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I got into role-playing games in the mid-Eighties, well after the hobby’s faddish push into mainstream culture had come and gone. As far as my peers were concerned, it was a done deal to be spoken of in the past tense and I considered myself lucky when I stumbled across a handful of hold-out enthusiasts […]

Staring in the early Nineties — on the heels of the “Superstar Artist” boom — department store began offering bundles of funnybooks in their holiday catalogs. The stuff was never foregrounded among the most kid-coveted items of the year, but relegated to the back pages jumble of coin and stamp collector kits and magic sets. […]

Sometime during the last few weeks of 1987, my pal Scott spotted something interesting in the back pages of the current issue of Dragon Magazine. Buried between the ads for custom character portraits and play-by-mail adventures was an ad for the Compleat Strategist, a small chain of stores specializing in role-playing and other games. What […]

Sometime around my fortieth birthday, my interest in plastic crap took a steep dive. I’d like to say that a growing (if long delayed) sense of adult responsibility was the cause. The truth is I had a sad realization that these overpriced artifacts of arrested development would spend a couple of years cluttering up a […]

No more for your life

May 9th, 2017

In 1995′s The Brady Bunch Movie, Mike decides to reward the family for a valuable lesson learned by taking them to Sears. On one level, it’s a facile gag by way of product placement. The uber-square department store was exactly the sort of place the perma-retro Brady clan would shop. For folks of a certain […]

Signed sealed discarded

May 31st, 2016

Now there’s something that will be unfamiliar to anyone under the age of thirty. Hell, page I’m 44 and I’d completely forgotten about its existence until this 1982 Billboard item rekindled those old, ask mostly unpleasant memories. The portability cassettes brought to the music realm was a double-edged sword for retailers, who had to adopt […]

Mall wall fall

May 11th, 2016

Like many people, women’s health I’d always assumed that mall record store prices were based on a randomized process dictated by arcane franchise agreements and the need to pay a monthly lease. Little did I know that the process was actually handled by some of them new-fangled com-pew-tors, running some variant of this sophisticated string […]

My back issue buying habits up until the mid-Nineties had been fairly scattershot. The solitary longbox which held my stash of treasures mostly contained quarter bin books that caught my eye, pharmacy issues of “importance” referenced in some series I was currently following, medications or miscellaneous appearances of favorite characters. If there was a particular […]

Re-Tail/Re-Model

March 19th, 2015

They were retail titans of their era, ailment anchoring the ends of malls or justifying the existence of entire shopping plazas. The names changed based on the region but the centrality of the mid-sized department store chain to the suburban lifestyle remained a constant right up until the dawn of the 21st Century. They’re all […]

Holiday Hiatus: Day 4

December 20th, 2011
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