Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Fun Ideas Productions' 20th Anniversary

Fun Ideas Productions was founded in 1990 by Mark Arnold as Fun Times Productions as the overall publishing company for his magazine "The Harveyville Fun Times!" Over time, Fun Times changed its name to Fun Ideas due to the wide diversity of projects, that now includes video production and art shows. The company is based in Saratoga, CA, near San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Along with publishing "THFT!", Fun Ideas published "Censorshi*", and various articles written by Mark Arnold for other publications including "Comics Journal", "Comics Buyer's Guide", "Hogan's Alley", "Back Issue", "Comic Book Artist", "Riverdale Ramblings", "Comics Source" and even wrote three comic book stories for Shanda Fantasy Arts.

As Fun Ideas second decade started, the time was right to enter into book publishing. To date, three books have been published:

"The Best of The Harveyville Fun Times!"

"Created and Produced by Total TeleVision productions: The Story of Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo and the Rest" with BearManor Media

"If You're Cracked, You're Happy: The Cracked Mazagine Story" with BearManor Media

and soon books on The Beatles, Harvey Comics, and more.

2008 was an important year as Mark Arnold along with Dave Holt helped organize the Harvey Art Show called "From Richie Rich to Wendy the Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics". The show ran successfully from June-December 2008 at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum, January-June 2009 at New York's MoCCA, July-August 2009 at Philadelphia's Toonseum, and soon in April 2010 at Los Angeles area's Van Eaton Galleries.

Video footage has been taken along the way and some has been posted on YouTube. Eventually, the additional footage will be compiled into a lengthier video format, with plans for more video productions.

Mark Arnold was honored from November 2009-January 2010 as one of the "100 Famous Saratogans"; a list that included Steven Spielberg, Olivia De Havilland and Kerri Walsh among its honorees.

Fun Ideas Productions expansion plans in the next few years include more books, articles, art shows and video productions, and also radio or TV shows or podcasts. The sky's the limit when it comes to Fun Ideas Productions. Remember, if it's a Fun Ideas Production, it's a "Good Idea".

Please contact Mark Arnold today at 408-482-9327 or funideas.mark@gmail.com in order for him to work with you on your multimedia writing and video production needs.

Fun Ideas Productions
P.O. Box 2616
Saratoga, CA 95070

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