Thursday, September 20, 2012
Well, At Least "Schulz" Wasn't Spelled with a "T"...
shout-out to the second volume in the Fantagraphics Barks library. All credit to reviewer Tim Marchman and the WSJ editors who green-lighted this review, but the piece could have done with one or two additional fact-checks. We certainly wouldn't want the readers of this august journal to think that Carl Barks' Ducks lived in "Duckville," or that the seminal Barks $CROOGE story was titled "Only a Poor Man." I'm not too thrilled about that reference to George "Harriman," either.
The weirdest thing about the review that isn't an error is the puzzling comment that the way Japanese manga and anime artists depict "saucer-shaped" eyes was influenced by Barks. Readers of this blog will remember that Osamu Tezuka did correspond with Barks on at least one memorable occasion. Considering Tezuka's vast influence on the subsequent direction of Japanese comics and animation, Tezuka's enthusiasm for Barks' work may have rubbed off on some of the "Manga God"'s peers. Still, this is a fairly broad generalization to make, no?