David Gerstein's Virtual Inkwell
- JOURNEYS IN POP CULTURE, COMICS, AND ANIMATION
Updated September 15, 2013
my book work
The Floyd Gottfredson Library—Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: Robin Hood Rides Again (Fantagraphics, 2013) finishes the first-ever complete English language reprint of Gottfredson's classic Mickey Mouse Sunday color comic. Included are Sundays from 1936-1938—the balance of Gottfredson's regular run on the strip—plus later Gottfredson fill-in work and more than 25 pages of accompanying essays and special features.
As project manager and co-editor for The Floyd Gottfredson Library, I also write many of the books' essays and track down archival sources for much of the behind-the-scenes material.
The Floyd Gottfredson Library—Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: Call of the Wild (Fantagraphics, 2013) began the first-ever complete English language reprint of the Gottfredson Mickey Mouse Sundays. Included are strips from 1932-1935 with a sparkling recreation of the original syndicate color, plus more than 40 pages of accompanying essays and special features.
· Read an excerpt from Call of the Wild, featuring a Gerstein introductory essay and two complete 1932 comics serials. Story and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson, inks by Ted Thwaites, book layout by Tony Ong, new color by Digikore based on the original 1930s syndicate color.
The Floyd Gottfredson Library—Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: House of the Seven Haunts! (Fantagraphics, 2012) continues the first-ever complete, comprehensive English language reprint of Gottfredson's classic Mickey Mouse daily newspaper comic strip. Included are strips from 1936-1938 plus more than 40 pages of accompanying essays and special features.
The Floyd Gottfredson Library—Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: High Noon at Inferno Gulch (Fantagraphics, 2012) presents more of Gottfredson's classic Mickey Mouse
daily strip. Included are strips from 1934-1935 plus more
than 40 pages of accompanying essays and special features.
· Read an excerpt from High Noon, featuring a Gerstein introductory essay and a portion of 1934's "Captive Castaways" serial. Plot and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson, script by Merrill de Maris, inks by Ted Thwaites, book layout by Jacob Covey.
The Katzenjammer Kids: 100 Years in Norway (Egmont Serieforlaget Norway, 2011), coedited with Cole Johnson and project manager Haakon Isachsen, presents the first-ever comprehensive history of the diabolical "Katzies"—their origins as Wilhelm Busch's Max und Moritz (1865), their leap to comics as Hans and Fritz (1897), and their evolution under the pens of Rudolph Dirks, Harold Knerr (from 1914), and others. Texts by myself, Johnson, Isachsen and Jim Lowe bring Der Captain, King Bongo, John Silver and more beloved supporting players to light. Expanded English edition currently in development.
The Floyd Gottfredson Library—Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: Trapped On Treasure Island (Fantagraphics, 2012) presents more of Gottfredson's classic Mickey Mouse strip. Included are strips from 1932-1933 plus more than 40 pages of accompanying essays and special features.
Eisner Award Winner! The Floyd Gottfredson LibraryWalt Disney's Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley(Fantagraphics, 2011) begins Fantagraphics' exciting Gottfredson Mickey Mouse series. Included are strips from 1930-1931 plus more than 50 pages of accompanying essays and special features. As our opening volume, Race to Death Valley includes an in-depth look at Gottfredson predecessor Ub Iwerks, illustrated with never-before-reprinted 1929 publicity drawings.
Walt Disney's Hall of Fame: Floyd Gottfredson Volume 2(Egmont Serieforlaget Norway, 2010) collects Disney comics from 1931-1947 with accompanying paintings, rare promotional artwork, and essays, pairing my writing with unique Gottfredson items from various private collections. Aside from compiling the book's contents and tracking down archival sources, I also remounted all of the book's stories to upright album format.
Walt Disney's Hall of Fame: Dick Kinney and Al Hubbard(Egmont Serieforlaget Norway, 2008) collects Disney comics from 1950-1971 with accompanying script pages, character sketches, and essays, pairing my own work with guest pieces by Alberto Becattini and Jon Gisle. Aside from compiling the book's contents and tracking down archival sources, I also restored the rare story "A Cop's Policeman" to its original page layout. A German edition also exists and is available from amazon.de. Walt Disney Treasures DVD series.
· Read Mickey and the Gang's pages on Donald Duck's debut appearance and its Good Housekeeping adaptation. Text by David Gerstein, new color by Scott Rockwell, layout by Michael Kronenberg.
Donald Duck: 70 Years
Donald Duck: 70 Years(Egmont Serieforlaget A/S, 2004) collects Disney comics from 1937-1994 with my decade-by-decade commentary. Versions of the book were published in Denmark, Norway and Sweden (pictured at right).
The Walt Disney Centennial Book(Egmont Serieforlaget A/S, 2001) collects Disney comics from 1930-present with my decade-by-decade commentary. My favorite edition is the Swedish one (pictured at left), incorporating an extra helping of annotations. Norwegian, Danish, and Bulgarian editions also exist.
70 Years With Mickey Mouse(Egmont Serieforlaget A/S, 1998) collects Disney comics from 1940-1998 with an original wraparound story by myself and artist Cesar Ferioli. Versions of the book were published in Denmark, Germany (pictured at right), Japan, Norway, and Sweden.
AS CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR/EDITOR
Society Is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy At the Dawn of the American Comic Strip(Sunday Press, 2013) collects dozens of groundbreaking 1890s, 1900s, and 1910s comic strips at their huge original published size, marvelously curated by comics scholar Peter Maresca. As a contributing author on the project, I wrote "HistoryDot's Der Cheese!," an analysis of the famous Katzenjammer Kids and their two most legendary cartoonists.
Walt Disney's Hall of Fame: Al Taliaferro(Egmont Serieforlaget Norway, 2013) collects Disney comics from 1932-1969 with accompanying paintings, rare promotional artwork, and essays, pairing my writing with unique Taliaferro items from various private collections. I compiled about a third of the book's contents and wrote all of its text pieces, chronicling the long-overlooked creator of Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories Archives Vol. 1(BOOM! Studios, 2011) collects the first two issues of this landmark comic for a one-of-a-kind reprint. As Editorial Assistant on the project, I wrote most of the accompanying editorial copy and assembled additional archival material to go with it.
See another BOOM! Archives volume on which I functioned as Editorial Assistant: Walt Disney's Four Color Adventures Vol. 1
Mickey Mouse Classics: Mouse Tails(BOOM! Kids, 2010) collects Disney comics from 1931-2008, including Floyd Gottfredson's classic "Mickey Mouse Vs. Kat Nipp" (a personal favorite). As Editorial Assistant on the project, I chose most of the included stories; wrote the text feature "Katnippery"; and teamed up with Jonathan Gray to write English dialogue for Romano Scarpa's "Lost in the Microcosmos" (originally in Italian).
See other BOOM! Classics volumes on which I functioned as Editorial Assistant: Donald Duck Classics: Quack Up · Walt Disney's Valentine's Classics
The Big Black Book of Magica De Spell(Egmont Serieforlaget A/S, 2009) collects Disney comics from 1961-2000. As well as choosing about half of the included stories, I wrote the introduction and most other text features. Versions of the book have been published in Denmark, Germany (pictured at left), Norway, and Sweden.
The Big Black Book of Donald Duck(Egmont Serieforlaget A/S, 2008) collects Disney comics from 1955-2007. While I didn't choose most of the included stories this time, I did supply an extensive introduction and all other text features. Versions of the book have been published in Denmark (pictured at right), Germany, Norway, and Sweden.
Animation Art: From Pencil To Pixel(Harper Design International, 2004) was edited by renowned cartoon researcher Jerry Beck. As one of Mr. Beck's contributing authors, I researched and wrote seventeen pages of text copy, including analyses of Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, Woody Woodpecker, and the studios that created them.
Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide(Dorling Kindersley, 2003) was written by Jerry Beck with several research associates, myself included. I wrote over 20 pages of text copy, including analyses of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, the Tasmanian Devil, and the Three Bears. A condensed reprint of Visual Guide was sold in 2008 with Best Buy's Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 6 special edition; this shortened version contained 14 pages of my work.
Black Images in the Comics(Fantagraphics, 2003) is by Swedish comics scholar Fredrik Strömberg. I was one of the book's two copyeditors, working on pages 22-109 (note: not pages 1-97, as incorrectly stated in the book's indicia). I myself authored individual pages discussing Warner Bros' Bosko, Walter Lantz's Li'l Eight Ball, MGM's Mammy Two-Shoes, and Disney's The Head.
my dvd work
AS CONTRIBUTING RESEARCH HISTORIAN
AS GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Tom Stathes and filmmaker/editor Ray Pointer in designing the package, disc label, and on-screen title cards for this rare film collection.
my comics and magazine work
AS ARCHIVAL EDITOR/EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Uncle Scrooge 347-383 and 400-404, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 662-698 and 715-720 (both Gemstone Publishing/BOOM! Studios), and other North American Disney comics included various vintage and foreign stories that I selected, often accompanied by my own historical text pieces. As Gemstone Publishing's in-house Archival Editor and then BOOM! Studios' freelance Editorial Assistant, I researchedand helped the editors to acquirestandout Disney comics material from around the world, often with the aid of research colleagues or by visiting the vaults and archives of other Disney licensees. From there I was intimately involved in the stories' translation, coloring and/or restoration once they were received in-house.
Walt Disney's Christmas Jubilee Present(Egmont Serieforlaget Norway) is a series of annual classic reprint compilations. The oblong stocking-stuffer magazines feature vintage Disney stories and covers restored from archival sourcesmany published for the first time since the 1940stogether with my own introductory editorial pieces. I've had the pleasure of picking all the material that's gone into this series, and have personally restored and remounted some stories for the magazines' special oblong format.
· Read "Chef Donald," a Donald Duck story formatted for Christmas Jubilee Present 6 (2006). Story by Daan Jippes; art by Michel Nadorp; translation by Harry Fluks; dialogue and remounting of art by David Gerstein.
AS STORY EDITOR
Donald Duck Adventures (Gemstone Publishing), Walt Disney's Jumbo Book (Egmont Serieforlaget A/S), and other American and international Disney comics regularly contain stories I edited for Denmark's Egmont Creative A/S between 1997 and 2004. The unit I supervised included writers such as Lars Jensen, Stefan Petrucha, and Sarah Kinney. In 2000, I worked intensively with Jensen and artist Flemming Andersen in a branded series workshop, creating the Donald and Fethry Duck science fiction feature "Tamers of Nonhuman Threats" ("TNT"), which continues to date. My unit also produced several thousand pages of traditional Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald, and Scrooge McDuck stories over the years.
· Read the first 14 pages of "Blue Rain," the first "TNT" story. Plot and script by Lars Jensen; art by Flemming Andersen; color by Egmont; editing, American dialogue, and lettering by David Gerstein. Published domestically in Donald Duck Adventures 4 (2004).
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Gemstone Publishing/BOOM! Studios), 80 Jahre Micky Maus (Egmont Ehapa Verlag GmbH), and other American and international Disney comics include original stories I've written and/or rescripted for Boom!, Gemstone and/or Egmont Creative A/S. The stories star such characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Brer Rabbit, and the Big Bad Wolf.
· Read "History Re-Petes Itself," a Mickey Mouse story. Plot, script, dialogue, and lettering by David Gerstein; art by Romano Scarpa; editing by Byron Erickson; color by Susan Daigle-Leach. Published domestically in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 654 (2005).
Comic Book Marketplace(Gemstone Publishing) has published several examples of my historical research. Most recently appearing is "Disney Comics: Back to Long Ago!", a feature article in CBM 103. The twenty-two page article analyses the development of Disney comics stories in multiple continents over a seventy-year span.
· Read "Disney Comics: Back to Long Ago!" Text and archival contributions by David Gerstein; layout by Michael Kronenberg.
AT THE VIRTUAL INKWELL
Biryani recipes Just as it sounds, several recipes for my favorite Indian dish. Last updated in 1993.
The Cartoon Pop Music Page Learn the secret history behind the musical scores of early sound animated cartoonsby way of rare sheet music scans, RealVideo cartoon clips, and RealAudio samples from turn-of-the-century music hall comedians.
Charlie Chaplin: A World Wide Web Celebration A selection of lavishly illustrated essays on Chaplin's tramp character, private life, and political involvement. Last updated in 1996.
Of Rocks and Socks: The Winkler Oswalds Walt Disney stopped making Oswald Rabbit cartoons in summer 1928. Walter Lantz picked up the torch in summer 1929. Who made the year of Oswald cartoons in between? Let Pietro Shakarian and myself enlighten you!
Van Beuren's Tom and Jerry Long before the cat and mouse, these two human ne'er-do-wells wreaked havoc in a series of classic cartoons. Co-managed by Pietro Shakarian.
The Bray Animation Project, maintained by my friend and colleague Tom Stathes, contains some of my writing and research as well. Dive into this fascinating, unprecedented look at the first studio to mass-produce cartoonsand silent-era stars like Pete the Pup, Colonel Heeza Liar and Miss Nanny Goat. A Bray a day is the only way!
The Classic Felix the Cat Page Take a look at classic comics by Otto Messmer, Felix's creator; browse the most complete Felix filmography to date, and enjoy classic Felix theme songs and music hall shanties. Co-managed by Pietro Shakarian.
German Disney character biographies Presented by European comics publisher Egmont Ehapa Verlag GmbH. Currently available are April, May and June (Dicky, Dacky und Ducky), Big Bad Wolf (Ede Wolf), Gladstone Gander (Gustav Gans), Gus Goose (Franz Gans), Jose Carioca, and Sylvester Shyster (Balduin Beutelschneider). German translation from my original texts by Ehapa's editors.
Floyd Gottfredson Discussion of the master Mickey Mouse cartoonist's life, art styles, and artistic development over a forty-year period. Part of Per Starback's Disney comics pages.
my nonblog links
Animation Nation and the Animation Nation Bulletin Board constitute Charles Zembillas' ongoing web effort to organize intelligent animators toward more cost-effective and bureaucracy-free cartoon production.
Cartoon Brew and Cartoon Research Historian Jerry Beck's great web resources showcase commentary on animation past and present.
Cartoons On Film Enjoy Police Dog, Farmer Al Falfa, Grouch Chaser and more in Tom Stathes' homebrewed silent cartoon DVD titles.
The Columbia Crow's Nest Pietro Shakarian's tribute to Columbia's (and UPA's) classic characters. Meet refined, cultured, easily-suckered Fauntleroy Fox, eternal wise guy Crawford S. Crow, and a cast of dozens.
The Disney Animated Shorts Encyclopedia and Disney Animation Forum Mice, ducks, goofs, and bad wolves get their due at this intricate site and associated message board.
Don Markstein's Toonopedia Mickey Mouse and Bucky Bug comics writer Don Markstein offers short, well-read biographies of more cartoon characters than you ever knew existed.
DuckFilm and DuckFilm Forum German index of Disney animated shorts and associated message board.
goldenagecartoons.com is not only a home to my Felix the Cat pages; it's also your one-stop source for many other legendary cartoon studio research points.
homestarrunner.com Rustic and filled with old-world cardboard charm, the Pizz serves up Strong Badian-style pizza at a price that won't leave a dent in your wallet!
Inkwell Images Ink provides Ray Pointer's uniquely high quality collections of Alice Comedies, Mutt and Jeff, Koko the Clown, Krazy Kat, and other classic silent cartoons on DVD.
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies and The Termite Terrace Trading Post What's up, doc? Here's the central web resource and message board for fans of Bugs, Porky, Sylvester and the gang.
Scrappyland Harry McCracken chronicles "The Screen's Lovable Mischief Kid" and his long-suffering playmates, Vontzy and Yippy.
shaneglines.net Spumco artist Shane Glines presents his good girl art and a rotating selection of classic cartoon and comic inspiration.
Song of the South.net History hasn't been kind to the live-action framing sequences of Disney's 1946 Song of the South, but the animated Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Rabbit remain some of cartoons' greatest characters.
The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia Internet home for fans of the pre-Pixar Woody, Andy, and Buzz. Ha-ha-ha-HA-ha!
Andeby Online (Duckburg Online) "Your source for ducks on the Internet" features discussion and reviews of the Norwegian Disney comics.
Comicforum's Disney-Comics Forum is the place for German discussion of Disney comics. Fans here idolize the Mickey Mouse comics of the 1980sthe type where Mickey is a genius detective. You have been warned.
DisneyBasen is Peter Friis Jeppesen's singlehanded attempt to review all Danish Disney comics and digests.
Comicforum's Fix und Foxi Forum discusses Rolf Kauka's teenage kid foxes and their irrepressible wolf pal Lupo.
Dansk Donaldist-Forening (RAP) is where you'll find Danish discussion of the present European Disney comics.
The Dubworks Jonathan Gray, comics Renaissance man (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mickey Mouse) and longtime personal friend, presents his solo creations: "Chip and Walter," "Time Trouble" and more.
I. N. D. U. C. K. S. The world's most complete index to international Disney comics is this ongoing project to which I contribute. COA features the best browsing system for searching the database files.
LTB Online features reviews of the Lustiges Taschenbuch, Germany's 256-page monthly Disney comics digest.
Oddball Comics and the Oddball Comics Message Board finds Hanna-Barbera pundit Scott Shaw poking fun at funnybooks' kitschiest and most ridiculous.
Papersera (The Duckburg Chronicle) is a guide and breaking-news source for Italian Disney comics.
Platypus Comix Meet Mulberry Sharona, fiendishly manipulative teenage tycoon. "Not everyone in a regal situation is an airheaded whiny stuck-up bimbo," she pontificates. "No, some of us are intelligent. Some of us pose an actual threat to you. Get me?"
Delia Online collects numerous interesting British recipes, including rabbit pie, one of my all-time favorites.
germandeli.com offers ingredients I can find nowhere else outside of Europe, including super sausages and of course, Katjes Yogurt Gums.
The Half Moon Restaurant and Saloon presents wild game like you've never seen itin great soups and main courses to die for. Especially if you're a boar.
Max Brenner Known only as "the chocolate restaurant" to my New York friends, Max Brenner provides a combination of extremely cute food and delicious, exotic wait staff... or was it the other way around? (Excuse the crudity, people. It's the hormones talking.)
McSweeney's Internet Tendency offers useful and funny reviews of new snack foods.
Scotch Ostrich Egg Some foods you just have to see to believe...
FAMILY AND FRIENDS' WEB SPACES
Alberto Becattini shares his interests and research works.
Harry Fluks offers a photo album of himself and his friends and Disney collector colleagues.
Ben Gerstein is more than "just" my brotherhe's a devoted musician, poet, and scholar who richly understands the meaning of devoting one's life to one's art form. Would that we all could find ourselves so fully and completely. Love you, Benj.
Jonathan Gray, comics Renaissance man (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mickey Mouse), presents his solo creations: "Chip and Walter," "Time Trouble" and more at The Dubworks! (Easy, Snuffles. Big Mickey will protect you from the bad juju.)
Rune Meikle thrills us to some pulse-pounding, self-drawn and colored sights and sounds.
Yazann Romahi reveals his travels, his friends, and his explorations in finance.
Tarkan Daniel Rosenberg is one of my oldest friends. His extensive website features samples of his fascinating and thought-provoking photography, as well as the superb webzine IntraFlaneur.
Magnus Tait shares webspace at his father Charles Tait's photography site.
THE MUSIC HALL
The UCSB Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project is ever-growing, with literally thousands of one-time hits now available for download.