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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.

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.

, 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.

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 teenage years. Sandra Dee is adorable as Gidget, James Darren is suitably dreamy and brooding and Cliff Robertson is one cool surf king with a heart of gold. There’s a little singing – because… well, of course there is – and there’s plenty of surfing. The shots of the main characters surfing was done in a studio, and is just as cheesy as that sounds. But the long shots of surfers are the real deal – including footage of surfing legend Miki Dora (who was a friend of Kathy’s).

Maybe the best thing about the film is knowing the real-life Gidget is still out there surfing. Margie met Kathy (now Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman) a few years ago at an event for the Surfrider Foundation, and said that Kathy was just as adorable and perky in her sixties. She signed Margie’s copy of Gidget and assured her that she still surfs. It’s great when real life gets a “happily ever after” too.

So if you can’t spend all summer hanging out with the beach bums, then this delightful film is just what you need.

Did you know? Filmmakers wanted Elvis Presley for the role of Moondoggie, but he was too expensive. (What a different film that would have been!)

, 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.

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 favorites too. From vintage ads from Bunchy or Oberpfaffendorfer tocomics like Frank and His Friend and Roger Believe and even TV memorabilia from Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures, we’ll have something for everyone. In fact, we’ll have something new and exciting for Spaceman Jax fans, so stay tuned!

There’s so much to do at Comic-Con and so much to see – I always think my eyes are going to pop right out of my head from all the terrific art work on display. (And by Sunday, it always feels like they have.) Most importantly, however, we’re really excited to see all the friends we’ve made at Comic-Con over the years.

So make sure you stop by and say hello at Comic-Con. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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Oberpfaffendorfer - Croquettes - Vintage poster ad with anthropomorphic croquettes (circa 1940's) for frozen croquettes - "We are a mouth full" - by Curio & Co. (Curio and Co. OG)



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