A Look at the Life and Career of Cartoonist Art Baltazar
May 30, 2016

If you don’t know the name Art Baltazar, do yourself a favor and run down to your local comic book shop and ask the nice people at the counter to direct you to some of his works.  Art is a cartoonist, a fellow toy collector, a comic shop owner and a friend who has been very supportive of us here at AFi!   He designs, writes and illustrates some of the most fun and delightful comic books that you could ever imagine.

Several of his designs have been turned into toys over the years including a Mattel SDCC exclusive set of tiny titans, the awesome DC Super Pets plush line, even a plush of his own original creation Action Cat!


Below is a great video showing Art’s 15 year journey to be a Chicago area comic book artist who defied the odds with his unique illustrating style and become a famous cartoonist!

Aw yeah!

And if you see him at a convention he is one of the nice guys you could have a chat with, swing by, buy some Aw Yeah Comics, get a sketch or two and tell him AFi sent you!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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