Back when I was discussing websites that were influential in my creation of the Harvey Mercheum, I did not mention Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun! because Bully the Little Stuffed Bull is not a fan of Harvey Comics. I do read Bully regularly, however, and so was deeply saddened when it looked like Bully was going to stop posting. Bully came back, however, with an important message.Continue reading →
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the new Hanna-Barbera exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum yesterday, during opening weekend. What does this have to do with Harvey comics? Well, back in 1980, Hanna-Barbera produced the first Richie Rich animated cartoon. There was a production animation cel of Dollar the Dog from the show and a beautiful piece of presentation art hanging in one of the rooms.Continue reading →
I had mentioned how I had signed up for two classes, and subsequently had to drop one. I attended the other class for the past three Wednesday nights, and boy am I glad I did! It was called “Caring for your Collection”, and it was taught by none other than Mr. Darrell Pinckney! Long time readers of the Mercheum Blog may remember Mr. Pinckney as the conservator from whom I purchased the Casper board game. He has been teaching at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) for a number of years. I learned a lot in a short time, and hope to be able to apply this new knowledge to the permanent collection.
I have been incredibly busy since Free Comic Book Day. I do not want to reveal too many details yet, but I have registered for two classes, and been working on some very exciting plans for July! While this is all good, it is keeping me from posting. I hope to resolve that shortly.
It is official, Comcast has bought DreamWorks:
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!
On what would be his 116th birthday, I would like to share a quote with you from author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader Howard Thurman (1899-1981):
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/6273-don-t-ask-what-the-world-needs-ask-what-makes-you
Does the world need a website about Harvey Comics merchandise? Yes, but it needs other things more. But this is what I can contribute, this is what I am passionate about, this is what makes me “come alive”. Running this website has changed my view of my collection, of other collectors, and even of the Internet and social media. I hope all of you enjoy my contribution.
My thanks to The Toy Box for giving me this opportunity. If any of you would like to use any of the pictures or interpretive information from any of the exhibits in the Harvey Mercheum, please use the Contact the Curator form to let me know!
My thanks to The Toy Box for giving me this opportunity. If any of you would like to guest post on the Harvey Mercheum, please use the Contact the Curator form to let me know!
Today marks the start of a new era for Richie Rich. The license to most of the Harvey characters is currently held by DreamWorks, and DreamWorks has teamed up with Netflix to produce a new live-action Richie Rich series. The characters and backstory seem to have been substantially changed, you can read more about the new series here:
Let me know what you think of the series in the comments!