Trivia / Don Rosa

  • Author Existence Failure: Many fans have hoped Rosa would sometime write a story bringing Scrooge and Goldie back together, if even for just a special, considering he often left hints for it. That, or merely that he'd be writing more stories in general. Because of his retirement due to various issues however (see below), it doesn't seem likely.
  • God Never Said That: Don Rosa has recently debunked the often-referenced notion that he hates DuckTales and says that he actually regards it as one of the best animated series of the late eighties and early nineties. He, however, clarified that he just doesn't think of it as a definitive version of the characters it depicts and is annoyed when he is mistaken for a "DuckTales cartoonist'' in conventions in America.
  • Screwed by the Network: Due to the way Disney Comics distribute their revenue, he never got a single cent of royalties for any of his comics (nor did almost all the other Disney comics artist, Carl Barks being one of the very few exceptions). His work is incredibly popular and bestselling in Scandinavia, yet he only ever barely scraped by finfancially due to his wife, who earned a higher wage, supporting him. The only payments he got for his comics were one-time payments per page, which meant a very meager hourly wage do to how meticulous and slow he works on all the details. At some point he trademarked his name and asked the publishers for at least an small yearly fee to use it prominently on the covers of Don Rosa only paperback books. He also got some money for signings he did, but those payed an even smaller hourly rate than his comics. This appalling treatment combined with his deteriorating eye health lead to him eventually becoming depressed, losing all passion for his work and retiring as he explains in this epilogue to the Don Rosa Collection, which Disney refused to print, resulting in him putting it online for everyone to read. Nice Job Breaking Him Disney!

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