Gazzopolis: GI Joe-a-thon on PopCult blog
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On his PopCult blog on the Gazette website, Rudy Panucci has posted a 22-minute video featuring highlights from March 17's JoeLanta 2013, a GI Joe Collector's Convention in Atlanta, where he was a featured panelist. This was Panucci's first GI Joe convention after a lifetime of collecting the classic action figure, and he's covered the event extensively on the blog.
The video includes interviews with two of the convention's organizers, Buddy Finethy and David Lane, and with prominent 1/6-scale action figure collector Dave "Tanker" Matteson. Among the scenes from the convention are brief snippets of the Hobby Roundtable, film festival, team trivia, parachute drop, Swapapalooza, diorama displays (one of which is pictured above) and dealer's rooms. There's also an entire song by New Wave cover band Radio Cult. Find it at blogs.wvgazette.com/popcult.