Thursday, April 25, 2019

Who created Captain America?

Today's Q and A

Q - Who created Captain America?

A - Stan Lee  - not. Cartoonist Jack Kirby and  Joe Simon created the famed character first appearing in the Captain America comics #1 in March of 1941.

Avengers: Endgame Titan Hero Power FX Captain America 12-Inch Action Figure

Avengers: Endgame Titan Hero Power FX Captain America 12-Inch Action Figure Avengers: Endgame Titan Hero Power FX Captain America 12-Inch Action Figure
Avengers, assemble! Steve Rogers leads a faction of the Avengers as the patriotic Captain America. Imagine the star-spangled Super Hero combating villains with the 12-inch-scale Titan Hero Power FX Captain America figure, inspired by the Avengers: Endgame movie. 
This figure includes a Titan Hero Power FX launcher to attach to the arm port so when kids connect the launcher, they can power up their figure, activate character-specific sounds and phrases from the Avengers: Endgame movie, and launch a projectile! Connect Titan Hero Power FX arm launcher to compatible Titan Hero Series figures to activate character-specific sounds and phrases in favorite Super Hero and villain figures and launch projectiles! Titan Hero Power FX arm launcher sold with this and other Titan Hero Power FX figures. Each sold separately. Subject to availability.


Avengers: Endgame Titan Hero Power FX Captain America 12-Inch Action Figure

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Who starred in the original Batman TV series?

Today's Q and A

Q - Who starred in the original Batman TV series?

A - Adam West played the main role of Bruce Wayne/Batman and actor Burt Ward played the role of Robin.

Batman 1966 TV Series Batmobile 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Metal Vehicle with Lights 3-Inch Batman and Robin Figure

Batman 1966 TV Series Batmobile 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Metal Vehicle with Lights 3-Inch Batman and Robin Figures Batman 1966 TV Series Batmobile 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Metal Vehicle with Lights 3-Inch Batman and Robin Figures
'To the Batmobile!' No Batman collection is complete without the iconic Batmobile from Batman the classic TV Series! Featuring a die-cast metal body, rubber tires and light-up features, this Batman 1966 TV Series Batmobile 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Metal Vehicle is a must-have in any collection! Included is 3-inch tall 100% die-cast metal Batman and Robin figures. Whether on the streets or off-road, the Batmobile is formidable in all kinds of terrain!


Batman 1966 TV Series Batmobile 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Metal Vehicle with Lights 3-Inch Batman and Robin Figures

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tips and Advice for Collecting and Choosing Posters

This is a collection of our best articles on posters and prints collecting, choosing and creative ideas about posters altogether in one blog post. Check out all  our articles below or just find the one that interests you the most. Be sure to add any comments or suggestions below at the end of the post and add this article to your favorite social media site. Thanks.

Seven Tips for Choosing a Movie Poster 

With the seemingly never ending array of movie posters available nowadays, it can be hard to decide on that perfect movie poster you have been looking for. Before you go ahead, and hang that new poster of yours on the wall we have come up with a few quick tips on narrowing down that process. 


Tip #1:

The most obvious choice here is making sure you have a poster or posters that at least to some degree match the color scheme of your room. Try to avoid colors that will clash with your room's overall design and decoration.

Tip #2:
Decide on the size of your poster. Door posters, 11x14 inch lobby cards, common 24x36 inch posters, half sheet 22 x 28 inch posters, or even large wall murals are all possible options.

Tip #3:
Choose your poster based on a favorite genre of your such as sci-fi or horror movies. If you decide on more than one poster within an area in your home or office it’s nice to have a continuity of theme.

Tip #4:
Decide if you want to have a poster that can be considered to be collectible, original posters rather than the less expensive, poster reprint variety.

Tip #5:
Consider if your want your movie poster to be more artistic in nature. Classic movie posters were usually done by artists rather than the photo composites that are more typical of today’s modern movie posters.

Tip #6:
Frame your poster. UV filtered Plexiglas frames are best for protecting your poster investment.

Tip #7:
Don’t forget 3-D posters or lenticular posters. Nice for the kid’s room.

Summary:

In conclusion, we have to some degree narrowed down some of those difficult poster buying decisions and no matter what poster you decide on be sure to enjoy the process and have fun choosing a poster that is best for you and satisfies your particular movie poster 
interests.


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Collecting Rock Music Posters

 The purpose of today’s article is to provide an overview of rock and roll art posters for the home. We will be taking a quick survey of possibilities concerning the various sub-genres of rock music posters and related thematic ideas for collecting rock music posters.


Classic rock posters. The genre concerns most contemporary rock music from the 1960s thorough the 1980's. There are many possibilities for a collection in this genre. Narrow your choices to as simple as a particular band or singer to a larger aspect of interest such as British rock or Southern rock music of this era.

Early rock posters. The genre concerns music for the 1950's and early 1960's. Some possibilities include focusing in on various artists of the period such as Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Ricky Nelson and so on. Many movie posters of the era related to 1950's rock would make for an interesting collection as well.

British invasion music posters. Many British invasion bands and singers during the 1960's would make for a good starting point for a poster collection. There are numerous choices here including obvious choices including the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. An interesting idea is to build a collection around a single musical event such as Woodstock.

1970's rock posters. Various sub genres of rock music existed in the 1970's including hard rock, punk rock, glam rock, funk, rhythm and blues, and folk or country rock. Disco was extremely popular during this period as well and provided many bands and artists to build a poster collection around.

1980's rock posters. Many influences held over from the earlier decade made into the 1980's. Some possible rock music forms to consider include Heavy Metal, New Wave rock, Punk rock, Folk rock and so on. Synthesizer laced rock was very popular as musicians embraced new technology and sounds into their music. Third world forms of popular music also had an influence on pop music during the era including reggae music and ska which were embraced by many British bands of the decade.

1990's rock posters. Many forms of earlier popular music continued during the 1990's. Seattle based grunge and similar influences emerged in the era. Heavy metal music continued as well as more main steam forms of rock. Lastly, new artists emerge all the time creating new areas of interest for poster collectors.

Summary:


 Rock music from the greatest era of rock from the 1950's to today has provided us with an enumerable amount of subject matter for developing a specific poster theme upon. This outline of rock musical styles will provide a good basis for further exploration of ideas for collecting posters. A general thesis is to narrow your choices to suit your own personal preferences and affinity for collecting posters.


Educational Posters for Teachers and Students

Today’s article is all about supplementing your teaching efforts with educational posters. We will cover some of the possibilities available in aiding the learning process with posters in the classroom or home. 

In our search for subjects for this article we have arrived at an overall cross section of available posters and in doing so we have come up with a general guide (however simplified), to finding suitable educational posters. 


1. Preschool or elementary level school posters. Typically featured posters are simple alphabet posters, world maps, posters concerning flags of the world, historical figures, United States Presidents, solar system posters, animal posters and the like. 


2. Pre high school and high school. Just some of the entries here include English grammar posters, historical events posters such as political figures or noted scientist or inventors, human physiology posters, music learning posters such as posters on musical scales or guitar or keyboard chords. Also, possible are the many variants of maps as posters. 


3. College level posters. There are many possibilities here concerning various areas of study including the humanities, natural sciences, industry and technology, and the social sciences. 


4. The last area of interest here is motivational posters. Not necessarily educational, but can be helpful in reinforcing the learning process. Many variants exist including famous quotes, historical events, famous scientists, religious figures, famous sports figures, noted music figures and so on. 


Summary:

 In conclusion, while at the risk of being too generalized hopefully we have touched upon the multiple possibilities concerning the use of the posters as an educational aid. It ultimately depends are your field of interest and seeking out suitable poster art in support.  


How to Find the Best Deals on Movie Posters

Movie posters are a great way to spruce up that home or office space, but in today’s economy it’s nice to be able to save some money on your poster purchase. While not comprehensive, hopefully we can give you a few tips on cutting your costs and making your online poster shopping experience a more enjoyable one.

1. Look for online coupons. Seems like an obvious idea, but most poster store coupons are very time sensitive and typical search resources seems to lag behind here. If you can’t find a coupon at your favorite poster store, a good tip is to check related movie, fan or celebrity sites that offer movie posters.

2. Check for poster bargains or closeouts. While you may not be able to find the latest release many poster stores offer deals on older or hard-to-sell movie posters. Be sure to check the poster store search or site map if you’re having trouble finding any deals.

3. Look for holiday or year end sales. Some of the most active sales for movies posters other than year end holiday season are during back to school. College students are usually loading up on movie posters during this period so be sure to check for sales or offers during this time.

4. Contrast and compare poster stores. Not all poster stores are the same so be sure to compare prices on specific movie posters. Also, consider shipping into the equation. Free shipping can cut your costs and can make up the difference between slightly higher costs per item.

5. It you are really on a tight budget consider other options such as movie photos, lobby cards or smaller sized movie posters. Movie photos are a popular option and several 8x10 movie photos can be typically had at a lower cost than a common 24x36 inch movie poster release. 

6. Join an email list. Many poster stores offer exclusive deals and offers through email.

7. Lastly, many poster stores offer framing options for your poster, but it doesn’t have to be the only option. Consider online or offline framing stores and you might be able to get a more attractive frame at a lower cost.


In conclusion, have fun in your search for a better movie poster and with any luck some of these tips will save you some cash in the process.

Creative Ideas for Collecting Movie Posters

  Collecting movie posters can be an enjoyable pastime. But, regardless if you are a serious collector or just interested in putting together a few posters it’s a reasonable premise that having a thematic consistency in your poster collection can make your collection efforts a little easier or at least a little more enjoyable. Many movie genres exist so let us begin by examining some of the possibilities.

1. Science fiction posters. Science fiction movies are probably one of the most popular genres for movie poster collecting. Classic science fiction and older serial posters are a possibility. Also, an idea is to collect by decade focusing on sci-fi movie posters that are the most representative of that particular era.

2. Horror movie posters. A good idea here is that you could focus on just a certain sub-genre such as vampire movies, or monster movies. Again, it’s possible to focus your collection on a particular era of horror movie production or even of a certain movie studio such as the Hammer studio horror films of the 1960s.

3. Action film posters. Action movies are a very large genre of movies posters from which to choose from. Besides settling on an era of production or studio you may simply focus on a particular director or actor.

4. Romance movie posters. Early classic romance films, date movies, romance and romantic comedy are just a few of the choices for building a movie poster collection in this genre.

5. Humor movie posters. There are many comedy genre avenues to discover including classic comedies, slapstick, dark humor and horror comedies.

6. Musicals. Early 1940s musicals would make for an interesting poster collection. Broadway films, singers and bands new and old are other possibilities. To even narrow your choices a bit you could create a collecting on a style of music such as rock, jazz, classical and so on, and build your collection around a certain era of each style such as rock music featured in 1960s musicals.

7. Mystery and suspense film posters. Film noir could be included here. Narrow your choices by era, decade, studio, director or actor.

8. Television movie posters. There are many television shows that were launched from movies or spin offs of made for TV movies. Focus your collection on a favorite show or television star.

9. Westerns. There are many classic westerns in which to choose from. Early John Wayne westerns would make for an interesting collection. Italian or spaghetti westerns are another good idea for a poster collection.

10. Animated movies. An idea here is for a poster collection around a specific animated character or characters. Also, animated comic book movie characters are very popular and make for a good theme for poster collecting.


 Summary:
When all’s said and done, there are seemingly infinite possibilities for building your movie poster collection. It is important to begin with a specific thematic idea for your collection and go from there. Hopefully these basic ideas here will help you find a more creative inspiration for your movie poster collecting experience.

Collecting Astronomy Art Posters

Whether your interest in astronomy posters is for educational reasons or simply for the beauty and aesthetic aspects of astronomy as artwork, the purpose of this article is to supply you with an overview or survey of available options for assembling a collection of posters for the home. With this said here are our suggestions.

1. A good place to start is with a basic map of the stars and constellations. Most preferable here are posters offering star and constellations viewable from both hemispheres north and south of the equator. A good star map will be an excellent indoor reference and a good supplement if you already have star charts on hand.

2. Secondly, and a very popular option and for good reference is a map of the solar system including all the planets. Another option are individual posters featuring each of the planets of our solar system.  

3. Next on our list would be posters concerning famous astronomers/scientists such as Galileo Galilee, Archimedes, Albert Einstein or Copernicus.

4. A map of the moon on poster. A good overview of the moon with geographical names of the lunar landscape should be another good reference tool.

5. Poster or posters of the Sun is another good possibility. The nearest star to the earth is not to be overlooked.

6. Galaxies, nebula and star clusters and more. Posters such as these will be more specific and more limiting in their scope, but can be particularly interesting to many in terms of aesthetic or artistic qualities. Some suggestions here include the Andromeda Galaxy and the Sculptor Galaxy. Some important nebula’s include the Orion Nebula, the Ring Nebula in Lyra and the Horsehead Nebula in Orion are just a few. As for star clusters the most well-known is the Seven Sisters or Pleiades cluster comes to mind. There are many further options available including global clusters, super novas, black holes in space, and binary star posters.

7. Eclipses. Included in this category are solar eclipses and lunar eclipses. Many posters are available in this category.

8. Hubble space telescope posters. Many posters are available including posters of the Hubble space telescope itself as well as many astronomical images taken by Hubble.

9. Other related astronomy posters include famous astronauts, many fantastic posters of the Apollo mission space program and posters of Apollo moon landings, the Kennedy Space center and the Space Shuttle.

10. The Earth from space and earth observatories. Interesting posters of the Earth from space as well as numerous posters of astronomical observatories are available.

Summary:

 In concluding this article we have covered some of the possibilities for finding interesting astronomical subjects as art on poster or simply as a means of supplementing an interest in astronomy.

What was the first Batman comic?

Today's Q and A

Q - What was the first Batman comic?

A - The first Batman character appeared in the 1939,  number 27 issue of Detective Comics.

Batman Black and White White Knight Batman by Sean Murphy Statue

Batman Black and White White Knight Batman by Sean Murphy Statue Batman Black and White White Knight Batman by Sean Murphy Statue
The Batman Black and White White Knight Batman by Sean Murphy Statue captures writer/artist Sean Murphy's take on an alternate continuity Dark Knight. Cast in a descending action pose, this is a more unrefined, dangerous, and imposing Batman and is a must for fans of Murphy and the Caped Crusader. What if the greatest villain in Gotham was not The Joker, but the Batman? That question is at the center of the epic DC Black Label graphic novel, White Knight which featured the writing and art of Sean Murphy.


Batman Black and White White Knight Batman by Sean Murphy Statue

Monday, April 22, 2019

What is the number one best selling comic book of all time?

Today's Q and A

Q - What is the number one best selling comic book of all time?

A - The best selling comic of all time is  "X Men" with the 1991 release issue at 7.1 million copies sold.

DC Super Powers Batman Statue Maquette Statue - Free Shipping

DC Super Powers Batman Statue Maquette Statue DC Super Powers Batman Statue Maquette Statue
Evildoers of Gotham City, beware! Batman statue stands 18-inches tall on a gargoyle-themed base. The Caped Crusader is highly detailed in his classic blue, gray, and yellow suit. Expand your Super Powers. collection, that is! Here comes the Caped Crusader, making his way into the DC Super Powers line of highly detailed statues from Tweeterhead. With a look of pending justice for the evildoers of Gotham City, Batman stands about 18-inches tall on a bat-gargoyle-themed base. Made of polyresin, he's presented in his classic blue, gray, and yellow suit.


DC Super Powers Batman Statue Maquette Statue

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What was the first American comic book?

Today's Q and A

Q - What was the first American comic book?

A - The first American comic book was issued in 1933 entitled "The Famous Funnies" which was a compilation of newspaper comics released earlier.

Batman vs. Deathstroke Battle Resin Statue

Batman vs. Deathstroke Battle Resin Statue Batman vs. Deathstroke Battle Resin Statue
Atop one of Gotham City's gargoyle rooftops, a duel of the ages is happening between Batman and Deathstroke in this DC Collectibles battle statue. Batman defies gravity as he teeters on the edge of the gargoyle, armed with claws of Batarangs, ready to defeat Deathstroke. Sculptor Alejandro Pereira masterfully crafted these figures, while painter Michael Cowart put his artistic touch on these iconic characters to create this dynamic polyresin statue. The Batman vs. Deathstroke Battle Resin Statue is a limited edition of 5,000 pieces and is individually numbered. The Batman vs. Deathstroke Battle Resin Statue measures 11 3/4-inches tall.


Batman vs. Deathstroke Battle Resin Statue

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Thematic Ideas for Collecting Movie Posters

Why are promotional movie clips called movie trailers?

Today's Q and A

Q - Why are promotional movie clips called movie trailers?

A - Early use of movie clips or previews were initially shown after or trailing a feature film to help promote upcoming movies.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman Bust Bank

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman Bust Bank Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman Bust Bank
Who better to keep track of your money than Armored Batman? This Batman V Superman Armored Batman Bust Bank features Bruce Wayne's alter-ego dressed in the armor he used against Superman in the hit Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film. It looks amazing! Ages 4 and up.


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman Bust Bank

Friday, April 19, 2019

What is a movie flop?

Today's Q and A

Q - What is a movie flop?

A - A movie flop is a film that fails badly at the box office or fails to meet overall expectations of success.

Star Trek The Next Generation Picard Magnet

Star Trek The Next Generation Picard Magnet Star Trek The Next Generation Picard Magnet

  • A fun Star Trek magnet!
  • Perfect for the fridge, the office, or any magnetic surface that needs some excitement
  • Magnet is strong and won't slip



Star Trek The Next Generation Picard Magnet

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What is a re-enactment in movies?

Today's Q and A

Q - What is a re-enactment in movies?

A - A re-enactment in movies is a recreation of a well known or historical event on film.

The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book

The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book
Game of Thrones fans will love to show their coloring skills with the Game of Thrones Coloring Book! The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book features art commissioned specifically for the book. The coloring book featuring illustrations inspired by George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. The 96 page coloring book measures about 10 1/10-inches tall x 10-inches wide. Ages 13 and up.


The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

"The Battle" - Sci Fi Digital Art

"The Battle"   -    Sci Fi Digital Art The Battle
"The Battle" by Mark Valdez

What is the importance of value in art?

Today's Q and A

Q - What is the importance of value in art?

A - Value in art typically refers the variation of light to dark shading in a given medium. But it's importance can be expanded to include variation of a single color or translucency and opaqueness, and even in terms of proportational values in art and so on to many aspects of the process of creating art

Justice League Adult Coloring Book

Justice League Adult Coloring Book Justice League Adult Coloring Book
The Justice League Adult Coloring Book is sure to provide countless hours of fun. This adult coloring book features Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern and The Flash. Makes a great gift for DC Comics and Justice League fans! The 96 page book measure about 11 1/2-inches tall x 7 1/2-inches wide.


Justice League Adult Coloring Book

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

What's is the best medium to use on coloring books?

Today's Q and A

Q - What's is the best medium to use on coloring books?

A - Blendable ink pens works best overall, but are more expensive. Otherwise use permanent markers for clothing and backgrounds, and colored pencils for creating skin tones by layering different values of color. Try transparent values of yellow and/or light pink to begin building up skin tones then add  various darker values of tertiary colors such as light browns or similar to build up tones.

Wonder Woman Coloring Book

Wonder Woman Coloring Book Wonder Woman Coloring Book
DC Comics' Amazon princess stars in a new coloring book focusing on her greatest covers, splash pages, and more by some of comics' top artists! The Wonder Woman Coloring Book is the perfect activity for any fan of Diana Prince! Ages 13 and up.


Wonder Woman Coloring Book

Monday, April 15, 2019

What is vaudeville?

Todays Q and A

Q - What is vaudeville?

A - Vaudeville was a form of theatrical live entertainment featuring comedy acts and skits, musicians dancers and other types of theatrical performers. Popular in the early 20th century from about the 1880s to the 1920s.

Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Tin Sign

Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Tin Sign Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Tin Sign
Right out of 'Arena,' an episode in the first season of the original Star Trek TV series, this Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Tin Sign advertises the upcoming battle between Kirk and the Gorn starship's captain. Who will reign supreme? Measures approximately 11 1/2-inches tall x 8-inches wide.


Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Tin Sign

Sunday, April 14, 2019

What is a satire in film?

Today's Q and A

Q - What is a satire in film?

A - In film a satire is an attempt to make fun of or mock an establish figure or instution. An example is the film "Dr Strangelove" starring Peter Sellers which was a satire on the government and military establishments.

Batman Classic TV Series Bruce Wayne and Bat-Phone Resin Busts

Batman Classic TV Series Bruce Wayne and Bat-Phone Resin Busts Batman Classic TV Series Bruce Wayne and Bat-Phone Resin Busts
Gotham City needs Batman and Robin! Quick, to the Bat-Poles! DST's colorful line of resin busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series continues with the first-ever bust of Adam West as Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman! In his civilian guise, this 6-inch tall bust ofthe Gotham City philanthropist is posed atop a pedestal base inspired by the show's animated opening sequence, and comes with the Bat-phone, which sits on a tiny pedestal of its own! Limited to only 1,966 pieces, this hand-numbered resin bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a hand-numbered, full-color box.


Batman Classic TV Series Bruce Wayne and Bat-Phone Resin Busts

Saturday, April 13, 2019

What was the first action figure?

Today's Q and A

Q - What was the first action figure?

A - The first action figures were released ny the Hasbro Company in 1964  featuring GI Joe.

Star Wars The Vintage Collection Action Figures Wave 7 Case - Free Shipping

Star Wars The Vintage Collection Action Figures Wave 7 Case Star Wars The Vintage Collection Action Figures Wave 7 Case
Star Wars action figures from the classics and beyond! The classic Kenner-style Star Wars packaging you remember! Each Vintage Action Figure comes with awesome accessories. Case includes 8 Star Wars heroes, villains, scoundrels, and robots! Vintage Star Wars action figures! These 3 3/4-inch scale Star Wars action figures feature classic characters and retro packaging! Longtime fans of Star Wars are going to love this classic Kenner-style packaging, right down to the old-fashioned Kenner logo. And each Vintage Action Figure comes individually packaged with awesome accessories like blasters, lightsabers, and removable helmets. Don't miss this awesome assortment of Star Wars heroes, villains, scoundrels, and robots! Ages 4 and up. This case includes 8 individually packaged Star Wars action figures: 2x Luke Skywalker (Crait) 2x Death Star Gunner 2x Hovertank Commander 2x R2-D2 (subject to change)


Star Wars The Vintage Collection Action Figures Wave 7 Case

Friday, April 12, 2019

What is negative drawing?

Today's Q and A

Q - What is negative drawing?

A - Negative drawing makes use of blank spaces on the paper and through shading creates a recognizable image. Moreover, it is drawing around or outside a figure or feature with line shading or blending techniques to emphasize light.