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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: The Voice Activated R2-D2

This motorized replica of the headstrong little “droid” from the iconic Star Wars films ($200) responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands (“Turn around!,” “Move forward two units!”) and he plays games like tag, using an infrared sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded. R2’s lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional “bad mood.” (A simple command of, “R2, behave yourself!” snaps him out of it.) R2 can also replay sounds and dialog from Star Wars movies, answer yes-or-no questions, and dance while playing the famed cantina music. Requires four AA batteries and four D batteries. Minor assembly required. Ages 8 and up. 15″ H x 7 1/2″ W x 10 1/2″ L. (6 lbs.)

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The Lego Movie Trailer

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first official trailer for The Lego Movie, a full-length movie starring LEGO minifigure, opens in theaters February 7, 2014.

“The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.”

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Funko Horror Pops! Coming On November 12, 2013

New horror Pop!’s are finally on their way from Funko.

Look for Ghostface from Scream, Ash from Army of Darkness, Deadite from Army of Darkness, Pennywise from IT, Chucky from Child’s Play 2, Sam from Trick or Treat and Captain Spaulding from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects to arrive on November 12, 2013.

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Sideshow Collectibles To Release Batman Sixth Scale Figure In August 2014

“I am the night – I am Batman!”

Shine the signal, and the protector of Gotham City will emerge from the shadows to fight crime and bring justice. Sideshow Collectibles is proud to debut the highly-anticipated first hero in their DC Sixth Scale collection, Batman!

Bruce Wayne springs into action as his famed alter ego. Disguised in a hand-tailored blue and grey fabric Batsuit and cape, he is crafted with meticulous attention to detail on a fully articulated muscular new body design. Inspired by a number of timeless comic book appearances, the Batman Sixth Scale Figure invites collectors to further define their favorite look for the Dark Knight with short and long-eared mask options, and two no-nonsense facial expressions able to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. Equipped with a variety of hi-tech ‘Bat’-prefixed gadgets, utility belt and grapple hook gun, the Caped Crusader is always one step ahead of his foes… and for times of true crisis he keeps a powerful gift from his closest friend nearby in the form of a green Kryptonite ring.

The Batman Sixth Scale Figure ($200) is the ultimate must-have for fans of the hero, the legend, the Batman!

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McFarlane Toys’ Daryl Dixon Deluxe Figure

My favorite character on The Walking Dead is Daryl Dixon and McFarlane Toys will release this incredibly realistic action figure ($35) in December.

The 10 inch deluxe figure was taken from a full 3D scan of the actor himself, Norman Reedus!

Daryl is portrayed in his iconic angel wings stitched biker vest and the set includes a removable poncho, hunting knife and trusty crossbow.

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Funko Pop! Star Trek Figures To Be Released On November 28, 2013

Star Trek: The Original Series has finally received the Pop! treatment! Funko is boldly going where no man has gone before with Pop! vinyl figures of Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Scotty, a Klingon, an Andorian and an Orion Slave Girl.

The figures will be available on November 28, 2013.

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Stan Lee Funko POP! Figure Will Be Available At The Stan Lee Comikaze Expo

The Stan Lee Comikaze Expo Funko Vinyl Pop figure will be available at Comikaze this November 1-3 at the Stan Lee museum/ Krazy Kat collectibles booth and at the Convention Exclusive booth!

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Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset

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Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset ($50) allows you to create awesome racecars From scratch! Kids can make their very own vehicles in a matter of minutes! The Hot Wheels Car Maker turns a stick of wax into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car that can be customized with decals. This innovative machine features cool lights, music, and voice prompts that lead kids through the entire car-making process – from revving up to cooling down. It’s creative play for every Hot Wheels fan!

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Amp Up the Design Fun! Simply heat up the unit by plugging it in and turning it on. Then select a mold and wax color for your vehicle. The set comes with two molds and 10 Protoshotz wax sticks in a variety of sleek and sporty colors. Insert the mold into the machine and add your favorite wax color. In eight minutes, the Car Maker melts the wax into the mold and cools off – and you have a custom Hot Wheels vehicle body!

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Detail Your Unique Vehicle! Attach the molded vehicle body to one of the three included chassis. Then get really detailed! Decorate the car with cool decals from the sticker pack. Go for speedy flames or stylish graphics ? or both! Now your brand-new car is ready for racing action. For additional vehicle and design options, check out the Car Maker Mold Packs and Car Design Refill Packs (each sold separately).

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Simple, Safe, and Fun! The Car Maker is easy to use and ‘talks? young car-designers through each phase of the process. Kids receive voice prompts about when to insert the materials, press the button, and pull down the handle. They’re instructed to remove the mold only after the wax has safely cooled. Plus, the machine’s music and flashing lights during car building add to the interactive excitement!

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Beautiful LEGO By Mike Doyle

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Mix hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks with dozens of artists, and what do you get? Beautiful LEGO By Mike Doyle ($30), a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions, and mythical creatures.

You’ll also meet the minds behind the art. Interviews with the artists take you inside the creative process that turns simple, plastic bricks into remarkable LEGO masterpieces

The 280 page paperback book will be released on October 7, 2013.

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