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Schilling for This Coming Weekend’s Big Apple Comic-Con

Exhibiting at Big Apple Comic-Con 10/17-10/19 2009
Exhibiting at Big Apple Comic-Con 10/17-10/19 2009

Big Apple Comic-Con looms like a big geeky monster towering above me this week, as FP prepares to exhibit at the newly-acquired-by-Wizard show.  Myself and the FPNYC staff are busy scurrying around the store packing boxes, inventorying our wares, making banners and signs, and yadda yadda yadda… all while trying to maintain and work one of the busiest and most high profile nerd emporiums in the world.

And we all need a nappy-poo.

Regardless, we persevere, trudging on towards the beast, swords (comics) in hand, shields (toys) at the ready, and arrows (t-shirts) in our quiver.  We’re also displaying UGLYDOLLs.

But despite my various conceits I realize FP’s not the only reason to attend this show.  The amazingly spectacular guest list is, bub.  In case you’ve missed some of the eclectic highlights I’ll list them below:

Shatner, baby, Shatner!!! Billy Dee Williams, Gil Gerard, Edward James Olmos, Jim Lee, Adam West, Julie Newmar, Sean Young, Mike Allred, Jim Steranko, The Kuberts, Yogi Berra, Dwight Gooden, Michael Hogan, Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Ernie Hudson, Linda Hamilton, Neal Adams, Basil Gogos, Joe Madureira, James O’Barr, Paolo Rivera, Brian Wood, Tim Vigil, Joe Simon …. and tons and tons more.

See? Something to give most any fan a case of the vapors.  Not your run of the mill Bi-Mon Sci-Fi Con.

The full guest list can be viewed here. Big Apple Comic-Con’s main page, with details on dates, times, etc is here.

And while I’ll have roughly about 1.2 hours of personal time through the next week because of FP’s involvement I’m nonetheless jazzed that we’ll be at Pier 94 (54th St. between 12th Avenue and Jersey) exhibiting at the really big show.  It’s not often we do Cons (aside from our capacity as fans and schmoozers), so whenever we do we try to whip up the best presence we can possibly muster.  And for this, our first show in two years, we’re pulling out a lot of stops.

Make sure you stop by and say hi.

You too, Billy Dee. We gotta hang, man!!!


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Bidi Bidi Bidi… That’s the Frikkin Bomb, Buck!

Been playing with this in the wee hours of the evening after closing the FP NYC store…

Go Hero’s Buck Rogers 12″ Action Figure

… That’s right.  Playing with it.  Grown man, playing with a toy.  Flying Buck Rogers around, flirting with all the female action figures in sight, battling monsters, having adventures… Y’know. Playing.

I’m a gigantic Buck Rogers fan, and have been since I was a kid.  I have an affinity for the 70s TV show (can’t get enough of evil space chicks in Lycra, and Gil Gerard’s the man), but I love Buck in all his iterations.  This particular figure is a re-creation of John F. Dille, Phillip Francis Nowlan, and Dick Calkins’ Buck from their newspaper strip of the 1930s.


His helmet’s removable, his Atomic Disintegrator (blaster) is die-cast, he’s got a totally sick jetpack, and his clothes are cut from better quality material than almost anything I own.  This toy’s the cat’s pajamas, and if you’re a fan of Buck or classic old-school space opera, and you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.  It is so choice.  (Thanks, Ferris Bueller.)


As a quick aside, allow me a moment to also state my affection for Twiki, robot sidekick to Buck in the 70s.  The Mel Blanc-voiced weisenheimer is long overdue a revival in popularity and what with the “everything old is new again” credo running through geekdom these days it is a crime that he’s not been given a new figure.  I will not rest until I have a light-up talking Twiki in my grubby mitts once again.

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