News archive 2008

November 20, 2008

The new issue of Walt Disney’s Comics no. 697 includes Noel Van Horn’s Mickey story “Tradition” (D2006-182, 10 pages). This is the first publication in the U.S.

November 16, 2008

William Corbeil has found three more watercolors on his old PC. Thanks, William!

September 28, 2008

Unexpectedly Gemstone has brought forward the planned comic-book contents by two months.

So we can read Bill’s comic “Lost And Clowned” (D2007-074, 10 pages) already in WDC 694.

Additionally, the book includes Noel Van Horn’s Mickey Mouse story “Fame” (D2006-041, 10 pages).

William Van Horn has drawn a new cover for WDC 700.

This is the first Van Horn cover starring Zeke Wolf.

September 16, 2008

American publisher Gemstone has announced Walt Disney Treasures no. 4 (Donald Duck: 75 Unlucky Years) for July 8, 2009.

In addition to many more stories, the altogether 168 pages will also include a reprint of Bills story “Room And Bored” (D97152 – 10 pages).

September 13, 2008

Again 3 new watercolors have arrived in our artwork gallery.

Many thanks to William Corbeil!

September 11, 2008

American Disney licensee Gemstone hast announced three stories by William Van Horn for the first half of 2009:

In January, WDC 700 will feature Van Horn’s story “Close-Ups” (D2007-075, 8 pages).

The March issue of WDC 702 will include the comic “Just In Time” (D2007-305, 10 pages).

In May another story by Bill will be published. Uncle Scrooge no. 389 will include “Scrooge For A Day” (D2007-304, 8 pages).

September 8, 2008

Bill has finished two more storys and already sent them to Egmont:

Nothing Like It – 8 pages – Uncle Scrooge

The Heat Of The Moment – 9 pages – Donald Duck

September 1, 2008

Two months ago, we showcased 81 of William Van Horn’s private paintings in our new section “The other side.”

Bill was very pleased and impressed with the presentation of the images and the accompanying article. He got busy at once and sent us color copies of 50 more private paintings. His selection includes some large-sized pieces now. Bill scanned these in two pieces and meticulously glued the copies together.

We have integrated the new paintings into our gallery now, hoping you’ll like them as much as we do.

August 14, 2008

Gemstone June issues include some interesting items:

Uncle Scrooge no. 378 sports a new cover by William Van Horn.

Walt Disney’s Comics no. 693 includes the Mickey story “Prometheus” (D2006-279, 10 pages) by Noel Van Horn and the Daisy story “Are You Really You?” (D2007-001, 8 pages), drawn by Daan Jippes from a script by John Lustig.

July 31, 2008

We have added 3 new watercolors to our artwork gallery today.

Thanks again to William Corbeil for the beautiful photos.

July 30, 2008

William Van Horn is very satisfied with the section about his private paintings.

Today we received 50 more images which Bill scanned most carefully.

We’re looking forward to presenting them in a few weeks.

July 6, 2008

For a long time William Van Horn’s first orange-juice comic from 1991 (OJ1) was presumed lost. Now we finally have a photocopy of it.

Many thanks to Chris Barat who sent us the scan.

July 3, 2008

William Van Horn’s new story “Just In Time” (D2007-305, 10 pages) is now being prepared for publication in Europe. Donald is on night shift at a scientific research center.

The German translation will be done by Gerd Syllwasschy.

June 29, 2008

In December, an exhibition of artwork dedicated to Carl Barks will open at the Galleria dell’Arco in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. William Van Horn made a new watercolor for this show. Among the other contributing artists are Giorgio Cavazzano and Luciano Gatto.

Also, the pictures shown there will be included in the Italian edition of Thomas Andrae’s Barks monography “Carl Barks And The Disney Comic Book: Unmasking The Myth Of Modernity.”

Apart from Bill’s tribute to Carl Barks, we have 3 new watercolors in our artwork gallery.

June 21, 2008

So far, we have reported on Bill’s work as an animator, a writer of children’s books and a comic artist.

Now we would like to show you a wholly different side of William Van Horn.

William Van Horn was nominated in five categories for this years’ Harvey Awards. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

Thanks to Mile for the information.

June 13, 2008

“Walt Disney’s Spring Fever” no. 2 has a new cover by William Van Horn.

Also, this issue includes a story by Bill’s son Noel (DD2002-016 – Sticky Business – 10 Seiten).

May 25, 2008

4 new images have arrived in our artwork gallery. Now we have as many as 173 watercolors online.

Our acknowledgments go to William Corbeil in British Columbia again.

May 12, 2008

The March issue of Walt Disney’s Comics no. 690 includes the first U.S. publication of William Van Horn’s Donald Duck story “A Double Dose Of Triple Trouble” (D2006-302 – 12 pages). The story was written by Bill’s friend John Lustig.

Also, this issue has a new Van Horn cover featuring Bill’s famous snowflakes.

May 4, 2008

William Van Horn’s reputation as a comic artist is beyond controversy. It is often neglected, however, that he – similarly to Carl Barks – spent many years in the animation business. This earned him numerous awards and had a crucial influence on his later comic-book work.

For this reason we present a new section about Van Horn’s time in animation. Many thanks to Bill who, in addition to lots of useful information, provided us with 35 beautiful illustrations from his archive.

April 24, 2008

Gemstone’s special issue for Free Comic Book Day contains comics by Don Rosa, Carl Barks and Alferez and also two stories by Bill:

All Quacked Up! (D92210 – 2 pages)

Just Another Hang-Up! (D92209 – 2 pages)

The free book is entirely dedicated to Gyro Gearloose.

April 20, 2008

Finally the February issue of Uncle Scrooge no. 374 has arrived. It contains Bill’s Scrooge story “Easy Circumstances” (D2006-184 – 10 pages).

This is the first publication of this comic in the U.S.

William Van Horn has finished his stories “Scrooge For A Day” and “Just In Time” now. Their publication in Europe can be expected in a few months.

Currently Bill is working on two new scripts.

March 31, 2008

15 new watercolors have been added to our artwork gallery. Or to be more precise: 14 of them are new, one was only available in miniature format until now.

Many thanks to William Corbeil who supplied the images.

March 15, 2008

From William Corbeil’s treasure chest we present six new watercolors.

With that our artwork gallery has grown to 155 images. Have fun!

March 11, 2008

Gemstone Publishing has announced its fall publishing schedule. The September issue of Walt Disney’s Comics no. 696 will feature the first U.S. publication of William Van Horn’s Donald Duck story “Lost And Clowned” (D2007-074 – 10 pages).

March 2, 2008

Today we present you an exceptionally dramatic watercolor. It is based on the famous Barks story “Donald Duck And The Golden Helmet.” This is a commissioned painting.

Thanks to William Corbeil who found this beautiful image on his old computer.

February 29, 2008

The January issue of Walt Disney’s Comics no. 688 features Bill’s Donald Duck story “Winks” (D2006-183 – 10 pages). This is the first publication of this story in the U.S.

Also, the book contains the Mickey Mouse story “Stir Crazy” (D2004-206 – 10 pages) by Bill’s son Noel.

Walt Disney Treasures no. 2 includes a reprint of the Ducktales story “Windfall On Mt. G’zoontight” (AR142 – 10 pages). Bill only made the art for this story. It was written by Bill’s friend John Lustig.

February 15, 2008

William Van Horn celebrates his 69th birthday today.

Happy birthday, Bill, and our best wishes.

January 25, 2008

After a long delay the November issue of Walt Disney’s Comics no. 686 has finally arrived. Apart from a new cover by Van Horn the book contains Bill’s Donald Duck story “Just For Kicks” (D2005-371 – 10 pages).

This is the first publication of this story in the U.S.

Also, this issue includes the Mickey Mouse story “Signs” (D2005-270 – 10 pages) by Bill’s son Noel.

January 6, 2008

Bill’s new cover showing Scrooge in a deckchair will not appear in the April issue of Uncle Scrooge no. 376. Instead it will be published in the June issue no. 378.

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