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Andrea Castellan
Born (1967-04-23) 23 April 1967 (age 53)
Gorizia, Italy
NationalityItalian
Area(s)artist, writer, cartoonist
Pseudonym(s)Casty
Notable works
Mickey Mouse and the World to Come, Mickey Mouse on Quandomai Island

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Andrea Castellan (born 23 April 1967 in Gorizia, Italy), known by his nickname Casty, is an Italian comic artist. He started his professional career in 1993 by working for the Italian monthly comic book Cattivik, writing over 200 stories and drawing some of them. In 1999 he also started writing for "Lupo Alberto". Starting his work for Disney Italia in 2002 (first only as a writer, later also as an artist)[1], he is well respected[2][3] and has enjoyed considerable international success.[4]

Andrea "Casty" Castellan - Lucca Comics & Games 2016


Work and success (Disney comics)[edit]

Italy[edit]

In Italy, the editing staff at Topolino quickly noted Casty's talent and gave his plots to seasoned Disney veterans such as Massimo De Vita and Giorgio Cavazzano (which is very unusual for young Disney writers, at least in Italy). Fans and critics remarked his ability for writing longer Mickey Mouse stories in a period when most writers concentrated on the Duck universe. In 2005, he started designing cover illustrations.[5] and also published his first self-drawn Disney story [6], inked by Sandro Zemolin (who has also inked for Romano Scarpa and Giorgio Cavazzano, among others). Later stories were inked by Michele Mazzon, before Casty started doing all the art by himself.

Over the years, Casty has invented many new characters such as Eurasia Tost, Estrella Marina, Uma, Charlie Doublejoke, but he has also written many plots with classic characters by Floyd Gottfredson/Bill Walsh (The Phantom Blot, Montmorency Rodent, The Rhyming Man, Miklos, Eega Beeva) and Romano Scarpa (Atomo Bleep-Bleep, Aunt Topolinda, Seamus O'Hara, Portis, Trudy Van Tubb). (See also Mickey Mouse universe.) Gottfredson and Scarpa are also generally seen as main influences on Casty's art.[7]

Casty has won several TopoOscars for writing, art and specific stories. In 2007[8], 2008[9], Results from 2009 don't seem to be available 2010[10], 2011[11], 2012[12] 2014[13] and 2015[14] he won the prize for best story (since stories were divided into categories: for long Mickey Mouse stories) and best writer, also repeatedly ending up among the top 3 artists (usually behind Giorgio Cavazzano, with whom he finally shared number one in 2011).

Besides these reader-voted prizes, he has also received the Papersera award in 2014[15], which was honoured by an issue of the Papersera Library [16]

These days, the publication of a new Casty story on Topolino is usually anticipated and celebrated among Disney fans, not unlike the "hype" surrounding Don Rosa in his late period as an active creator. Casty has also appeared at the Lucca Comics Fair several times.

Central Europe and Scandinavia[edit]

In 2009, German fans, angry at the choices of Mickey stories in the "Lustiges Taschenbuch" started lobbying for more Casty stories in German Disney publications, by proclaiming that Casty is the best current Disney author and by comparing him to Carl Barks and Don Rosa[17] [18] [19][20] [21]. After much insistence, the Egmont group decided to prioritize Casty's work for the international co-production [22][23].

In 2016, Finland's Disney publisher Sanoma released an issue of Roope-Setä (the seventh under the "Platina" headline) dedicated to Casty, including two of his most celebrated stories and several articles about him. [24]

In 2018, an issue of the German "Lustiges Taschenbuch Premium" (which has also printed Ultraheroes, PKNA, X-Mickey, Darkwing Duck and Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine was released, containing the entire "Darkenblot" cycle written by Casty and drawn by Lorenzo Pastrovicchio. It was the largest issue of the series to date (454 comics pages as opposed to the usual ca. 376).[25]

USA[edit]

In 2010, the relaunched Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (published at the time by Boom! Studios) introduced Casty to the USA by printing Casty's first long (four-part) story "Mickey Mouse and the World to Come", which is designed as a sequel to the Floyd Gottfredson serial "The Atombrella and the Rhyming Man"[26]. This was quickly followed up by his next four-parter "Mickey Mouse on Quandomai Island", which is a parody of Lost "starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Peg-Leg Pete, Trudy and some other mysterious villains" as described in Casty's teaser "film poster". Editor Aaron Sparrow claimed at the time that "Casty is a modern master that soon will be spoken about in the same breath as Floyd Gottfredson, Romano Scarpa and William Van Horn" [27]. Boom! would print two more Casty stories, "Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare" and "The Menace from the Future", and commission Casty to do covers specifically for the US market (including covers referring to others' stories) - one of these ended up on the last Disney publication released by Boom!, Walt Disney Comics & Stories 720.

According to Chris Barat, Boom! "caught lightning in a bottle" with the introduction of Casty to US readers.[28]

Four years later, IDW Publishing resumed the publication of Disney comics and Casty became a regular feature right from the beginning. A particular focus was put on his cycle of stories featuring his invention Eurasia Toft, who was heavily featured in the first IDW issues of "Mickey Mouse and Friends" with "The Lost Explorers' Trail" (which is also the first story only written by Casty to be published in the US), "Gift of the Sun Lord", "The Shadow of the Colossus" and "Dark Mines of the Phantom Metal". Other Casty stories printed by IDW include "The Magnificent Doublejoke", "Night of the Living Text!", "Darkenblot", "The Clones of Channel 3000" and "Plan Dine from Outer Space". The latter was praised by comic historian and blogger Joe Torcivia (who did the English dialogue) as "the BEST modern Mickey story I’ve seen in the last 25 years – since the “Phantom Blot Bedtime Story” of 1990!"[29]. Torcivia also repeatedly refers to Casty as "the Modern Mouse Master" [30] [31] [32]

The story "Mickey e i 7 Boglins" (a collaboration with Enrico Faccini) was even printed in the Fantagraphics Floyd Gottfredson library, as it is a sequel to the Walsh/Gottfredson story "Mickey's Dangerous Double".

Controversy[edit]

As with any artist who has been recognized as a "star" of the scene, there are also negative comments about his work. One criticism frequently aimed at Casty is the sometimes rather overt, sometimes more hidden political messages in some of his plots.[33] He also got criticized for "childish" dialogues and for not giving his main characters much depth[34]. Thad Komorowski criticized Casty's use of a "long exposition" in "Dark Mines of the Phantom Metal", likening it to Don Rosa's work[35]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Cartoomics 2018: Intervista a Casty". 2018-03-14.
  2. Micky Maus - Die Anthologie Kleiner Held - Comic Gigant. Egmont Comic Collection. 2018-09-06. p. 432. ISBN 978-3-7704-4019-1. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Cartoomics 2018: Intervista a Casty". 2018-03-14.
  4. https://www.idwpublishing.com/disney-comics-are-now-at-idw/ - IDW Publishing - News article - Disney Comics are now at IDW! - Retrieved 2018-10-14
  5. "Ic Tl 2597 | I.n.d.u.c.k.s".
  6. "Topolino e le macchine ribelli (I TL 2613-7) | I.N.D.U.C.K.S".
  7. "Google Übersetzer".
  8. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2007".
  9. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2008".
  10. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2010".
  11. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2011".
  12. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2012".
  13. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2014".
  14. "Papersera.net - TopoOscar 2015".
  15. "Papersera.net - Il Premio Papersera".
  16. "Italy: La Biblioteca del Papersera # 9 | I.N.D.U.C.K.S".
  17. "Protestbrief in Sachen Casty".
  18. "Fragen an die LTB-Reducktion".
  19. "Fragen an die LTB-Reducktion".
  20. "Fragen an die LTB-Reducktion - Seite 3".
  21. "Fragen an die LTB-Reducktion - Seite 3".
  22. "Fragen an die LTB-Reducktion - Seite 3".
  23. "Fragen an die LTB-Reducktion - Seite 3".
  24. https://inducks.org/issue.php?c=fi/RS2016-06
  25. "Germany: Lustiges Taschenbuch Premium # 17 | I.N.D.U.C.K.S".
  26. ""Topolino e il mondo che verrà", il kolossal di Casty". 2018-09-18.
  27. "Mickey Mouse on Quandomai Island < Disney Comics Worldwide Blog".
  28. "News and Views by Chris Barat: Comics Reviews: MICKEY MOUSE #309 and WALT DISNey's COMICS AND STORIES #720 (June 2011, kaboom!)". 2011-06-23.
  29. "Joe Torcivia's the Issue at Hand Blog: On Sale July 01, 2015: MICKEY MOUSE # 1 from IDW". 2015-07-02.
  30. "Joe Torcivia's the Issue at Hand Blog: On Sale July 01, 2015: MICKEY MOUSE # 1 from IDW". 2015-07-02.
  31. "Joe Torcivia's the Issue at Hand Blog: On Sale September 16, 2015: MICKEY MOUSE # 4 from IDW". 2015-09-22.
  32. "Joe Torcivia's the Issue at Hand Blog: On Sale November 04, 2015: MICKEY MOUSE # 6 from IDW". 2015-11-07.
  33. "News and Views by Chris Barat: Comics Review: WALT DISNey's COMICS AND STORIES #710 (August 2010, Boom! Kids)". 2010-09-04.
  34. "I.n.d.u.c.k.s".
  35. "Casty's Atlantis story | the Feathery Society - Disney Comics English Fan Forum".

[1] http://www.comixene.com/ In 2006, he won the prize as best Italian comic writer. [2] [3] [4]

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