With inking done on issue 8, I have begun the
arduous process of tonework with the aid of my trusty Wacom Graphire tablet
-- a darned affordable and indispensable piece of artsy equipment, I'll tell
you what. And I just did! Though, confidentially, soon's I find myself with
an extra $3k, I'm gonna grab me a Cintiq LCD tablet and experience the freedom
of being able to assume the classic head-down, nose-to-the-paper nerd posture
in a purely digital environment.
Following yesterday's post on Disney animated
series, I have learned one thing -- that everybody I've spoken to since has
at least one favorite pet series from the Disney Afternoon genus, and I just
totally offended them when I said I didn't like any of 'em but "Duck Tales."
(although I can happily report that nobody, as of yet, has tried to defend
"Goof Troop." I was also told by my good friend Caroline that Pauly Shore
was involved in some capacity with "The Goofy Movie," and if she wasn't just
yankin' my chain, then I'm somewhat amused but not at all surprised.)
Anyway, having thought on it a bit more, I
think my loathing of "Goof Troop" clouded my judgement a bit on the whole
Disney Afternoon lineup. Not saying any of 'em were classics, but most weren't
quite so wretched as to deserve such an offhand dismissal.
"Duck Tales," o' course, is the gem of the
bunch, though remaining fair-handed I must note that it is a tarnished gem,
with the occasional booger stuck to it. Nevertheless, it did draw directly,
and often, from the works of Carl Barks, and as such it served as something
of a tribute long overdue.
"Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers" was the second
Disney Afternoon series, as I recall (having done no actual research!), and
while it certainly played fast and loose with the original premise of the
characters, well, Chip 'n' Dale were lame characters to begin with. Can't
polish poop, so the saying goes, but you can't really make it that much worse,
either. All I can really remember them ever doing in the old cartoons was
typical chipmunk activities -- food-gathering, mostly, and getting Donald
Duck's dander up. As it stood, the addition of Monty Jack, Zipper, and...
Gadget? Gidget? Anyways, it was a lateral move, if anything, so no harm done.
Presuming we exclude internet fan-fiction and illustrations from the equation.
"Tale Spin" was one I never really watched
much at all. I don't know, maybe there was a scheduling conflict with "The
Tick," or "Eek! The Cat." It may have been a masterpiece, who knows?
"Darkwing Duck" was, with the exception of
Launchpad McQuack, a wholly original work, and as such is ineligible for
inclusion with the rest of the Classic Disney Character Revisionist Cartoon
Series. I remember thinking it was all right at the time -- even though the
licensed NES game was incredibly hard, resulting in me never making it past
the power plant level.