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

Two New Gemr.com Articles!

I’ve been a little late in posting this, but I’ve had two more articles recently appear on Gemr.com.

The first is a look at grading and valuing your collection with a few tips to get you started, which you can read HERE. This one was a lot of fun to write as I was able to take from my own experiance of doing just this sort of thing.

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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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Gemr.com – Myst & Doom: 25 Years of Influence

Originally this article was just going to be about the history of the Myst series which, as you’ll know if you’ve followed this blog at all, is one of my favorite video game series of all time.

However, as I researched the game I realised that it would be much more interesting to look at both Myst and Doom,  two games that came out the same year and had a huge amount of influence on the videogame medium, even though they couldn’t be any more different.

Hope you enjoy the article.

Read the full article here…

I Bought Myself an 8Bitdo Mini Controller

As you may have gathered if you’ve looked through the blog at all, I’m something of a retro game fan. I grew up playing the Sega Master System and Mega Drive and had a Dreamcast before Sega moved to being a third party developer. I even owned a Saturn and Game Gear in there somewhere.

Still being a big Sega fan I love being able to replay these games, but it can be a little hard or inconvenient to do so. The original hardware is tricky to get to work perfectly on modern TVs (remember, this tech is 30 odd years old) and original games can go for insane prices. While it can be easy enough to set up an emulator on a PC, a PC isn’t really something you can just whip out for a quick game of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.

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Gemr – History of The Phantom

My second article for collector website Gemr.com went live recently. This one was an absolute pleasure to write as it looks at the history of my personal favourite comics hero, The Phantom.

The article takes a bit of a different tact than most “history of…” articles thought in that it doesn’t just recount how the series came to be and where it is today, but rather the impact it had on the people who read it and how that in turn influenced their culture and the character himself!

Lots of research went in to this, so if you take a moment to read it (pleas do) I hope you enjoy it.

Read the full article on Gemr.com