4 covers

4 covers

mercredi 3 septembre 2014

Gag Categories

Twee korte gags voor uw amusement. De eerste heeft een standaard gag-constructie: er is een probleem en twee personen vinden er ieder een oplossing voor. Alleen versterken de oplossingen elkaar en zijn we nog veel verder van huis.
De tweede is in de "een ding lijkt op een ander" categorie.


Two short gags for your pleasure. The first has a standard gag-construction: there is a problem (Daisy' tee-shirts shrink) and two persons find a remedy for the problem. (Daisy buys her tee-shirts in bigger sizes, so they will shrink and fit, while Donald asks Gyro Gearloose for washing powder that will expand tee-shirts, so the shrunken ones will fit).
The two remedies go in the same direction and Daisy's tees are elephant-size.
The second one is in the "one thing resembles another" category. A spider's thread resembles a line on a hand.

Story code: H 88086

Art: José Colomer Fonts
Date of first publication: January 26, 1990

Story code: H 92076

Pencils: Freddy Milton
Ink: Comicup Studio
Date of first publication: May 26, 1995

3 commentaires:

  1. Hi! It is the first time that I comment on your blog. So first of all let me thank you for all this material. It is amazing stuff (for perverted Disney comics lovers, at least). It is impressive how the ducks in your storyboards often look more expressive than those in the final art (well, depending of the artist, of course...). Or maybe is just because the elementary lines that you use are explicitly there just to convey the expression of the character?

    Anyhow, there is something that I want to ask here. In your view, what is the difference in difficulty between writing a 1-page gag and a 2-page gag? I used to think that in humorous comics the difficulty level is inversely proportional to the length: the less panel you are allowed to use, the more complex the job is (strips being therefore the most complicated stuff to create). Is that so in your view?
    When you try to conceive a Donald gag, what is your default approach? Do you always start by trying to create a 1-pager, and only if it does not fit you stress it to the double page? Or the two forms requires completely different approaches from the very beginning (i.e., when you start looking for the gag in your head)?
    Thanks for any answer!

  2. Hi Domenico, thanks for your comments and compliments!

    It is indeed very important to me that all characters always have the right expression for the situation. This is an integral part of the humor of a story. Jokes can fall completely flat if it is not respected.
    I often compare comics to comedy theatre. Errors in facial and bodily expressions is like working with bad actors…

    I have a feeling that the difference between 1-page gags and 2-page gags lies mainly in the simpleness or complicatedness of the story you want to tell. A comic story, whether it is a gag or a 10-pager, should always flow easily and should never be incomprehensible for the reader, not even in parts.

    There are gags so short that you can tell them in just three panels. They would feel diluted if you would take a whole page.
    Whereas a gag that needs a little build-up may fit perfectly on one page.
    If the gag is even more intricated, or has a nice rebound in the story itself, telling it on one page and still maintain a clear storyline may be impossible, so you must do it on two pages.

    I just finished a series of 52 one-pagers, where I only searched ideas for one-page gags. I think over the years I developed an instinct for the correlation between gag ideas and length. But of course, if I would have found a two-page idea, I would have made a note. Ideas are precious!

  3. Dear Mr Geradts, thanks for the very clear answer!

    So it seems that you always give priority to the right fluidity of your storytelling. In other words, in your view there is no "format": the important thing is the staging, and then the number of pages is just a consequence. I appreciate this approach. Now that I think about it, it is the most meaningful and honest approach!

    52 one-pagers? It sounds like you are in charge of the next year back cover of Donald Duck :) Looking on the INDUCKS I realized that you, Mau Heymans and Carlo Gentina alternate on that task year by year. A bizarre editorial policy. Anyhow, as a Barks fanatic (but also as someone who tries to write indecent Donald one-page scripts from time to time as a personal hobby), I would love to see these Dutch one-page gag find their way in the French Disney publications (or in the Italian ones, but that's even less likely to happen).