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From Jedi to Joker: Mark Hamill Joins Pop Culture Hall of Fame

Many actors fear becoming typecast in after a certain role, thinking they won’t be able to break into new territory. As the star of the biggest grossing movie series at the time, Mark Hamill faced that conundrum. And eventually, he just shrugged and said “might as well enjoy the ride.” As Luke Skywalker in Star […]

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Manga-nificent! Naoko Takeuchi joins PCHOF Inductee Class of ’20

One major criticism of the comics industry is that it often seems to be written by male creators for male readers. Naoko Takeuchi defied that trend by creating the manga series Sailor Moon. Her lasting contribution to correct that imbalance makes her worthy of induction in the Pop Culture Hall of Fame for 2020 as […]

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This is the Way: Mandalorian joins PCHOF Inductee Class of ’20

The trilogy of trilogies of Star Wars movies may be over, but the universe keeps expanding in amazing ways.  In 2009, George Lucas toyed with the idea of expanding the story of a mysterious bounty hunter named Boba Fett. Despite relatively little screen time and even fewer lines, he became one of the most popular […]

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Games Done Quick Zips Into PCHOF Inductee Class of ’20

Some gamers spend hours on end playing the latest video adventures, while some try to get it over with as quickly as possible. And if they do it fast enough, they raise a lot of money for charity. Games Done Quick is a group of speed runners – gamers who try to set records for […]

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Building the Perfect Career: Marcos Bessa joins PCHOF Class of ’20

Kids have unlimited dreams for when they grow up… cowboy, ballerina, astronaut. For Marcos Bessa, his favorite thing was building with Lego blocks. As a teenager, he put them away, feeling he had outgrown them. Luckily, after college, he decided no dream was too childish and got a job as one of Lego’s lead designers. […]

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Trés Excellente! René Goscinny joins PCHOF Inductee Class of ’20

Comic book fans in the US these days tend to focus their passion (and wallets) on titles from American publishers as well as manga offerings from Japan. But European comics such as Asterix by René Goscinny have stood out for decades around the world. For his hilarious and enthralling cartoon adventures, René Goscinny is a […]

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Perfect Fit: Tetris Lands in PCHOF Class of ’20

With each passing year, video games blur the line between virtual and reality. It’s sometimes hard to fathom the simple, pixellated games that ruled the arcades and consoles in the 1980s. Yet, without games like Tetris, the games of today would not exist. For that reason, Tetris is an Inductee in the Pop Culture Hall of Fame […]

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Gotta Illustrate ’Em All: Mitsuhiro Arita joins PCHOF Class of ’20

The world of Pokemon feels like it’s been around so long that characters like Pikachu (who is everywhere) and Charizard (much harder to spot) have been alive forever. But it’s only been a quarter century, believe it or not.  The continuing cultural impact of those monsters is impossible to estimate. Mitsuhiro Arita, the artist credited […]

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Gather ’Round: Richard Garfield joins PCHOF Inductee Class of ’20

For all the complexities of Magic The Gathering, it’s hard to believe the key to the game’s success was to go back and simplify it a bit. Richard Garfield, who created that game (and countless others) is an Inductee to the Pop Culture Hall of Fame for 2020 as a Game Developer. Garfield had developed […]

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