Trading Cards

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...

Prophetic Pecs: Comics Futurestars 1993 Trading Cards

November 1st, 2013

Comics have been through a lot of crap. If comics were a person, they’d be that guy who looked like he had his life together, only to let it fall apart because of some gross secret addiction or a failed get-rich-quick scheme. Comics would hit rock bottom and show up to events wearing really inappropriate […]

Girl Stuff for Girls – True Blood 2013 Trading Cards

August 24th, 2013

Until recently, True Blood wasn’t much more to me than “that show based on the books with the terrible covers”. I’m not sure which seven-year-old Charlaine Harris employs to illustrate her paperback covers, but it seems unlikely that her talent search goes far beyond whatever the local elementary school is showing off at the...

Iron Man 3 Trading Cards from Upper Deck

May 29th, 2013

I’m just going to put this way out front here: movie-based trading cards are boring. Throughout the history of ephemera and paper-being-used-as-a-tradable-object, I don’t think that there have been many genuinely interesting trading card series which are based on movies. Generally, these ill-fated and contractually-obligated series will...

Simpsons in Italia: Vintage Simpsons Gum

May 15th, 2013

The Simpsons is one of those miraculous things that began its life in pop culture and infiltrated the human consciousness like few other properties. It’s hard to fathom being the creator of something with as much cultural cache as The Simpsons, but it’s placed Matt Groening into a pantheon occupied by Walt Disney, George Lucas, […]