Meeting Don Rosa

As I talked about in my last post, I am a huge Don Rosa fan, he is by far my favourite “duck-drawer”!

This weekend he guested Art-Bubble in Copenhagen, and when I found out (roughly a year ago) I marked the weekend in my calendar, determined to try to meet him.

Don Rosa is hugely popular in Scandinavia (and Europe in general) and people regularly try to see him in vain when he visit, but I decided to give it a go (and tried not getting my hopes up).

So 9:30 saturday morning I was in line outside Rundetårn in Copenhagen, freezing because I hadn’t anticipated the wind. The line was already long when I arrived and had tripled by the time the doors were opened at 10!

I unpatiently waited in line to buy a ticket (I hadn’t bought one in advance,as I didn’t know which day I could make it) and practically ran up the tower (it always amazes me how far you actually have to go!) entered the convention room and breathlessly asked the first volounteer for directions to the line.

Safely in line I was given a ticket with my line number (85!), and could wander around the convention while I waited for the magic “76-100” to be written on the whiteboard, so I could get in the line for signing.  After 2 hours and 45 minutes the numbers finally changed, and I jumped into line. I had brought the first volume of my “Complete Works of Don Rosa” and purchased a print of the “Duck family tree” I wanted to get signed, and waited, more patiently, while Don signed for the mother and child in front of me. When it was my turn, I was completely star-struck. I sat down, I hope I smiled, handed him the cookies I had brought (oh, how I hope he liked them! They were wrapped, so the cookies themselves were not visible) and asked him to sign my book and the print. He was so friendly and nice, and what was probably two minutes felt like ten (and was at the same time over far to quickly). The volunteer sitting next to Don was kind enough to offer to take some pictures with my phone, for which I was (and am) very grateful! After signing my book and print, i thanked Don, and he told me to take some of the chilies from the basket next to him, which I tried doing while balancing my backpack, bag, book and print, and tried not to be in the way of the next person in line (I like to think I was succesful).

 When it was over and I found a quiet corner to pack my stuff together, and I realised I was shaking – the shaking wore of after 20 minutes and a cup of tea…

Meeting Don Rosa was huge for me, and the entire sunday it kept hitting me that it actually happened. I hope I’ll get the chance again some day.

I gave the chilies to my dad, who is both a chili enthuasiast and a Don Rosa fan – he was almost as excited as me!

Now we’ll see it he can make them grow!

And finally a picture of the cookies I gave Don, if you didn’t catch my last post:

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Don Rosa Cookies

By the time this post goes live, I should be standing in line, waiting to see Don Rosa at the Art Bubble Comic Festival in Copenhagen.


I have loved Don Rosas stories since I was a child, and his collected works have a place in our living room bookcase, along with other ‘important’ books. (The rest of our books are in my office, we don’t have room for another bookcase in the living room)

I decided that the opportunity to meet Don Rosa was an excellent reason to make cookies, and settled on making cookies with the motives from Don Rosas “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”. The cookies are my regular Sugar Cookies with royal icing.

I found the motives on the internet (thank you google), printed them out and traced them unto wafer paper with an edible marker. Som of the drawings are very detailed, they were not printed very big and wafer paper only has limited transparency, so my tracings are not perfect, and I can see ALL the little mistakes! But I didn’t have time to do them over (and I wasn’t sure it would turn out better), so I decided to keep going, and add them to the cookies.

Then I discovered that I didn’t have a cutter in an appropriate size, but managed to find one that could be used, if not with a perfect result. After baking the cookie, I realized I was almost out of icing sugar, so the cookies have a thinner layer of icing than I would usually use, which also gives a slightly more shabby look than I was going for.

But for cookies where all sorts of stuff went wrong, I actually kind of love them, mistakes and all :)








Seeing Don Rosa in Europe is, as I understand it, not an easy feat. He is immensely popular, and a lot of people want to meet him, so I hope I will succeed tomorrow!

Wish me luck!



Liquorice Swirl Muffins

Liquorice Swirl Cupcakes

My colleagues have discovered that being in the vicinity of me, often means being in the vicinity of cake. Recently, I brought giant Liquorice Swirl Muffins to the office, and one of my colleagues proclaimed that I was the world champion of cake-baking.

I am very much aware that I am not – but it warmed my heart :)

The muffins are a variation over the Cinnamon Swirl Loaf, inspired by Sallys Baking Addiction. I liked them in the giant version, Continue reading Liquorice Swirl Muffins

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

So, a few weeks ago I went to China. It was a business trip (my first ever), and Kristian actually talked me into going out and buying a suit for the occasion. I was a bit sceptical, but it turns out that suit pants (at least these) are really comfy! I usually fly in jeans (which has been my go-to comfortable trouser choice for years), but this time I took 9 hours of flight each way in suit pants. I didn’t even bring a pair of jeans! Continue reading Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

The Wedding Post (and cake, there will be cake!)

So very much has happened in the last 5 weeks. On February 7th I married the love of my life, on February 13th we moved in with my parents (temporarily, until May 1st) and on February 20th I quit my job. In the span of two weeks, my entire life turned upside down, and I am very happy about it. I am thrilled to be married, I am thankful to my parents for letting us stay with them until our new appartment is ready and quitting my job was the right decision, however hard it was to come to the conclusion. I will probably cover the moving story and perhaps the job story in a different post, but for now, lets talk about the wedding! (and the cake). Continue reading The Wedding Post (and cake, there will be cake!)