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Felice Herrig Offers to Sign Her New Book For Any Fan Who Sends it

Date September 4, 2021
On August 30th American kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter, and mixed martial artist Felice Herrig sent out to her millions of followers an open invitation to send copies of her new book The Lil’ Bulldog, Tridz Farm Summer Camp, available for purchase on Amazon, to her gym for signing. Herring requested that all fans who would like their copy to be signed, send it along with a self addressed stamped envelope. This is  to ensure that the book can be returned once signed at no additional cost to Herrig. As a special bonus, all copies will be signed by her dad Kirk Herrig. If that wasn’t enough, Herrig provided a special incentive stating that “every 10th book I receive will win a signed 8×10 & Lil Bulldog sticker pack of various characters from the book”. I also want to point out that this is a very unique, old school book. Every page and character was hand drawn by my dad @kirkherrigart and was not done digitally like most children’s books these days. I’m not saying one is better or worse . Just want everyone to appreciate the detail & precision put into the art. I hope you all enjoy the book and have fun finding all the little hidden Easter eggs throughout the book View this post on Instagram A post shared by Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) Felice Herrig’s Mailing Address Felice Herrig American Top Team5750 FL-7Coconut Creek, FL 33073USA Felice Herrig UFC Autograph Cards If you want to get Herrig on a UFC specific item, she recently signed 143 cards for Panini’s latest UFC set which is available on Amazon. More Stories You’ll Love Through The Mail Autograph Collecting & Fan Mail [Complete Guide]Where to Find Addresses (Fan Mail & TTM)Fan Mail and Through The Mail (TTM) Autograph Collecting [for Kids]Top 25 Celebrities That Respond to Fan Mail [Ranked by SCF]11 Chart Topping Artists, A-List Celebrities That Sell Their Autograph [And Three to Avoid] Join the conversation on Facebook
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Nintendo, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, & More! [Fan Mail, TTM Autograph Roundup]

Date August 23, 2021
August turned out to be a great month for through the mail (TTM) autograph collecting. Although, it didn’t start that way. At first it was a bit slow and was an even bigger disappointment for in person collection. I was supposed to see Owen Wilson, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, and more at Celebrity Fan Fest. However, the day before the con, the organizers announced its cancellation. I was looking forward to meeting a lot of the guests that had been announced. That’s okay though. There will be another opportunities in the future. On a more positive note, the piece I did on Nintendo designer Lance Barr, which included the manuals he signed for me, was picked up by Nintendo Life, Kotaku, and several major video game news sites for use in their stories. This month I had another Nintendo related TTM return, this time from Nicole Eggert, who appeared on the first episode of the Super Mario Brothers Super Show. Table of contentsNicole EggertSean BartonChris WalasMarlee MatlinNon TTM Autograph PurchasesEmilia ClarkeLady GagaLizzoMore Stories By Tales From The Collection Nicole Eggert Nicole Elizabeth Eggert (born January 13, 1972) is an American actress. She played Summer Quinn on the television series Baywatch and guest-starred in the premiere episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in 1989. All week u can purchase autographs, private zoom calls and personalized videos from me! See u there! https://t.co/U9344PKJLf @WizardWorld pic.twitter.com/kSvOjzwMfS— Nicole Eggert (@NicoleEggert) November 8, 2020 Sent16AUG2021Received23AUG2021Days7 Sean Barton Sean Barton editing film and a signed index card. Sean Barton was born on March 29, 1944 in Hampton Court, Surrey, England. He is known for his work on Mutant Chronicles (2008), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Chaos (2005). As a huge Star Wars fan, I was very happy to add Barton to my collection. ROTJ is my favorite film in the Skywalker Saga. If not for fan mail and the TTM autograph collecting hobby, I would never have the kinds of opportunities to get in touch with the people like Barton whose work I find to be so important. Thanks Mr. Barton!  George [Lucas] was a very easy, gentle person to work with and quite shy, it was quite a jolly, pleasant atmosphere.- Barton on his experience editing Return of the Jedi (Source: The Call Sheet) Barton’s response to fan mail( August 2021) Sent7AUG2021Received24AUG2021Days17 Chris Walas Chris Walas is an American film director, special effects expert, and make-up artist. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. Walas rose to fame in the 1980s, with effects for films such as “Airplane!” (1980), “Dragonslayer” (1981), and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). In the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), Walas created the effects for a scene where the Nazi villains’ faces melt from the intense heat generated by the Ark of the Covenant. In 1984, Walas was credited for the design of the gremlins in the film “Gremlins”, a film that grossed 153.1 million dollars at the box office.I asked Walas…
Autographs

How to Send Fan Mail to The Marvel Cast & Request Autographs From MCU Actors

Date August 17, 2021
Table of contentsMarvel Actors Respond to Fan MailTom HiddlestonRyan ReynoldsIman VellaniElizabeth OlsenSend Fan Mail Directly to Marvel StudiosMarvel Cast Members A-EMarvel Cast Members E-JMarvel Cast Members K-RMarvel Cast Members R-S Marvel Cast Members T-Z How to Send Fan Mail If you are a Marvel fan, you’ve probably thought about what it would be like to talk to one of the actors from the MCU. However, as you’re not likely to run into Natalie Portman on the street, you have likely considered fan mail as the best option. Writing fan mail is a great way to reach out to people who you admire or that otherwise inspire you. It’s simple and anyone can get started in minutes if they read our guide on how to write fan mail and request autographs through the mail (TTM). Your chances are very good of getting a response from the MCU’s many visual effects artists or the writers who make it what it is, but if you choose to reach for the stars, you may find success there as well. While you’re at it, print out some photos and make sure to request an autograph too!To help you have the greatest chance for success, I have compiled fan mail addresses for MCU actors from all of the Marvel Actors Respond to Fan Mail Tom Hiddleston While the link in Tom’s tweet is now broken, it pointed to the webpage for his agency Hamilton Hodell. You can write to the Marvel actor via his agency and they will forward your mail to him. Tom Hiddlestonc/o Hamilton Hodell20 Golden SquareLondon, W1F 9JLUK Ryan Reynolds Although a bit late, Ryan Reynolds posted his response to one fan’s letter. True to character he wrote a tongue-in-cheek response full of references to his role as Marvel’s Deadpool and his private endeavors like his Aviation American Gin brand. Ryan ReynoldsMaximum Effort Production10201 West Pico Blvd. Building 69Los Angeles, CA 90064 Iman Vellani Despite being new to her career, Iman is already doing a great job of responding to fan mail. She plays Ms. Marvel in the Disney+ show by the same name as well as The Marvels (2023). Iman VellaniPrincipal Entertainment LA9255 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 500Los Angeles, CA 90069 Elizabeth Olsen Elizabeth Olsen is a stratospheric Hollywood star, but she somehow manages to stay grounded and engage with her fan base. She often does paid autograph signings, but has also been known to respond to fan mail. Elizabeth Olsenc/o Brillstein Entertainment Partners9150 Wilshire Blvd.Suite 350Beverly Hills, CA 90212USA Send Fan Mail Directly to Marvel Studios Want to send fan mail to a cast member via a current Marvel Studios Production? Marvel Studios Fan Mail AddressMarvel Studios 500 South Buena Vista StreetBurbank, CA 91521USA Marvel Cast Members A-E Angela Bassett | Ramonda4710 Hillard Ave.La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011USA Anthony Mackie | Sam Wilson / Falconc/o United Talent Agency (UTA)UTA Plaza9336 Civic Center DriveBeverly Hills, CA 90210USA Aleks Paunovic | IvanTrisko Talent Management Inc.270-1140 Homer StreetVancouver, BC V6B 2X6Canada Alaqua Cox | Maya Lopez3 Arts…
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I Sent Fan Mail Via Venue to 100 Film & TV Sets | What I Learned Saves Time & Money

Date August 12, 2021
Table of contentsVia Venue Address Cost/Benefit AnalysisJoin the Conversation in Our GroupVia Venue Responses From Film/TV SetsSuccesses Return to Sender From Film/TV Sets Return to SenderPending Via Venue RequestsTikToks: Via Venue Responses From Film SetsPatrick StewartIman VellaniHenry CavillLloyd KaufmanBlack-ishElizabeth OlsenMore Stories You’ll Love Writing celebrities via venue on film or TV sets can sometimes be the ONLY way to get in contact with them. Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that make via venue addresses some of the most difficult to receive responses from. Therefore, it’s something I would only recommend for more experienced collectors who have exhausted all other options first. I’ll explain why. Patrick Stewart index card signed on the set of “Picard”. Firstly, as every production is unique, via venue addresses don’t benefit from the same kind of vetting that agency or other fan mail addresses do. Secondly, they are temporary and timing can be critical to whether you get a response or not. Lastly, the addresses themselves are hard to find. However, production alert publications can make it simple, but only if you’re willing to pay for the subscription fee. That’s exactly what I did. I sent fan mail to 100 celebrities while they were on set shooting new movies or TV shows. Each letter included a stamped return envelope and two index cards for the celebrity to sign. That puts the cost of each request at about $1.50 or so. (Check out our recommended supplies for the best quality and prices.) In all, that’s a $150 investment, but it also cost about 33 man hours to write the letters, address the envelopes, and get them prepared for shipping. Assuming one’s labor is worth at least $15 an hour, that’s a total investment of $645. Via Venue Address Cost/Benefit Analysis Elizabeth Olsen responded from the set of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” Out of 100 fan letters, only received thirteen responses back from sets. Two of those were either pre-prints or autopen signatures leaving us with an 11% success rate. That’s pretty low. Still, a quick cost benefit analysis shows that writing celebrities via venue still makes sense. As through the mail (TTM) autograph collecting isn’t about selling autographs, the market value of the signatures is somewhat irrelevant. However, if you think in terms of replacement cost, it’s easy to see that sending a TTM autograph request is much cheaper than buying one at a con. Take Krysten Ritter for example. A recent appearance by her at a Texas comic con had her autograph priced at $60. Since Krysten signed two index cards, it would have cost $120 to obtain those signatures otherwise. If you assume that $60 is the median replacement cost for the signatures obtained TTM and that each celebrity signed two, then that leaves a $960 replacement cost. Join the Conversation in Our Group Via Venue Responses From Film/TV Sets Chris Pratt sent an autopen signature from the set of “Thor: Love and Thunder” If you plan on writing your…
Autographs

Star Wars Autograph Quiz | Can You Tell What’s Real or Fake?

Date August 8, 2021
Star Wars Autograph Quiz The Star Wars autograph quiz will test your knowledge on six of Star Wars’ most popular signers. Take your best shot to see which autograph is real and which one is fake. Of course, there’s a few curveballs in there to watch out for. However, there is one real one and one fake one for every actor. Also, check out the feedback after you’ve answered, so you can better spot fakes in the future. Table of contentsStar Wars Autograph PrimerHarrison FordCarrie Fisher Emilia Clarke Natalie PortmanSamuel L. JacksonMark HamillTest Your Star Wars Autograph KnowledgeMore Stores You’ll Love Star Wars Autograph Primer It wouldn’t be fair to give a Star Wars autograph quiz without at least offering an opportunity for a little prep work. Granted, autographs change over time and vary depending on the setting. It’s therefore impossible to give just one example of what every genuine autograph should look like. However, the following examples will give you at least some reference point. The actors covered in the quiz include: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Emilia Clarke, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mark Hamill. Harrison Ford Star Wars poster signed by Harrison Ford Unless he’s sitting down and taking his time, Harrison Ford’s signature can be all kinds of sloppy. It makes telling an authentic scribble from a fake one pretty hard at times. However, the number of recent sit down signings means it’s easier than ever to find a neat example on the market. Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher’s autograph went through some changes over the years but hers remained pretty consistent. She had one of the most beautiful signatures in the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, because of her continued popularity, it is also one of the most frequently faked signatures you’ll find on the market. Emilia Clarke Emilia Clarke plays Qi’ra in Solo. She has a pretty consistent signature and only signs with her first and last initials “E C”. Natalie Portman Natalie played Padmé Amidala in the prequel trilogy. However, she is not very fond of the role. That’s why for many years, it was tough to get her to sign images from the films. Samuel L. Jackson Star Wars’ only Jedi with a purple lightsaber. Samuel L. Jackson has a beautiful signature when not signing on the street. Mark Hamill Always a fan favorite, Mark Hamill is an extremely popular signer. His signature has been truncated over the years, but he remains one of the top must have signers from the Star Wars universe. Test Your Star Wars Autograph Knowledge Loading… More Stores You’ll Love Star Wars TTM Autographs • A Retrospective (1979-Present)11 Chart Topping Artists, A-List Celebrities That Sell Their Autograph [And Three to Avoid]Four Kinds of Fake Signatures to Know [Through The Mail (TTM) Autograph Collecting]Celebrities Respond to Fan Mail [9 Amazing Ways]Fan Mail and Through The Mail (TTM) Autograph Roundup [June 2021]
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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Taylor Swift Are Pioneering Digital Signatures; Who’s Doing it Right, Who’s Doing it Wrong?

Date July 30, 2021
Table of contentsWhat Are Digital Signatures?Live Digital SignaturesArnold SchwarzeneggerEllie GouldingCopied Digital SignaturesTaylor SwiftCamila CabelloMigosLady Gaga and Tony BennettMore Stories You’ll Love by Tales From The Collection What Are Digital Signatures? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Taylor Swift have both embraced a new kind of autograph—the digital signature. When it comes to signing documents, we’ve been signing digitally for a long time. However, when it comes to the world of celebrity autographs, they have been polarizing to say the least. So what are they? The term digital signature has been broadly used to describe a number of different things. For the sake of clarity, a distinction will be made between the two kinds of digital signatures we’re seeing. There are those that are done live by a person’s hand and those that are copied.  Live Digital Signatures Live digital signatures are done by taking a stylus or fingertip and signing a digital photo on a screen. This is just the same as we all do when we sign a screen at the checkout counter. Importantly, these signatures remain personal and are usually dedicated or otherwise personalized. While these are reproducible as digital files, they do retain some of the appeal that fans have found with autographs.  Arnold Schwarzenegger Case in point, take the two live digital signatures below done by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two artists sent their work to him, a hand carved pipe and portrait of Arnold. In return, both received digitally signed photos from the Terminator himself. Not only that, but both photos featured Arnold posing with the work the artists had done. Getting something like this would be enough to make any Arnold fan overjoyed. As if that weren’t enough, Arnold added a dedication, thanked them for their work, and included his digital signature. It’s unthinkable that anyone would view these as anything less significant than a hand signed photo. https://www.reddit.com/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/il4o88/i_carved_and_gifted_the_terminator_pipe_to_arnold/ https://www.reddit.com/r/ArnoldSchwarzenegger/comments/lbqjhv/arnold_with_the_portrait_i_painted_of_him_he_was/ Ellie Goulding One of the earliest examples of an artist doing live digital signatures is from 2012. Ellie Goulding did a live chat with her fans to promote her album Halcyon. Each fan received a photo of the album cover, uniquely signed by Ellie. She dedicated some to specific fans and others just had her signature. Ellie made every one unique as they were all done by her hand.  https://www.reddit.com/r/elliegoulding/comments/e7gkmy/to_coincide_with_the_release_of_halcyon_in/ Copied Digital Signatures As much personalization and uniqueness remains with live digital signatures, it is all stripped away with copies. These digital products are just that; products. They have lost any element of interaction between the celebrity and fan and are all identical and endlessly reproducible. Unfortunately, copied digital signatures require no human interaction to be produced. They were conceived as a marketing ploy to drive repeat sales of digital album or song downloads. Taylor Swift By adding a copied digital signature, artists like Taylor Swift can release a new cover photo for an old song, driving some fans to purchase the same content with new packaging all over again.  To be clear, Taylor is doing the right thing by…
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Henry Cavill, Nintendo, Patrick Stewart & More! [Fan Mail, TTM Autograph Roundup]

Date July 28, 2021
July was a fun month for through the mail (TTM) autograph collecting. For starters, I had a long awaited success from Henry Cavill who’s known for his roles as Superman and The Witcher. I also had a great return from designer Tim Girvin. I had the opportunity to pick his brain in an interview about his days working for Nintendo. Additionally, I got returns from VFX artists Trent Claus and Mathieu Chardonnet, Magic: The Gathering artist Mark Zug, Director Lloyd Kaufman and the Black•ish production office. Last but not least, I had a longshot of a success with Sir Patrick Stewart. What a month! Table of ContentsTTM Returns for July 2021Henry CavillTim GirvinTrent ClausBlack•ishMark ZugLloyd KaufmanPatrick StewartMathieu Chardonnet More Stories By Tales From The Collection Previous Months’ TTM ReturnsLearn The basics of TTM Autograph CollectingStories From the TTM and Fan Mail HobbyTop 25 Celebrities That Respond to Fan Mail [Ranked by SCF] Henry Cavill Henry Cavill is an English actor best known for playing Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel and subsequent DC films. He also portrays Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher, which is my favorite role of his, as I’m a big fan of both the show and the games that it is based on. Cavill has been known to sign TTM fairly consistently, both via his agency and via venue. For that reason, I chose to write to him via the set of The Witcher Season 2 (address no longer valid). Almost a year later, I received this pre-signed 8×10 which came from his agency likely after my letter was forwarded from the set. Note from Cavill’s agency. Sent8/4/2020Received20 July 2021Days349Address“THE WITCHER” Season 2ARBORFIELD STUDIOSLangley Common RoadBarkhamWokingham, RG40 4TSAddress no longer valid Tim Girvin If you are a retro game collector, Tim Girvin is a name you need to know. I had a chance to catch up with him to talk about all things Nintendo. Logo design, graphic art, and the significance that video games have obtained. He even signed a few video game manuals and prints for me. For a look at Tim’s work and  everything he signed, check out the feature I did on him here: https://talesfromthecollection.com/2021/07/17/tim-girvin-on-nintendo-design/ Sent2 June 2021Received12 July 2021Days40Addresshttps://www.girvin.com/contact/ Trent Claus Trent Claus was a matte painter on Iron Man, and a flame artist on The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Captain America: The First Avenger. He has held many more roles as a visual effects artist both in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and on Star Wars projects as well. Sent17 May 2021Received10 July 2021Days54Addresshttps://lolavfx.com/ Black•ish Production Office https://www.tiktok.com/@timothysantens/video/6986303019533094150?lang=en&is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v1&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6967919271385662981 Black•ish is an ABC show that takes a look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family. The show stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne and is currently in production of its eighth season. I contacted the production office requesting to have something signed by the cast of the show. While that’s not what I got, they were kind enough to send me a few un-signed cast…
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11 Chart Topping Artists, A-List Celebrities That Sell Their Autograph [And Three to Avoid]

Date July 27, 2021
Don’t miss the next opportunity to get an autograph from one of today’s top artists. With music continuing to become a medium consumed by streaming and downloads, artists are getting creative. In a push to sell physical albums with higher profit margins, many artists incentivize sales by offering signed merchandise. You may be surprised by how many #1 artists and major celebrities sell authentic autographs via their online stores. Names like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Lady Gaga have been known to offer signed merch. But buyer beware, while many artists offer fans this unique opportunity, there are also those who have a history of selling fakes as well. Artists That Sell Their Autograph:Selena GomezCamila CabelloDua LipaTaylor SwiftMaya HawkeKaty PerryGwen StefaniLady GagaJeff GoldblumLordeBillie EilishArtists Known to Sell FakeCardi BAriana GrandeDemi Lovato More Stories You’ll Love by Tales From The Collection Celebrity Responses to Fan MailLearn The basics of Through the Mail (TTM) Autograph CollectingGet the Latest Autograph Related NewsTop 25 Celebrities That Respond to Fan Mail [Ranked by SCF] 11. Selena Gomez Selena Gomez is one of those multifaceted artists who defies categorization. Both an actor and a singer, We’re always surprised at the diversity of the projects that she takes on. Whether it’s her HBO show “Selena + Chef” or her latest all-Spanish EP Revelación, she always proves that she’s a woman with many layers. Therefore, it’s no surprise that her merchandise is as varied as her career. She sells music, apparel, and yes, a variety of signed merch as well. She has offered everything from signed CDs and vinyl LPs to books and prints. Selena has given her fans a lot of opportunities to own her autograph over the years and we’re thankful for it! Lithograph signed by Selena Gomez https://www.instagram.com/p/B6irNTADPy6/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet Selena provided ample proof that the signed CDs she sold were indeed signed by her. 10. Camila Cabello Going back to her days with Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello has been good to her fans when it comes to selling signed merch. With the release of her last album Romance, Camila offered signed CDs, Vinyl LPs, and even signed cassette tapes. Camila signing CDs for her fans. 9. Dua Lipa Born in the UK, this artist has taken the US and the rest of the world by storm. With back to back hit albums, you might think Dua Lipa would be too busy to sign. After all, signing hundreds of autographs is a serious time commitment. Nonetheless, she offered her fans the opportunity to buy signed art cards from her web store with the purchase of her last album Future Nostalgia. Art card signed by Dua Lipa 8. Taylor Swift When it comes to chart topping artists who sell autographs, nobody beats Taylor Swift. She has a long history of selling signed albums going back to the beginning of her career. However, that’s not what makes her so great. Taylor was a tour de force with the release of her second to last album Folklore. She signed so…
Interviews

Tim Girvin: The Visionary Designer of Nintendo’s Most Iconic Era [Interview]

Date July 17, 2021
Tim Girvin on Game Design If you are a retro game collector, Tim Girvin is a name you need to know. Following the record breaking $870,000 sale of The Legend of Zelda I had a chance to catch up with Tim Girvin, the designer behind just about everything but the code itself. We talked about all things Nintendo. Logo design, graphic art, and the significance that video games have obtained. We even touched on video game prototypes and the possibility of one day seeing part of the GIRVIN collection going up for sale. Table of ContentsDesigning Nintendo’s Look Beyond the HardwareTim Girvin InterviewThe Price of GIRVIN Designed Games Hits New HighsDesigning The Legend of ZeldaZelda and Final Fantasy Logo Design and PackagingPrototype Game CartridgesSocial Links More From Tales From The Collection… Seven Times When Nintendo Responded to Fan Mail in Awesome Ways & How to Write ThemFan Mail and Through The Mail (TTM) Autograph Roundup [July 2021]Nintendo Designer Lance Barr’s Work on NES Modem, SNES ConsoleWhy Fan Mail and TTM Autograph Collecting is Worth it in 2021From Snail Mail to Email [Improve Your Fan Mail Success Rate] Tim Girvin: Designing Nintendo’s Look image: girvin.com Starting in the mid-80s and through the 90’s, Tim’s advertising and marketing firm GIRVIN Design worked closely with Nintendo of America (NOA) to create the look of Nintendo products outside of Japan. He was the designer behind the company’s branding during its most iconic era. GIRVIN decided everything from layout to font types. His influence started with the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and extended to the Game Boy, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) , and even the Virtual Boy. Tim was asked about the box design of the NES console on an episode of Video Game Box Art: The Stories Behind the Covers. What we started to do was to look at developing some kind of discipline for how they use type. How they layer information, how that content is tiered.- Tim Girvin (Video Game Box Art: The Stories Behind the Covers) Beyond the Hardware image: girvin.com Tim’s design influence didn’t end with hardware though. He was also responsible for many of the most popular games in Nintendo’s lineup. In fact, according to Box = Art, GIRVIN was responsible for all of NOA’s packaging designs and box art that was released outside of Japan. Some of the most iconic box art GIRVIN developed were for games like: The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Warrior (Now Dragon Quest), Tetris, Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Tim had this to say about how he began his working relationship with NOA: In the opening pitch [I’d memorized a full Japanese opening to present in the kick-off, which I recall to this day. I presented in a smoke-filled room of executives] to the then CEO, Arakawa san, I was asked to design a Christmas card involving Mario. It was a no-budget project. No idea where a copy of that might be in our archives. It…
Successes

Star Wars: ESB, Solo, & More! [Fan Mail, TTM Autograph Roundup]

Date June 30, 2021
TTM Returns for June 2021 Dennis LoweSamantha ColleyAlyssa Milano Dennis Lowe My first TTM response for June came from Dennis Lowe. He was an effects technician for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back who worked on Yoda’s animatronics. Dennis began his career in film in 1975 with Exorcist II. He is also known for his VFX work on Alien and Labyrinth. I initially contacted Dennis back in August 2020 via email and asked if I could send him a few items. At the time, he respectfully declined due to concerns over COVID-19. I then waited until the vaccine rolled out to contact him again in May 2021 to get his approval to send. He agreed and graciously signed my two photos of him working on Yoda and a vintage Topps Star Wars trading card. Read More… Previous SuccessesLearn The basics of TTM autograph collectingStories From the TTM and Fan Mail Hobby Samantha Colley Samantha Colley played Ottilie on Solo: A Star Wars Story. She appears as a server during the party scene aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht. Samantha is also known for her work on the TV series Genius and Victoria. Date Sent11 May 2021Date Received21 June 2021Turn Around Time41 daysItems SentBlank index card Address Used: Samantha ColleyIndependent Talent Group Ltd.40 Whitfield StreetLondon W1T 2RHUnited Kingdoms Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano via Studio Fan Mail Date Sent26 Feb 2021Date Received17 June 2021Turn Around Time129 daysItems SentBlank index cardItems ReceivedPre Printed 8×10 Sharing successes is great, but it’s also important to share when things don’t work out. This month, after sending to Alyssa Milano via the set of her upcoming film Brazen Virtue, I received an 8 x 10 photo with a pre-printed signature. Back in February, I sent a blank index card and a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) along with my request. However, I got something back that was completely different. I received the standard response from Studio Fan Mail in their own envelope and with their own photo. I had hoped that I would get a real autograph by sending my request to her via the set that she was working on, but it appears as though it was forwarded to Studio Fan Mail. Regardless, it’s nice to get a reply of any kind and I am still a supporter of hers and appreciate her outspoken voice.
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Searching Stores for Musician Signed Merch [Automate Your Autographs – Series 3]

Date June 20, 2021
Artists frequently offer signed merch on their online music stores. If you are a big fan of musicians, it can be hard to keep track of them all and very time consuming to keep checking their websites just in case they decide to offer autographs. The third installment of Automate Your Autographs addresses that problem. It takes your favorite artists and does all the tedious checking for you 24 hours a day. The program will then search Google for their stores as well as Looney Tunes Record Store and Newbury Comics which often sell signed CDs. Join Us on Facebook! [beautiful_link_preview layout=”full” url=”https://www.facebook.com/groups/talesfromthecollection/”] Three Steps to Check Stores for Autographs Simple Prep-Work Create two text files. The first will be for the artists you want to monitor. Just put the singer or band’s name in separated by a new line. The second is a list of shop URLs (not the main page but where they sell merch). You can populate either list or both but you will have to have both documents even if one is blank. Just a Few Clicks 2. Unzip the program and double click the .exe file to run it. Easy to Use 3. You will get a black box which prompts you to enter information. First type in the full file path to your text file with artist’s names. Then do the same for the list of URLs. The results will start rolling in automatically after that. Easy Step-By-Step Usage Video https://youtu.be/JuuZPmrlu1w Source Code import requests from googlesearch import search import datetime import time import urllib3 urllib3.disable_warnings() s = requests.Session() a = requests.adapters.HTTPAdapter(max_retries=5) b = requests.adapters.HTTPAdapter(max_retries=5) s.mount(‘http://’, a) s.mount(‘https://’, b) headers = {“User-Agent”: “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) ” “Chrome/78.0.3904.108 Safari/537.36”} try: Artists = [] ArtistsFile = input(‘Please enter the name of the .txt file containing your artist names with complete file path. ‘) Artists1 = open(ArtistsFile, “r”) for x in Artists1: Artists.append(x.strip(“\n”)) except Exception as e: print(“type error: ” + str(e)) time.sleep(1) quit() try: Shops = [] ShopFile = input(‘Please enter the name of the .txt file containing the shop urls with complete file path. ‘) Shops1 = open(ShopFile, “r”) for x in Shops1: Shops.append(x.strip(“\n”)) except Exception as e: print(“type error: ” + str(e)) time.sleep(1) quit() OldHits = [] Hits = [] Counter = 0 while True: print(‘Searching Google for web pages…’) for x in Artists: try: query = x + ‘(merch,store,shop)’ for j in search(query): if ‘redbubble’ not in j: page = s.get(j, headers=headers, verify=False) if (‘AUTOGRAPH’ or ‘ SIGNED ‘) in page.text.upper(): print(repr(j) + ‘ success’) else: pass except Exception as e: print(“type error: ” + str(e)) time.sleep(5) pass print(‘Searching Newburycomics for artists…’) Site = r’https://www.newburycomics.com/collections/autographed-cds’ page2 = requests.get(Site, headers=headers, verify=False) for x in Artists: try: if x.upper() in page2.text.upper(): print(str(x) + ‘ at newburycomics.com’) else: pass except Exception as e: print(“type error: ” + str(e)) time.sleep(7) pass print(‘Searching Looneytunes for artists…’) Site2 = r’https://www.looneytuneslongisland.com/autographeditems?page=2′ page3 = requests.get(Site2, headers=headers, verify=False) for x in Artists: try: if x.upper()…
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Celebrities Respond to Fan Mail [9 Amazing Ways]

Date June 13, 2021
Celebrities receive mountains of fan mail every day. Given the sheer volume, fans are lucky to get a reply of any kind to their mail. The immense popularity of many celebrities means that many letters go unanswered. Often, it is impossible for celebrities to respond to much of it at all, but when they do, it’s usually by way of sending an autograph or short note. Sometimes, the responses are so personal or extraordinary that they leave us awestruck. These nine stories prove that many celebrities care deeply about their fans. Star Wars Fan Nearly Misses Once-in-a-Lifetime OpportunityTom Hanks Encourages an Aspiring FanJeff Goldblum Reaches Out to Young FansJason Alexander Gives to a Worthy CauseSir David Attenborough Inspires a Young BoyRyan Reynolds Finds Lost Fan MailThe Obamas contend with a Nation’s LettersMr. Rogers Builds Community Through His NeighborhoodKelsea Ballerini Supports a Vulnerable FanWrite Your Own Fan Mail! Star Wars Fan Nearly Misses Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity My own amazing fan mail experience came when Star Wars actor, Oscar Isaac, reflected on my fan letter for a video produced by Disney. In November of 2019, a month before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released, I received a letter from The Walt Disney Company. They informed me that they had received the fan letter that I sent to Oscar Isaac via the set of Episode IX. Apparently, they liked what I had to say, and they wanted to use my letter for an upcoming video they were producing where the movie’s actors would read their fan mail. Unfortunately, for the longest time I thought that I had missed this incredible opportunity. I had moved in August 2019, and the letter was delivered to my old residence. It wasn’t until January of the following year that it actually reached me. When it did, I immediately gave consent to Disney to use it for their production, but I was told that it may have been too late. At the time, I couldn’t find the video, and I never heard from Oscar. As a huge Star Wars fan, I feared that I had missed the opportunity of a lifetime. Fast forward a year and half to June 2021. It wasn’t until writing this post that I decided to again look for the video. To my great surprise, I found it! The Star Wars Cast Reads Fan Mail https://youtu.be/9lrhgRWa_tM The Cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reads Fan Mail | Star Wars You can imagine my excitement upon finding out that Oscar Isaac had read my letter. It was a very special feeling to see that my fan mail was so well-received. Like Oscar, my wife and children are of Guatemalan heritage, and I mentioned how much I appreciated him representing the Latinx community in the Star Wars universe. It means a lot to me to be able to be up there representing Latinos. It’s a great thing!Oscar Isaac The video was published on 23 December 2019, which was well before I signed the…