Preview Fantagraphics' Walt Disney's Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown

Fantagraphics has posted a 24-page preview of the next installment of its Complete Carl Barks Library: "Donald Duck - A Christmas for Shacktown," out Nov. 22.

The third volume of Fantagraphics’ reprinting of Carl Barks’s classic Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge work, like the previous volume Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man, focuses on the early 1950s, universally considered one of Barks’s very peak periods.

Originally published in 1951, "A Christmas for Shacktown" is one of Barks's masterpieces: A rare 32-pager that stays within the confines of Duckburg, featuring a storyline in which the Duck family works hard to raise money to throw a Christmas party for the poor children of the city’s slums (depicted by Barks with surprisingly Dickensian grittiness), and climaxing in one of the most memorable images Barks ever created, the terrifying bottomless pit that swallows up all of Scrooge's money.

But there's lots more gold to be found in this volume (literally), which features both the "The Golden Helmet" (a quest off the coast of Labrador for a relic that might grant the finder ownership of America, reducing more than one cast member to a state of Gollum-like covetousness) while "The Gilded Man" features a hunt for a rare stamp in South America — two more of Barks's thrilling full-length adventure stories.

But that's less than half the volume! This volume also features ten of Barks's smart and funny 10-pagers, including a double whammy of yarns co-starring Donald's insufferable cousin ("Gladstone’s Usual Very Good Year" and "Gladstone’s Terrible Secret"), as well as another nine of Barks's rarely seen one-page Duck gags… all painstakingly recolored to match the original coloring as exactly as possible, and supplemented with an extensive series of notes and behind-the-scenes essays by the foremost Duck experts in the world.

New music I like: Flying Lotus

Seems to be a lot of buzz about this upcoming LP. I like the video and this tune. Sort of reminds me of Zappa's instrumental/experimental work.

Music new releases Sept. 25, 2012: Joe Strummer remasters; Beach Boys Pet Sounds remaster; R.E.M. Document 25th anniversary edition; Yoko Ono with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, more!

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Mystic Pinball by John Hiatt

Blues for Jimi: Live in London by Gary Moore

Goin Down Rockin: The Last Recordings by Waylon Jennings

R.E.M.: Document (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Pet Sounds (Mono & Stereo Remasters) by the Beach Boys

A More Perfect Union by Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt

Yokokimthurston by Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore

Pete Remembers Woody by Pete Seeger

Enfant Terribles by Lee Konitz & Bill Frisell, Peacock & Baron

Live at the Jive Hive by Rory Storm and the Hurricans (Reportedly does NOT feature Ringo Starr)

Rock Art & The X-Ray Style (Anniversary Re-mastered Edition) vinyl (Remastered CD Included) by Joe Strummer

The Complete Moving Sidewalks

Streetcore (Anniversary Re-mastered Edition) by Joe Strummer

Global A Go-Go (Anniversary Re-Mastered Edition) vinyl (Remastered CD Included) by Joe Strummer

Rock Art & The X-Ray Style (60th Anniversary Re-mastered Edition) by Joe Strummer

DVD new releases: Marvel's The Avengers; American Horror Story season one; Bond 50 collection; Batman Dark Knight Returns part one; Carol Burnett; Portlandia season 2; more!

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Marvel's The Avengers 

Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

American Horror Story - The Complete First Season

Wallander - Season 3: An Event in Autumn / Dogs of Riga / Before the Frost

Dylan, Bob - Down In The Flood

The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites (6 DVD Collectors Edition)

Portlandia: Season 2

Lone Wolf & Cub Complete

Charlie's Angels: The Complete Series

Dick Van Dyke & Company

Ross, Diana - Paris 1968

Kinks - Paris 1965

Yardbirds - Paris 1966-1968: The Lost Tapes