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Exceeding All Expectations: Talking ‘Star Wars’ Card Trader With Topps [Interview]


I have a problem. That problem is my addiction to the Star Wars Card Trader app. Not once in my life did I ever expect to fall down such a deep rabbit hole for virtual trading cards I'd collect on my phone, but I also never thought Back to the Future II was capable of actually predicting (potential) World Series winners. These things happen. I freely admit that this all started when Topps sponsored some of our video content last month. Those little advertisements worked as Topps intended, and they got me to try out the app out of sheer curiosity. It's been a bad year to try and convince me not to buy something with the words "star" and "wars" on them. I've got a stack of comics and novels I'm still working through, and a lot of toys on order, much to the chagrin of my shelves.

When I saw that Topps was going to be at New York Comic Con, I immediately knew I needed to head to that booth. There was bound to be some sort of cool exclusive cards, which there were, and I needed to make sure I could get them. While I was there, I figured I might as well attempt to make it look like I was working, so I also chatted up Ian Hundiak, app producer for all of Topps Digital, and Matthew Petz, one of the designers for the Star Wars Card Trader (also a 2015 Eisner nominee for his work on Top Shelf's The Leg) about the app, its success, and what to expect for the rest of 2015.

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Topps Announces First New ‘Mars Attacks’ Story Card Series Since 1962


The last time the Topps trading card company released a new set of Mars Attacks story cards, John F. Kennedy was in the White House. To celebrate the 50th (technically the 51st) anniversary of the originals -- which were reprinted in the '80s and became a Tim Burton-directed movie in 1996 -- the company is unveiling another batch...

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‘Dinosaurs Attack!’ Comics Return At IDW This July


There are a few things that I truly love. One is dinosaurs. The other is cartoonish mayhem. So it should come as no surprise to anybody that I am a huge fan of the 1988 Dinosaurs Attack! card series from Topps...

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Link Ink: ‘Arrow’ Gets Its Firefly, CBLDF In 2012 And Electro’s Movie Costume


TV: Firefly sort of pops up in a new Arrow Promo for the show's January 16 episode.

Movies: Jamie Foxx's Electro costume in The Amazing Spider-Man movie sequel apparently won't be green and yellow like in the classic comics...

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‘Mars Attacks’ Broadway? IDW Announces ’21st Century Slaughter’ Musical


It may sound like the kind of announcement that makes you suspicious about some people getting an early jump on the April Fools stories, but IDW Publishing announced yesterday that it's teaming up with the Topps Company to co-produce a Broadway musical based on the 1960s trading card series Mars Attacks, written and produced by Chew writer John Layman...

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Bizarro 1970s Marvel Topps Stickers Are Their Own Parody


Marvel Comics put out some pretty wacky things in the 1970s -- as we learned a while back from that blacklight poster -- but the series of "Comic Book Heroes" stickers released through Topps in 1974 are certainly up there on the list...

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