Trading Cards

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz PART 4: Low-Effort Lasciviousness

August 27th, 2017

When it comes to 1990s-era ladycards, there are few that put in less effort than Imagine Inc.’s Fantasy Girls, a haphazard, blurry set of mis-numbered cards that’s more embarrassing than exciting. But therein lies their weird charm. Back in 1993, Imagine, Inc. was better know for their horror-themed publications: things like Scream Queens...

Rad Dudes Trading Cards: Welcome to the Jerkstore

April 10th, 2017

There are relics from the early-90s that perfectly preserve the neon-bright, carefree, kinda-stupid culture of the time… and then there’s Rad Dudes trading cards from Pacific, a strangely tone-deaf nightmare that shows off youth culture of the 1990s as only a middle-aged marketing executive could imagine it. Skate culture wasn’t new...

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz PART 3: Laying Awkwardly Across Cars

February 16th, 2015

The subjects of Calfun Inc.’s ‘Fantazy Cards’ trading card series can be divided into three main categories: Girls pretending to own very expensive cars Girls laying awkwardly across very expensive cars DAMNED DIRTY LIARS Even though I was born in the 1980s, I never really comprehended the idea that motor vehicles were somehow equivalent...

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz PART 2: California Dreaming Trading Cards

November 13th, 2014

Here’s how I imagine the origin of California Dreaming trading cards : The year is 199X. A dude purchases a camera from the seediest pawn shop California. It looks fancy enough on the outside to  convince his potential subjects that he knows what he’s doing. If they don’t look close enough, they won’t see that […]

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz : Sexy Trading Cards of the 1990s PART 1

September 8th, 2014

The comic shop can be a weirdly libidinous place. When a young man stumbles into a building that’s designed to sell elaborately-described power fantasies and detailed drawings of idealized women, things can start to feel a little weird. And as you pseudo-accidentally stray towards the beaded curtain at the back of the shop, to that […]

Dan Lawlis: Comics Futurestars 1993

November 1st, 2013

Artist Dan Lawlis was the first to respond to my ceaseless harassment of artists from the Comics Futurestars 1993 trading card set. I bugged him about life, art, and other stuff. ——————————————————– MSI: When you were creating these Comics...