June 3, 2014

Donald Duck is getting married! Or is he?

Filed under: Comics by Orangemaster @ 8:52 pm

Donald Duck magazine is such a national institution in the Netherlands that when editor Thomas Roep quit after 39 years, it made the national news. The on-again off-again relationship between Donald Duck and Daisy Duck (called ‘Katrien’, or ‘Catherine’ in Dutch) will soon be a thing of the past here in the Netherlands, although the story line was bought from Denmark. In fact, the Netherlands and Denmark are the world’s biggest producers of Donald Duck stories.

Will the wedding actually take place? Who will Donald’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie (in Dutch, Kwik, Kwek and Kwak) live with now? And what will Scrooge McDuck (in Dutch, Dagobert) cough up as a wedding present?

Way back when Disney was running Donald’s life in the 1950s, Daisy was portrayed as Donald’s long-term girlfriend, but after some nightmares Donald got cold feet and ran off to join the French Foreign Legion. Daisy then had other boyfriends, mostly sailors who eventually had to take off to war as well.

The Dutch press and surely the fans are worried that if the pair do tie the knot, the comic strip will come to an end. The Danes were inspired by the 1998 British-American film Sliding Doors, which features two separate story lines. Parodies of Dutch celebs will also be featured in the comic book, as they often do. And there are also spoilers that even I won’t read or tell you about.

(Links: www.nrc.nl, en.wikipedia.org)

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October 15, 2008

Glamsterdam, yet another lifestyle magazine

Filed under: Fashion,General,Literature by Orangemaster @ 9:10 am

The Dutch version of TimeOut Amsterdam won’t be the only new magazine to be launched in January 2009, as there’ll also be Glamsterdam. Glamsterdam will be a bi-monthly glossy magazine for “Amsterdam and its residents”. The content will be decided upon by locals together with an editorial staff. The goal is to portray the creativity of residents of Amsterdam (‘Amsterdammers’). Every edition will feature articles and reports of events and parties, music and film, and all that jazz.

Contrary to TimeOut, Glamsterdam will be free and have a print run of 40,000 copies. There sure won’t be a lack of anything to read in January 2009.

(Link: adformatie.nl)

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September 26, 2008

TimeOut Amsterdam magazine launched

Filed under: Dutch first,General,Literature by Orangemaster @ 7:10 am

On the ground floor of the new, warehouse-style offices of the Amsterdam Weekly, Amsterdam’s prize-winning English-language newspaper that was recently saved by the bell financially, TimeOut magazine made its first public appearance with a launch catered in every sense of the word by local night theatre and AW partner, the Sugar Factory.

The link between the two is in fact a new strong bond: while a new investor swooped in and saved the weekly, he also used the staff to set up TimeOut Amsterdam. The two have separate staffs, with American author Nina Siegal heading up the magazine. Rumour has it this Israeli investor is buying up newspapers left and right, Berlin being an upcoming target.

Although the crowd was very positive about the newcomer, one question remained, asked to me by one of the Dutch lawyers who worked on the investment deal: can an Amsterdam magazine that people have to pay for instead of get for free really work in Amsterdam? There’s NL020 in Dutch, and many other little guides… Exactly: there is no comprehensive going out guide of Amsterdam in English, although the weekly has a big section devoted to that. Moreover, the free guides are all in Dutch, which does not help the 1.5 million tourists that come to Amsterdam every year. And if people pay exorbitant amounts for food and beer in tourist traps because they do not know where to go, they’re better off buying a world renowned guide like TimeOut to tell them where to better spend their money. And so the lawyer offered to get me another gin and tonic.

For the unconvinced and the “oh no, it’s another expat mag crowd” – which it is definitely not! – beware: TimeOut magazine will also have a Dutch edition as of 2009.

Disclaimer: I write freelance for both the Amsterdam Weekly and TimeOut about music and shows.

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