Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Interview with Kari Korhonen

Today is the time of the great European author Kari Korhonen.

Kari Korhonen was born on the 8th October 1973, in Espoo, Finland. He has been a storyboard artist for TV commercials in 1994 -1998 and, since 1993, he's been writing and deawing Disney stories for Egmont.

                                             by Simone L. Cavazzuti

When did you read your first Disney comic? At what age? Do you remember what comic

At around 4 years old. It was Barks' "You Can't Quess" (Christmas Parade). It was read to me by my
dear Father.

 Do you prefer writing story, drawing them or both? Why?

I actually prefer writing. Drawing is hard work, whereas story-constuction comes easy to me. Barks
once told me that drawing can be taught, story-telling is more difficult. I'm not saying I am good at
either, but I believe he was right.

What kind of story you prefer writing? Why?

Comedy is King. The classic ten-page story is a challenge. The smaller the story, the harder it is. I
don't write action well.

What is your favorite Disney story ever? Why?

Don't know, honestly. Too many to choose from. Not one of mine, to be sure.

For the drawing, have you ever been helped by someone or are you an autodidact? Do I mistake or do you inspire to Barks? Do you inspire to some-other drawers?

I am such a fan of so many people. Barks of course, Branca, Scarpa, Vicar, Jippes. Tardi, Uderzo and
Walt Kelly. I could go on and on. All old-school, though.

I inked all my own stuff till 2005. Since then I've been working with an inker, Ferran Rodrigues.

In your "Can You Spare A Pot Of Gold", Donald, Gladstone and Scrooge join a contest to win a pot of Gold...

To win, they've to find one of the three leprechauns (HDL), Scrooge and Gladstone find
them, but Donald finds a real leprechaun, the same who has been caught by Cornelius Coot after the Big Fire of Duckburg...

How was this idea is born? Talk about.

Goodness! That is a golden oldie! That was the second of the 8 stories I was privileged to do with
Daniel Branca (bless his ever-loving heart)!

I can't recall the story that well, but I was just back from a tour of Ireland and was, as I am still,
fascinated with all things Irish. Somehow the story just came about. That was 15 years ago, so
excuse my forgetfulness. Branca at his best, though. I need to dig up our sketches!

In your first Disney story, "Can I Bring You Anything?", you've used Barks' Clerkly... In
Italy, since Clerkly isn't know, in 1961, author Rodolfo Cimino invented a Scrooge's butler
called "Battista" ("Quackmore" in America)...

About that, what do you think about Italian Disney characters? (Battista, Brigitta McBridge,
Jubal Pomp, Portis...)

The story was one of the first long stories I drew, but I'd been skeching and writing for years.
Yeah, Clerkly is still my favourite of Scrooge's lackeys. He played a minor role in Bark's "So Far and
No Safari". He seemed like an architype of 50's office worker. Somehow that appealed to me.
Quackmore is much more of a blatant cartoon character. Also, Clerkly is a spitting image of Byron
Erickson, the editor-in-chief who gave me my first job, so that endeared me to him. I did a story in 2006 called "Mr. Clerkly's Christmas" which gives a bit of a back story to the character.

I do love many of the Italian characters. Brigitta (and all Scarpa creations for that matter) was a
permanent fixture in my childhood. I never did understand Scrooge, though. I always hoped some girl
would be THAT interested in me.

Always about Italian character, in 2000s, you've used "Donny Duck", an european version
of the italian "Paperino Paperotto", what do you think about it?

The German publishers published two of the great Italian Paperinos in Mickey Mouse in 1998 and
they were a hit. Hence, ECN asked me to write new stories for Egmont. At first I wasn't all that exited
- the idea of showing beloved characters in earlier years is almost always a mistake. I mean, "Young
Flintstones" is no one's favourite cartoon, is it? But then, once I started thinking of Quackville as a
separate universe, I really got into it. So far, I've written some 50 stories and hope for more to come.

What do you think about William Van Horn and “his” Rumpus McFowl?

I've been the biggest fan of Bill since he started. A genious as an artist. Rumpus as a character? A bit
empty. I could take him or leave him.

What do you think about Huey, Dewey, Louie and the Junior Woodchucks?

A good way from Barks to turn the tables on Donald and the boys. Donald became the child. Worked
well. Yet sometimes the kids seem a bit know-it-all.

What are your ideas of Mickey Mouse an Donald Duck?

Well, I've done very little Mickey. Some covers and one-pagers. In the fifties Mickey moved to the
suburbs and started dressing like Bing Crosby - with the loose-fitting slacks. Not very interesting.

How would you define Goofy and Donald's cousin Fethry?

Dear old Goofy. We all have friends like that, don't we? A Captain Haddock to Mickey's Tintin. Love
him dearly. Fethry I've never got a handle on. Nor have many writers. I suppose you had to live
through the hippie-years for that.

The questions are ended if you want to say something about your biography or about
your career, you're absolutely free...

Unlike the long ramblings in my answers would let you to believe, I usually have very little to say
about myself. So if you don't mind, I'll leave it at this. It's been a pleasure, though. Thank you!

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