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.