Monday, May 10, 2010

Fat Donald

Here's another unclaimed convention sketch. I don't know why it wasn't claimed, but I do know that it was probably drawn around 1990 or so. That's about the same time I illustrated the story, "What's for Lunch... Supper?" for Walt Disney's Donald Duck Adventures #11.

In the story, Donald develops a massive eating disorder, and grows obese. His nephews try to help him out by sending him to fat camp, with the expected disastrous results.

It was a pretty funny story, written by Tom Yakutis. Unfortunately, I only did the pencils on it. The inking (by an inker I will not mention) was fairly terrible, and the results were awful. A shame, for as I said, I really liked the story. 

I've never really spoken about my time doing comics for Disney's short-lived self-published line. Maybe someday soon I will. Not that I have any really great stories to tell, but I really enjoyed working on comics featuring characters I loved my whole life. I finally felt like a "real" cartoonist. The experience helped my gain a lot of confidence as a cartoonist, too.

This is all stuff for another day, though. For now, just enjoy Donald Duck, really fat.

BTW, Donald Duck is  copyright by Walt Disney Productions, of course!



Blogger David said...

This drawing is a riot Bill. Keep'em coming.

May 10, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Mark Heng said...

So, what's the story of how you learned the classic cartoon style? Were you copying bugs bunny comics when your were in grade school like Robert Crumb? I think it's amazing how quickly you get those cool dynamic poses and polished line work...

May 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Thanks, kids!

Mark, an excellent question (not too sure how "dynamic" my poses are or how "polished" my line work is, but I understand you've been breathing in marker fumes for a number of years). Mayhap I should write a post about this.

May 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger P.L. Frederick said...

I'm curious too. Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" says that it takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something. Folk like you who started drawing in childhood would get a huge leg up. It's amazing that you did that all on your own. That's inner direction, followed. :-)

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

May 12, 2010 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...


Chuck Jones said the same thing. Maybe he swiped the quote.

As a kid, I was left to my own devices a lot, and I liked to look at cartoons and draw. So I did. I think it was less "inner direction" and more circumstance.

May 13, 2010 at 3:28 PM  

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