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Dei fleste donaldistar har det felles at vi er kjempefans av Carl Barks - ihvertfall nok til å fylle eit halvt dusin fanklubbar. I 1999 blei The Carl Barks Fan Club stifta, med godkjenning frå Den Gode Teiknaren sjølv, og vil du vite meir om klubben eller berre prate med eit menneske som hadde god kontakt med Barks dei siste ti åra han levde, bør du nytte sjansen 12. januar, når Club President Ed Bergen stiller opp i eit nettmøte på Andeby Online.

Ed Bergen frå Illinois var ven av Carl Barks dei siste ti åra Barks levde, og dei hadde ein del prosjekter saman. Det var med Barks' velsignelse Bergen fekk lov til å starte The Carl Barks Fan Club i 1999, og det er Barks sjølv som har teikna klubbens logo. Klubben gir mellom anna ut eit nyheitsbrev, og i haust reiste ein delegasjon frå fanklubben på europaturne, der ein av stoppestadane var Egmonts lokaler i København for å leggja Carl Barks Samlede Verk under lupen.

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What made Barks Barks?

A very general question: Barks' stories from his best years make a tremendous impact on practically anybody who reads them. Why is that? What do you personally believe he did differently, that practically nobody else has been able to achieve or even imitate afterwards?

Germund von Wowern

Hi, again, Germund!

I think it's the QUALITY of Carl's artwork, but also the CARE he used in crafting his stories with the human VALUES that are "shot through" everything Carl wrote! I believe it might also be Carl's genius in constructing the "mirror" of our human society in Duckburg in all its facets. My friend, Gottfried Helnwein, who formed and promoted the German museum tour of Carl's work from 1994-1998, constructed a couple panels...one of Donald's jobs (berufen) as well as one depicting Duckburg in all its "organization"! Just reading the stories doesn't reveal Carl's "genius" in forming a complete society which mirrors our own...but to SEE elements from Carl's stories displayed on a huge board showing the whole society of Duckburg with all of its institutions (the Money Bin, church, courts, etc) was truly a joy to behold.

But it was the CARE with which Carl approached his work that sets him apart, I believe, from other artists and storymen and his ability to reflect "us to ourselves" with all of our warts and imperfections makes his stories and artwork truly timeless and fruitful reading for people of all generations and locales! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club






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Barks = Donald, Scrooge, Gyro...???

Hi, Ed!
Many drawers recognice them self in the characthers they're drawing. Do you know witch characther(s) Carl recogniced him self, and mabye other persons with?

Carl-Fredrick

Hi, Carl-Fredrick!

Carl always said to me that he identified especially with Scrooge in his Disney tales. I would think Scrooge's frugal ways as well as his entrepreneurial spirit appealed to Carl and Carl saw himself in his Uncle Scrooge character. There were no doubt elements of Donald as "everyman" that Carl saw in himself as well: Donald, as Carl himself did in his early years, trying a great variety of jobs and not being terribly successful in any of them. It wasn't until Carl found his "niche" in drawing and telling stories that he, himself, found some "success" in life. I am not sure which or his characters he identified with other people he knew, but I think he saw many of the qualities he placed in his characters in himself AT TIMES and other qualities (like Gladstone's luck) that he wish he had himself! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

P.S. I also think that he saw a bit of himself in Gyro Gearloose, the inventor. Carl was able to craft some pretty ingenious inventions himself. The one I remember was the apparatus that he concocted to keep his arms supported as he did the detail work on his oil paintings. It was difficult for him to keep his arms in the proper position to paint for long periods, so he built a support to hold his arms so he could keep in the proper position to paint the smallest details, especially the images of the coins in Scrooge's Money Bin!

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
The Club members

How many members does the Club have here in Scandinavia ?

Gunnar Andreassen

Hi, Gunnar!

We have about 10 members in the Scandinavian countries so far. The most are presently in Denmark with 2 in Norway (yourself included) and 2 in Finland. We would LOVE to have more "international" members and I am hoping this chat will help to get the word out re: The Carl Barks Fan Club! Also, I THINK I'm back "on the chat page", Gunnar! I'll keep it "open" if others would like to ask further questions!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Roy Disney

Roy Disney is a honorary member of The Carl Barks Fan Club. Is this only because of his interest in the work of Carl Barks, or also because of his work (SaveDisney.com) with promoting the legacy and work of Walt Disney and standing up agains Eisner and others like him - I can refer to the book "DisneyWar" where is one of the few "heroes" ?

Gunnar Andreassen

Hi, Gunnar!

I'm not certain, but I do know that BEFORE his "war" with Eisner, Roy Disney did the "appreciation page", in 1995, for the tribute that Carl's hometown newspaper in Merrill, Oregon, did for Carl that year. I know he agreed to sign our certificates and I THINK I remember Roy appearing with Eisner when Carl was declared a Disney legend in the early 1990s. So I think Roy's respect for Carl goes beyond his efforts against Eisner, etc. Best!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
The future of the ducks

Today most of the US Disney books sell a few thousand copies, to be compared with the millions sold back in the 1950's. Do you believe we will still see them published in the US in, say, 15 years time? Or doesn't it matter, as long as there is still some kind of responsible high quality literature and storytelling produced and available to kids (and grown-ups for that matter).

Germund von Wowern

Hi, again, Germund!

That's one of the goals of our club: to continue to keep Carl's legacy alive, especially here in the U.S., so that these stories will CONTINUE to be published. I think the VALUES in Carl's stories are timeless and worth, of course, preserving and promoting here. I HOPE that in 15 years the stories will still be published. There is alot of competition with Superhero stories and computer games, as you know. I believe that you in Europe can help to show us the way here in the U.S.

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
The Fan Club

An advertising opportunity: Can you in one or a few sentences give everybody a good reason to why we should join the Carl Barks Fan Club?

Olaf Solstrand

Hi, Olaf!

Our quarterly newsletter helps to keep us all "up to date" on some of the happenings in the Barks/Disney Duck universe. Of course, I can't cover everything, but I try to keep up on the "big" stories or items that I feel would be of interest to many of our members.

We also publish a "Scrooge's Klondike Korner" where members can post Barks/Disney Duck items for buying/sellling/trading. We hope to make this a good "clearinghouse" for Barks fans to add items to their collections.

Joining the club would also help to promote the INTERNATIONAL impact of Carl's continuing influence. We really want to know and recognize the profound influence of European and other world-wide fans have on continuing Carl's profound legacy. Sadly, Carl and his work isn't as well-known here in the U.S. as it is in Europe. I am hoping, over time, to be able to further promote Carl and his legacy here in the U.S. press and the more international involvement we have from other countries will help, I'm convinced, in promoting Carl's legacy here in the U.S.!

Thanks for your question, Olaf!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
publisher's policy

As an answer to your question the former publisher Gutenberghus (now Egmont) has a publishing codex saying that the weekly could not print names for a country that the ducks went to - it had to be farawaystan, Hondorica, Corovia and the likely - childlike made-up-names because their goal-group of readers were younger than Barks originally thought it to be. So Norway was made Cheeseland, also as to nopt need to explain why they had to go by ship there.
The raptus festival is in the fall each year. (september or october)

Anders Christian Sivebæk

Thanks, Anders! I can get the exact date from Svein Erik, I'm sure, depending on which year we might be able to go! Best!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Barks

I'm sure that a lot of Barks fans here are interested in new information about Carl Barks from the period when you knew him. Can you tell us something about your meetings and projects with him ? Did he tell you anything from his years of comic book making that are not well known ?

Gunnar Andreassen

Hi, again, Gunnar!

I would usually just meet with him briefly, so I'm not sure if I would have any new information. Some of the projects I did with Carl involved the "Christmas On Bear Mountain" stamp booklet published for Scrooge's 50th anniversary in 1997-98 as well as some commemorative signed envelopes for Carl's 95th birthday and his recognition by the Oregon legislature, of proclaiming a "Carl Barks Day" in Oregon each year. Also, the signed Klondike map project, in preparation for our 1st Klondike trip in 1995 was neat!

It is difficult for me to remember, Gunnar, elements from Carl's work that I either read about OR that Carl communicated to me that might be unique. He did discover, some years after he had retired from his comicbook work, that his original pages were scarce as even the Disney archives didn't have any (at the time). He was ALWAYS surprised at the popularity of his work and told me one that at one time, during the 1950s, that he actually went to a comicbook stand and watched for some hours and never noticed anyone buying one of his duck comics. He had HEARD that his stories were popular, but couldn't prove it, he told me, from his visit to the newsstand on that one day!

I THINK most of our questioners know the relationship between Carl's stories and his paintings. During my initial visit to Carl in 1990, he had not yet sent off his most recent painting at that time ("The Stone That Turns All Metals Gold") to the lithographer. I saw the painting there in Carl's house (magnificent)! Carl had the genius (I'm sure with some coaching from his wife, Gare) for summarizes many of his stories in one oil painting image! He would usually do preliminaries, especially for the paintings for the lithograph series, to carefully craft WHERE to position the ducks. Seeing the CARE with which Carl planned and produced his paintings, I KNEW he had used the same CARE in writing and drawing his stories for the comic books. He would tell me how his inspiration for the stories would come in bunches and then there would be other more "fallow" times when his creativity "bank" would see empty!

Hope all this provides SOME insights, Gunnar! My best!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Other Disney comics

Do you have a general interest in Disney comics, including new stories that are produced today, or do you generally stick to Barks' work?

Germund von Wowern

Hi, again, Germund!

I DO have an interest in Disney comics generally, but I do CONCENTRATE on Barks work. I just received a copy of the new Gemstone book, MICKEY AND THE GANG, which showcases some of the illustration art from 1934-1944, centering on the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING pages. I haven't be able to look through it in detail as yet, but I understand that some of Carl's work is represented in those pages. I also enjoy to read other Scrooge stories, especially Don Rosa's work, from time to time.

Also, I have gotten "into" collecting EARLY Disney postal history. Of course, I don't find much Barks art...but, some years ago, I did find, at a Chicago stamp show, a cover (envelope) from Sweden with a Barks image on the left side of the envelope (the cachet). It was from one of Carl's comic book covers and it had an address of a Swedish firm as the addressee. I've never seen another one, but, there in Scandinavia, with all the cultural influence of Carl's work present, I'm sure there is more. Thanks for your question...and keep up your interest in Carl and his work. But I'm sure you need no encouragement from me, Germund! My best!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Norway as a travelling goal

Thanks for the answer to my the first question. A suggestion could be for the club to meet at a comic festival - for example in Bergen (pun intended) - at the raptus-festival. You know Carl took the ducks to Norway in the Lemming with the locket. But in scandinavian issues that was translated into Cheese-country. Don't ask why...

Anders Christian Sivebæk

Hi, Anders!

GREAT suggestion! And that's right...NORWAY would be a GREAT place for a trip! Is the Bergen comic festival at the same time EVERY year? I know Svein Erik Soland, one of our hosts from Egmont in Copenhagen, had to leave for the comic festival in Bergen during our Copenhagen visit! "Cheese Country"...I thought that was in Wisconsin here in the U.S., Anders (heh-heh)...in fact, Wisconsiners generally, and the fans of the Green Bay Packers, are called "Cheese-heads) and they even WEAR swiss cheese "hats" to the Packer games! Any idea WHY the Scandinavian issues are translated as "Cheese-country"? Curious!

DO let me know about the Bergen festival! It would be GREAT to return to Bergen and see if there are OTHER Bergens there I didn't "discover" during my 1980 trip! My best!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
What made Barks Barks?

A very general question: Barks' stories from his best years make a tremendous impact on practically anybody who reads them. Why is that? What do you personally believe he did differently, that practically nobody else has been able to achieve or even imitate afterwards?

Germund von Wowern

Hi, again, Germund!

I think it's the QUALITY of Carl's artwork, but also the CARE he used in crafting his stories with the human VALUES that are "shot through" everything Carl wrote! I believe it might also be Carl's genius in constructing the "mirror" of our human society in Duckburg in all its facets. My friend, Gottfried Helnwein, who formed and promoted the German museum tour of Carl's work from 1994-1998, constructed a couple panels...one of Donald's jobs (berufen) as well as one depicting Duckburg in all its "organization"! Just reading the stories doesn't reveal Carl's "genius" in forming a complete society which mirrors our own...but to SEE elements from Carl's stories displayed on a huge board showing the whole society of Duckburg with all of its institutions (the Money Bin, church, courts, etc) was truly a joy to behold.

But it was the CARE with which Carl approached his work that sets him apart, I believe, from other artists and storymen and his ability to reflect "us to ourselves" with all of our warts and imperfections makes his stories and artwork truly timeless and fruitful reading for people of all generations and locales! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
US events or gatherings?

What kind of social activities or events (apart from trips all around Europe) does the CBFC organize in the US?

Germund von Wowern

Hi, Germund!

We are a group so spread out over the U.S. (and the world), Germund, that we have not been able to get together very often. The club tried to organize a couple trips to the Klondike (which fellow member Rob Scherer and I were able to make in 1995 and again in 2000) and will try again in 2007. I would love any suggestions you might have re: get togethers! I'm thinking that the best way to get members so separated by distance together is by having a goal, like travel, and perhaps travel to some of the places where Carl took the ducks. The Klondike is a "natural" as there are few folks in Dawson who are real Barks/Scrooge fans. Perhaps, traveling to Scotland to "discover" Scrooge's old castle...or to the various venues Carl took the ducks in Uncle Scrooge #10, "The Philosopher's Stone"!

Our club "communicates" through our quarterly newsletter...but it is a challenge to plan social events and activities like the Donaldist group in Germany and other European countries as all of you live a bit closer together. I think it's GREAT! But please let me know if you have any other ideas. My address/e-mail is below! Thanks for your questions!

Ed Bergen, President
Carl Barks Fan Club
Post Office Box 444
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60039-0444 USA

e-mail: revcorvette1@yahoo.com

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Ed

Hi Ed!
It's great that you could take the time to participate in a net meeting with Scandinavian Barks and Disney fans.

You are probably not very well known here and maybe you could give us a little presentation of yourself.

Gunnar Andreassen

Hi, Gunnar!

Thanks, I'm happy to participate! I've been a parish pastor for the last 35+ years, serving at just one church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, near Chicago. I grew up in New Jersey and the Dayton, Ohio. I went to school for 9 years after high school getting a degrees in theology and education before coming to serve my present church. I will be retiring on March 1 of this year and I want to have more time to devote to the Carl Barks Fan Club and my other hobby interests after I retire. I am planning a trip out West to visit with friends and other Carl Barks fans and hope to meet Roy Disney in L.A. during my visit! I have collected stamps and covers (First Day Covers and other postal history items), but after meeting Carl in 1990, appreciating and collecting Carl's art and stories and other collectibles have become my main focus.

I was able to be present and participate in Carl's 96th and 97th birthday parties in Timonium and Orlando and was able to visit with Carl many times before his death and was able to participate with Carl in several "projects". I also loved meeting Carl's wife, Gare, prior to her death in 1993 as I believe that she, an artist herself, who encouraged and inspired Carl to begin his oil painting career following his retirement from comicbook work!

I could write more, Gunnar, but perhaps that's enough for now. I'm really happy to have you as a member of our Carl Barks Fan Club and hope to meet you when I am able to get to Norway, hopefully this year! Thanks for your question and my best to you!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Hello!

What do you love about Carl Barks´ stories?

Kjetil Golid

Hi, Kjetil!

I've always appreciated the artwork, but what I love about the stories is the VALUES that seem to saturate Carl's tales. As a child of the 1950s, there were certain values (that Carl reflected in his stories) such as devotion to family, a zest for adventure, and a commitment to the values of thrift, hard work, and being a responsible person that I think are very important to communicate in today's more "open" culture. Carl always said he didn't mean to "preach"...he was just writing "escapist literature"...but the values come through. I remember in Uncle Scrooge #10, "The Philosopher's Stone" what came through to me, even as a kid, was the fact that, at the end of the story when Scrooge, in handling the "stone that turned all metals gold", was becoming gold himself...ah, be careful what you love...for one tends to BECOME what one loves! There was Scrooge, loving gold and making more of it, getting a little creaky in the joints. Be careful because some of the "things" we can love aren't helpful or good for us. It is a profound truth that I need to remember even if Carl didn't "mean" to communicate that truth! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Storywriter?

Have you written a story yourself?

Solens Sønn

Hi, Solens!

No I have not! I am going to retire from my "regular" job and calling, a parish pastor, on March 1 of this year. I may have to try my hand at writing a story. My abilities do NOT lie in the art area, however, so I wouldn't even try that! I've written MANY sermons, but I'm not sure how that would "translate" into my ability to write a duck story! You've given me "food for thought", however, Solens! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Favorite-story?

What is your favorite Barks-story?
( I think "Donald Duck and the golden helmet".)

Jonas A.Larsen (Arpin Luséne)

Hi, Jonas!

My favorite is "Back To The Klondike" as it deals with Scrooge's origins, but I also like the "Square Egg" story as well as "Island In The Sky" Carl, of course, had many favorites but I think he thought his "Square Egg" story was technically the best but he also liked "Island In The Sky" as he was able to portray the more compassionate side of Uncle Scrooge. Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Fantask

Did Carl mention the shops he visited on his tour in Europe 1994?
Just today (tomorrow it's yesterday) I developed a photo of you yourself standing in front of Fantask in Copenhagen, waving just like ol' Carl did in 1994 in front of that store.
Take care - best wishes from member no. 202 (and 203) of the CBFC

Anders Christian Sivebæk, Danish Donaldist-Society

Hi, Anders!

Yes, I have seen Rob's photo of me standing in front of Fantask! Do you remember my posing for that (heh-heh)? Carl never mentioned (to me) shops that he had visited but I remember a photo (I think Rob put it in the trip newsletter) of Carl at POP ANTIK in Helsinki! We visited that shop too, Anders, and saw the photo there proudly displayed by the proprietor!

Good to hear from you, Anders! Hope you're well and still enjoying both your hobby surrounding Carl and your church involvement! I hope to visit Copenhagen again! My best to you, Hans, Niels, and others in the Danish Donaldist Society! Thanks again for your GREAT hospitality!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Ten pages

My favorite ten pages is "Scrooge`s rare coins" (1951) what is yours?

Terje N

Hi, Terje!

I guess my favorite "10-pager" is the "Mt. Demontooth" story from 1953 as I'm privileged to have some of the original art from that story! There are many great 10-pagers", of course. I also have fond childhood memories of the "Maharajah of Howdoyustan" story where Scrooge and the Maharajah compete in putting up the largest or most elaborate statue of Cornelius Coot!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Origin

Is surname Barks of dutch or scottish origin?

Terje N

Hi, Terje!

I believe I remember Carl telling me that his name was English...but that could have been Scottish!

Ed

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
The CBFC Goodwill Tour

Hi Ed Bergen!

Could you please give us a short report from the CBFC Goodwill Tour in Europe September/October 2005.

Thanks a lot!

Are Myklebust

Hi, Are!

We travelled from Paris to Rapallo, Italy (for the Carl Barks International Art Exhibition), and then on to Copenhagen and Helsinki visiting with publishers, Barks experts and fans along the way. It was a FABULOUS trip! We presented our Carl Barks Fan Club "certificates of recognition" to artists, editors, storymen, and others who have continued to build upon Carl's profound legacy of stories and artwork. Those certificates were signed by both me but, more importantly, Roy Disney himself who is a big fan of Carl and his work. Roy graciously consented to sign the certificates and ALL the recipients were appreciative of this recognition from one of the Disney family members. There were, of course, MANY highpoints to our trip: our visits to PICSOU in Paris, Egmont in Copenhagen, and Aku Ankka in Helsinki. It was also great to visit the restaurant, U Giancu, in Rapallo with restaurateur, Fausto Oneto, hosting a fabulous dinner after the recognition ceremony of artists, editiors, and Barks scholars. Cartoon art literally COVERS the walls of U Giancu and Fausto is certainly one of Carl's biggest fans and a friend and promoter of cartoon art generally.

Seeing the new Carl Barks Collected works in Copenhagen at Egmont was also a high point along with viewing the original sketch pages from Carl's last Uncle Scrooge story, "King Scrooge the First"!

Please see our website at www.thecarlbarksfanclub.com where our most recent newsletter summarizing our trip will soon be posted. Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Best story.

My favoritte story is "Old castle secret" what is yours?

Terje N

Hi, again, Terje!

The "Old Castle's Secret" is a GREAT story. I think my favorite is "Back To The Klondike" as it deals with Scrooge's origins. But I also like the "Square Egg" story, "Only A Poor Old Man", and "Island In The Sky". Carl, as you know, had many favorites, but I think he thought that the "Square Egg" story was one of his technical best, but he also liked "Island In The Sky" as he was able to show a more compassionate side of Scrooge. Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
G.G.Grandfather.

Is it true? Was mr.Barks great-great grandfather before he dies?

Terje N

Hi, Terje!

When I attended Carl's funeral in August, 2000, I remember meeting grandchildren and some of his great-grandchildren. I'm not certain about the "great-great grandchildren", Terje! I can certainly check with some of Carl's relatives who I correspond with occasionally. Let me know if you would like me to check further! I'll give you the Carl Barks Fan Club address below if you would like to write...or my e-mail address! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen, President
Carl Barks Fan Club
Post Office Box 444
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60039-0444 USA

E-Mail: revcorvette1@yahoo.com

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Herritage.

Your surname is a norwegian city,have you anchestors from norway?

Terje N

Hi, Terje!

The Bergen book goes back to the arrival of my ancestors in New York (New Amsterdam) in the 1600s. My uncle told me that all of our ancestors are Dutch...but I really believe that originally we came from Norway. I was in Bergen in 1980 and remember looking for any "Bergens" in the telephone book, and did not find any! Of course, I may have been looking in the wrong place! That 1980 trip took some friends of mine and I up to the North Cape. I'm hoping to visit Olso sometime this year...and perhaps Bergen.

I'm wondering if some Bergens emigrated from Norway to Holland in the 1500s or so? I will need to do some further family research, Terje! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Carl Barks and Don Rosa friends or foes?

Hi!
There is one question that has been in my mind since I first heard the rumour... Is it true that Carl Barks never approved or took interest in the drawing of Don Rosa? Rosa himself has several times stated his fondness of Carl Barks, not only in his stories but also in interviews. But how did Barks feel about Rosa?

Also, one question to you Mr. Bergen:
What do you think of the Carl Barks Collection? (CBSV)
Do you believe it is complete, or is there anything missing?

Best regards,

Jon (Kvakk)

Hi, Jon!

I think Carl had a fondness for Don and his work! As with any artist or storyman who would follow a creative genius like Carl, there are elements of his work that might have surprised Carl. But Carl was also a realist. Knowing that Disney really "owned" the characters (at least in the U.S.) Carl knew that Disney was the ultimate judge (as they had been with Carl's work) what was and would be "acceptable" in drawing and writing about the Disney Ducks. I believe that Carl appreciated all the work that has been done which builds upon his own work which will always been seen as THE BEST as it came from the mind of the master, the creative genius of Carl himself.

The CBSV seems to be complete to me, although I've only seen the first 3 volumes during our fan club visit to Europe this past Fall. I think it is beautifully published and I appreciate the new research that Geoff Blum is producing adding more information than he was published in Another Rainbow's original CBL. Thanks for your question, Jon!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Don Rosas follow-up stories

Hello!
Don Rosa have made some continuation/follow-up stories to Barks classic stories.
I like these stories, but did Barks like them? And did you like them?

Jonas A.Larsen (Arpin Luséne)

Hi, Jonas!

Yes, Jonas, I like them. I think Carl was pleased that other artists, like Don, have continued to "build" upon his work. Carl did seem to have an opinion that sometimes some artists and storymen would present his characters (especially Uncle Scrooge) in a "light" that he thought was not in line with his (Carl's) thoughts, but Carl was equally aware that others would legitimately take any of his characters and do with them what they thought best (and Disney would allow). I think Carl appeciated what Don Rosa did in further defining Scrooge's background and giving it a more cohesive treatment. I, as the President of the Carl Barks Fan Club, just continue to appreciate other artists and storymen (especially Don) who continue to build upon Carl's profound legacy of Disney Duck stories and artwork. Carl will always be seen as THE MASTER. But what great art and stories do is that they inspire others to continue the legacy! I (and I think Carl) thought that was great! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
The Europe tour

How was your Europe tour with the fanclub? Could you tell us a little about it?
What were the best moments?

Ole Damgaard

Hi, again, Ole!

We had a FABULOUS time. The high points were visits to the PICSOU offices in Paris with editor, Pascal Pierrey...the visit to Rapallo, Italy, for the Barks International Art Exhibition there and our presentation of our Carl Barks Fan Club "certificates of recognition" signed by both me and Roy Disney who is one of our honorary members. We also visited Egmont in Copenhagen and Aku Ankka in Helsinki! We met MANY great people who are VERY committed to Carl and his work. Other highlights were seeing the new Collected Works of Carl Barks at Egmont, plus the original sketch pages from Carl's last Uncle Scrooge story, "King Scrooge the First", recently acquired by Egmont, and seeing how "saturated" Finland is with Carl's work...300,000 comics sold each month or so in a population of only 5 million Finns! I would be happy to send you our most recent Fan Club newsletter, Ole, which summarizes the trip, with pictures. Also, check our website www.thecarlbarksfanclub.com where the newsletter will soon be viewable. There were MANY highlights! We are planning another trip in a few years! Thanks for your question!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
CBLiC colors

I'm curious: did Barks ever tell you what he thought about the coloring of "Carl Barks Library In Color"?
I'm asking because in the ongoing color-discussion in connection with the new scandinavian Carl Barks Collection, it has been claimed that he liked/approved the coloring of CBLiC, so it would be interesting to hear if he ever mentioned it to you.

Ole Damgaard

Hi, Ole!

Carl never mentioned the issue to me. We DID often talk about the coloring of the Another Rainbow lithographs which Carl felt, given the photographic process which was used in producing the lithographs, that the colors never quite did match the actual color of his oil paintings!

I'm wondering if Carl even had feelings re: the coloring of his comic book images as he did them in black & white and the coloring was added in New York. He did mention to me that he would, in the early years, "suggest" colors for his characters to the publisher in New York, but, when the publisher never seemed to take his suggestions, he STOPPED making any coloring suggestions!

I would imagine that Carl, being so sensitive with coloring, especially during his oil painting years, would have had an opinion on the coloring of the "Carl Barks Library In Color". He PROBABLY would have had some criticism of the coloring, but he never mentioned it to me! Thanks for your question, Ole!

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
C.B.S.V.

What do you think about Egmonts' new Barks collection, the "Carl Barks' Samlede Værker"?
As you might know, we've had a lot of debate about the coloring in the first issues, (mainly in Denmark) which eventually led to a slightly different colouring in the coming books.

Ole Damgaard

Hi, Ole!

I was able to see the 1st 3 volumes at Egmont during our Fan Club tour of Europe this past Fall, Ole! We talked about the "coloring" in the first issues. As you know, of course, the original CBL published by Another Rainbow in the 1980s was published in black & white, as Carl originally drew his characters. I, for one, appreciate the colored pages. I KNOW that's not the way Carl drew them, but, with the Another Rainbow edition, we have the pages published that way...I think it's neat to have a colored version in a hard cover edition. I think it's great that many Barks fans in Denmark (and perhaps elsewhere in Europe) are sensitive to the coloring issue which has/will lead to slightly different coloring in the upcoming books. The coloring I saw in the first issues seemed effectively done, but any nuances of color which Barks fans who are "in the know" might suggest I think would be great to incorporate into the coming books! I KNOW it's a matter of personal preference (color OR black & white). I just appreciated seeing Carl's images in full color in beautifully bound volumes! Thanks for your questions, Ole!

Ed Bergen

Ed Bergen, The Carl Barks Fan Club
Carl

How did you get to know Carl Barks?

Kje Til

Hi, Kje!

I learned about him in the TIME Magazine article from 1982. I was able to meet him for the first time in 1990. He gave me an original sketch of his from a proposed painting "preliminary" that was really neat! I was "hooked" on Carl's art and work from that point on. I would visit Carl each year around his birthday and would see him at the Disneyana Conventions that he would attend in the 1990s. I began to do a few "projects" with him and the Studio in the early 1990s and also was able to be with him (with Malcolm Willits who had "discovered" him in 1957) during his 99th birthday party in Grants Pass, Oregon, on March 27, 2000. Carl was a good friend who authorized the formation of the Carl Barks Fan Club in a letter to me in July 1999. The club has been going strong since then with about 150 members world-wide. But it was that initial meeting with Carl and his wife, Gare, in 1990 that began both my friendship and association with Carl that continues to "build" (through our Fan Club) even after 15 years!

I hope you continue your interest in Carl and his work, Kje! My best to you!

Ed