Post by whatever on Jan 2, 2020 0:04:22 GMT
I don't know when I first heard about Disney. That memory is lost somewhere in my infancy. As a very young child, I watched classic Disney cartoons and I knew only some very general info regarding classic Disney heroes (ex. Mickey is a mouse, Donald is short tempered, Scrooge is rich). Actually, the only characters I knew back then were Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and the nephews. At some unspecified time during my early childhood, I watched some Ducktales episodes (the old series, obviously) and, thus, found out about Scrooge, Beagle Boys and Magica. I became aware of the existence of all other classic characters (ex. Gladstone, Grandma Duck, Clarabelle etc) only when I started reading comics.
The first Disney comic volume I got was one in the waiting room of my uncle's office (he was a doctor). I still have it! In that volume, I read my very first Disney story, which I reviewed here in the past. It was called 'The Money Ocean'.
Despite that, I didn't start collecting Disney volumes until a few months later. It was June 1995 and I was an 8 year old boy who went to the grocery store to buy something for mom (I don't remember what it was). There, I saw a Disney volume and, since I had nothing better to do that day, when I went back home, I asked mom for money to buy it. Then I went back to the shop and bought it.
Unfortunately, I have no idea what happened with that volume. Somewhere between me being a careless child and my family preparing to move during the same period, it was lost forever. In any case, the main story of that volume was this.
Over the following 4.5 years, I collected hundreds of Disney volumes. I found out about the most important artists' names (Barks, Rosa etc), the canon life of Scrooge McDuck and much more. I had countless boxes full of Disney volumes.
One time, towards the end of 1999, someone asked on the letters section of a Disney magazine, 'Where can I buy Carl Barks Library?' The answer was, 'Unfortunately, it is not available in our country. (Well, nowadays, it is.) But you can make it by yourself by cutting all Barkses stories off your volumes and then binding them together. This way, you can also make a Rosa Library, Scarpa Library etc'
I considered actually doing it! A voice inside me was yelling, 'Bad idea, bad idea,' but, being a stupid, 13 year old boy, I did it! After cutting off several stories, thus ruining several of my hard found rare volumes, I realized what a terrible mistake that was.
Over the following days, my interest in Disney comics and in Disney in general gradually faded. I grew more interested in other stuff, such as video games and trading cards. Alas, I stopped buying volumes, planning to spend my allowance on different stuff from then on, closed the boxes containing whatever was left of my collection after the volume-slaughter I had committed recently and never thought about Disney again for a long time.
In 2013, I discovered on the Internet 'Disney Comics Forum', where I was banned from a few months later, for reasons I mentioned in the past. In any case, that forum partly reawakened my interest in Disney comics. I even considered starting buying them again, except, by then, they had become way more expensive, to the extent of me thinking it's not worth it.
Even though I'm nowadays more interested in more adult comics, mainly mangas, even though I nowadays consider many of the Disney stories I used to adore as a child too childish for my taste, occasionally even catching myself being like, 'How the hell did I like that stuff?', Don Rosa's stories will always hold a special place in my heart; actually, his stories were the reason I started posting on Disney forums in the first place.
I still read Disney stories whenever I have the chance to do it for free. For instance, when I find a volume in a gabage bin or during the afternoons I spend at local bookshops (the bookshops that haven't forbidden me to enter again and threatened to call the police if I do, that is!)
Anyway, now post your story too or comment on mine.