Mitchel Wu, Toy Photographer

Mitchel Wu, Toy Photographer

Mitchel Wu is a Los Angeles-based toy photographer. In this edition of The Friday Five, Mitchel talks about his new exhibition at Science Museum Oklahoma and reveals the elements that drive his passion for storytelling through photography.

Michael Scheffka, MAGNA-TILES

Michael Scheffki, MAGNA-TILES

Michael Scheffki is senior vice president of marketing at MAGNA-TILES. In this edition of The Friday Five, Michael talks about the new MAGNA-TILES Studio at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Florida and elaborates on the company’s approach to creating opportunities for Meaningful Play.

Jeremy Padawer, Chief Brand Officer, Jazwares

Jeremy Padawer is chief brand officer at Jazwares. In this edition of The Friday Five, Jeremy talks about the company’s new Vault adult collectibles line and explains fandoms’ role in forging bonds between people who share a common passion.

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, 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


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


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.

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.