Brian “Box” Brown, Writer and Illustrator, The He-Man Effect

Brian “Box” Brown is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. In this edition of The Friday Five, we talk to Brian about his latest book, The He-Man Effect: How American Toymakers Sold You Your Childhood, and discuss how the Reagan administration played a pivotal role in how toys are marketed to today’s consumers.

Gene Miguel, CEO and Co-founder, Shortboxed

Gene Miguel is CEO and co-founder of Shortboxed, a marketplace designed specifically for sellers and buyers of comic books. In this edition of The Friday Five, Gene shares the company’s origin story and explains how they are circumventing some of the risks inherent in comic book collecting.  

Andrew Burtch, Historian and Curator, Canadian War Museum

Andrew Burtch is a historian and curator at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. In this edition of The Friday Five, Andrew talks about War Games, an exhibit that reveals the connections between war, games, military, and civilians in the ever-changing landscape of politics.

Donal Carlston, Game Inventor, Personal Preference

Dr. Donal Carlston is the inventor of the Personal Preference board game. In this edition of The Friday Five, Donal explains how his work in social psychology inspired the game and reveals the role fan demand played in updating the game for new generations. 

Brian Hickey, Designer, My Palitoy Story

Brian Hickey is a collaborator on the upcoming retrospective, My Palitoy Story: The History of a Famous British Toy Company written by Bob Brechin. In this edition of The Friday Five, Brian talks about how toy collecting led him to meet Brechin and divulges the franchise that untimely contributed to the demise of Palitoy.

Graham E. Hancock, Author, LEGO Heroes

Graham E. Hancock is the author of LEGO Heroes: LEGO Builders Changing Our World—One Brick at a Time.  In this edition of The Friday Five, Graham explains how the classic building toy connects people beyond play and shares how LEGO is being used to enhance lives.

Tyler Ham, Creative Director at Paragon FX Group

Tyler Ham is creative director at Paragon FX Group. In this edition of The Friday Five, Tyler talks about the business of designing prop replicas based on popular media properties and reveals what collectors can look forward to seeing from the company as the year unfolds.

Becca Whitcomb, Blythe Historian

Becca Whitcomb is a collector and historian of Blythe dolls. In this edition of The Friday Five, Becca explains how her enthusiasm for collecting led to documenting the history of the captivating dolls and talks about Blythe’s allure for collectors and content creators. 

Benjamin Clark, Curator at Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Benjamin Clark is curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. In this edition of The Friday Five, Benjamin shares how Schulz’s early life laid the groundwork for his craft and observes how Schulz’s work influences contemporary cartooning. 

Steven Swaby, Curator, Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder Exhibit

Steven Swaby curated the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibit on now at the National Museum of Scotland. In this edition of The Friday Five, Steven details his approach to curating the retrospective of the science fiction series and shares early plans to tour the exhibit internationally. 

Dan Klingensmith, Author, Creating G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero book series

Dan Klingensmith is the author of the Creating G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero book series. In this edition of The Friday Five, Dan shares how collecting led him to formally document the history of the brand and partner with Hasbro to officially license the series. 

Brad Gilbertson, Australian filmmaker, Still Standing

Brad Gilbertson is an Australian filmmaker with a passion for the golden era of pinball and arcade games. In this edition of The Friday Five, Brad talks about Still Standing, his new documentary exploring the heyday of arcades in Australia and the people dedicated to preserving its history.