Don Rosa: Why I Quit Comics // original article by Chris Mautner on CBR (2013)

Since I was a kid and knew jack about the creative process of creating a comic book, I was always curious about who made these wonderful stories. I was amazed at the fact that somebody could make a living by penciling characters I loved so much. As time went by and research of this medium became more accessible  I got to learn a thing or two that are not quite so pleasant abut the backstage world of comics. Specially when you work for the big publishers on the characters they own. Yes, it’s amazing to read the marvelous adventures of Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and Wolverine… but what about the man who brings this story for us? the guy who puts his full effort and creativity to bring us the best damn possible stories he can tell?

The story of Don Rosa came to my attention, his name is as big as you are gonna get in this medium, however if you are a hardcore superhero fan you may not have heard of him. The reason is because he’s one of the defining artist for Disney’s Family of Ducks. Don Rosa inherited these characters created by Carl Barks and made him his own for almost 20 years under a system that for a lack of a better term, exploited him. But he endured all the nuisances because of love to his craft. I highly recommend you read the article by clicking here. Specially if you are a struggling artist with dreams of working for the big publishers.

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