Category Archives: Pop Culture

Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards 4 To Open At Gallery 1988 On May 24

This Friday night, the fourth installment of Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards will open at Gallery 1988.

Cuyler Smith’s annual art show has become a major tradition at G1988. His trading card set, depicting pop culture athletes, continue to sell out every time they’re released. 

40 brand new cards will be released and you can check some of them out below. Cuyler will be in attendance from 7-9 PM, and this will be your first chance to pick up artwork. Remaining cards will go online the following day at gallery1988.com.

      

This special Larry David card is only available in packs and complete sets

Image Credit LINK

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Hallmark’s 2019 Keepsake Ornaments Include Peter Venkman, Batgirl & Jurassic Park

I have been decorating a pop culture themed Christmas Tree for years and 2019 offers some fun new Hallmark Keepsake ornaments to add to my collection. The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Superheroes, Willy Wonka and more are all represented. 

Here are some of my favorite upcoming ornaments.

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Van Eaton Galleries Presents “The Art of Entertainment” Auction

Pop culture is everywhere. It reflects the ideas, attitudes, and perspectives of the era, and has done so for decades. Van Eaton Galleries has announced its first joint popular culture and Disneyland auction: The Art of Entertainment, to take place at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California on May 4th, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT. On offer are 700 rare and extraordinary items, many of which are at auction for the first time. From original artwork to the memorabilia that defined our youth and shaped our world, The Art of Entertainment auction will celebrate important moments from television, film, Disney theme parks, and more. The vast array of art and memorabilia to be offered will surprise even the most avid collectors, with iconic moments immortalized by famous artists, designers, and artisans spanning from the early 1930s to today.

Pop culture has defined our world. It’s that blend of ideas and objects which captures our attention and doesn’t let go, whether it be a mainstream favorite or a cult classic. The works which can claim the hearts of fans live on, continuing to shape popular culture well past their production date, and The Art of Entertainment collection captures the art and imagination which inspires such loyalty.

Who can forget their fascination with the world’s original Superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man? What about the laughter evoked when watching your favorite episode of “Happy Days” or reading comic strips featuring Charles Schulz’s lovable Charlie Brown? From Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” to the whimsical magic of “Mary Poppins,” this extraordinary auction will commemorate the most nostalgic moments of our time. Rare items from Disneyland, award-winning television series, and favorite cartoons are just some of the items on offer.

Highlights of “The Art of Entertainment” include a signed original Dr. Seuss “The Cat in the Hat” drawing (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000); an original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” comic strip (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000); a rare original “Superman” poster painting by Drew Struzan ($7,000-$9,000); a rare “Batman” Drew Struzan original poster painting (Estimate:$7,000-$9,000); a rare, large original painting created by renowned cartoonist Charles Addams for the 1976 feature film “Murder by Death” (Columbia 1976) – (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000); an extremely rare and complete “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” exhibition campaign book ($1,500-$2,500); a “Spider-Man” original poster painting ($6,000-$8,000); a Collection of “Happy Days” slides and photos (Estimate: $100-$200); a 20th Century Fox large neon sign by famed neon sculpture artist Lili Lakich (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000); a “Wonder Woman” original poster painting (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); and Walt Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”  (Disney, 1954) presentation Nautilus, which was the original wooden Nautilus model Disney used to promote the film (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Pop culture moments from film and television are also highlighted with items including a “Star Wars” (Lucas Films, 1997) cast and crew signed poster (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a Peter Ellenshaw “The Black Hole” (Disney, 1979) original concept drawing (Estimate $1,000-$2,000); “Back to the Future Part III” (Universal, 1990) original artwork by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); a “Men in Black” (Columbia, 1991) Neutralizer prop (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a “Mary Poppins” original chimney sweep concept painting (Estimate $8,000-$10,000); a Madonna uniform from “A League of Their Own” (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); original “Willy Wonka” (Paramount, 1967) candy room concept art (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a Bally “Tommy” (Bally, 1975) Pinball Wizard machine (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); “The Simpsons” original cel and matching background from the first episode (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500) and an original John Alvin “Pocahontas” poster concept (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000). The collection is too vast and covers too many eras of television and film to provide a complete list of items offered at this auction, but it includes art from “Star Trek,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” ‘Planet of the Apes,” “Jaws,” and so much more.

Other highlights include The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” (King Features, 1968) animation cels (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); vintage Marx toy displays (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500), and hundreds of remarkable Disneyland artifacts and art. Some notable Disneyland highlights include an original hand-silkscreened 1956 Disneyland Hotel attraction poster (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a complete set of 6 near-attraction posters from 1966 (Estimate: $3,500-$4,500); a 1955 “Jungle Cruise” prop Impala ear display (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); an original Mark Twain and Keel Boats 1955 attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a “Big Thunder Mountain” 1980 brownline (Estimate: $400-$600); an extremely rare  “Pirates of the Caribbean” original painting (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a “Fantasmic” crocodile model by Kevin Kidney (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); an original 1955 “Fantasyland” attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); an original 1959 Paul Hartley “Matterhorn Bobsleds” attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); the 1967 “Adventure Thru Inner Space” Atommobile prop (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), and so much more.

“The Art of Entertainment” auction showcases decades of film, television, and print work which has defined pop culture in our lifetime. This collection brings together a massive and varied array of art, props, original paintings and drawings, memorabilia, and collectibles from some of the most famous moments in popular entertainment. This auction offers the excitement of very rare items never sold before at auction, but also evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality for those artists and performers whose work defined us in our youth. We are so honored to be able to offer such remarkable items to fans and collectors around the globe. – Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder, Van Eaton Galleries

“The Art of Entertainment” auction covers decades beginning in the late 1930s through today. The extraordinary selection has taken years to amass by collectors around the globe and pop culture enthusiasts. Van Eaton Galleries will conduct the one-day auction on-site, online, and by phone. Interested bidders are encouraged to register early. Media interested in covering is requested to email or call the press contact listed below.

For more information or to order a collectible catalog visit www.vegalleries.com/popculture.

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Clark Orr Luggage Label Sticker Box Set

Clark Orr has created this whimsical set of pop culture luggage tags that pay homage to Indiana Jones, Willy Wonka, The Goonies, Ghostbusters and many more! The signed and numbered set is limited to 100 pieces and includes 21 sticker labels in a custom box. You also will receive Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise key chain.

Order HERE from Gallery 1988 for $65.

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How The Unicorn Craze Has Taken Hold In Australia

Despite being a creature that has never been spotted in Perth, Sydney or Melbourne, the unicorn has become a fixture in Australian pop culture. From t-shirts to bags and from phone covers to slippers, they are everywhere.

Yet, most people are unsure how this craze started in the first place. How did this legendary horned horse become such a big part of our lives and how completely has it taken over our pop culture?

Unicorn cupcakes” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by kgroovy

Bright And Colorful Unicorn Food

Search online for “unicorn recipes” and prepare to be surprised at how many different ideas come back from sites like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. From frappes to hot chocolate and from cupcakes to ice cream, there is something for every taste.

The bright colors and fun look of this food mean that it is incredibly popular with children. These recipes also make it easy to put together a range of snacks and treats with a unicorn theme for a memorable birthday party.

Of course, there are plenty of other options in Australian cities for cheerful, colorful food that brightens up your day. For instance, Deliveroo.com.au has a list of alternative burgers that are designed to look appealing without a horn in sight. Yet, there is no sign of the unicorn food craze slowing down.

Millions of Instagram Images

Some people suggest that Instagram has been the biggest factor in the unicorn craze that is sweeping Australia and the rest of the world. Certainly, with eight million Instagram posts using the #unicorn tag, it is clear that these beasts are popular with users.

So, what do we find when we look through Instagram for unicorns? Well, we can see lipstick designs, nail designs, cocktails, backpacks, and a lot more. What is obvious is that people love putting unicorn images on social media.

These days, even accounts that aren’t directly about unicorns use them in their name. Unicorn Kids is a Sydney-based children’s modelling agency and Chasing Unicorns is the account for an Australian fashion store. What isn’t clear is whether the craze started on Instagram or carried over there from elsewhere.

My My Little Pony” (CC BY 2.0) by CarbonNYC [in SF!]

Movies and TV Shows About Unicorns

Perhaps the truth is that the unicorn trend started with movies and television shows. Certainly, there is a popular opinion that the My Little Pony show started the ball rolling. My Little Pony: The Movie was premiered in Australia at the end of 2017 and had made a total gross of $977,018 by early in January.

Unikitty, Mia and Me, and Planet Unicorn are all TV shows that feature horses with horns. Kids can’t get enough of these animals and it seems likely that we will see more and more of these shows as the craze continues.

Of course, unicorns have been on our screens for a long time, so this isn’t just a recent phenomenon. The Last Unicorn movie from 1982 and Nico the Unicorn from 1998 are a couple of examples of movies from the end of the 20th century based on these mysterious creatures.

Maybe we will never know exactly why unicorns are now so popular in Australia and elsewhere. Perhaps this is just the perfect time for these magical animals to take the spotlight and we should enjoy it while it lasts.

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Top Pop Culture Trends For 2018

Are you a self-confessed pop culture nerd? If you love cult TV series, including Stranger Things and are keen to feast your eyes on the latest Avengers Movie or releases such as Black Panther, then you will be pleased to hear that 2018 promises a whole new host of exciting trends. The way that we watch our favorite series and keep up to date with information is changing, meaning that retro pop culture is fast becoming a thing of the past. However, worry not if you still feel that Pac Man rocks your world, as you can still enjoy the finer pop culture icons while keeping tabs on the latest must-haves and must-see series and movies.

Get panicking

If you haven’t visited a panic room or escape room experience yet this year, then have you been living under a rock? This is the ultimate in must-do activities for any pop culture fan, ideal if you have a big group of friends that you love spending time with and doing exciting activities. Check out Evansville Escape Room where you have to solve a series of puzzles and games to escape within a given time period. It’s fast-paced, seriously old-school fun all in an enclosed space, so make sure that you get panicking and put the results on your Instagram feed.

Sports got sexy

You may hate working out, and perhaps the idea of spending time in the gym brings you out in a cold sweat before you have even got started, but this year sports are cool. From fashion to your Instagram or social media feed, be prepared to start getting your retro sportswear out of the closet and embracing the great outdoors – you may even be surprised at the results also. When it comes to pop culture trends getting active is now the epitome of 2018 cool, so make sure that you start getting up and out there, and be sure to share the results with your friends or social media followers.

Big screen releases

A whole host of popular movie favorites are now being released and hitting the big screen, so make sure that you get the popcorn and sodas in and enjoy spending time at the movies. From Paddington 2 to Mary Poppins and even the new Avengers release, make sure that you grab your friends and take time to head to the cinema and relive the movies that made your childhood, and teenage years, extra special.

This 2018, pop culture trends are starting to shift, but worry not, the past is still cool and very much part of the present. Visit a panic or escape room for the ultimate in old-school fun with your friends. Make sure that you get your activewear out of the closet and enjoy getting physical – but share it on your social media too. Finally, be sure to book a few trips to the cinema and make sure that you catch new releases of your favorite childhood movies – with a new, modern twist.

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3 Advantages of Pop Culture Tourism

Popular culture or pop culture has a big impact on everything, especially in tourism. Nowadays. traveling to locations that are featured in music, books, movies, or other forms of media is trendy. With so much promotion about a certain country or city, travelers can easily find a way to explore these places on their own.

One of the best travel destinations these days is Australia. Undoubtedly, plenty of tourist spots and thrilling activities are found here. You can try out numerous things while here with your loved ones and have the best time of your lives. Not to mention, a lot of international movies were also shot in The Land Down Under, including The Matrix, Wolverine, Babe, Mission Impossible 2, and The Great Gatsby. Pop culture tourism has been truly influential to people from across the globe.

Here are some good effects of pop culture tourism:

Popularity becomes profit

It is extremely evident that when a hit movie or TV series was shot in a certain location and took the world by storm, fans would want to visit these places. Just like the American series, Game of Thrones, its locations have been visited by its strong following and fan base all over the world. With this, these destinations have gained more profit through marketability, and that’s definitely a great deal for tourism.

Publicized by influencers 

With the use of social media in today’s world, it has been easy for everyone to stay connected and be up-to-date about everything. Numerous books have been turned into movies, events to festivals, and movies to theatre productions. Everything seems to be changing, but with a good effect as it is in pop culture. Since there are bloggers and influencers out there who tell the world how a specific location is worth seeing and traveling because they have experienced it firsthand, people are engaged to do the same. They simply post interesting pictures on their social media accounts or write creative content on their personal blogs and a number of people would see it and probably be influenced in traveling there, too.

Actual travel by tourists

Experiencing a place and portraying what has been done on a particular scene in a movie you have seen by a celebrated actor creates nostalgia among fans. If you are actually a fan of someone, you will surely want to recreate a memory that has been made by your favorite actor. A movie, book, or series of your favorite characters will have a big impact on you and even make you travel to see and experience such a place.

Many travelers have been prompted to visit some locations because of pop culture. And it doesn’t just stop there. People are actually travelling places to witness what the hype is all about. It draws them curiosity and eventually boosting awareness and learning once they have been to such destination. Pop culture tourism will stay as long as there are influencers, social media platforms, and other forms of entertainment.

To make sure you’ll have a wonderful Australian adventure, visit DriveNow here and book a car that will take you to all the lovely travel destinations around the country.

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The Greatest Geek Moments of 2017

The year of 2017 was a great year for geekdom. Women took center stage thanks to films like “Wonder Woman” and casting change-ups from BBC’s “Doctor Who.” And plenty of classic fan favorites returned (if even for a moment) such as “Twin Peaks,” “Samurai Jack” and even The Dude.

HERE are the favorite standout genre moments that had us geeking out and getting a little misty-eyed.

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Introducing Barnes & Noble Trend Shop

Something new is coming to Barnes & Noble stores!

Launching this month at select stores, the new Trend Shop section will be your one-stop shop for all things pop culture!

“Whether you’re a Marvel Comics superfan or a Harry Potter aficionado, we have collectibles, books, movies & TV series, toys & games, and more finds that you’ll love. Shop by your favorite franchise, such as Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones, and check back frequently to discover the latest popular picks.”

Within the Trend Shop area, there will be multiple sections, including Pop Culture, Super Heroes, Trending Now, Tokyo Direct (all of which Funko is a part of), as well as a dedicated Funko section!

Here’s a list of the stores that will feature the new Trend Shop section:

Rogers, AR (Scottsdale Center)
Mesa, AZ (Dana Park Village Square)
Surprise, AZ (Surprise Marketplace)
Colorado Springs, CO (Citadel)
Newark, DE (Christiana Mall)
Geneva, IL (Geneva Commons)
Chicago, IL (Oakbrook)
Champaign, IL
Wichita, KS (Bradley Fair)
Flint, MI (Genesee Valley Mall)
Cary, NC
Fargo, ND
Albuquerque, NM (Coronado Mall)
Newburgh, NY
Pickerington, OH
Oklahoma City, OK (May Ave)
Tulsa, OK (Southrads)
Wyomissing, PA (Reading)
McAllen, TX (Northcross)
Glendale, WI (Bayshore Mall)

More Trend Shops at Barnes & Noble should be popping up soon!

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Joey Spiotto’s Storytime 3 Opening At Gallery 1988 On April 7, 2017

Mark your calendars for April 7, 2017 for Joey Spiotto’s Storytime 3 opening at Gallery 1988. The show will feature 40 new works inspired by movies, music, television and video games!

The day following the opening of “Storytime 3”, Gallery 1988 will be having a book release/signing party for “Storytime – a Little Art Book”!! Joey Spiotto will be at the gallery on Saturday, April 8th from 12-3pm to sign books! Come on by and say hello. Grab a book and check out the show while you’re there!

Image credit i09

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