It was an honor writing one of the POPCANDYblogs for USA Today. I've wanted to write that story for a while, and Whitney gave me a space, and a deadline.
If you popped over here because of the links in the blog - thanks.
Looking back, I can see that I was incredibly naïve to imagine a billion dollar toy company had any interest in my plans for their products, but I think that worked in my favor. Even as an adult I retained that sense of adventure I had as a child. By mixing in a little perseverance, and dash of Kung Fu Grip, I learned you can accomplish nearly anything.
I wanted to thank some people in the POPCANDY blog, but there's really no way. Once I listed one name, I had to list a dozen, and with a word count limit it just wouldn't work.
So, I thought I'd post something I did a while back, a scroll of folks that had a hand in bringing the Adventure Team back to life. They all contributed, and in their own way helped bring the era of Kung Fu Grip back to a store near you.
Barb Kelly Hasbro Marketing rep - with the first two modern "adventure" sets. Hawk River and Save the Tiger.
One of the many Paul Strassner camping photos.
Devil of the Woods promo shot by Dan DiBiase
One of the many logos designed for Adventure Gear by Daryl Williams. This is for the Carl Butcher adventures.
I'd like to make a long wave back through the time machine to my childhood friends Chip Tsangarides and Arnold Poplin. I haven't seen them in years, but I've never forgotten all the backyard adventures, or the rain that poured down every time we set up a tent.
Thanks to all of the gang at Spy Island, you can still buy Adventure Team stuff today through Collector's Club exclusives. A huge tip of the knitted cap to Barry, Tod and the rest of the gang that keep working it.
Lastly - Thank you Derryl for making me a Pharaoh. I'm proud to be in the company of giant spiders and pygmy gorillas.
If you're still interested. You can visit the museum for Adventure Gear.
'til all the old Fuzzheads retire for good
Keep the Adventure Alive,
P.S. Thanks to my amazing friends and fellow writers who get to (have to?) read all of the things I'm currently doing. They continue to inspire my creative side. Jean, Suze, Michelle, Diana, Viki and Robert. Thanks :)
P.S.S. Lori, Phillip and Tommy, who put up with all of this.
I discovered Shazzbaa quite by accident. While walking through the convention hall I noticed a funny hat worn by her table mate*. The funny hat caught my attention, so I stopped.
I stopped to chat, picked up business cards, took some pictures and moved on.
Sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry. My mistake.
Shazzbaa at HeroesCon
I wish I would have spent more time talking to them and looking through their work. It wasn't until later when I returned from the Con, and spent time looking over the things I picked up, that I visited Shazzbaa's web comic "Today Nothing Happened".
I've seen a bunch of web comics in diary form and mostly they don't hold my attention, but I loved this one. After looking at a dozen or so of the latest strips, I went back to the beginning and spent the next hour or so reading through her comics.
She has a great style, the strips are fun, and most people will recognize a little of their own life in these daily looks into Shazzbaa's world.
After scanning her website and failing to find an order page, I sent a note asking if I could buy her book that I had foolishly neglected to pick up at Heroes Con.
She wrote back promising a shopping section on her website soon. As a matter of fact she is currently working on the business side of her comics, and taking a month off from the strip. Now is a perfect time to stop by and read through her work and catch up before she gets going again.
I'm going to be watching Shazzbaa, I have a feeling everyone is going to know her name before too long.
'til more people discover the wonderful independent artists at the comic conventions
Keep the Adventure Alive,
* More on Shazzbaa's table mate in another post coming very soon!