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05/19/2003: my first fandom...

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I guess my first fandom was Duck comics by Carl Barks. My involvement had no clear starting point, since I'd been reading Disney comics before, and I early recognized the ones that were of better quality; also my general involvement in other parts of comic fandom grew alongside, but I've never been as much into any comic as I was into Carl Barks' Duckburgh (or collected so much related stuff for it). It started out as just reading the stories as kid comics, but my understanding, and love for them grew up together with me. I found out more about Carl Barks, collected specifically Duck comics drawn by him (in many different editions, both the German translation, which is for once really good, and the English original), got artist biographies, all kinds of indexes and other reference works listing his comics (chronologically, to find specific character appearances, to find certain themes,...), fanzines and books about Carl Barks and Duckburgh (anything from comic history to Marxist analyses of Duckburgh economy, Duck biology and Duckburgh science, to a collection of all the paintings and art that can be seen in the background, analyzed for the trends in both popular and high art in Duckburgh). I also collected newspaper and magazine articles about Carl Barks and his work, visited exhibitions (thanks to my big brother who was willing to drive me to other cities), in 1993 I became a member of the D.O.N.A.L.D., and I went to the annual D.O.N.A.L.D. gathering that year. Though that wasn't my first convention, I had been to a general comic convention, the Erlanger Comic Salon, the previous year. But for other comics I never knew so many stories and quotes by heart.

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