty letters from women all named Felicia Gomez. One time many years ago the same thing happened to Mort Walker. He made up a name, and a lady with that name sued him. Luckily another reader who had the same name wrote him a fan letter. When the trial came up up, Mort’s lawyer called his witness of the same name. What a nice payback.
I’ve finally updated the Books page with the info about all the books that are available. If you emailed me about them, you should be hearing from Frau Grace soon. Meanwhile, I will order a bunch of books to sign and sketch in. We’ll find out what the cost is and pass the information on. Don’t feel obligated. We will do our best to get the books to you by Christmas. I’m not sure that the overseas books will make it on time, but we’ll try.
I pulled out my Toast-A-Lator this morning because our old friend Connie was visiting from Oregon. We hadn’t seen her in twenty years. You might not remember, but once I wrote about how we were talking one time over forty years ago and she said that she was trying to draw cartoons because Playboy paid three hundred bucks a pop. That’s about the time I started drawing. Connie is a terrific person and probably the funniest woman I’ve ever known. But I pulled out my Toast-A-Lator and really impressed her.
If you’ve asked me about ordering books., I’m going to email everyone tomorrow. If you’re interested email me now. I’m going to find out how much it costs and order the books.
We have a house guest. You don’t have to plow through any stupid video today.
The strip is from 1990
If you would like one or more of the new books signed by me, or any of the older books, email me as soon as you can. I’m going to place the order no later than Monday. For details go back to the November 11 post.
You can always tell when the old people come back to Bradenton for the winter:
The vultures are circling again. They’re like the polar waiting for the ice to freeze so they can eat seals again.
Back in 1982 I bought an expensive bottle of wine in a town in Scotland. It’s the town where they beheaded Mary Queen of Scots. We had dinner in a very nice restaurant. The wine was excellent. I bought a bottle and stored it away. I recall that it was quite expensive.
That was 36 years ago.
I opened it for our anniversary last night. It was corked. It tasted like really, really bad cooking sherry. I have another bottle of another expensive wine from around 1980 that I’ve been saving. I’ll open it next year and let you know. Back to Mad Dog 20-20.
Forty-two years of wedded bliss. The best thing about it being so long is that she no longer is strong enough to strangle me.
If you order them direct at these links you save 20% off the Amazon price.
I’m going to try this: If you like, I can order the books, sign them and draw a little sketch, and send them on to you. If anybody is interested, I’ll figure out how much it will cost. Let me know. I also have a small number of the older books here at my place, and I can do that with them as well. I’ll have to wait for a week or so to give people enough time to contact me. So if you’re interested, email me asap. It takes a while to get them from the printer. Christmas is coming, and these things take time. Tomorrow I’ll add these new books to my Books and Stuff menu item.
The books are 8.5 by 11 inches, big enough so you can see my kindergarten level art work.
From 1990. The food is free, but the stomach pump is through the ceiling…