Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
Action figure anthropologist, Professor Cantina Dan Neumann has been a scholastic contributor to the online community studying the complex world of parumplasticus populus {little plastic people} since the turn of this millenium. His primary focus is the visual cataloging of species exhibits through photo-journalism.
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February 5, 2009
Just thinking back to those WWF days when Jesse Ventura was color commenting with Gorilla Monsoon or Gene Okerlund makes me laugh. (In fact, it was Ventura who gave Okerlund the nickname "Mean Gene!") Here’s a man with an interesting career. From Navy Seal, to pro wrestler, to action film star, to city mayor, to…

 

February 2, 2009
Best known for his 14 year run on Strangers in Paradise and his new endeavor, Echo, Terry Moore is an icon of Indie comics. During his recent visit to Phoenix Comicon, Terry was good enough to chat with me for a bit.  I started by asking him to forgive the somewhat specific nature of my…

 

January 30, 2009
Last weekend I had a chance to hit Phoenix Comicon 09. I’m telling you, this event gets bigger and better each year. When I first started attending this con it was held at the the Glendale Civic Center. They moved to the Mesa Convention Center for the last few shows. Finally for 2010 the con…

 

January 20, 2009
This past Saturday my wife and I met some friends for dinner over at Westgate City Center in Glendale, Arizona. Its a shopping and dining destination plopped right next to the Cardinal’s football and Coyote’s hockey stadiums. Its also home to the one and only McFarlane Toys retail store. Good excuse as any for a…

 

January 12, 2009
I know, I know . . . I should title this blog: "A Day Late and a Dollar Short." Yes, I realize the rest of you got your NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last spring. You all discussed them, our friends Poe Ghostal and Michael Crawford reviewed them, and at this point you may have…

 

January 2, 2009
I’ll bet I’m not the only one with fond memories of Underoos. I can’t quite recall which specific sets I had save for this photo of my brother, sister and I decked out for Halloween in Underoo enabled costumes. No, my sister is Wonder Woman. I’m Superman. Anyway, my mom has never accepted that I’ve…

 

December 11, 2008
I think its safe to assume that most of us here relate pretty well with kids. So its fairly typical that I’ve got a good rapport with my employer’s son, age 5, who we’ll call D.E. Whenever D.E. comes to the office we spend time talking about comic books, cartoons, super heroes, toys, and whatever…

 

December 3, 2008
I recently rewatched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with my wife who had never seen it. I wanted her to watch this Indy movie in particular since we’ve recently spent a good amount of time watching The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (plus bonus DVD documentaries!) Watching The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones you get…

 

November 23, 2008
Spend some time in the hallowed forums at Action Figure Insider and you’ll quickly discern that many collectors are also serious comic book fans. So I though it might be interesting to spend some time talking with comic industry insider, Brian Miller. No doubt, you’ve seen his coloring in some of the many titles he…

 

November 16, 2008
This past Saturday my little brother and I hit the Phoenix Toy Show. Before going he asked if it was going to be like Comic-Con. "Well . . . in a mini sort of way," I replied. I had been to this semi-annual show, which is held in a high school gymnasium, before. I try…

 

October 30, 2008
"Lock the doors and board the windows, Lars Ümlaüt is coming for you. An intimidating presence, the Norwegian-born Ümlaüt describes himself as a force for you to be doing the reckoning with!" And hence we were introduced to Guitar Hero’s stereotype of the Extreme/Black Metal genre. We’re not talking Hair Bands and Glam Metal. Nor…

 

October 21, 2008
If you have a Target within driving distance I’m betting you’ve waited outside its doors for the 8 a.m. opening. Its just one of those things we do. Since JLU became a Target "exclusive" I’ve been thinking more about the Big Red Bulls Eye. Here are some random observations and recollections.  

 

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