Review: “De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse”

De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse

It doesn’t happen very often that we review works not in English, but as this is an international blog, we do so on occassion, and this is one of those occasions.

The first volume of De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse (“The Golden Years of Mickey Mouse”) covers the 1930–1937 era works by Floyd Gottfredson, who was instrumental in turning Mickey Mouse into the icon of animation he is today.

Aviator Mickey (which was actually a line of steampunk and dieselpunk merchandise in Disneyland Paris some years back) on the cover isn’t a misleading piece of art, as several of these stories tie in right with the atom age part of dieselpunk, and the sense of adventure of the pre-WW2 times.

It’s a chronological telling of Gottfredson’s work for Disney on Mickey Mouse, including two articles on the character by means of introduction: De Avonturen van Mickey, de integrale en originele versie (The Adventures of Mickey, the entire and original version) and De Wereld van Mickey, van science-fiction tot parodie (The World of Mickey, from science fiction to Parody), 6 comic sections, an interview with Floyd Gottfredson and a focus on one of the very obscure scientists in the world of Disney: Doctor Einmug.
Each story comes with its own introduction and fact column, which is a nice addition.

Even if you’re not that into Disney, it is fun to see how an animation giant like that saw the world back in the 1930s and how they portrayed it through their comic strips, published in periodicals and paper from those days.

For Disney fans, and Mickey Mouse fans in particular, it’s great to see how the character evolved and how it was back in the day.

Now for the English speakers amongst us, not to fear, all of these stories should (takes a bit of research to find them as the English bundle releases have different titles and don’t all have the same line-up as the Dutch ones, but the links below should help) be able in your language on shops like Amazon.

This work contains:
Mickey en het eiland in de lucht (Island in the Sky)
Mickey en de schat van kapitein Hazzard (In Search of Jungle Treasure)
Zondagsstrips (Sunday comics, January 3 – May 9 1937)
Goudjacht in Nugget Gulch (Sheriff of Nugget Gulch)
Zondagsstrips (Sunday comics, October 31 1937 – February 27 1938)
Mickey als koning van Medioka (The Monarch of Medioka)

Book review “Traveling With Your Octopus” by Brian Kesinger

Traveling with your octopus

Brian Kesinger returns with more Otto and Victoria in Traveling With Your Octopus, the sequel to his much celebrated Walking Your Octopus.

In this new instalment Victoria and her trusty land dwelling cephalopod Otto travel the world, encountering strange sights, new animal companion and generally undertaking a great many deal of adventures.

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Traveling With Your Octopus is a beautiful book, themed literally front to back cover in the style of exploration and travel, not just an art book, but an all ages steampunk adventure for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you read it to your little ones, or they read it themselves, even adults will enjoy the little stories that accompany each beautiful piece of art.

Because make no mistake, Brian Kesinger is undoubtedly at the very top of contemporary steampunk artists, creating images that generations enjoy and will come to enjoy for a very long time still. His fabulous duo of young socialite Victoria and her eight legged companion are some of the most lovable and fun characters within the movement, something that this beautiful book easily proves yet again.

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Art taken from the artist’s deviant art page, to see what else is inside, buy the book, you won’t regret it for a second!
For the European fans of Mr Kesinger, you can get your hands on his books easily via the Book Depository, who are based in the UK, that should allow you to avoid those pesky customs!