At Home With The Super Neumanns: A 365 Day Photo Journey – COMPLETED
September 29, 2016

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For the past 365 days my dear friend “Cantina” Danny Neumann has been taking collectors and fans on the most wonderous journey and making us all rethink what it means to “play with your toys” with a project called At Home With The Super Neumanns.   As an extension of his incredible action figure photography, last year at this time Danny embarked on an ambitious photo-a-day-for-a-year project that started with the simple idea of “what do super heroes do when they aren’t saving the world” that morphed into a funny, charming, semi-autobiographical single panel comic strip using custom action figures of Superman and Lois Lane.

Super Neumanns Day 1 - Move in day.

Super Neumanns Day 1 – Move in day.

This morning the last photo, number 365, will be posted and the project will be complete.   The story Danny set out to tell will have been told.  I sat down with Danny last night, on the eve of completion to have a conversation about what he learned, what he sacrificed over the year, the nature of creativity, what he’d like to see happen with the project going forward and if the Super Neumanns could ever return.

 

Behind the scenes - Danny takes the final shot #365.

Behind the scenes – Danny takes the final shot #365.

Check out the audio interview below, then head over to the Super Neumanns Facebook or Instagram page and relive the magic and the blood, sweat and tears that went into this fantastic project.  Then let us know in the comments which of the 365 photos were your favorites.

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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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