Saturday, July 12, 2014

The fate of the Ducklair Tower is in your hands!

So, remember when I mentioned that the conclusion of the new Duck Avenger miniseries would be decided by a vote? Well, as it turns out, here's what the vote is going to decide:

(slight spoiler alert for some of the plot)

At some point during the climax of the story, the Duck Avenger will be faced with a choice. Ducklair Tower is under attack. Evronians are everywhere. And there may only be one way to stop them.
The Avenger is in 'The Omega Room', faced with a button that could destroy the Ducklair tower (and presumably the Evronian attackers with it). But does he press the button, BLOWING UP the Ducklair Tower, or does he face the Evronians head on, trying to defend the tower?

YOU CAN VOTE HERE, at least until Monday 14th at 12 pm (Italian time, presumably, which means UTC/GMT+02:00)

The option on the top ("Affrontare gli Evroniani...") means that the Duck Avenger will go and defend the tower.
The option on the bottom ("Premere il bottone...") means that he will press the button and destroy the Ducklair tower.

There used to be a clear majority in favor of defending the tower (which is why I never got around to sharing the story, as it seemed like a foregone conclusion anyway), but now it's suddenly an extremely close race. Probably because the writer Francesco Artibani has been campaigning for pressing the button, saying "Vote for the destruction - you won't regret it!"

So, how do you feel? Does it seem wrong to bring the Ducklair Tower back after so many years, only to immediately blow it up? Or are you excited by the idea of the PKNA universe moving forward instead of dwelling on the past - even if it means destroying one of the most important pieces of the PKNA universe itself?

Go and vote, in any case. I'm still sorry that I didn't share this earlier, but there's still time!

Personally, I'm split as hell. I can certainly appreciate that it is a bold move to press the story forward like that, but... dear god, all my childhood memories!

Oh well. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Duck Avenger Returns! For real! (And also, monhtly run-down for June)

July 2nd. Tomorrow. This is happening.

The one and only true Duck Avenger returns in TOPOLINO #3058, hitting stores in Italy Wednesday! No more alternate universes or reinterpretations - this is an ACTUAL continuation of the story that ended 12 years ago in PKNA/PK2!

It's also a new start and a chance to draw in a new generation of readers, of course, so it's not likely that they'll be picking up EVERY plot thread right from the beginning. But still - these are the same characters, and we're finally gonna see them again for real!

The first few pages have already been released as a preview. And Banker has been nice enough to translate the first one:

Man, it's been a while since I've seen those speech bubbles. Hello, old friend.

This is all part of a four-part mini-series that'll be running each week in the Italian TOPOLINO comics. And I don't know about you, but I'll be finding SOME way to get my hands on a copy of each of these issues. Not only do I want a copy regardless of the language, I also want these comics to do as well as they possibly can - I want more, dammit! Maybe I have friends who'll be vacationing in Italy...

Man, look at this thing. I want it!

There are lots of other details on the subject, but I'm admittedly a bit hazy on them as they all tend to be in Italian. Apparently the conclusion to the tale will be decided by the readers, though what exactly that entails, I haven't managed to find out. You can check out the official (Italian) facebook page for more news.

And if any Italian speakers are able to clarify or better explain anything that I and my semi-broken Italian have missed or misunderstood, feel very welcome to point it out in the comment section. I might make some modifications to this post as needed.



And now: The monthly run-down. Lot's of stuff on this front too.

Let's start with a whole lot of PiKappa comics from Banker:

Five to be exact. Don't say he doesn't spoil ya. Issues 16-17 can be found here! While issues 18-20 can be found here!

He also found the time to do another DoubleDuck comic, which can be found here:

And guess what? So did someone else: Over on Banker's site, Wiiola/rCORNERod has contributed two new DoubleDuck comics:

Here's the first one!

And here's the second one!

And back to physical comics: If you happen to live in Finland, you should check this out:

Aku Ankan Taskukirja (super) No 1 Sankaruus kunniaan

This awesome collection that hit shelves in June collects not only the first issue of Paperinik New Adventures, but also the first issue of Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine. And also some Ultraheroes and a bunch of other stuff. So go check it out and support the series if you can.

And that's about it for this month.

If you've been looking for the officially translated Pikappa comics online but haven't found them, by the way, you might wanna look in the comment section for the last post 'Monthly run-down: May'. I won't put it up here in a main post, but, y'know... I'm just sayin'.

So, lots of exciting stuff to look forward to this month. I'll probably be around a bit more than usual, so if you pick up some more news or important details, please share it in the comment section.

This is gonna be awesome.