Geppi's Entertainment Museum visit
dcml-bob at contracorner.com
Sun Dec 24 06:53:24 CET 2006
Their Web site is a bit shoddy, quality wise, but the museum is quite
good. I saw it today while in the area visiting family for Christmas.
It's tucked away above the Sports Museum, on the same property as the
Baltimore sports area. $10/adult seemed fair, given how packed the
small museum is. I'd expect anyone under 20 to be bored stiff,
unless they were a particular fan of an artist, character or comic
art. It takes up one floor. The walls are plastered floor to
ceiling with original posters, art, vintage comics, and other
memorabilia. The latter pop memorabilia kind of give it the non-
comic museum touch.
I noticed only one original Disney strip, by Mr. Gottfredson. There
was a computer display that allowed me to read a Donald Duck comic (a
very nice simulation I thought, but could have used a Mac OS X touch
with curling pages). I assume this was a Barks comic, but there were
no credits on the comic or on the display.
In the store, Gemstone was given a large endcap display of all their
books and recent comics. I didn't see any current Marvel or DC.
I wish they'd had an -index- of the museum! The organization was
basically by time periods. Otherwise, finding something specific is
hard. Given the large assembly, and index would help fans and
students find items. For example, some Shirley Temple (pop
memorabilia) was in the main hallway, almost lost in the virtual
comic art wallpaper. There could have been more original Duck art
but I missed it. (I am also a Pogo fan, so I enjoyed checking out
the blue pencil work behind Mr. Kelly's ink. Saw two such originals.)
Merry Christmas, Glad Jul, Feliz Navidad, and (insert Italian
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