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Professor Mathieu Deflem is a great example of the American dream. He came from overseas to live and be an educator in America. Deflem definitely knows his stuff, as he gets to teach a lot of courses focused on his interests. And like any American, he is passionate about pop culture.
In the vast landscape of podcasting available to internet users, there is no doubt many of the these feeds are devoted to aspects and opinions on the many channels of pop culture. Standing high above all of them when it comes to the point of view of what it means to be a fanatic is Team Jack, part of the Smodco Broadcasting family brought to you by Kevin Smith.
Jack Morrissey, the namesake of Team Jack, was approached by film maker Smith to podcast due not only to his knowledge of pop culture, but for his radio voice, as he dubs it. Instead of focusing directly on the mediums of film or otherwise that Jack and his co-hosts Matt Cohen and Greg Yolen are interested in, his podcast became focused on the voice of, the analyzation of, and the sense of community in being a fanatic.
Here we are again, dear readers. Another blog where I truly do not want to get personal, but this article is about more than the namesakes it features. This is about hopefully distinguishing some large arguments in regards to film comparisons by taking a fanatic point of view and applying it with facts as well as reasoning. Looking beyond aesthetics and dissecting the subjects at hand. Basically, in layman’s terms, I really hope after reading this, people stop whining about why “Warm Bodies” is the same thing as “Twilight”.
Meet Fong Sam. Fong runs Haxbee, which is the Headquarters of Blacksparrow Auctions. Wait, what in the heck is a “Haxbee”?
“Haxbee is a made up name, I’ll be honest with you,” he says. “But what I’d like for it to stand for is, if I do my job right, is to stand for honesty and excellence.”
Okay but seriously, what does Haxbee do? “We are primarily a company that deals with collectibles, pop culture and entertainment related. I’ve been doing this for 14 years, and this is me going out on my own, doing what I enjoy doing.”
If Fong looks familiar to you, then you might have seen him on Syfy’s Hollywood Treasure. The reality show was based on the inner workings of Profiles in History, which Fong parted ways with on good terms to start this new venture.
Fong has recently taken in an expansive collection of hero costumes from The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and more powerhouse actors. Worthwhile pieces to mention are the leather hunting boots of Katniss Everdeen from the beginning of the film, colorful pieces from the character Effie Trinket, and wonderfully flamboyant outfits belonging to the charismatic Caesar Flickerman.
“What I really want to do is take this [the collection] out on the road and get engaged with fans,” “Do things where I can interact more with fans.”
“I’m just trying to live in the moment,” Fong says humbly, despite a bright and involved year ahead of him of tours and more. May the odds be ever in his favor!
To listen to Fong speak more in depth about Haxbee, listen to his recent interview with the BlogTalkRadio channel of news agency Wormhole Riders here, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, as well as the Haxbee and Blacksparrow Auctions Twitter accounts.
There are probably a lot of celebrities and public figures who would not be up for a book signing and discussion following the morning of a family member’s funeral, but Nick Groff of “Ghost Adventures” was not about to let his fans down at a Nashua New Hampshire Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 17th. Very nice of you to do, Nick! Check out the full video of the event HERE and a video where Nick does some fan shout outs HERE. You can send Nick condolensces on his loss via Twitter HERE, or to just follow him and become a fan, too!
Whether you are a fan of Arnold, a skeptic of the actor due to his controversies, or just into anything fan culture related, there is something for anyone in reading this piece. As much as one would think that this is all about Arnold, it is more so about the cult following from his contributions to pop culture, fitness, philanthropy, and most of his fans would agree in politics. From tattoos to collections to stories of encounters with the iconic actor, this book has it all!
A personal recommendation for highlights in this book lie in Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen - terrific views into Randy’s life, as he gracefully shares some of his encounters with The Oak (or Austrian Oak, which are just some of Arnold’s nicknames). He also shares that his mother visited Arnold’s homeland, giving her vivid written description as a fellow fan on the overseas trip complete with photos. Randy is also encouraging his son to follow in his Arnold admiring footsteps, as seen in the above photo.
The well-deserved spokesperson and head of the Arnold fan community through his terrific and long standing site The Arnold Fans, Randy is open in the book about the fact that his fan community, as well as his idol, are not perfect. Yet through all the adversity, he helps to rally up the troops through many measures such as this video “Forever Arnold” after the Governator’s adultery saga unfolded, including cameos from Danny Devito and other show business staples. He also gives a lot of credit to those in the past and present who help him run TAF, as well as displaying the stories of many fellow “Army” members.
Before received a copy of his book, I spoke with Randy on BlogTalkRadio about being an Arnold fan and about “Arnold’s Army” as well as other projects, which you can listen to HERE. Visit Randy’s namesake website The Arnold Fans HERE, as well as to purchase a copy of his novel HERE. You can also see a video of Arnold at San Diego Comic Con 2012 thanking fans, as well as Randy asking a Q of the actor HERE at the 4 minute mark.
YouTubers know this man in different ways. They either know him as patriotic southerner Jessy, the lisping video game/Mountain Dew addict Francis, or if they are true subscribers, they know him as a passionate and open story teller about his struggles with obesity and other subjects. All in all, his name is Boogie2988, and he wants to tell you some stories.
Boogie has a myriad of YouTube videos ranging from hilarious to deadly serious where he speaks a lot about not only his addiction to food, but he also converses a lot about some of his favorite things in the world which have also almost destroyed him. In this video “How MMORPG’s [massive multiplayer online role playing games] Saved My Life”, he says while video games become a dangerous addiction and also pointed out to him a lot of hard truths about himself, they also saved him because they in part taught him how to be social (he also credits table top games such as Magic the Gathering in the second part to this video HERE).
The videos on Boogie’s channel, especially the characters he creates such as this one he is experimenting with, are all testament to how he’s been treated in his life as an overweight gamer. He gladly takes existing stereotypes and creates joy for others, and if you want proof of this, look up his “Francis Rages – Where’s my G*ddamned Mountain Dew?” video, where you will surely cry from laughing.
Bottom line, Boogie puts it best: “If you tell me I have to ‘get a life’ because I’m a gamer … you enjoy your ONE life, buddy. And I’ll enjoy my thousands. How about that? How many lives can you buy for a quarter, [expletive]hole? ‘Cause I can buy AT LEAST three!” I raise a glass of Mountain Dew to you, Boogie!
I rarely want to post blogs that come off as a bias point of view on something, but the only way it is appropriate to write this article is as a fan. It seems to have been the best way to get people’s attention on this awesome guy.
Meet Flula (pronounced “Floo-lah” and commonly misspelled by Starbucks baristas, as exampled by his hilarious Twitter photos). His last name is Borg, and much like the Borg race of “Star Trek”, resistance of this German YouTube personality is futile.
I first became a fan of his when an ex of mine showed me his video “Rock Paper Scissors, Your Logik is Not Right”. As you can tell by the title, it’s going to be quite silly, but it’s Flula as a fairly new American citizen trying to break down an American idiom with somewhat broken English. This was it for me. I have gone through nearly all of his YouTube videos in about six months time and I cry with laughter each time I watch them. That relationship ended, but in return I learned about Flula, so the glass is half full “on ziss one”, as Flula would say.
The best part about this DJ, beat-boxer and comedy extraordinaire is his relationship with his fans, or Flans, as he calls them. I was new to his fan community, yet when I posted asking for a radio interview, he was EXTREMELY quick to get back to me. I had a bit of an emergency and was stranded the night of our show, but instead of being mad or blowing me off deciding I was unprofessional for missing it, Flula had emailed making sure I was okay and gladly rescheduled (you can listen to the amazing interview where he chats with me and other “Flans” HERE).
As many of my followers know, I finished my documentary “fanATOMY” and the process of finishing it unfortunately put aspects of my life on hold the last few months, including following Flula’s career. I have however come back with a BOOM. I made a YouTube video, which was a spoof of a marriage proposal by Boogie2988 and a means to promote Flula called “Marry Me, Flula?” Boogie saw the video, shared it, and it has gained nearly four thousand views within a week’s time. Even Flula saw it and responded with a yes (looks like I need to buy another Ring Pop?)
Anyway, I hope you guys check out Flula, who does a live webcam chat every Tuesday, or “Fluesday” night, and that you’ll check out my Thursday, or “Flursday” night, Flula’s funniest moments videos (courtesy of not being able to make “Destination Truth” ones anymore due to copyright issues). Flula is on Twitter HERE, so make with the follow!