PREVIEW: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes

This month’s release of the first volume of Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks reprints is call for rejoicing. There have been many reprint projects centered on Barks’ work, but they must have been designed by the three bears: one was too expensive, one was too cheap, one had garish color, and so on. This new effort — reprinted in handsome hardcovers with simple coloring by Rich Tommaso that recalls the original limited coloring without a lot of fanfare.

I think a lot is going to be said as more of Barks’ work becomes available in a world where the bodies of work of the great cartoonists are becoming increasingly available — it is the golden age of the comics reprint, after all. For now, this conversation between James Romberger and Gary Groth will serve as a good introduction.

Fantagraphics has a 17-page pdf preview available on their site. In the meantime, here’s a seven-page preview of that preview. And these may be the seven of the greatest comics pages ever. Enjoy.

Nice art AND To Do 12/1: Kilian Eng art at Floating World

Swedish digital artist Kilian Eng is one of the hottest things going in illustration, and he’s getting his first monograph from Floating World Comics — and they’ll be holding an opening to celebrate on December 1st at FLoating World. Alas the artist will not be on hand. The book will be available at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival on December 3.

Must read: How to Beat The Haters by Rob Liefeld

Not too long ago, Rob Liefeld hada long blog post about how to deal with the ups and downs of the business. When you think about it, he’s the perfect person to write that piece — his ups have been high and his downs have been low. And despite his very name being one of those push-butten codewords for bad art among many comics observers, Liefeld hasn’t let that stop him. He does more public appearances than ever and every time we see him, he appears to be having a good time. Say what you will about his art, in that way Liefeld has exhibited a professionalism that a lot of people could learn from. And one of the message of his piece is that you just can’t listen to the haters:

Nice art: Defenders splash pages

These Defenders don’t mess around.

Also, call me nuts, but on the off-chance that this just happened to be the first comics book I ever picked up, I’d rather just read a big old caption explaining who these groovy characters are than read dialog like, “Namor will not let your gamma-radiation based mutation take over, Banner!”

Although considering that this is a ’70s comic, they probably ALSO said something like that inside even though there was a caption.