ChronicleChamber.com Merch

As some of you may know, I started the Phantom phan site, ChronicleChamber.com, all the way back in 2006. I ran the site pretty much by myself until 2018, when I made the decision to stay in the UK.

The Phantom, sadly, has basically no presence in the UK, so it made sense to hand the reigns over to those who were in a better place to continue delivering Phantom content. Thus, the current runners of the site stepped in.

Some pretty cool stuff happened during that 10 year run though; not only was it the biggest (and, if I say so myself, best) Phantom website out there, we also started up X-Band, the worlds first, and so far only, Phantom-dedicated podcast.

We also started regular phan meetings at conventions such as Supanova and the Phantom Preservation Project, which aims to archive and preserve all Phantom-based material that has been released but is not longer in publication, such as newspaper articles, fan club newsletters, old music and so on. I’m really proud of what myself and the others achieved in that time.

Well, the other day I received a package that contained some brilliant gifts. Those currently running the site have taken it from strength to strength and one of the things they’ve done is produce ChronicleChamber.com t-shirts and stickers to give away at cons to help promote the site. Kindly, they sent a bunch my way!

I absolutely love these, and they are going to have a very special place in my collection. It’s thirteen years since I started ChronicleChamber.com, and even though I’m not working on it myself any more it makes me extremely proud to know it’s still going so strong!

But enough from me, check the goodies out below!

Two New Articles On Germ!

I’ve had two articles appear on Gemr.com in recent days. Someone I managed to miss when the first was posted, but I received a notification of the second just a little while ago.

The first is titled Display Hacks for Collectors and looks at how you can use cheap, every day items to show off your collectibles.

The second, How to Start A Collection, discusses all the important points that you should take into consideration before taking the plunge into accumulating a hoard of goodies.

I hope you enjoy them both. 😀

Read Display Hacks for Collectors on Gemr.com

Read How to Start a Collection on Gemr.com

Myst Collection

With Myst being one if my favorite video game franchises ever, it should come as no surprise that I’ve collected a few Myst items over the years.

While the collection isn’t huge – to be fair though, there isn’t a heck of a lot of Myst merch out there – I am proud of it. Mostly it’s variations of game releases, special editions and so forth, but there are a few other cool things in there as well.

I recently uploaded photos of all my Myst stuff to Gemr, so you can check out the collection HERE.

You can see all of my collections on Gemr.com

Gemr.com – Should you Buy Comics in Single Issues or Wait for Trades?

My latest article for Gemr.com looks at a question that many comic fans have asked before; is it better to buy single issue comics or wait for the collected edition? It’s a question I’ve mentioned a little previously here on Collectorized and one that I really think deserves to be discussed more, especially as people’s relationship with comics and how they want to consume them changes.

It’s also probably my longest article to date, so that’s cool. Please, head over and have a read. 😀

Read the full article on Gemr.com‘s blog

That Day at Sega World, Sydney

My Mum and Dad recently digitised all our old family photo and among them was this pearler from our first visit to Sega World, Sydney. Not sure exactly how old I am here, probably somewhere between 10 and 13. I remember the trip though it was fantastic, though! 

A few years ago I wrote an article for RetoCollect.com entitled Remembering Sega World, Sydney which recounted the various rides and attractions at the park as well as the story surrounding it’s sad closure. If you’d like to know more about the park, please give it a read. 😀

Portsmouth Comic Con, 2019

This weekend was the second Comic Con in Portsmouth, England. Last year’s con was a huge success and sold out, so it wasn’t a surprise that a second was announced. This year, however, the organisers made sure to make it bigger and better!

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In the Footsteps of H. G. Wells.

Upon moving to my current apartment and looking in to what there is to do in the local area, I was extremely excited to learn that my new domicile was in easy driving distance Woking, the scene of the first Martian landing in H. G. Wells‘ seminal science fiction novel, War of the Worlds.

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Graphic Action Comics, My First Comic Shop, Has Closed

Comic book retail has a long history of being a hard business. You don’t go into it to make money, you do it for the love of the medium. For 24 years Graphic Action Comics in Newcastle, NSW, Australia had been fighting the good fight. At the start of this month the store closed its doors for the final time.

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Lemmings Is Finally on Smartphones

Lemmings is one of the greatest puzzle games ever made. It’s easy to learn but hard to master, yet if you weren’t a gamer in the 80s or 90s there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Lemmings, much less played it.

Thankfully that can now change thanks to developers Sad Puppy who have released a reboot of the classic series to smart-devices.

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2018 Wrap Up

I didn’t do too well with my plans of posting a monthly wrap-up, so I thought that maybe I’d try something a little more manageable; a wrap up of the year that was.

2018 was quite a year for me personally. My wife and I moved from one city to another, I finally made the decision to get out of teaching and into another profession which, after roughly five months of very little work, happened. And I’m so much happier because of it. Oh, and I started getting paid to write articles on geeky stuff for Gemr.com. Awesome!

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