Get into character

When I was a kid, one of the things I loved doing with my comics besides reading them over and over again was tracing the artwork in them. I was fascinated by the characters, how they looked and how they were developed. The Hulk was a personal favourite; I was a pretty weedy kid and I think the idea of being able to express my inner rage by trashing nearby cars and chucking bullies against walls really appealed to my feral imagination.

Comics have pretty much stayed with me throughout my life - I never really grew out of them like I was supposed to. I recount this to you now not as some geek confessional but by way of an explanation for today's burgeoning designer vinyl art toy scene and as a possible reason for the commercial importance of character design in mainstream popular culture, from advertising to pop up web icons. You see, I was far from alone in my childhood obsessions.

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