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Sean Quimby, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Sean Quimby, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Sean Quimby is the Director of the Jay I. Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. In this edition of The Friday Five, Sean shares details of the recently gifted Prebula comic book collection and discloses the most daunting aspect of his role as a preservationist.

Jennifer George Rube Goldberg Institute

Jennifer George, Chief Creative Officer, Rube Goldberg Institute

Jennifer George is the chief creative officer of the Rube Goldberg Institute. In this edition of The Friday Five, Jennifer discusses her role as steward of her grandfather’s legacy and the institute’s new contest to design a Rube Goldberg-inspired playground. 

Jonathan Sternfeld Harvey Mercheum

Jonathan Sternfeld, Harvey Comics

Jonathan Sternfeld collects Harvey Comics merchandise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Jonathan explains how his fondness for Richie Rich comics led him to take a preservationist approach to collecting and shares the Holy Grail item that risked attracting the attention of law enforcement.

Robert O'Connor Ghostbusters Collector

Robert O’Connor, Ghostbusters

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Robert O’Connor collects Ghostbusters memorabilia. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Robert shares some of the resources he relies on for documenting his collection and explains how his enthusiasm for Ghostbusters brings joy to those around him.

Tracey Nicol-Lewis Harry Potter Collection

Tracey Nicol-Lewis, Harry Potter

Tracey Nicol-Lewis holds the Guinness World Record for the largest Harry Potter collection. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Tracey reveals the very personal reason she started collecting and gives insight into the process of establishing a world record.

Aaron Wiley Halloween Retrospect

Aaron Wiley, Halloween Ephemera

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Aaron Wiley collects vintage Halloween ephemera. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Aaron explains how his passion for collecting motivated him to pursue a Master’s degree and discusses how the Seattle tech crash prompted him to seek out new sources of joy.

The Friday Five: Jordan Plosky, Co-Founder & CEO - Zoop

Jordan Plosky, Co-founder and CEO, Zoop

Jordan Plosky is the co-founder and CEO of Zoop. In this edition of The Friday Five, Jordan talks about building a full-service crowdfunding platform for comic book creators and shares guidance on what’s vital to have in place before launching a crowdfunding campaign.

Chris Watson, Winner, Hot Wheels Legends Tour 2023

Chris Watson is the Hot Wheels Legends Tour 2023 winner. In this edition of The Friday Five, Chris talks about the customized 1990 Mazda MX-5 — nicknamed the Chimera — that earned him the honour and shares some advice for those considering entering the annual competition. 

Rob Goldberg, Author, Radical Play

Toy historian Rob Goldberg is the author of Radical Play. In this edition of The Friday Five, Rob gives the inside scoop on his research, acquisition, and analysis of ground-breaking toys.

Mary Mahoney and Allison Horrocks, Authors, Dolls of Our Lives

Mary Mahoney and Allison Horrocks are the authors of Dolls of Our Lives. In this edition of The Friday Five, Mary and Allison talk about the enduring appeal of the American Girl brand and how their work as professional historians influences their own approach to storytelling.