1980s

 

August 29, 1980.
The project with a book about Barks' Disney paintings ran into trouble and he had to ask Disney to stop all negotiations until everything was straightened out.
...This is still going on, but we’ve dropped out of it and are trying to get back to production after wasting months of time on it. Carl is so disgusted! He says anyone mentioning 'book' to him again will get the 'heave-ho' out of the house!...
...Meanwhile, the first book that the Gary Kurtz outfit started working on 2 yrs ago seems to be starting to move. Anyway, they got as far as sending us a 200 lb. crate of paper on which the 'bonus' prints that go in the limited edition of the book will be printed. The sheets are 26”x40” and Carl has to sign each sheet 8 times where the 8 prints will go! The only trouble is they didn’t send the template that would show him where his signatures should go!...

...The 'Duck' mania has hit Norway in the last 2 or 3 yrs and this same publishing company publishes the Disney duck stories. They sell over a million a month to a population of about 4 million people, an amazing percentage! (The publishing company for the whole Scandinavian market (i.e. Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) is the Danish Gutenberghus (now Egmont) and they may have churned out about a million copies per month - for the whole market - Editor's remark)...

 
March 7, 1981.
...Carl is spending a lot of his time right now writing introductory paragraphs for the stories that will be reproduced in the big Scrooge book. Also, about every 10 days to 2 wks, we have a day taken up with the Australian colorist, bringing the latest story he’s colored out for approval etc...
 
June 16, 1981.
...The two books in the works piddle along at a snail’s pace - but I suppose they’ll get done eventually. There seems to be always another problem to surmount...
 
September 3, 1981.
...We’ve been kept tied down for the summer with appointments and conferences regarding the books - which are continually being switched and changed (the appointments)...
 
December 17, 1981.
...Carl has got back to painting - the 2 books are finally in process of being printed - so we are getting a bit of peace from the incessant telephone questions...
 
  February 20, 1982.
 
...Carl is just finishing up a big western bar room scene (Worth a whole Month's Wages - Editor's remark) that he’s been sweating over for several months. He’s just put in a row of mugs or steins up over the bar...
 
March 11, 1982.
...We’ll be mailing the big fat Uncle Scrooge book to you Monday - so be watching! The book of paintings will come later. Had to send some back for replacement (bindery errors in them!)...
 
  1983.
 
...I enclose a picture of our bear. He is such an expressive little guy it is hard to realize he is only a toy. We bought him from a visiting professor from Montana University who makes bears in his spare time. We've named him 'Monty,' and have built up a robust past for him in fantasy, like saying he rode shotgun on Wells Fargo stages over the Bitterroots...
 
February 23, 1989.
Garé wrote a long, stern letter to the neighbours, a construction company.
Dear Mr. ... and Mr. ...

I have been holding off for months on writing this hoping you would of your own accord clear up the junk yard you have created on our lot, (or have you forgotten you sold it to us way back when you were eager to start selling?). However, the more time goes by, the more building 'trash' is piled up on what was already there... (Here follows a list of said 'trash' - Editor's remark)
...It's really an elegant outlook from our house looking out towards what you told us a year ago would be a beautiful subdivision...
...Is it necessary to make the whole neighborhood look like it's trying for nomination as the new Grants Pass public dump? If you really need to keep all that stuff handy - may I suggest you pile it up in your own front or back yards...
...So will you please do us all a big favor and clear the lot and put it back to the clean grading it was when we bought it...

 

 

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