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Netizens mourn as 'Donal Bebek' comic ceases publication

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, June 21, 2020  /  08:38 am
Netizens mourn as 'Donal Bebek' comic ceases publication

'Album Donal Bebek', the Indonesian version of Disney’s 'Donald Duck' comics, will be printing its final issue on June 29 after 44 years of publication. (AFP/John MacDougall)

After 44 years of entertaining families in Indonesia, Album Donal Bebek, a local version of Disney’s Donald Duck comics, will cease its publication near the end of this month, in a move that has been met with sorrow by its loyal readers.

The publisher, Gramedia Group, will print the comic’s final issue on June 29. The group thanked its readers for their loyalty toward the series.

“Unfortunately, comic number 2019, [to be] published on Monday, June 29, will be the last edition of Album Donal Bebek. We won’t be publishing it anymore,” the group said in an official statement on Saturday.

Donald Duck, which was originally published in the United States, depicts the life of Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Other characters featured in the series are his uncle Scrooge McDuck, as well as Donald’s girlfriend Daisy Duck and his clumsy friend Gyro Gearloose. The comic was first published in Indonesia on June 5, 1976, by Gramedia Group. 

The publication introduced translated monikers for the characters, such as Kwak, Kwik and Kwek for Huey, Dewey and Louie and Paman Gober for Donald’s wealthy uncle.

“Our loyal readers must feel sad and disappointed by this decision, but this is the fate of the Duck Family adventures in our country. When there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow,” the statement read. 

Netizens have taken to social media to express their sadness over Gramedia’s decision to end the comics.

“If this information is true, [I feel] sad, but what else can I do? I’m not too shocked either. It’s been a long and pleasant journey. Thank you Album Donal Bebek,” Twitter user @sinemagerbanget wrote on their account.

Another user, @Elbert_Reyner, thanked the comics for being a part of his childhood.

“One of my greatest childhood memories. Thank you for everything. I’m still keeping all of my special edition bundles safe and sound,” he wrote. (dpk)


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