I've been in a fandom for a few related things for some time.

But suddenly after these many years, questions are arising in my little brain: Do I like being a fan? Do I like what I am a fan of? Do I like what or who I am when I am a fan? It should be simple but, for some reason, being a fan right now is causing me fandom funk. Why so difficult?

Maybe it's because I haven't been to a fan convention since 2011, the last Farscape Convention. 

They're called action figures but for the most part, they can't stand on their own two feet.

Hi, my name's Mark and I collect action figures. "Hi, Mark!" It's been two weeks since I collected my last action figure. Round of applause.

Why can't action figures stay standing up? Does the word 'action' in action figures mean 'falling down a lot'? I have all but two of my figures in their original packaging unless you count the loose Yosemite Sam, and they don't want to stay standing. Yosemite stands partially on his beard so I generally have no problem with him unless there is a shelfquake.

I collect TV show and movie action figures. I even have one musician action figure - Iggy Pop; that's right, the godfather of punk. Up until a few months ago I kept the figures in their original packaging and stored away. What fun is that?

In the meantime I am doing web and marketing work for an upcoming web series called Naught for Hire; a sci-fi, detective, dramedy, noir piece starring sci-fi superstar Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who). Graphic artist Jason Moore created an image for the lead character of the show Nick Naught wearing a black suit and trench coat. Looks cool I thought. How would that look as an action figure? Cool of course. This idea led to my first encounter with kitbashing.

So what exactly is kitbashing?

What's on your telly? Have you been watching all your favorite TV shows regularly or have you lost interest?

I had my weekly list for each season for a number of years. Some weeks it was all I could do to keep up with what I wanted to watch. Then the unthinkable happened; it all became boring. How did that happen?

One thing is for sure: I'd rather read a bad book than watch a bad TV show.


If I want to keep up my interest in a show I forget about it until it comes out on DVD. Then I borrow it from the local library and run a marathon of the show. Imagine doing this with The Walking Dead. I did. Not, not imagined, but did a marathon of season 2. Note to self: watching a marathon of The Walking Dead is not a good time to be eating anything with red sauce.

Last year a friend and I had a few marathon sessions with the TV show Farscape. She had been resistant to watching it even though I talked about it all the time. But I finally caught her at a weak moment and we ended up watching the first season in three nights; 7 hours, 8 hours, 7 hours. Exhilarating to say the least.

Even when I've watched a show season on the telly, I might still buy the DVD/Blu-Ray just to have a marathon session with them. On the watch wait list right now is Being Human UK, Life on Mars UK, Firefly (for the 5th or 6th time), Farscape on Blu-Ray (even though I have already watched the whole series around ten times), Battlestar Galactica (2010).

When will I have time to do this? I'm not sure but it probably will be around the time I have marathon sleepless nights/mornings.