Carl Barks: Conversations

Carl Barks: Conversations

by Donald Ault, Carl Barks
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578065003

ISBN-13: 9781578065004

Pub. Date: 01/23/2003

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Disney artist Carl Barks (1901-2000) created one of Walt Disney's most famous characters, Scrooge McDuck. Barks also produced more than 500 comic book stories. His work is ranked among the most widely circulated, best-loved, and most influential of all comic book art.

Although the images he created are known virtually everywhere, Barks was an isolated

Overview

Disney artist Carl Barks (1901-2000) created one of Walt Disney's most famous characters, Scrooge McDuck. Barks also produced more than 500 comic book stories. His work is ranked among the most widely circulated, best-loved, and most influential of all comic book art.

Although the images he created are known virtually everywhere, Barks was an isolated storyteller, living in the desert of California and preferring to labor without public fanfare during most of his career.

He created work of such exceptional quality that he was accorded the greatest autonomy of any Disney artist. He is the only comic book artist ever to receive a Disney Legends award.

The influence of Barks's work on such filmmakers as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and on such artists as Gottfried Helnwein has extended Barks's significance far beyond the boundaries of comics. After Barks's death at the age of ninety-nine, Roy Disney praised him for his "brilliant artistic vision."

Carl Barks: Conversations is the only comprehensive collection of Barks's interviews. It ranges chronologically from the very first one (with Malcolm Willits, the fan who uncovered Barks's identity) to the artist's final conversations with Donald Ault in the summer of 2000. In between are interviews conducted by J. Michael Barrier, Edward Summer, Bruce Hamilton, and others. Several of these interviews are published here for the first time.

Ault's friendship with Barks, ranging over a period of thirty years, provides an unusually intimate resource not only for standard q&a interviews but also for casual conversations in informal settings.

Carl Barks: Conversations reveals previously unknown information about the life, times, and opinions of one of the master storytellers of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578065004
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
01/23/2003
Series:
Conversations with Comic Artists Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Chronologyxxxv
The Duck Man3
A Conversation with Carl Barks19
Writing to Please Myself: An Interview with Carl Barks26
Carl Barks, Telling It Like It Is37
Carl Barks: On His Life and Career50
Carl Barks and His Ducks69
Of Ducks and Men: Carl Barks Interviewed80
An Interview with Carl Barks, Duckburg's True Founding Father91
An Interview with Carl and Gare Barks109
Views from Carl Barks120
Fortune Favors the Bold: An Interview with Carl Barks123
Interview with Carl Barks and Floyd Gottfredson132
Carl Barks Interview137
Conversation with Carl Barks140
Reluctant Cult Hero: Carl Barks155
Carl Barks Speaks with the Finnish Press161
When Donald Duck Turned 60165
Carl Barks at Disneyland Paris173
Carl Barks Remembers "A Perfect Life"181
Carl Barks: On Floyd Gottfredson198
"Those Things That Came Along in the 20th Century and Became Obsolete": Carl Barks on the Past, Present, and Future of Comic Books205
Living the Stories: The Carl Barks Genius210
Ideas Flowing Like Waterfalls: Some Reflections from Carl Barks at 98215
Carl Barks: Spools of Memory221
Notes on the Interviewers227
Index233

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