series, in a comment on my February 15 post. When Phyllis and I set out to see the ranch back in the eighties, Carl and Gar discouraged us from going on to visit Merrill, because there was nothing there to connect the present-day town with the Merrill of Barks's childhood. I've since heard of other people who had similarly pleasant encounters with him. Lots where the Looney Tunes were made, and the house in Marceline where Walt Disney lived as a boy. What can you learn from a flip book that you can't learn from watching classic animation frame-by-frame on Blu-ray or DVD (or even, if you're a true dinosaur like me, CAV laserdisc)? As early as 1922 and running through 1929 after Mickey hit it big, Walt was written up twelve times in the self-styled Newspaper of Filmdom. I also have notes, from years ago, for a piece I wanted to write in response to some of Mark Mayerson's writings on his website about character animation. As harsh as such a prcis might sound, the strips themselves are anything but grim, much funnier than the less abrasive strips of a few years later. This is what I dislike most about Facebook, and why I am so relucant to "friend" people I don't know, however legitimate they seem.
Anyone in Tinseltown would certainly know that the Hollywood was not one of their local hangouts. Permanent Link and Comments (1) May 29, 2017: The Writing Life, Cont'd My 2,500-word essay marking the 75th anniversary of Carl Barks's first comic-book work has been accepted and will be published in the souvenir book for this year's Comic-Con International at San Diego. The current street address for what was once the O-Zell factory, offices and laboratory. What I especially like is that it captures the spirit of the Chuck Jones cartoons so well; the artist (whose name, I'm embarrassed to say, I can't decipher) clearly knows and likes the Road Runner cartoons, well enough that some of his poses echo the. There was point and discipline to his writing, but it leaked away long before the current embarrassment. While pop culture was trying to hold out against the '60s, Disney even followed us into adolescence. Garvits" sounds like a real name, but I have no idea whose.) I enjoy, too, all the stigmata of very early television: the tiny screen, the cheap sets, and what were in 1946 (when the story was written and drawn) still very small audiences.