Fandom Connection Spotlight: Josh S.

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 Josh S. I’m originally from Michigan but currently live in south Florida. I am a fan of a lot of things but I’m currently collecting DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Wars™ and horror statues and other memorabilia.

Did someone like a family member, friend, or anyone else get you into pop culture?

Some of my earliest memories are watching old black and white horror films with my mom, especially Creature from the Black Lagoon. He’s our favorite. She definitely got me into horror and that has stayed with me.

However, if you want to know who got me into comics, that would be my grandfather. He was an artist and did cartoons for a local paper. I’d have him draw me Dracula and other characters from movies I’d seen. When I was just starting school he would tell me that for every good grade I got we could go to the store and pick out a toy. He was just that kind of man, where he thought good deeds should be rewarded. So, I’d run every test and report card I got over to him when we went to his house, smiling the whole way. We would go to Toys “R” Us or KB Toys and he’d let me pick out one or two things, usually was Transformers, G.I. Joe, or He-Man, as this was the mid ’80s.

When I hit 8, he decided to take me to my first comic shop when I brought him my report card. I had never seen anything like it. I immediately gravitated towards Batman™. He was a dark figure like the horror films I had shared with my mom, but fought for justice like the ’80s cartoons I cherished. From then on we’d go to the comic shop and I’d pick out comics to read.

I lost my grandfather in 1991 after my 12th birthday, but I will never forget the days I spent with him, as they were some of the best memories of my childhood.

What is your earliest geeky memory?

I believe I was about 6 years old and it was around Halloween. My mother let me watch Creature from the Black Lagoon after we had gone out trick-or-treating, and this is where my interest in horror came from.

What are your favorite fandoms?

Definitely DC Comics, and particularly anything Batman related. I’ve been reading and collecting Batman since I was 8 years old and I never grow tired of it. I also love Marvel Comics, but more so recently with the films. Star Wars was also a huge part of growing up, and my mother jokes that I was in the theater when she went to see the original film since she was pregnant with me. Of course I also love horror, everything from older films of the ’30s and ’50s, the ’80s films from when I was growing up, and even more recent films.

How do you engage with your fandoms?

I am a collector, mainly of statues but I also collect vinyl figures, movie posters, enamel pins, and assorted other things from all my fandoms. I’m also an artist. I draw, paint, and sculpt digitally.

Do you have a favorite pop culture-related life experience?

Definitely going to the toy and comic store with my grandfather — it’s the happiest memory I have.

Have you ever traveled for a fandom related reason?

Not really. The most I’ve done is travel to another city but never out of state or anything that interesting.

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