Comic Cos

So let’s put aside SDCC and the increasingly corporate NYCC, lets talk about the smaller Cons. Recently I had the pleasure to be at Wizard Worlds Richmond and Chicago and I noticed a very healthy, in my opinion, trend. There are still lots of stalls selling but in general these are independent sellers working hard to satisfy the insatiable hunger of the collector. Ok so maybe we should limit just how many Funko Pops can be seen in one hall and try and encourage some product diversity, but wow the thirst for Pop is huge.

What I love is the incredible effort that goes into Cosplay. It’s an immensely healthy pastime that enables those ,who maybe socially less adept in the boring real world than the players and haters that plague and troll, to totally strut their geeky stuff like Travolta or Maguire in Spider-Man 3…..sorry.

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If you don’t admire the sheer creative joy that has gone into making the above costume then there is something switched off in your pleasure circuitry!

It’s massively rewarding to see whole families cosplaying, putting aside my own misgivings about kids playing Harley! I was ecstatic to see new entries entering the cosplay consciousness this year – Warboys and the awesomely amazing Eleven from Stranger Things.

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Use Clect To Have Your Best Wizard World Experience Ever

We’ve been talking a lot about all the activities the Clect team has planned for Wizard World Chicago 2016 and we look forward to meeting lots of Clectas while we’re there.  In fact, our last blog post provides a nice overview of all the activities we have planned.

But for members of the pop culture collecting community, the more important question is this: how can I use Clect to make this comic-con my best yet? In short, can Clect help me Con Better?

Like most collectors and Con-goers, I’ve tried every possible system to pre-plan my Con and keep track of everything I want to see, do and buy.  I’ve created spreadsheets, 3-ring binders, note pads, printed lists, digital lists…you name it, I’ve probably tried it.  And if you’re anything like me, I have yet to find the perfect system.  While we’re not saying Clect is perfect, our visual card and pack system makes it easy to organize your Con plan in advance.

Here’s a simple approach to plan your Wizard World Chicago activities.

Plan your Comic-Con with Clect

Simply create Cards of the events, guests, panels, booths you want to hit and add them to Clect.  To create a card, just click the + sign on the upper right of your Clect homepage:

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Say, for instance, you wanted to make sure you attended the Clect Panel Discussion, “Collect Together” on Saturday (hint, hint).

Just grab a screen shot off WizardWorld.com or Clect’s social media and upload it to create your Card.

Make sure to fill in the ‘Story’ section on the back of each Card with the date/time/room # of the event so you have everything you need to know in one place:

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2. Once you’ve created Cards for the events, autographs, guests, panels, exclusives, and whatever else you want to add to your plan, create a Pack with a handy name like “My Wizard World Chicago Plan”

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Then, simply add your Wizard World Cards to your Wizard World Pack, in the order you want them to show; alphabetical, by priority, by schedule…it’s your call.  Note: Cards can’t be moved around in a Pack yet, so be sure to think about the order you would like them to appear in your Pack, and then simply add them to the Pack in that order.

Pro Tip: Create a different Pack for each day you plan to be at the Con and add Cards that relate to that day only, if you really want to be organized!

Now, you have a simple visual system of your Con that you can access via the Clect app on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.  If you aren’t an iOS user, you’ll be glad to know we are working on an Android app that will be available later this year.  If you aren’t a tablet or star phone devotee, simply print the Pack off and use it as a visual check list.

Great, so now you’re organized. You’ve got your plan together but what about your “Want List” – all those comic books and collectibles that you are always on the lookout for to help you complete that title run, or round out your variants, or whatever.

Create a Wish List Pack

Every collector has a wish list and comic-cons are one of the base places to fill some of those gaps in your collection.  But visiting vendor booth upon vendor booth, digging through long boxes and scanning displays can take its toll.  I find myself becoming distracted and often forgetting what condition my AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #115 is in.

But seriously, why should I know that off the top of my head anyway?

The answer; I don’t have to if I create a Wish List Pack on Clect of the key items I’m hunting for.  Once I find an item, I simply remove it from my Wish List Pack, take a picture of my new favorite thing, and create a Card to add it to my Clection. Comic-con success!

Journal Your Comic-Con

Okay, so you’ve planned your itinerary and created your Wish List, now it’s time to enjoy the show.  Some of my greatest moments at Cons have been spontaneous and opportunistic. Clect can help capture those moments as well.

Sure, we are a platform for collectors, but collectors are also fans!

So after you get home from the Con, upload the pictures to Clect and create a journal of your favorite moments — your favorite cosplay, your new favorite vendor, that fortunate run-in with an A-Lister walking the show floor.

Create Cards from your Con Pictures and Share them socially from Clect.

Your favorite Cosplay:

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Autographs you scored:

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Celebrity Guests you met:

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And things you didn’t buy, but need to add to your Wish List:

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So, there you go.

Hopefully, we’ve answered the question, “how can I use Clect to get the most of my Con-going experience.”  While we’ve listed a lot of ideas, we’re pretty sure you all will come up with all kinds of cool ideas we didn’t think of.

After all, that’s what Clect is all about; our goal is to be your one central digital platform for collectors to organize, share, buy, sell  and trade.  We’d love to hear how Clect improves your Con experience at Wizard World Chicago.

Join Clect or download our app on iTunes.

And there’s still time to get your Wizard World Chicago tickets so we can collect together!

Till next time; Keep on Clectin!

 

 

 

 

 

Use Clect To Have Your Best Wizard World Experience Ever

Collect Together @ Wizard World

One of the great joys of being a pop culture collector and fan is the thrill of attending a comic or fandom convention.  We are fortunate to have a plethora of convention options today, from the locally-organized to the mega-studio PR events that dominate our social feeds every summer.  Regardless of which Con you attend, there is always a sense of anticipation and excitement leading up to the event; choosing what panels and events you want to hit, which guests you have to meet, and compiling your short-list of must-haves collectibles to add to your collection.

Wizard World Comic Con

The Clect Team is feeling that same sense of anticipation as we busily prepare to descend on Wizard World Chicago later this month. As many of you know, Wizard World is the largest producer of pop culture fandom events in the world, and Clect is fortunate to have a deep partnership with them. That partnership is key to helping us add more Clectas to our ever-expanding community of geeky greatness!

So, where will you find Clect at Wizard World Chicago, you ask?

Start by visiting Our Clect Booth:

We’re conveniently located right in the middle of the action.  Our booth is #118 in Premier Hall A (next door to the Wizard World Exclusives booth).  The whole team will be there and we look forward to meeting our fellow Clectas, so be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.

Need a more compelling reason to visit us other than seeing our smiling faces in person? Fair enough, how about this:

Enter to Win this Cool Mondo Print:

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We’re giving away this incredible original, limited edition, out-of-print Back to the Future Mondo print, by artist James Flames.  This gorgeous print will be on display at our booth and one lucky Clecta is going to add it to their collection. Since the original cast of BTTF are attending the Chicago convention, we thought it essential to celebrate one of the great pop culture properties of all time!

Attend our Panel Discussion on Saturday

2:00-2:45PM COLLECT TOGETHER (ROOM 42)
How the Clect platform wants to bring together the many millions of collectors globally to help them build and share their amazing collections!Hear from Clect CEO and Founder Steve Brumwell (@ObiWanBrumobi on Clect), Co-Founders Morgan Spurlock (@Morgan on Clect) and Karl Roberts (@ClectaKarl on Clect), Clect Marketing Chief, George McGowan (@iCollectMonsters on Clect), plus Clecta Bill McBride (@BillMcBride on Clect) owner of the world’s largest Darth Vader collection.  We profiled Bill and his collection in a previous blog post which you can read here.

See the full schedule of panels and events on the Wizard World Chicago website.

Compile Your Collecting List Check with Wizard World Chicago Exclusives Pack on Clect

One of the coolest aspects of attending any Comic Con is the ability to get your collecting paws on convention exclusives and Wizard World is no exception.  As part of Clect’s partnership with Wizard World, we are showcasing exclusives with their own dedicated Pack on Clect.  Check out the Wizard World Chicago Exclusives Pack on Clect here:

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Follow Our Event Page on Facebook

Reading this blog post will get you up to speed on our plans, but in order to have all our Wizard World Chicago activities at your fingertips during the con, just check out our handy Clect @ Wizard World Chicago 2016 event page on Facebook:

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Collect Together with Us at Wizard World Chicago

So, we’ve got a busy convention lined up.  In between, we’ll be buying cool stuff, meeting cool people, lining up for autographs, attending panels and events, and reveling in all the geek awesomeness that we can absorb.

Tickets are still available. Click the image below to get yours and  let’s Collect Together at Wizard World Chicago

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In our next post, we’ll share ideas for using Clect to plan and journal your con-going experience. Until then keep on Clectin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect Together @ Wizard World

Meet Darth Vader Clecta Bill McBride

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Clect is based on the simple premise that collectors love to Collect Together, so we like to feature members of our community – we call ourselves ‘Clectas’- and hear about what they love. This week, we’re featuring Clecta @BillMcBride, the Guinness World Record Holder for Darth Vader memorabilia.

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1. What got you started collecting?

I grew up in a family that collected all types of things, and that collector-DNA certainly carried over. The Star Wars Original Trilogy was a huge part of my childhood growing up, and it was just a natural process to start collecting Star Wars toys at the time. (as we all did, I think). Darth Vader was immediately my favorite character, so I found myself naturally asking for anything and everything Vader. While I’ve been only been actively collecting as an adult for 25+ years, I can say my Vader “focus” started right there in 1977.
 

2. Why Darth Vader?

The easy answer is because I think he’s the most amazing, brilliant movie character of all time. I thought that the first time I saw him in “Star Wars”, and that’s never changed. There was more world class talent poured into Vader, than any other character in movie history. It wasn’t just me, he was also the runaway fan favorite as well, and we see that when we look back to the first vintage products that were being sold. Posters, patches, even the infamous “Vadar Lives” campaign from Factors. Just the sheer volume of Vader-themed items is staggering. When I started collecting seriously as an adult, I just naturally gravitated to Vader … I’ve never had any interest in collecting anything else.

3. What are your 3 favorite pieces and why?

1) Early hand made prototype 4″ figure from Kenner – this is one of the earliest prototypes known for the figure, and was also the very same figure that was used for all the early product photography. It is a truly historical piece in every sense of the word.
2) Prop Darth Vader Helmet – George Lucas Superlive – My collection has evolved over time, and I now find myself going after only original props and production items. Being able to find *any* Vader prop is a feat in and of itself, but finding a helmet is a once in a life time opportunity. This is another truly remarkable piece on it’s own, but it’s history is unparalleled in the hobby. It’s a superlative piece in every way
3) The original blueprint & color rendering for the 4″ Darth Vader figure (a two-for-one here, as they are a set) – these are the original blueprints and designs which
were used to create the Darth Vader figure. You can’t get much more historical or significant than that, and it’s an honor to have these types of items in my collection
today.
 

4. Is there a holy grail piece you still need?

My current holy grail would be any Vader prop from the Original Trilogy. That’s sacred ground for Star Wars fandom, and to own an original Vader OT prop
would be a dream come true. My other grails are closely guarded secrets 🙂
 

5. What advice would you share with other Collectors?

I think the holy mantra of collecting I would share with anyone is – “Learn, learn to be patient, and have the patience to learn”  So many people succumb to the “collecting bloodlust” and rush headlong into things without taking time to educate themselves, or having the patience to sort out good deals from bad. Especially in the Star Wars world right now … the market we are seeing is unprecedented in both demand and values. People that don’t take the time to educate themselves about the items and absolutely setting themselves up for failure, and possibly crushing financial errors.

6. How could we improve Clect for you personally?

I have a bit of a unique problem – I have the largest collection of Darth Vader memorabilia in the world, so the sheer volume issues from cataloging those items is staggering. (I’m sure I would need a full time assistant just for that)  However, what I think is the key benefit from the app is the global dynamic we are seeing with instant resourcing and information. We can’t carry around armloads of reference books and tools to each show and Con we attend, but having an app, with this type of content at your fingertips is invaluable to collectors.
Click on these images to see these items, and much more, from Bill’s incredible collection on Clect:
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Meet Bill @ Wizard World Chicago!

Bill will be joining the Clect team at Wizard World Chicago later this month for a special panel discussion called “Collect Together: How the Clect Platform wants to bring together the many millions of collectors globally to help them build and share their amazing collections.”  and will give us a detailed look at his ever-growing collection.  He will also be at the Clect booth throughout the convention, so grab your tickets and come hang out with Bill and the Clect crew!
So, what do you Clect?  Collect together with Bill and the thousands of other members of the Clect community and help us build the best platform for collecting in the Galaxy!
Register at Clect.com
Meet Darth Vader Clecta Bill McBride

What Do You Clect?

Featuring our marvellous Clectas – this week @EricSilverio

So what got you started collecting?

I’ve always been collecting – My baseline is GI Joe every single one I have from figure to vehicle I have kept and handed down to my son. I had then moved to Generation 1 Transformers and have finished my ultimate collection of Jetfire sets that I’ve always wanted. Finally circling back to my roots Star Wars was always in my blood. Specifically Boba Fett. I didn’t want to sink into evilBay and didn’t trust the sources. On Facebook I fell literally by accident in a forum about Boba Fettish. From there a vintage forum came up and the rest is history. I was able to get my first 79 Fett from them fully authenticated and with great mint without selling my soul to evilBay. I have a new goal that ties my comic book fettish to Boba so it continues on….

Why Boba Fett?

A man who only had a few seconds of time on the screen and even fewer words. I believe that the mystery of it all is worth the silence of his kills. Is he evil? Is he good? None of that, he’s a bounty hunter. He will work for the highest bidder simple as that. I have worked in electronics specifically Manufacturing and basically for over 20 years that’s what I do…..

What are your 3 fave pieces?

1) Graded Fett at 80

2) Rubber Mold of Fett

3) Rocket firing Fett L shape

Is there a holy grail piece you still need?

Prototype Rocket Firing Boba Fett.

How could we improve Clect for you personally?

Add VIDEO! I have an office I take a round video from my library to the end of my windows for my friends they always want to see my setup and posters with Sabers that I have there. And we need to spread the word ASAP this is a nice place to collect and post the collections of everything….

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What Do You Clect?

Bustin’ makes me feel good?

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So the new Ghostbuster’s has got ok reviews. Great, good for them. The pre release hysteria around an all female cast was a complete red herring for me. Creativity in Hollywood is bankrupt. How many movies now a days are reboots? How many of them are any good? I can recall one I enjoyed and that was the remake of the Italian Job with, yes…..Mark Wahlberg and Jason Statham. Still I would argue that once a film is released it stands on its own as a reflection of its time and place in culture. If we continue to cannibalise our own history then where do we find the next great stories for the ages.

As far as Hollywood blockbusters go I can only really think of The Matrix as an example of a totally original story that will stand the test of time, and that is because the directors were auteurs not studio hired hacks. People will argue that great stories always get retold for a new generation to enjoy, but tell me why my kids couldn’t just watch the 1984 Ghostbusters, the reason it’s a classic is it stands the test of time. So lets spend our creative energies on creating new mythologies that become the great nostalgic experiences of the next 50 years.

Now if you will excuse me I have to get back to Final Draft, I am writing a story about a handsome archeologist who is tough but kind…..3136

Bustin’ makes me feel good?

So POPular (Sorry….)

 

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ITS A TRAP!
Seriously if you collect things and you start down this super cute path, there is no return!
Funko pops are good value for money, fun! and highly HIGHLY addicting, I’m talking beer and cheeto levels of NEED MORE!

I have admired them all from the safety of my PC screen for a long time, I knew KNEW that once I started it would be a dangerous road
I came across an R2D2 in my local Game Stop, I was feeling rather “what the heck” that day, so I went ahead and bought him home, that was it, Hook..line..sinker.

I collect anything and everything Batman, the Batman Funko Pop’s are SO adorable and so many! I choose to display mine in the boxes, they stack and look very pleasing to the eye, I may then take them out of the boxes, but for now I have a very solid looking wall of pops in boxes.

I collect them because they are designed beautifully, affordable and sized as not to take up too much room ( until you have 30 of them, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon), PLUS because so many of us collect them, we have people to trade and buy from, it is all good for collectors.

Funko LLC sells over $30 million worth of Pop action figures a year,probably because there is a Pop for everyone, from movies to sports stars and everything in between, if it’s a pop culture icon it’s a Pop. They are non-offensive and kid-friendly ( mostly, there’s a few blood-spattered ones and zombies) so it’s a great hobby for me and my son to enjoy together

For collectors there’s the added hook of “Exclusive” and “limited” pops, There’s a batman pop that can go for $880.that’s insane. If i ever had the chance to own one of those you KNOW i would. Since I can’t get to the Big American Comicons, I don’t expect I will own any “grails” anytime soon, but hey maybe I will win a prize on Clect, one day ( I am in for a Riddler at the moment)

I love pops, so does my Son, we subscribe to a once a month pop delivery, we get two a month, and a wishlist that can last for 5 years!

In conclusion, I love and hate this new addiction, I am slowly building an amazing batman Funko Pop shrine, but at the same time, I am leaking money from everywhere trying to fund it!, leaving me with little way to save up for anything else.

 

So POPular (Sorry….)