A nine-foot set of maple bookshelves holds up one wall of the little hallway that leads from our house to my studio. Each shelf is stuffed with cartoon books, art books, cartoon character figurines, and old MAD Magazines.
The little hallway makes up nearly half of my 27-foot morning commute.
On “the way into work,” I often pull a favorite cartoon or art book to flip through while sipping my morning iced-coffee on our back porch. I find this little ritual kickstarts my sleep-and-red-wine-addled brain into trying to somehow at least pretend to resemble a creative mind for a couple of hours during the day.
Unless you’re a comics junkie, you probably never heard of Carl Barks. Most of his work, produced during the golden age of comics from the 40s and into the 60s, was published unsigned.
But everyone knows his creation, Donald Duck’s Uncle Scrooge McDuck.
Carl Barks worked as an in-betweener and gag writer at Walt Disney Studios in the 1930s. At the same time, comic books began to gain popularity and soon Disney was producing several titles featuring their wildly famous characters.
Team Dustin was honored to spend last weekend being cornfed and celebrated along with fellow cartoonist guests, “Between Friends'” creator Sandra Bell-Lundy, and “Kim Possible” character designer Stephen Silver in Marceline, Missouri, during the annual Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest.
Marceline was the boyhood home of Walt Disney and each year they remember and pay homage to their favorite son with a daylong festival, parade and other cartoony events drawing (pun intended) Disneyphiles and fans of comic art and animation from miles around. We met fans who drove in from Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas City and St. Louis, many told us they’ve attended Toonfest for years.