Quarantine has been an interesting time for all of us. Some of us got into knitting, baking sourdough bread, and others went out and got themselves a brand new career. Me? Well, my wife and I got into comic books in a big, big way. We started out small, finding some interesting story arcs, some solid trade paperbacks, and eventually began reading weekly with multiple series.
We were hooked instantly, but my love for all things graphic novel and my passion for all things sports, never intersected. Until that is, I found Pop Fly Pop Shop.
Daniel Jacob Horine is the artist behind one of my favorite “Baseball Meets Art” collaborations with his baseball-inspired comic book covers of some of baseball’s greatest moments and the sport’s biggest names.
In a blog post marking the 6-month anniversary of Pop Fly Pop Shop’s opening, Horine opined that “This journey has been a ton of work but also a ton of joy – both for me and my family. This has been a one-man show to some extent, yes, but very truly it’s a one-family show. Packing prints, folding boxes, and little hands putting on stickers – it’s been a significant journey for our whole family. Your support has meant so much to us and it’s also helped to support causes that are very near and dear to us. We’ve been able to make donations to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, The Armenia Fund, and very shortly to the Dave Parker 39 Foundation. And much more to come, most certainly!
“I’ve been able to partner and collaborate with several major leaguers in bringing these to life. Dale Murphy, Omar Vizquel and Steve Garvey. That’s been a dream come true and with more collaborations in the works for the next few months ahead – well, buckle up. Great stuff coming your way!”
Horine was right, in a big, big way.
Following the site’s 6-month anniversary, Horine put out more prints – these ones revolving around Wade Boggs, Big Bird, and Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson.
As Pop Fly Pop Shop turned one year old, Horine looked back on the year with satisfaction and looked to the future with high hopes.
“I am humbled by how far this has gone. I had no idea that when I sold my first small handful of prints via a PayPal link last June that a year later I’d have worked together with many childhood heroes Hall of Famers and have over 5000 pieces of my work in people’s collections across the world. The novelty of this whole experience is something I won’t ever let wear off. The beauty of all of this is that even as I get older, I still approach these pieces and these players with the same 10-year-old wide-eyed wonder as I had decades ago. Thankfully that part never ages.
“It’s a massive understatement but I am really looking forward to the year ahead. I’m excited by the possibilities and to see just where this will go. My family and I are working hard to bring you engaging stories, tales off the beaten path, unbelievable characters, and intriguing what-if’s — all packed up with as much nostalgia as possible.
Ready? Play ball!”
Needless to say, this is a beautiful intersection between two art forms: baseball and comic books. And we’re very excited to see what comes for Pop Fly Pop Shop in the future. No need to thanks us, but we’re sorry for about your upcoming credit card bill!
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