While most of the articles on the acquisition are focusing on DreamWorks characters Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda, this will also affect our beloved Harvey characters. DreamWorks had bought Classic Media back in 2012, and Classic Media owned the rights to the characters at the time:
Time will tell what lies in store for our Harvey friends. DreamWorks did not do much with the rights, except for the ill-fated live-action Richie Rich show on Netflix. Hopefully Comcast will do better!
Today is World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is exploring the future of culture in the digital age. As you surf the web today, think about the blogs you read and how they are shaping the culture of tomorrow.
I like to acknowledge this day because I feel copyright is important for encouraging creativity. I consider the strong point of this website to be the photographs of the merchandise. Without copyright protection of those photographs, I would hesitate to post them. While the interpretive information for each exhibit is valuable, it could easily be recreated by anyone with access to the items. The photographs as taken are truly unique, and to me really represent the creative aspect of this website. I hope you enjoy them, and I will be presenting more soon!
On Sunday, April 3rd, I attended the Albany Toy Show. I was surprised at how many of the comic book show dealers were in attendance. While I don’t mind, I was a little upset because I did not bring my want list. I did find a very nice Casper item that I will feature once I figure out how to photograph it.
As promised, today I am very excited to feature an exhibit of one of my most sought-after items! A friend of the Mercheum that wishes to remain anonymous sent me a series of pictures of the very rare Richie Rich belt. I did my best to stitch them together for the exhibit. This is only the second example of this belt I have ever seen. I believe the reason it is so rare is that, rather than being sold in stationery or toy stores as most merchandise would have been, you had to cut a coupon out of Harvey comics and mail away for it. I must say that I am a little disappointed upon inspecting the belt closer. It seems there are only a couple of images used, and they do not form a complete story. Then again, it would be strange to have people asking you if they could read your belt!
I know I consider myself a bit of a completist, but these examples are extreme. I admit there have been times I have seen something for sale on eBay, and thought to myself that I should buy it even though I already owned a copy of it. Fortunately, money has prevented me from acting on such impulses.
The second post is a feel-good story of a man who finds a toy from his childhood:
Today is the two year anniversary of the Harvey Mercheum! 28 new exhibits were posted during the second year of operation, slightly exceeding my goal of one every other week. I hope to maintain this rate of posting for the coming year. Added to the 36 exhibits from the first year, the total number of exhibits is up to 64, and we are still barely scratching the surface of the vast amount of Harvey Comics merchandise produced!