Ye Olde Collectibles
and Trivia Shoppe
Strange New Worlds Issue 8 - Apr/May 1993
cant kill off a mega-star licensing property, no matter how hard you try. For
example, Spock died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, only to spring forth in the
next film, The Search For Spock. And now the Man of Steel has cheated death and
risen from the comic book graveyard. He returns in four adventure books as four different
I enjoy reading the exploits of Superman in all his cartoon glory. But I dislike the
overmarketing of his demise and rebirth. The prolonging of his death battle over eight
issues, his funeral and its aftermath exploited in eight more issues, plus two special
issues is total lunacy. These overpriced and mass-produced "collector" items are
basic greed by DC comics. Marvel Comics, with their Secret Wars and other comics series,
has joined this hype mania. This milking of a dying legend is shameless. Enough hype!
Right now, many comic companies are hyping their one-time specials. As long as we keep
pursuing every over-issued special (holograms, trading cards enclosed with comic, pop-up
action, etc.), the companies will keep pushing the consumers collectible budget to
the breaking point.
Well, thats enough for my soapbox . . . onto the collectibles!
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
If you havent seen "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales" on HBO, you
should. Robin Williams introduces each of these vivacious short films for children. They
feature a variety of styles, from clay animation to straight cartoons. These are available
at your local video stores. If youre a fan of the Bard, an animation lover, or a
childrens video enthusiast, this video collection is for you. This is a great series
of tapes to enjoy with your entire family.
(Followup Note, 09-2003:
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales videos are
out-of-print and much sought by collectors, often selling for over $45.00 used. Also of
great collector interest are the Animated Tales companion books issued with each video.)
Comic Capers and Fanzines
In my tireless search for unique collectibles to point out to my readers, I stumbled on
James Zimmermans adaptation of Roger Zelaznys The Last Defender of Camelot.
This bold, self-published comic is a class act. Zimmerman takes the reader on a visual
mind trip in radiant black and white! For information about this amazing graphic novel,
contact Zim Graphics, 1326 Queen Annes Drive, Chester MD 21619. Im anxious to see
what this young artist produces next.
Two fan-produced publications of note: Visions of the Galactica is a
"Battlestar Galactica" magazine that is a lot of fun to read and enjoy. Power
Star is a mixed-media magazine that cavorts in many media universes including
"Twin Peaks," "Batman," "Star Trek," "GI Joe," and
"Superman." Editor Kim Murphy understands how to make these short tales mesh.
Check the classified ad section for information on both fan publications.
Fantasy For The Ears
Dercum Audios Third Annual Best Fantasy Stories is an audio collection of
unabridged short fantasy. It is a treasure for any collector. Orson Scott Card and Martin
H. Greenberg selected the cream of the crop in fantasy. One of the notable stories is
"Trains" from writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch, read by Ann Wilcox. This collection
has been in the works for a long time, but it was worth the wait. Dercum Audio treats
every one of their projects with special handling. They do it right the first time and the
quality shows. This audio assortment is the proof of their excellence.
Here I Con Again
I will be conning around at two conventions in July. Over the July 4th weekend, I will
be a guest at CastleCon at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. Then on July 31
and August 1, I will beam aboard NovaCon at the Tysons Westpark Hotel, Tysons Corner,
Virginia. At NovaCon I will be conducting a writers workshop, a couple of Star Trek
panels, and a midnight Vampire panel. Please come by and say hello and tell me whats
on your collectible mind.
Until next time, lets be good to each other!