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Greetings from Central California!
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:20:45 PM »
Hi there!! I am so excited to have FINALLY found this site (and to finally get the green light to be a member. Jeepers! What took so long?). Oh my stars! To imagine that there are OTHER movie poster obsessed individuals out there... Well, I KNEW you were out there (who else has been buying all of the posters I've been trying to buy, after all?) but not WHERE you all were.NO ONE else I know (aside from some guy who lives on the opposite coast who tracked me down on eBay several years ago when I outbid him on a poster he wanted) collects movie posters...nor have I actually met anyone in real life who does. I've been alone with my poster obsession for years---not that I've ever really cared, but it's a super duper thrill-a-rama to FINALLY have a place where I can go-go and talk posters (without anyone rolling their eyes. Ha!).

My name is Shawn. I live in Central California (the not-so-glamorous part of the state. Ho-hum... Well,SOMEONE has to live here,right?). Like many of you,I have been enamored with movie posters since birth...or soon after. Digging movies went with it, of course,but I remember spending hours staring at the movie ads in the newspaper and at the posters of coming attractions in the lobby of the local theaters.

I remember when I was a kid I discovered you could actually (WHAT!?! NO WAY!!!) buy movie posters at a few of the local comic book stores. That's where my first taste of collecting came from. My first poster was for "Logan's Run" (a movie that had great sentimental meaning for me. One day during a matinee, the projectionist invited my friend and I up into the projection booth of this beautiful old movie house--long since gone dark and ruined--and I got to watch part of the film from there.Wow!). Back then, posters were so cheap--but to me, they seemed expensive. I remember seeing the original "Star Wars" for sale for the whopping price of $25. I didn't get that one (ARGH!). I just wasn't that into the film. But I DID get others: "Carrie","Alien","The Rocky Horror Picture Show"...whatever I could get my hands on. Most back then were only $5 or $10. I'd (gasp!) put them on my walls or ceiling with thumb tacks (ouch) and just stare at them lovingly. When the comic book stores disappeared,my poster source dried up. I had to supplement with cut out ads from the newspapers,carefully trimmed and taped to my bedroom walls (junior high school years).

Once I was an adult,I discovered eBay and it's wonders...and I started buying again. It wasn't until the 2000s that I finally started framing/hanging my posters in the house again. They were everywhere--living room, bedrooms, hallway, kitchen, etc...even the bathroom that didn't have a shower in it.

In late 2010, my walls were bare once again as I moved out of my house (with all of my crap) and into a tiny mother-in-law apartment behind the garage of a rental house my mother owns. I went back to school (an accelerated nursing program---career # 3 after being a teacher and a newspaper writer). I'm still in the tiny (yet jam-packed place) with NO posters on the walls---but I still keep BUYING~~~!!!!  

I've been a nurse for a year now, but think for financial reasons I'll stay in my shack-a-rama for another year. I anticipate moving back into my home (which has been rented out) around February 2016...so just a little more than a year to go.  I can't wait to get back in there so my posters can return to the walls.

I have THOUSANDS of posters.  I had about 200 framed when I realized the folly of trying to do that---there was NO WHERE to store them all!

Back when I first discovered YouTube (2008) I made a (crappy) video trying to share my framed posters (It's here if you really need to see it: http://youtu.be/TDCf3DYtxOU ).A few years later,I discovered a website called Fanbolt (a website for all things fan-ish about movies/tv). I started a thread there about movie posters--hoping to find someone else who was interested in them like I was/am. I think I was about the only visitor to the thread, but I'd update it with photos of my latest acquisitions,some nothing to write home about and others that were just OMG exciting (to me). In an attempt to re-attract an audience, Fanbolt just tried to relaunch (obliterating all of their old content) and my poster thread is GONE. I did start a new one on the new site, but my enthusiasm is not what it was (why put effort into something that may be wiped clean on a whim?). Here's the link to that if you are curious: http://forums.fanbolt.com/topic/61/movie-poster-collectors-thread/

And,like I said,i have literally THOUSANDS of posters.I mostly collect horror, but I have some of almost all genres. My most valuable poster is probably the original "Night of the Living Dead", but value is secondary to what the poster looks like. The first poster I ever hung on the wall as an adult was for "Revenge of the Shogun Women", a cheesy 3D martial arts film from the 70s (80s?) that no one saw or remembers. The poster is easily available and still cheap today, but I love it. The color and cheesy drawing all trying to convey a 3D movie experience really works for me. Where as something like the one sheet for "The Godfather"--worth probably 10 times as much -- is a boring poster, just black with a crudely drawn hand holding marionette strings.

And blah, blah, blah, blah! I know I'm rambling on. I'm just excited to finally be here and to finally find others interested in movie posters. Yahoo! Thanks for letting me come aboard.

Cha-cha-cha!

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2015, 02:11:13 AM »
have fun collecting.. welcome to the circus

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2015, 04:00:46 AM »
MoviePosterBid.com...Richard...I already know and visit your site frequently. I've gotten some great stuff there.THANK YOU!
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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2015, 06:33:20 AM »
I like your youtube video, cool posters there!  It is interesting to see what other people collects and put on display on their walls. I agree with you that value is relative, it is all about that strange mix of taste and emotional value too, not just market driven prices - I do actually like the ''boring'' black and white Godfather poster but i totally see your point that it is not all about market price, but other things do come into play too.

Anyway... good to have you. Welcome hola.gif


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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2015, 06:36:32 AM »
MoviePosterBid.com...Richard...I already know and visit your site frequently. I've gotten some great stuff there.THANK YOU!


well now that I see your email address

welcome to poster town

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2015, 09:16:31 AM »
Welcome!!!

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 09:36:55 AM »
Thanks for sharing.  Are you a member of the lifetime frame-a-month club...i've never seen so many framed posters before!  Wish we could've seen pics of your house with all those bad boys up there.

Anyways, welcome! I imagine you'll be in la-la land reading pages and pages of APF awesomeness.  May I recommend Crazy Vick's Crazy April thread? 
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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2015, 10:34:52 AM »
Welcome Shawn!
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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2015, 11:18:32 AM »
welcome aboard fella
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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2015, 01:25:27 PM »
You have some jollyfine stuff Shawn, welcome aboard, Looking forward to seeing more.. :D
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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2015, 02:11:13 PM »
Nice intro.

Welcome to the forum.

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2015, 04:28:05 PM »
 welcome1, Shawn. Have fun and a great intro, too.

I'm in the southern part of CA (west LA), and it too has its "un-glamorous" parts..lol

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2015, 08:06:13 PM »
Hello EatBrie, Paul, Ari, CSM, and Harry. Thank you for the welcome.

MoviePosterBid/Richard, I am looking forward to your next auction (starting the 28th? Right?).

Crazy Vick, I did look at your thread and tried to view your posters...but all I saw was a boy in a chicken costume (or maybe it was a chicken that had eaten a boy? EEK!). I'll explore the threads later and jump in when i have a bit more time. But thank you for starting me off.

Mirosae, I am so glad you understand what I was trying to say about hanging a poster you LIKE as opposed to one that is pricey. I shouldn't have bad mouthed "The Godfather", but you see what I mean about the poster. It lacks something other, lesser known posters might have. I don't have a "Godfather" poster, but I'd love to have one.It IS a great movie and the poster is worth a lot. However, if I was going to spend $100 or whatever a "Godfather"might cost, I'd probably rather spend it on a poster that interested me more or that represented a film I particularly was enchanted with more. So glad you get it.

Jeff/Erik1925, I'm heading to LA this weekend and again the first week of February. I've been to some of the less-than-glamorous parts of LA,believe me... Although I am down that way a few times a year, I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting things to do/see/experience/eat/drink. This trip I hope to stop at something called the Purple Orchid Exotic Tiki Bar (I'm a little freaky for all things tiki. I'm sooooo upset I never made it to Bahooka in Rosemead before it closed. But, earlier this year, I did make it to Don the Beachcomber's and a place called The Warehouse.) and,maybe to the original Bigfoot Lodge (Loved the one in San Francisco--now closed--and also enjoyed Bigfoot West down in Culver City a few years back). I'll have a friend with me and will probably drag him around to do the Hollywood stuff this weekend. I think he wants to see the Bronsan Canyon cave---used in sooooo many movies! Blah Blah Blah! Anyway,in addition to poster info, if you have ANY SUGGESTIONS about places to eat/drink/see/experience/etc (oooo...perhaps even locations for poster hunting?), PLEASE let me know, Daddy-O! Thank you soooo very much!

And,if I didn't say it earlier, I am so super glad to be here! Yahoo!

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2015, 08:15:52 PM »
was just looking at your posters, nice,

I guess its common for whatever reason but we have some similar taste.
By the way, is ALICE SWEET ALICE/COMMUNION (etc) really forgotten by those darn whipper snappers?
I love the film.
Has a certain grubby feel to it. And I love religious themes in Horror.

Anyway welcome again and keep on getting the good stuff.

PS- isn't it great having relatively CHEAP taste?
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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2015, 09:11:57 PM »
 welcome1 aboard, MAGG.

When you said you had a video of your 200 framed posters, I pictured a warehouse style home with 200 framed posters on 20 foot walls or whatever.  :P  However, that is certainly an impressive number of frames, and it sounds like you've amassed quite a collection.

Have fun, and good luck on your trip to LA.  Bronson Canyon Griffith Park sounds really cool.

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2015, 11:43:16 PM »
Ari, Ha! I LOVE that you say we have such CHEAP taste. Ha! And yes, sad but true, about the ONLY horror movies anyone from today knows are the Halloween/F13/Nightmare on Elm Street/Texas Chainsaw/etc type movies. Anything that is more than 20 years old and wasn't franchised to death is simply old trash not worth bothering with (yet look at all of the direct to video dreck and god-awful remakes out there they DO watch). If you saw my "Alice,Sweet Alice" poster you must have seen the new version of the old (and long lost) movie poster thread on Fanbolt. Those are just the posters I've picked up since the new year started (and Fanbolt redid itself...). But really,I DO have much nicer ones than those. But, ahhh...yes, sad to say,i find I must stay more towards the CHEAP end of the poster pool most of the time. Ha!

Neo: Ha ha ha! I would love to have had a house that could fit 200+ framed posters in it. Sadly I usually ended up rotating them out as the season/holidays/mood hit me...while EVERY closet in the house was jam-packed with framed posters waiting their turn on the walls. Hmm... When I move back in,perhaps I can figure a way to tackle hanging some on the ceiling? Ha! And I expect to have fun in LA. I'm going this trip to a celebrity convention thing (has-beens on parade---but I love my old tv / movie stars), but have the friend along who wants me to show him Hollywood stuff. Okay... The cave is cool--and just a surprisingly quick jaunt from the parking lot. Ha! Thanks for the note.

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2015, 02:02:12 AM »
Hey there!

I'm B-A-C-K from my weekend in LA (although I'm heading BACK down again Monday! Ha!). I had a swell time. Hit a tiki bar, hung out with some friends, saw some sites and... I ran into an iconic old TV star. Here's a photo of us below (thought I'd post it to show you who I really am! EEEK! How SCARY!!!)


Zowie!

Amazingly I did NOT buy a single poster while down there...Ha!

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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2015, 07:40:37 PM »
Is that from Star Treck. ?  :P

Good pic!

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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2015, 07:51:04 PM »
No, Rosa. It's the robot from "Lost In Space". Running in to him/it was an unexpected surprise...but a great/fun/FREE photo op! Ha!

You can't see in the photo (because the guy who took the picture cut it off), but the robot is actually waving his arm/pincher/claw hello! Hee hee!

Thanks for saying hello, though.

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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2015, 07:54:04 PM »
Oups..Thanks...And sorry! had to Google that one. Never watched Lost in space..hehe

Nice robot.

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« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2015, 08:18:10 PM »
"Lost in Space" was sort of before my time as well. I didn't see it until it was in reruns. It's 50 years old, but classic 60s TV--cheesy and not nearly as cerebral as Star Trek.It's more kid-friendly, if that makes sense. For its time,it was groovy. Now,well...it does seem dated, but it does have its fans. Heck, even if I didn't know the show,I'd still have posed with the robot as it was passing by---TV icon or not! Ha!

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Re: Greetings from Central California!
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2015, 08:46:00 PM »
HEY I touched Robot B-9 also.
In Sydney about a decade ago.
we are brothers now ;)
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« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2015, 08:54:34 PM »
You touched him?? DOWN UNDER???  Ooh my STARS!!  How SHOCKING! Where you coerced or did you do it of your own free will? (Was it good for you? Hee hee!)

Glad to know you touch-brother!

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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2015, 09:00:07 PM »
I loved it, and I assume he did also. I was gentle.
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2015, 09:06:14 PM »
I hope no oil was spilled! Oh my! Golly Ari, I had NO IDEA about you! And who knew Robot B-9 was such a tramp? Ha!
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