Friday, September 18, 2015

Pop Culture Roundup: Hembeck; Con con; Corgi Batman and Bond

Friend of this blog, Fred Hembeck is returning to the Marvel Universe for a series of variant covers this December!
Hembeck has produced a series of 10 variant covers for various Marvel titles, featuring characters both old and new. The covers are All-New Hawkeye #2, Astonishing Ant-Man #3, Guardians of the Galaxy #3, Silk #1, Ms. Marvel #2, Daredevil #2, Secret Wars #9, Howard the Duck #2, All-New All-Different Avengers #3, and Ultimates #2.

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This essay at The Walrus struck a sad chord with me.

Last year, I spent big money for my kids and me to pose with Stan Lee at a pop culture convention. The photo is lots of fun to have, and it was cool to be in Stan's proximity.

But the pay-to-pose nature of the enterprise, and the fact that there's really no, or very little, interaction with stars when taking these photos, left me feeling a little depressed and ripped off. I can't imagine it's much fun for the stars, either. I recognize that cons need a way to make money and pay for these star appearances, but it still feels unseemly.

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Friend of this blog, "Kid" Robson takes a detailed look at a couple favorites from my youth, the Corgi Batmobile and James Bond Goldfinger cars.



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