Back in May, I went to Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It was a great (and free) event. There were lots of famous and awesome local and international cartoonists there. My daughter and I are huge fans of graphic literature, so it was cool to meet some of our famous cartoonists.
They even had a couple free postcards. This one below is from the graphic book series Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. My daughter and I have been reading this for years so we were excited to see this postcard:
I also got this postcard for Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.
It has the best back design of any postcard – a MAZE:
It was 33 years ago today that E.T., the friendly alien, appeared at cinemas.
I loved the movie as a kid. So when we were at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida a few months ago, I was excited to go on their E.T. ride.
The ride, like the movie, is a lovable relic from the past. It is a dark ride, but it really is too bizarre to describe as it isn’t about the movie. Instead, one travels by bicycle to E.T.’s adorably cute home planet.
After the ride, I eagerly bought this postcard.
This postcard is unsent as sadly, I didn’t have time to write (or call) home.
On this day in 1969, the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service came out. It’s certainly the most underrated of the series and probably my favourite one.
It’s the only film to feature George Lazenby as Bond. As with all Bond films it features incredible scenery – in this case a cool building on top of Swiss mountain as highlighted in this postcard:
The building was used as the headquarters of archvillain Blofeld and is now a revolving restaurant as the message relates:
“Gutentag from the top of Piz Gloria – where On Her Majesty’s Secret Services was filmed. I’m writing this in the revolving restaurant and feeling a little seasick.”
Tomorrow is the anniversary of Superman‘s first appearance in Action Comics #1
Canada Post released stamps and ten postcards to honour Superman’s Canadian connection (one of his creators, Joe Shuster, was Canadian). I have posted the first batch of five Man of Steel postcards earlier, so in honour of Supes’ birthday here are five more…
Here’s how the back of these postcards look:
Since I was a kid I’ve loved postcards and the Muppets. I was very excited about the opening of the new Muppet movie this weekend, Muppets Most Wanted.
My family and I really enjoyed the film and I LOVE the associated postcards:
I was at the Disney Store on the weekend picking up something for my daughter (really, I was there for her – not for me). After completing my purchase, I was on my way out when I noticed a boxset of postcards featuring – get this… The Muppets!! If there is anything that competes with my love of postcards, it’s the Muppets (and my family too)!
I was so thrilled I had to purchase the set. It cost $10 for 18 “assorted” postcards. I took this to mean that there were 18 different postcards, but really there are three copies of six different postcards.
I’ll post the others some other day, but this one is my favourite and it’s timely considering the ongoing winter Olympics in Russia.
I never imagined the benevolent frog of my childhood as a Big Brother figure, but those huge googly eyes do seem all-seeing, all-knowing. The buildings in this postcard look just like the inflatables the Russians had in the Olympic opening ceremony too.
The backside is blank except for a logo of “The Muppets Most Wanted” the movie these postcards were made to promote. There is no caption or any design elements – rather disappointing actually.
Still, it’s the Muppets and postcards so I’m happy.
Update, Feb. 12: I was informed that this image is not of Kermit, but of his evil lookalike (hence the mole).
Today is the birthday of Gordon Downie, lead singer of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. They are definitely one of the best bands Canada has ever produced and probably my favourite. We saw them in concert once and they were incredible (including Downie’s infamous stage banter)!
Canada Post released a postal card in their honour in July 2013.
I noticed this card shortly after it was released at my local pharmacy’s Canada Post outlet. It was the first time I was aware that Canada Post produced cool postal cards– as previously I’d just seen their uninspired postcards of the moose and loons.
Canada Post is still selling The Hip postcard. Here’s their write-up on the band:
Five friends from Kingston, Ontario – Gordon Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Johnny Fay – founded The Tragically Hip in 1984. The band’s name, chosen quickly before their first gig, was inspired by Elephant Parts, a short video by former Monkee Michael Nesmith.
Known for their powerful, energetic live performances, The Hip has established a demanding concert itinerary, touring extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
The band has released 12 studio albums, 2 live albums, one extended play (EP), and 54 singles, and sold millions of records worldwide. Enjoying mass popularity and critical success, The Hip has received numerous awards, including 14 JUNO Awards, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.