1. Are you after so many years still glad about the reprints of old stories (for example with new colorizing)? Or don't you follow the current reprints?
I'm not sure how to answer that. Naturally I'm gratified that people apparently still like to read my comics. But I *never know* when a publisher is reprinting (or printing for the first time) one of my stories. They do not contact me, ask any advice, pay me any royalty, or send me a copy. This is one of the reasons I quit.
2. What is the sentence "He tried to invent a new way for Grandma Duck to churn butter" (and Donald's answer "Hm... I can imagine") alluding to? Is it referring to a story by Carl Barks?
Yes, that refers to Barks' first use of Gyro when he was seen hopping on a pogo stick with a backpack, and it is shown that he has a bottle of milk in the pack which he was trying to churn into butter.
3. Do you have a favorite comic in your complete works? If yes, which one? (A short answer like "Yes, it's ..." or "No, I like all the same" is enough.)
If "The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck" is ONE story, then that's my favorite. But it's actually a lot of separate stories. I'm not sure which of my stories I like the best... different ones are better or worse in different ways. But the stories of my own that I am always happiest with always seem to include Glittering Goldie.
4. Why does Angus McDuck appear on family pictures which were taken in $crooge's childhood?
Because I needed a full family group portrait, and wanted it to show young $crooge at 10 with his shoeshine box. But... who says that's a photo? Perhaps it's a painting and the artist included Angus even though he was away in America.
5. Does the story "Gyro's first invention" take place before or after "Gladstone's Terrible Secret"?
But... this shows that you know that's the story that introduced Gyro. So why ask the #2 question above? (I guess the two questions came from two different people?)
I suppose "Gladstone's Terrible Secret" takes place just prior to "Gyro's First Invention". Donald seems to have an idea who Gyro is, but he maybe has not actually met him yet.
6. Why does $crooge have no water and electricity in his Money Bin, when the city turns it off in "His Majesty, McDuck"? In "The Beagle Boys vs The Money Bin" was mentioned, that $crooge's Money Bin has his own water and electricity system, wasn't it?
The reasons are:
A) I wanted $crooge's electricity and water to be cut off in "His Majesty, McDuck".
B) I wrote "The Beagle Boys vs. the Money Bin" about 20 years later and naturally had a new idea that conflicted with the old idea. Perhaps the questioner did not know of the long period of time between those two stories? Naturally I can't have every idea that I'll ever have in my head all at the same moment -- when I later decide on a new and better idea, I use it, and admit to readers that I simply had a new and better idea. No problem.
C) 1) But I can always think up an explanation if I want to, as with question 4. The generators in the Bin are for emergency power, and require fuel to run. In "His Majesty McDuck", perhaps $crooge did not have any fuel on hand, so there was no way to operate the generators. And with no electricity, the water could not be pumped out of the deep, deep well -- note the well is in the Bin on top of a tall hill so the water is FAR below.
2) Or.... When it was said that the city had cut off all $crooge's electricity and water, they referred to that of all his office buildings and businesses, NOT his Bin.
7. How are your eyes by now?
To answer that, I'll copy over a message I wrote to someone else on that subject which I saved in order to send it to others asking about the same matter:
After the initial detached-retina surgery, then a subsequent (typical) cataract-removal and lens-replacement surgery, then a not-so-typical extra surgery to poke a hole in the lens to clear up the cloudy vision, here's what I see through my left eye: due to improper reattachment of the retina, the image is tilted about 10 degrees. Due to scarring of the retina, the image is warped... like looking through an imperfect pane of glass, straight lines are wobbly and such. Due to the cataract surgery, I now use a weaker lens in my glasses since they put a better lens into my eyeball, which means that image is almost full size; as you might know, my other eyeglass lens is VERY thick, so the image on my right is quite small compared to what I see through my left eye. So, as you can tell, the left eye image is large, tilted and warped. It can never match the right. I have double vision. I see two of everything.
But, yes, it's amazing what the brain will get used to. I more or less ignore one or the other image at a time. When I'm reading or using the 'puter or most other times, I am using both eyes but not really paying attention to the bad left image. But it still feels much better than having only one eye... the brain sort of makes me think I'm seeing okay with both eyes even though I'm not. I don't think too much about the double vision... except at certain times, such as when I'm going through stores looking at many different things near and far, or when I'm walking through the woods or the house confronted with many different types of images and distances -- then, I am very aware that I'm seeing two of everything, and it's not nice. But when I'm sitting in front of a TV with an unchanging screen size, and a 2D image, my brain slowly forces the two disparate images together pretty well, and it's not too bad.
I could correct one part of the problem by having cataract surgery on the "good" (ha!) right eye, then the eyeglass lens would be thinner and that image bigger also. But I would lose the VERY IMPORTANT ability to see very close-up with that eye. Despite my poor vision, I have always had excellent close-up vision when I took off my thick glasses and looked at something very closely. In fact, in the last 4 or 5 years of drawing, I had to take off my glasses and put my nose virtually down onto the paper to see. Now I've lost that ability with my damaged left eye. But I still have that ability with my right eye and I use it constantly in reading small print or all other close examinations. If I lost the close-up vision in my right eye also, that would be really bad. Also, the specialist warns me that my retina is in very bad shape in my right eye (it's in even worse shape than the left and she sez she was amazed that the left retina went first) and cataract surgery would pose a risk of that retina detaching and blindness. So I need to leave everything as it is.
I can still do limited large drawings by taking off my glasses, covering my left eye, and drawing with my nose virtually touching the paper. But it's obviously slow and tedious and not at all pleasant.
8. As what do you work at the moment? How do you earn your money, when you're not doing signing tours or selling old comic pages?
The annual signing tours to Germany alternating with Finland, and a modest amount paid to me each year by Egmont for the use of my name in promoting their comics & books, is all the income I have. I very seldom sell old published art -- it's the only pension I have so I need to save what's left to sell years from now when I might REALLY need money. So... I don't do *anything* now to earn money. But my stories will continue to earn plenty of money for Disney comics publishers worldwide, and they will never share a penny of that with me. And that's another reason I quit.