Sideshow’s goal is to connect you with the characters you love and a community to share your passion with. That’s why we love to hear about how you embrace fandom in your daily life!
We want to feature you and your pop culture story through the Fandom Connection Spotlight, sharing true stories of global geeks just like you! We’ve asked collectors to tell us what pop culture means to them personally, and now we’re highlighting the heartwarming, nostalgia-filled fandom.
Hey there! Please introduce yourself.
I’m Jeremy S. and I live in Western New York. My main fandoms are quality sci-fi and fantasy, plus really good historical fiction.
Did someone like a family member, friend, or anyone else get you into pop culture?
I have to credit my father with that, taking me to see Star Wars™ in the theater when I was still very young, hadn’t started school yet. My imagination got supercharged by what I saw on the big screen that day and I started drawing Star Wars all the time, eventually making a graphic design and illustration career out of those inspiring roots. My parents also provided plenty of action figures and vehicles for my brother and me, which helped fuel that creative inspiration further, and they introduced us to all kinds of other sci-fi and fantasy classics.
What is your earliest geeky memory?
My earliest geeky memory is helping my Dad build a Godzilla model kit as a preschooler. It was like magic putting all the model kit pieces together to build a Godzilla that I could hold in my hands and draw pictures of. I can still remember that thrill in my chest of holding a detailed, miniature version of such a cool movie character in my hands. Then soon after, when Star Wars action figures came into my life, that love for miniatures and models became firmly rooted and continued on strong to this day.
What are your favorite fandoms?
Primary fandoms I enjoy and collect figures from are Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, the MCU, Doctor Who, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Fifth Element and the Nolan Batman™ trilogy are also held in high esteem in our house, and deserve an honorable mention in that list of favorites.
How do you engage with your fandoms?
Definitely through collecting action figures since childhood (primarily 1/6 scale and classic 3.75″ scale, but other scales on occasion) and I also have another pop culture-related special hobby. As a professional freelance graphics guy, that special hobby is doing custom portraits of visiting actors coming to local conventions (or favorite bands coming to town), and arranging beforehand to meet them there, give them a framed print, and have them sign an extra print for my family and I to keep.
We’ve got quite a collection now. Some favorites in that ever-growing collection of autographed custom illustrations are Brent Spiner (Star Trek: TNG), Michael Biehn (Aliens), Erick Avari (Stargate, ID4, etc.), and musicians Weird Al Yankovic, They Might Be Giants, and Barenaked Ladies.
Do you have a favorite pop culture-related life experience?
In childhood, our father always got right down on the floor with us to play with the Star Wars toys. He helped us build little diorama playsets or custom vehicles out of random materials we had around, or build terrain out of blankets in the living room.
As an adult, it’s probably when my wife and I were at a Weird Al concert for our anniversary weekend, and Al came and sat on her lap and sang to her right there during the concert. Might be a silly “claim to fame” but it’s one of our favorite pop culture life moments.
Have you ever traveled for a fandom-related reason?
Luckily, there’s often a wealth of pop culture and fandom activity right where we live, so we don’t have to travel much. Good cosplay opportunities as a family are a big thing for us, along with meeting actors from our favorite shows and movies. And of course, collecting action figures is always on my mind wherever we go.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Not sure if this counts, but I just had a Mandalorian™ travel poster design accepted into the permanent collection at Rancho Obi-Wan (Steve Sansweet’s official museum and archive of Star Wars collectibles). Absolutely delighted about it. One of those ultimate nerdcore moments in life. And after Star Wars was such a creative inspiration early in life that led to a successful creative career, it feels like my artistic life has now come full circle. One of those “I can die happy now” things, but not really, since I have plenty more neat-o stuff to do in years to come.
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