Mark Hamill wants to come to your house and look through your stuff. Well, your interesting, collectible stuff anyway, that’s what he’ll be doing this fall on the new Comic-Con HQ digital channel as host of Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest.
Hamill is a rabid collector himself; the kind who has to rent storage space for the overflow. He knows how much collectors enjoy showing memorabilia to people who appreciate what it’s all about. We’re guessing he’ll find a strong community among the many pop culture fandoms where possession is 9/10th of cred.
Though he’ll serve as executive producer alongside Howard Kazanjian and Darren Moorman, Hamill is also a smart choice for host. Most people know him as Luke Skywalker but the actor has played dozens of roles on TV and in film since the early 1970s, most of which have been in formerly-niche, now-pop culture properties: The Flash, Batman: The Animated Series, Wing Commander, Johnny Quest, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, MadTV…and those are just a few of the list through the late 90s. This is a guy who can discuss a myriad of memorabilia.
On Facebook Hamill posted this promise:
What’s not to like about that? We’re in.
Hamill recently wrapped filming on Star Wars VIII and production of the new show is slated to start this month. Also on the producing team is Scott Kinney, a vintage show promoter, and himself an uber-collector. Kinney confirmed for me that they’re still looking for collectors in Southern California to feature. For this first season they’ll stick close to home due to Hamill’s Star Wars commitments. Next season? Infinity and beyond! Or, at least the greater U.S. If you’d like to contact them about your collection use the links on this page for the show.
Comic-Con HQ is a digital channel created by Comic-Con International (CCI) and Lionsgate. CCI is the non-profit organization best known for their flagship San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the largest pop culture convention in the United States held each July. They’re also behind Wondercon and the Alternative Press Expo and their mission statement defines their goal to create awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms. A big piece of most conventions is the massive market for collectibles, some of which are artforms in their own right. Booths of memorabilia for sale can fill acres of space in an expo hall.
Tickets for the 4-day SDCC event sell out within minutes during their online sale. Some bloggers have estimated that as many as 900,000 people vie for approximately 120,000 passes available. Comic-Con HQ is intended to provide Comic-Con related material year-round to this booming audience. Though CCHQ will launch in the US plans are to eventually make it available internationally. Con Man, the fan convention spoof from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion will also air on on the channel.