Topolino

Topolino is the italian name for Mickey Mouse, but it’s more than that, since the 1950s Topolino is the name of a little weekly magazine filled with comics of the classic Disney characters. From Donal Duck to Goofy, from Clarabelle to Peg Leg Pete (Paperino, Pippo, Clarabella e Gamba di Legno in italian). It’s really a unique thing we have had going on in Italy: for the past fifty years Disney Italy has produced and published a huge amount of original comics. They have even taken it further with many new original characters added to the Disney universe. One of my favorites as a kid was Paperinik, a super alterego of Donald Duck. Some of the stories that I still love reading are takes on famous movies starring Disney characters. There’s an wonderful Casablanca comic by Giorgio Cavazzano (my favorite artist in the Disney stable) with Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Goofy in place of Rick, Lisa and Sam. There’s even an amazing disney comic of “La Strada”, the Federico Fellini masterpiece. Needless to say I grew up reading Topolino so I must admit I feel some pride in having my mug on the latest issue on Italian newstands. In fact they published a few pages containing some drawings and an interview I had with the nice folks over at Redazione di Topolino in February. I doubt you can get a copy out here in the US and it’s all in italian anyway, but here’s a page of the article.

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7 Responses to “Topolino”

  1. Lee-Roy Says:

    That’s so cool! Congratulations! I didn’t know anything about this publication (or the italian name for Mickey). Thanks for the introduction.

  2. killmax Says:

    ehy ricordo quelle vignette a Milano! mai vista presentazione più bella!
    ps: esistono delle t-shirt di Sketchcrawl? qui son tutti impazziti!

    complimenti ancora per i piedini cicciotti di tua figlia!:)

  3. Francesca Agrati Says:

    Non posso che dirti: GRAZIE!!!! E “La bimba è magnifica!” Ma non doveva essere Giulia/Giulietta??

    ;)

    Saluti da me e da tutta la Redazione del Topo!!!

  4. Roberto Racca Says:

    Complimenti, Enrico! Arrivare sulle pagine di Topolino è come vincere un Oscar (una cerimonia che del resto Topolino ha già anche sceneggiato con i suoi personaggi). Chiederò a mia sorella in Italia di comprare una copia del “tuo” numero e tenermela in serbo per la nostra prossima visita tra un mese.

    Salutoni da Roberto in Canada (mia moglie Bonny è una tua assidua lettrice).

  5. Enrico Says:

    Lee-Roy- thanks!

    killmax- si ne ho fatte di t-shirts e ne ho ancora un po’ … magari vado a controllare cosa c’e’ di rimasto …

    Francesca- grazie a te Francesca … Si’ Giulietta e’ il suo secondo nome … il primo non l’avevo ancora deciso quando ero li’ in italia … :) E’ stata una dura scelta… ma ora siamo innamorati del suo nome … era quello giusto. Fio ! :)

    Roberto- eh eh … il numero con l’articolo e’ il #2730 … grazie ed un saluto a te e a Bonny !

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  6. Floyd Norman Says:

    I love Topolino. We use to get it all the time when I worked with Disney Comics.

    In fact, the magazine, “Disney Adventures” is a direct rip off of Topolino. One of our big shot Disney executives saw the magazine and decided to do an American version. Unfortunately, it never enjoyed the success of Topolino.

    We never could make any money with comics here in the states.

  7. Enrico Says:

    Ah great to hear you knew about Topolino Floyd … I had never thought of the connection between Disney Adventures and Topolino and now that you mention it of course it makes sense. So strange that it doesn’t quite work out here … go figure …
    :(

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