Time for Frank and his Friend (1979 Ringer Publishing) $11.95 and Frank and his Friened - Special Collector's Edition Vol.1 $7.95 (2013 Ringer Publishing) by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley, Spaceman Jax comic book - Through the Mantagon Minefield (Pre-Orders $3.95) to be released on October 15 sneack preview at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Time for Frank and his Friend by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley - Curio & Co. Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com $11.95 Spaceman Jax comic book - Through the Mantagon Minefield - by Ringer Comics - Curio & Co. Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com $3.95 Frank and his Friend Collector's Edition - Vol.1 by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley - Curio & Co.
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, Jul 21, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Comic-Con Panel Discussion on Tricky Books

Curio & Co. announces a panel discussion for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with Calista Brill of First Second Books, Peter Maresca of Sunday Press Books and Dave Marshall of Dark Horse Comics, hosted by Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com

Join Curio & Co, for a look at Horror Stories of Creating Comics.

We are thrilled to be organizing a discussion panel at Comic-Con this year, and we hope you can join us.

The panel, called ‘Horror Stories of Creating Comics: How to produce tricky books’, will be chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories of making some of the most interesting books around. We’ll be discussing the red flags to watch out for on the long journey to get the details right… with our friends Calista Brill (Senior Editor, First Second Books), Peter Maresca (Editor, Sunday Press Books) and Dave Marshall (Editor, Dark Horse Comics) and sharing hilarious stories of where things went wrong.

Producing complicated and unusual books takes more than just ink and paper – sometimes it takes blood, sweat and tears. For anyone who’s ever been interested in making their own books, join us for this funny but informative discussion!

Thursday July 24th from 8-9PM in Room 30 CDE at the San Diego Convention Center.


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Space Cadet - Spaceman Jax Fanclub Pin - 1961

Spaceman Jax

Are you an official Space Cadet? For a period in the early 1960s, Spaceman Jax was part of a balanced...

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, Jul 17, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summer Cinema: Gidget, 1959

Curio & Co. looks at classic films for summer days, and the surf classic Gidget from 1959. Image of movie poster from Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com

Hit the waves with Moondoggie and the Big Kahuna

The person most responsible for bringing surfing to the mainstream public isn’t George Freeth, Duke Kahanamoku or even any of the Beach Boys. It was a fifteen-year-old girl named Kathy Kohner, but everyone called her Gidget.

The story of her entry into Southern California surf culture was immortalized in the 1957 book Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas written by Kathy’s dad, screenwriter Frederick Kohner. A slightly fictionalized version of her summers in Malibu, the book publicized the still pretty regional sport of surfing. Kohner sold the film rights to Columbia Pictures (giving Kathy 5% of his payment), and the film version premiered in April of 1959.

The film is as lighthearted as a day on the beach, but still captures the ups and downs of the...

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Finding Frank and his Friend

Previously unpublished works by Clarence 'Otis' Dooley

It was easy to love Frank and his Friend, with its ice cream smudged logic and playful escapism. The characters charmed their way into our hearts and influenced countless cartoonists. These 52 never-before-seen images provide a glimpse into the development of one of the most enduring comics and allow us to meet Frank and his Friend all over again. 

The images, dating from the comic’s early years, were lost after Dooley’s untimely death in 1984.  These drawings and illustrations, seen for the first time in over 30 years, reveal much of the journey Dooley took in creating our favorite...

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Bite into Sweety

Oberpfaffendorfer

Grandparents always have the best chocolates. And you never have to beg – they’re always so happy to share with you. Siblings, not so much. But then, looking at this Sweety advertisement from Oberpfaffendorfer, you can see the girl’s got...

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, Jul 14, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Comic-Con 2014

Curio & Co. heads to the leading comics convention and entertainment trade show, San Diego Comic-Con International. Image from Curio and Co. www.curioandco.com

We’re heading to the biggest entertainment convention around.

For us at Curio & Co., the summer doesn’t officially start until Comic-Con. Sure, the weather might heat up and schools might be out, but it’s just not summer until we get to San Diego.

Now in its 44th year (though it doesn’t look a day over 18), Comic-Con has the biggest range of pop culture and entertainment – from film and TV to toys and games, and with plenty of superheroes to go around. It just makes you wish there were more hours in the day.

We are excited to be going to be exhibiting at Comic-Con again this year. You’ll find the Curio & Co. booth in the same spot as last year - #2102 in the Independent Press section. And we’ll have all of your...

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One Is Not Enough

Bunchy

The recipe for simulated gold flakes is about the best kept secret in soft drink history. Donald J. Prufrock, Jr., President of the Bunchy Bottling Company and son of the drink’s inventor, said the recipe was divided into three parts...

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Gadabout TM-1050 Time Machine Manual

Cudworth-Hooper

“There’s no time like the present,” goes the old expression.  And with a time machine, all times can be the present! This instruction book, the Cudworth-Hooper Owner’s Manual: Operation and Maintenance for the Gadabout TM 1050, is truly one-of-a-kind. According...

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"A Gem of an Idea"

Spaceman Jax

This original production drawing by Jim Dewicky is from the episode “A Gem of an Idea” broadcast originally in 1962. This rare piece of production artwork is stamped with the PUD Film company logo and an archival number from the...

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, Jul 11, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Spaceman Jax and Robots in the Future

As household robots go – Artie just can’t be beat.

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, Jul 02, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Summertime Treats: Popsicles

Nostalgia might keep you warm, but our love for this icy treat still keeps us cool.

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, Jul 02, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Spaceman Jax – Ahead of its time?

The classic 1960s characters from animation and comics dealt with some of the same issues we do today.

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, Jun 24, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

The Menacing Mantagons

What good is having a couple thousand Ultra-turbo-zap guns if no one knows about it?