Monday, December 1, 2014

Monthly run-down: November

And suddenly it's December! This month on "What kind of cool stuff has Banker been making for us?":

Two different DoubleDuck stories which can be found here!

And another short story that can be found here!

And that, I believe, is that! Have a very merry whatever, and I'll see you guys with another run-down in the new year!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Monthly run-down: October

Hey guys! This month's offerings: A bunch of brand new Banker translations!

First up: A four-part DoubleDuck story called "The Olympus Code" - you can find it here!

Secondly: A two-part story called "Pole Position" - which you can find here!

And finally: A horror story with gorgeous art by Bruno Enna, "The Strange Case of Dr. Mickyll and Mr. Hyde" - which you'll find here!

Hope you had a happy Halloween. See ya next month!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monthly run-down: September

August was awfully quiet, but September brings us a big ol' bunch of freshly translated DoubleDuck comics, courtesy of Banker (like always).

First up, two short stories, "The Egg of Rio" and "The Triumph of Love", both of which can be found here!

Next, we've got the three-part "Agent Zero" story, which you can find here!

And another big one, the four-part story "The Machine of the Clouds", which you'll find here!

And finally, a couple of fun little single-page stories that Banker found. You can read them here!



 And hey, here's something I'VE somehow missed, so I guess maybe you have too: After all those classic PKNA characters made their way into the Italian Paperinik Appgrade comics in the alternate universe-reboot that was PK Universo, they didn't just scamper off again - but have been consistently featured in short stories written by PKNA mastermind, Alessandro Sisti. So if you happen to live in or near Italy, that's probably worth checking out.

Meanwhile, if you're German, keep an eye out for "Lustiges Taschenbuch Premium 7" which continues the collection of the PKNA series in German. Yoshi provided all the details in the comment section very succinctly, so I'll just bring his quote up on the front page:

"The next PKNA LTB Premium is coming! In 17.10., the seventh issue titled "Der neue Phantomias greift an" will be released and has issues (German numbering) 9-13, or, counting as in the original italian series, 7-11. All of these stories are rereleases, but as a bonus, there are five more short stories: The remaining Angus Tales and the stories about Trip. Those stories have never been translated to German.

The next Premium issue with PKNA then will have to include a lot more new content, because after this seventh issue, only the main story of issue 14 / 12 (German / Italian) is missing a rerelease, so the next PKNA-Premium should contain issues 15-19 / 13-17 as newly translated main stories.

Too bad that it will probably take another year until we can finally get really new issues. However, every PKNA fan should also buy this issue 7 of LTB Premium to show support for the series!"

 There we go. And that's it for September. See you next month!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monthly run-down: August

So, here's everything that happened in August:

*crickets chirping*

All right, quiet month. If anything's come up, I seem to have missed it entirely. If you're feeling withdrawal symptoms from the amazing dose of new PK we had in July, just go and read that again. Here, I'll even link you.

I'd say everybody involved is allowed to rest on their laurels for a bit. But if you hear anything about what's coming up next, be sure to let us know in the comments section.

See you next month!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Monthly run-down: July

So. Big month, huh?

160 pages of brand new, in-continuity Duck Avenger content. Who would have frickin' thought we'd ever see that day?

Hopefully the Italian comics were as resounding a success as they deserve to be. I've done what I could - some friends of my family were going to Italy for the summer, so I've asked them to bring me back as many issues as they could. If anybody learns of some other way of supporting the comics, please let us know in the comments. (I'm currently wondering if the comics can be purchased digitially somehow, if you manage to convince your computer that it's Italian.)

And of course, if you see the new comics being brought to your own country, be sure to mention it in the comments, so we can spread the word.

I suppose that's about all we can do for now. And of course, we're all just itching to read the new comics in a language we actually understand.

Well, Uncle Banker has you covered.

It's a good time to be a PK fan.

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.