Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo
God jul och gott nytt år
God jul og godt nytt år
Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo
Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Jahr
Joyeux Noël et bonne année

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday "Pistol" Pete!

This Sunday (December 20) is "Pistol" Pete Klaus' birthday!
For the few of you who don't know Pete, I need to clarify that he is one of the world's greatest Phantom fans and collectors, as well as the co-founder of the Friends of the Phantom club. (You can read a nice article about Pete Klaus' collection by clicking here)
I have the privilege of having known Pete for a few years, during which he helped me getting better acquainted with the world of The Phantom and with the great family of Phantom Phriends, scattered around the world.

Pete has a positive and upbeat personality which helps him and others to make it through the trials of life, big or small as they might be. Just a few days ago, following a huge rainstorm which hit Maryland, Pete's basement was flooded and he lost about 900 issues of Fantomen (from the 1950s on up) and other Phantom memorabilia. When he told me what happened, over the phone, he didn't express any regrets for the loss; instead, he went on enumerating all the good things he and his family had been blessed with.

I'd like to invite all of you (even if you don't know Pete) to wish him a happy birthday, by adding a comment below this post. (I will then send him an email with a link to this post)

I'm not going to say how old Pete is, but I will give you a hint by dedicating to him the following video (He he he ;-)

Today, (December 19) I also received the following from fellow-artist Eugenio Mattozzi. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Arrivederci Phantom! (Part 2)

(English version, below)
Vorrei segnalare ai lettori italiani di questo Blog un bell'articolo pubblicato recentemente sulla rubrica Cartoonist Globale di Luca Boschi. L'articolo discute l'ultimo numero della miniserie Phantom:L'Uomo Mascherato edito dalla Eura e presenta alcuni retroscena sulla produzione originale della Egmont.
A questo articolo, lo stesso Boschi ha fatto seguire un poscritto dedicato ad alcuni miei commenti, che potrete trovare cliccando qui.

To the Italian readers of this blog I'd like to mention an outstanding article, recently published on Cartoonist Globale by Luca Boschi. The article discusses the last issue of the miniseries Phantom:L'Uomo Mascherato published by Eura and presents some behind-the-scenes on the original production by Egmont.
Mr. Boschi  has also created a post-script to the same article in which he spotlights some of my comments. The latter can be found by clicking here.