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The Collection

The Collection is a joint venture between Huck Gee and Mark Brickey for the Adventures in Design podcast. We talk about the world of collectable designer toys from collectors to designers and everything in between. We release a new episode the first Wednesday of every month. The first half of each episode is free and can be listened to by clicking any of the covers below (listed in reverse chronological order).

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The Collection Volume XVIII: Listen Here

Episode 596 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 18: James Groman

The Collection returns for its next installment with this year's Designer Toy Of The Year Award Winner, James Groman. Fresh from Five Points Festival, Mark Brickey, Huck Gee, and James look at the state of the designer toy world from a higher perspective as it hits a third wave. Just by looking at James' winning submission, King Korpse, you can see how the world of vinyl and resin toys has shifted to an artists first approach all the way from concept to production. That's just the start as The Collection keeps going through the world of kaiju, American Greetings, and giving birth in front of a live audience. James has been in the game from the beginning as he worked on Madballs, officially licensed Star Wars toys, and developed storyboards for the Care Bears. There's no stopping this juggernaut because he came up in a world where hard work was just the first bullet point on someone's resume. That type of determination is what put him in the same room with mega talents feeding their ideas straight to Peter Jackson and creating new components in the Star Wars universe through his toy designs. Now this episode of The Collection is going to put you in the same room with one of the greats so take notes and pay attention.

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The Collection Volume XVII: Listen Here

Episode 573 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 17: Josh Kimberg

Josh Kimberg joins The Collection with Huck Gee and Mark Brickey to talk about the many hats he wears in the world of designer toys. From a Managing Partner at Clutter Magazine, to organizing Five Points Festival, all the way to running the Designer Toy Awards can keep his schedule more full than a house of Tanners. His unique perspective and heavy involvement in the designer toy world makes him an important pillar for The Collection and highlights the passion it takes to succeed when you follow your dreams. Huck and Mark get some insight into Kaiju, the vinyl world in New York City, and navigating through the murky waters of a difficult break up. If you don't know what Sofubi is, how dredge taxes kill profitability, or the odds of winning against yourself instead of thousands then this part of The Collection will teach you all that you need to know.

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The Collection Volume XVI: Listen Here

Episode 558 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 16: Roy Miles

The Collection continues to expand with Roy Miles and his whole Hoodfoot Family. With a childhood rooted in broken Millennium Falcons, Hanna Barbera colorways, and the birth of hip hop happening right outside his front door, Miles had a completely unique viewpoint within the designer toy community. However, being ahead of your time has its drawbacks and after difficulty upon difficulty, Roy pivoted over to animation and film to get his ideas out. There is no stopping a passionate creative once they set their mind to it and this part of The Collection truly highlights that fact. Huck has been busy as well with Dapper Little Scoundrels and every other project coming through his Fun Factory which expands his skill set tenfold. 

 

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The Collection Volume XV: Listen Here

Episode 538 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 15: Jesse Hernandez

Jesse Hernandez brings his urban aztec style to The Collection with Huck Gee and Mark Brickey. Jesse lets us inside his multi-faceted history touching on his involvement on everything from Run The Jewels, his own TV show called Vinyl Addiction, and the fingerprint he left on Farmville. With a career that varied Jesse has still managed to carve out a signature style that brings him clients like Rockstar and Gears Of War. Creativity is limitless with a couple late nights and a work ethic thats hard to match from a talented artists and father of four. Huck Gee unveils his process in developing the world his Dapper Little Scoundrels race through and pulls back the curtain on his work at the fun factory he has pieced together. Two masters at their craft open up and remind us all that their raw abilities are just the start of a long journey to produce truly memorable work. 

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The Collection Volume XIV: Listen Here

Episode 523 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 14: MAD Toy Design

Huck Gee and Mark Brickey invite Jeremy Madl of Mad Toy Design to The Collection this month and he has a lot to offer. Jeremy has a degree in toy design and has spent almost two decades inside the industry learning every aspect of development from research to production. We've had a lot of talented designers on The Collection, but Jeremy is the first to use terms like "play patterns" so it's obvious he knows his stuff inside and out. Jeremy has worked with every name in the business, made his own successful toy company, and helped huge properties like Halo and Minecraft. Which conventions does he see as valuable? How does he view his own line of toys? How does he avoid getting burned by clients of all sizes? This episode lets you inside the mind of a modern renaissance man who has built a successful empire from a home base miles away from any major market he deals with regularly. Jeremy Madl brings his unbridled passion to The Collection and shares exactly how he has made things work.

 

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The Collection Volume XIII: Listen Here

Episode 507 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 13: J*RYU

The Collection returns for another year on the Adventures In Design airwaves and Huck and Mark bring J Ryu on as their first guest. J Ryu has a beautiful and delicate ornamentation found across his work that places his work in another time. Between his sense of style and rich pop culture knowledge he adds a whole new layer to The Collection we have yet to hear from a designer. Meanwhile Huck has been hard at work as he adds another production technique to his at home arsenal of toy making gadgetry. This DIY approach offers some cost cutting and time saving tactics Huck employs, but there is still some research to be done and we get to hear some of the results straight form the mad scientist himself.

 

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The Collection Volume XII: Listen Here 

Episode 498 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 12: Camilla d'Errico and Alex Solis

The Collection returns for its possibly final installment with a live performance from Designer Con with Camilla d'Errico and Alex Solis. The life of a creative can take a lot of unexpected twists and turns and this episode focuses in on the optimism and hard work it takes to break through to the other side. When do you start to find your own style? Will I no longer have to live by spreadsheets once I'm successful? How do I kick myself into gear to get things done? The Collection answers all this and more as Mark Brickey and Huck Gee delve deeper into the world of business that surrounds art before and after the live Designer Con portion of the show.

 

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The Collection Volume XI: Listen Here 

Episode 488 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 11: Brooke Wheeler

The Collection explores the company behind the revolution in the marketplace and the world they help build. Brooke Wheeler from Reynolds Advanced Materials joins Huck Gee and Mark Brickey to bring to light the products most makers use on a daily basis to create their empires. From his own past in the creative field to his day to day of working with creatives that use the products he sells, Brooke brings a deep knowledge of what can be done on both large and small scales. Huck and Mark go on to unveil their plans for Designer Con, break down their busy month, and how the upcoming economic changes will affect the designer toy industry that just regained its footing.

 

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The Collection Volume X: Listen Here 

Episode 469 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 10: 2PetalRose

After catching the eye of Clutter and just about everyone at The Blank Show, 2PetalRose joins Huck Gee and Mark Brickey for the next installment of The Collection. Now Huck and Liam have collaborated to make a very limited release of the Ronin Skullhead Rebel and share what two artists working together can accomplish. Each designer brings quality and craftsmanship to the table and get into everything from 3D printed steel swords to their own kanji interpretations. As 2PetalRose rises in the world of resin he is struggling to balance his off time with his growing group of collectors. Huck also touches on his recent release of Gold Life and helps Mark plan for Designer Con as it looms closer. The Collection continues to expand as we hear from a new talent form the recently expanded world of resin in the designer toy world. 

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The Collection Volume IX: Listen Here 

Episode 450 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 9: John Wee Tom

After covering the viewpoint of the artist and the vendor, Huck Gee and Mark Brickey take on the final and quite possibly most complex component in the designer toy world, The Collector. Hailing from all different cultures and backgrounds, the common bond of collectors is their passion for vinyl and the worlds created around them. In the ninth installment of The Collection, Mark and Huck sit down with John Wee Tom, who has been involved with collecting, commissioning, and even exhibiting designer toys by helping bring This Is Not A Toy to life in Toronto. Through this interview we learn about the passion behind collecting and the inner workings of what sparks interest in the mind of an articulate and cultured person who grasps the importance of art and its accessibility to the people. John Wee Tom brings a voice to the most vital aspect of the entire designer toy industry and sheds some light on the drive to buy, sell, and research a corner of the art world that is still in its infancy. 

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 The Collection Volume VIII: Listen Here

Episode 415 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 8: Rotofugi

After sending out a heartfelt letter to their dedicated fans and collectors, Kirby Kerr of famed Chicago toy store and gallery, Rotofugi, becomes the next addition to The Collection with Huck Gee. Mark Brickey and Huck Gee start out this months installment discussing the responsibility and pride associated with being an independent business owner and if its better to keep up a appearances or be transparent with your customers about any issues happening behind the scenes. Kirby brings a unique perspective of the toy store's place in the market of the toy world and how to adapt to a changing marketplace where consumers can buy directly from artists. How important are these centers of culture in bringing in new people to the community, exposing collector's to up and coming artists, and involving the community at large to the creative world they exist in? One thing is for sure, the old model isn't working, and while Kirby has a growing sense of optimism for Rotofugi, what is in store for this cultural landmark located in the heart of America? No matter what market you appeal to, these problems of adaptation and distribution of resources is what every entrepreneur will face art some point in their career and this interview will shed light on dealing with that. 

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The Collection Volume VII: Listen Here

Episode 415 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 7: Sket One

The Collection returns with special guest, Sket One, whose varied career has pushed him to become a financially grounded and creatively unstoppable artist. Starting in graffiti and expanding into designing the Orange Bowl Sket One stays involved in every avenue of creativity he can to keep opening new doors and challenging the boundaries of every medium he works with. Huck Gee brings some insight into Beijing and how he set up his latest gallery show with Clutter Magazine. This part of The Collection explores how an artist interacts with their customers and the freedom (and hard work) waiting for anyone who wants to be in complete control of their career. Mark, Huck, and Sket One bring together their collective thirty plus years of experience in every aspect of the designer toy world to set the standard for how an artist can succeed in their own path. 

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The Collection Volume VI: Listen Here

Episode 396 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 6: Ben Goretsky

The Collection is back with the promoter of Designer Con and owner of 3DRetro.com, Ben Goretsky.

Ben comes to the designer toy world with the unique perspective of a business man and, more importantly, a fan of the industry. By using his love of collectibles, Ben saw a hole in the marketplace and developed Designer Con in Pasadena to help retailers and makers showcase their products to the fans. As the success of the event grows, Ben has to decide how to manage the influx of money and interest and still keep his event true to its original intent. Huck opens the show with his quest to find an assistant and where the delicate art of Wabi Sabi begins and ends as a perfectionist. Join you host Mark Brickey and we add another piece to The Collection. 

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Ferg!

The Collection Volume V: Listen Here

Episode 377 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 5: Ferg

The Collection is back and this time Huck Gee and Mark Brickey bring you a man who was part of the new school even during the heyday of the old school. Ferg spearheaded the DIY designer toy game and has always taken matters into his own hands from his very first toy all the way to present day where he created Playge and developed the multiple toy lines within it. Once the bubble popped, many designers fell to the wayside while Ferg saw an uptick in his bottom line since his production and distribution means were always something he controlled. Ferg's story is one of self reliance, unbridled creativity and doing what you love on your own terms.

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Freeny! 

The Collection Volume IV: Listen Here

Episode 362 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 4: Jason Freeny 
The Collection is back and this time Mark and Huck Gee sit down and talk with Jason Freeny about developing his dissection style he has come to be known for throughout his career. Jason made a decision to pursue artistic success by becoming known for one distinct look that is thoroughly explored over the timeline of a career and we get to hear about that journey in today's episode. 

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The Collection Volume III: Listen Here

Episode 342 “The Collection with Huck Gee Volume III: Miranda O'Brien of Clutter Magazine”

The Collection happens the first Wednesday of every month on Adventures In Design when toy famous designer Huck Gee joins us along with special guests and we talk about the world of collectable designer toys with folks that range from collectors to designers and everyone in-between. On Volume III we evaluate Huck’s first two months in 2016, Huck has realized that maybe he’s been focusing on the wrong part of his career.

The Collection Volume III: Miranda O'Brien of Clutter Magazine

Miranda O’Brien has her own tiny empire that she runs with her husband and friends, Clutter Magazine, Clutter Studios and Gallery. On top of running the Clutter empire once a year she throws a little party called the Designer Toy Awards. Everything she does comes from the perspective of a fan who loves collectible toys and her number one goal is to educate / recruit new people, that she hopes will love Miranda’s corner of the art world as much as she does. 

 

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The Collection Volume II: Listen Here

Episode 327 “The Collection with Huck Gee Volume II: Dov Kelemer of DKE”
The Collection happens the first Wednesday of every month on Adventures In Design when toy famous designer Huck Gee joins us along with special guests and we talk about the world of collectable designer toys from collectors to designers. We evaluate Huck’s first month in 2016, cleaning up his web store and still plotting and panning his future. 

The Collection Volume II: Dov Kelemer of DKE
Chances are any vinyl toy or art toy designer you can name at one point in time Dov Kelemer and his distribution company DKE probably moved their units. We get to sit down with a guy that probably knows as much as you could know about wholesale and retail aspect of art toys. Hear his story in going from Star Wars liquidation guy to being one of the best friends a artist could ever have. 

Dov Kelemer of DKE Interview
Dov shares with us how he got into the game and when he knew it was time to walk away. He explains how he helped designers keep their egos in check, so that they could go on to cash some checks. The truth about how wholesale really works and just how much you need to sale at narrow margins to keep the lights on. Dov has two decades of wholesale experience and has sold millions of dollars of product. Dov shares with us all the hard math behind the industry.

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The Collection Volume 1: Listen Here

AID Episode 308 “The Collection with Huck Gee Volume I: Joe Ledbetter”
The Collection happens the first Wednesday of every month on Adventures In Design when toy famous designer Huck Gee joins us along with special guests and we talk about the world of collectable designer toys from collectors to designers. We evaluate Huck’s limited release from last December. Working hard bust still feeling lazy. Don’t Be A Cock Be A Tiger! 

The Collection Volume I: Joe Ledbetter
Share The Wealth, The Wealth of Knowledge is how start off the first ever episode of The Collection. Huck Gee evaluates and scores his 2015 performance and predicts his new path for the new year. 

Joe Ledbetter Interview
We get to meet Joe Ledbetter and hear about his work life before becoming Joe Ledbetter and working in the apparel industry, saving money and painting during every free moment that he had. Joe shares with us releasing his first product release that quickly became a huge overnight success. From working with the biggest designer toy company in the world to starting his own company, we get to hear it all from Joe Ledbetter. 

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The Collection - official announcement: Listen Here

AID Episode 292 "12 Tubes of Christmas with Huck Gee"

Huck Gee, is a contemporary artist, illustrator, designer toy maker, and designer best known by toy enthusiasts for his iconic "Skullhead" character. He works and lives in San Francisco, California.

 


The pre-Collection Interview: Listen Here

AID Episode 237 - The Reinvention of Huck Gee 

World famous urban vinyl toy designer Huck Gee talks with us about the rise and fall of collector toys, his highs and lows with Kidrobot and most importantly his last year of reinvention, as he sets out to change his career and some would say the world of collectable toys.  

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