Once Upon A Time...
Howdy, friends and neighbors! Welcome to the very first edition of what will hopefully be a regular opinion/news column by none other than yours truly, Mike Walker a.k.a. SDcomics.
SD Comics and The Superfly
The owners and founders of this here website asked me to join their staff as a regular writer and moderator of the forums a little while back. I was truly quite flabbergasted by their offer. Daniel Pickett (Julius Marx) and Jason Geyer (The Toy Otter) are legends in the internet toy collecting community and are renowned for their expertise, savvy and knowledge of the action figure industry. Their generous sharing of information has been a tremendous boon to collectors everywhere. I am humbled, and somewhat overwhelmed, to be a part of this enterprise. There are a lot of great action figure websites on the internet these days and they’re ran by professionals who are completely dedicated to their vocations, but I truly believe that Action Figure Insider is the best toy site on the ‘net. That’s not mere hyperbole, that’s a fact.
So, you’re probably wondering who the heck I am and what I’m doing here. Good questions, so let’s answer ‘em. I’ve known both Dan and Jason for several years now. I was a regular reader of both The Amazing Justice League of Julius Marx and ToyOtter.com since day one and I’ve also been a regular poster on various action figure internet message boards for about ten years. By happenstance, I’m one of those very fortunate toy and comic book geeks that live in the beautiful resort city of San Diego. Fortunate not just because the weather and the scenery out here are picture postcard perfect nearly everyday, but also because this city is home to the largest pop culture and comic book convention in North America: Comic-Con International San Diego. I see both Dan and Jason every summer for the con, and I’ve helped Dan out a time or two with his reporting. I’m proud and honored to call them both friends.
A little about me: I’ve been a reader and collector of comic book for over forty years now. The very first comic I ever read was Justice League of America number 34 (“The Deadly Dreams of Doctor Destiny”) in late 1964. I was a wee lad of just six tender years then, but I was hooked. I’ve been collecting and reading comic books ever since. I attended my first San Diego Comic-Con in 1982 when I was in the Navy and stationed up in Ventura County. I moved to San Diego in 1983 and I haven’t missed a Comic-Con since. In a future edition of Open Mike, I’ll share my thoughts about what SDCC has meant to me over the years and what a big part of my life it’s played.
So, other than that, what’s this column going to be about? Basically, it’s going to focus on the things that we go to the forums to discuss: Action figures, comic books, genre movies, TV shows, animation, sci-fi and things of that nature. Also, I’ll try and interview professionals from all the various industries: Sculptors, artists, writers, animators directors, editors, and whoever I can line up. One of the great advantages of attending 23 straight Comic-cons is that you can make a lot of friends and get some great contacts on the “inside”.
Ultimately, I don’t want us to ever lose sight of the fact that this is our hobby, and this stuff is supposed to be fun. Yes, we can take it seriously and get a little too wrapped up in it, but ideally it should be our escape. Our escape from the realities of what can at times be a very harsh world. Fun will be the key here.
If you have any questions or if there’s something in particular you want me to write about here, I’m very easy to reach. I’m a regular on the Action Figure Insider forums, as well as the message boards at fwooshnet.com and ringofcollectors.com. I always post under the handle of SDcomics. That’s the screen name I’ve had for ten years and it’s what I answer to. That, and “Hey, you idiot!” Also, you can send me an e-mail at Sdcomics@yahoo.com and Sdcomics@actionfigureinsider.com.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you here next time!
Got a comment? Send me a line at Sdcomics@actionfigureinsider.com!