Munny of the future (Apr. 18 until May 30)

April 15, 2008

I remember my first purchase from Star Clipper in The Loop very distinctly: It was a three-eyed stuffed space alien, the perfect size and shape for M. (then age 18 months) to snuggle up with and rest his head on when we had him in the backpack and he needed a bit of a snooze. He loved it, we loved it … and apparently someone else loved it, because it got ripped off from our checked luggage on the way home from a family vacation to Italy.

Naturally, I headed straight out to replace him, not at all sad about going back to browse the ‘zines and toys and games. That’s the thing about Star Clipper — it’s ostensibly a comic book store, but it’s got so much more that even a not-so-hip thirtysomething like me can browse for quite a while. (And who knows, maybe someday I’ll get into graphic novels. I just read my first one, Persepolis, and it was great!)

On Friday (Apr. 18), Star Clipper kicks off something you’ll definitely want to browse: the St. Louis Munny Show 3.0. Munnies are vinyl dolls that serve as a blank canvas for artists (to get an idea of how that canvas can be covered, check out the photos from last year’s show). This year’s theme is The Future, and the munnies have all converged on Star Clipper in preparation for their big show, which runs until the end of May. Although you can see the display anytime the store’s open, Friday’s free-admission event will be well worth attending. For starters, the shop has lined up DJ Mahf, one of the movers and shakers on St. Louis’ hip hop/DJ stage right now, to spin at 7 p.m. (A note of shameless self promotion: I interviewed him a few weeks ago for an article in the May issue of Alive magazine and was greatly impressed by both his eloquence and the sheer number of projects in which he’s involved.) The exhibit opening gala also serves as a celebration of the store’s 20 years in business, so there will be prize giveaways and other attractions (like beer for the parents!).

For details on the show, visit the event Web page on the store’s site or call 314.725.9110. And if you can’t make it Friday, you might want to mark May 3 on your calendar, because Star Clipper is participating in the national Free Comic Book Day.

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2 Responses to “Munny of the future (Apr. 18 until May 30)”

  1. Charles J Taft Says:

    If you want a picture of the dad sound asleep, I can provide such an item! Amy, your site is really good, I have enjoyed your “discoveries.”

    Charles

  2. mom22kids Says:

    Thanks, Charles for the kind words and the blackmail offer … I’ll let you know when I need to call it in!

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