Hi there, I'm glad that I found someone among others, who also appreciates the comics. I think, the true character and heart of all the mice/ducks lies in the comics, not in the cartoons, which are obviously more well-known. I miss some more fanarts showing for example a badass phantom blot. As I’m also familiar with the comics, I would strongly recommend you to read the stories by Andrea Castellano (or Casty), he does awesome work around Mice stories and for me, he is kind of a Barks/Rosa for the Mouseverse.
Well, maybe you know that the mouse/duck universes from the (European) comics are different or even better from the ones in the (US) cartoons (or even video games). However, while Donald and Co are pretty underrated in America, some other US writers created some highly acclaimed cartoon shows, with very adult writing, a lot of imagination, realistic characters and so forth, i.e. Avatar, Korra, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, etc. I’m not sure if youre familiar with these, if not, you can find them in the website “kisscartoon”.
So, I compared a bit the best pieces of the comics (i.e. Barks, Casty, Rosa), and those best US cartoon shows. At the same time I thought about the further development of Mickey and Co, what new stories could be made.
Well, although the writing by Barks, Casty and Rosa are great, I still appreciate the mentioned cartoons a little bit more. The comics are highly imaginative and have good characters, but there’s something I miss in the comics which is very difficult to explain. I’m not sure if I explain it well enough, but I think the writing in the cartoons is better, because it has more realistic and memorable characters and more interesting interactions. In Avatar for example, you know each characters motivation, feelings, thoughts, fears and so on; its not only the straight-up adventure, you cry and laugh with each character. With all the elements from both comics and cartoons, I think very interesting new conflicts could be made for ducks/mice.
For example, we know from Disneys history, that Mickey replaced Oswald the rabbit. We also know that Mickey is a smart adventurer and detective in the comics. What about a series, where Mickey has to solve a new mystery, where Oswald tries to take revenge on his family for abandoning him? The phantom blot could also play a role, by influencing Oswalds negative feelings towards his family (with the family, I mean Mickey, his sister, his nephews and his parents, with Walter as a dogface character).
Or what about the friendship between Mickey, Donald and Goofy? We know, that Donald is a very unlucky guy in the comics and gets quickly angry. Mickey is in the comics the everyday hero and likes justice; did they begin a friendship because Mickey accepted Donald as he was and helped him out in difficult situations, while Donald was an outcast because of his temper? Did Mickey also the same thing for Goofy, as he also kind of was an outsider because of his naivity and clumsiness? Is Donalds friendship towards Mickey and Goofy stronger than towards Jose and Panchito? Is Donald sometimes jealous of Mickey, because the one is a hero, the other one is always unlucky?
So, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool, if the writers from the “very best cartoon shows” made a new show around Mice/Ducks, combining and further developing all the elements we know from both duck/mice comics and cartoons? I havent got any pics yet, but I plan to draw some ideas about interactions that might be interesting.
I know I talked a lot of nonsense, but as you are also familiar with the comics, I got a bit curious: with all the adventures the characters experienced, what do you think could be told and developed further?