Loaded: A Message from the Editor top
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and welcome to another issue of Pezhead Monthly!
I am pleased to report that there's been a lot of Pez action
happening as of late. Not only have I picked up the new
dispensers in the Star Wars set (will they ever stop making
Star Wars Pez?? I for one hope not!), the Madagascar gift
set, and several others from various new and recent sets,
but I have also made great progress in my Pez organizing
project. Hopefully I can provide an update on this last
point in an upcoming issue.
this issue, there is much Pez joy to be felt. We start off
with a grand announcement: The 2009 Pez Poetry Slam, which
will be both on the pages of the June issue of Pezhead
Monthly and LIVE at Pezamania 19! As if
that wasn't enough, I also chronicle in words and pictures
a project I recently undertook to create custom Pez dispensers
for my girlfriend's birthday. Rounding out the issue, as
predicted by Nostrodamus himself, is some Pez Poetry and
the Pez Almost-Quote of the Month.
greatly looking forward to all of the exciting Pez developments
set for the next few months. Stay tuned to learn more about
it. And of course, your questions,
comments, and submissions
are always welcome.
care and see you next month!
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
the 2009 Pez Poetry Slam! top
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it's true: the Pez Poetry Slam is back! After a hiatus last
year, this annual celebration of all things Pez poetic,
this Pezhead Monthly tradition, will return in the
June 2009 issue. Submissions are welcome up to Sunday,
May 30, 2009.
that's not all! Thanks to the kindness of John and Linda
Gliha, hosts of Pezamania
19, there will also be a LIVE performance of the Pez
Poetry Slam at the big convention in July. This event will
feature Pez poems from the past 8 years of Pezhead Monthly.
In addition, you can submit and even perform your own Pez
poems at this event!
would like to submit to the 2009 Pez Poetry Slam, or if
you'd like to perform at the LIVE Pez Poetry Slam at Pezamania,
or, heck, if you'd like to do both, then hop on over to
the Pez Poetry Slam page here.
the timing, and get to Pez rhyming! Thanks very much!
Alive! Building a Custom Pez Gift Set top
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my girlfriend's birthday last week, I wanted to give her
something special. After all, this is the girl who took
me to an Elvis
Tribute Artist concert for my birthday a few months
back. So, after putting some thought into it, I decided
to give her big gift her very own customized Pez collection,
including two custom made dispensers- Super Grover and Seth
Green- and one official European Pez dispenser- Melman the
Giraffe from Madagascar.
this sounded like a good idea at first (and, spoiler alert,
she liked it!), almost immediately I realized that, true,
this would be a fun gift to put together, but it would also
be a lot of work. After all, I had never made a customized
Pez dispenser, let alone two, and I didn't know of any designers
or artists who could help out in the relatively short timeframe
I hit eBay. And JoAnn Fabrics. And Staples. And Michaels,
and then Michaels again, and again and again and again.
I even sacrificed a few of my own dispensers, which I am
confident I will be able to replace at Pezamania 19.
follows is an account of my progress over the course of
this project. It wasn't always smooth sailing, but the end
result was something I was quite proud of, and also something
that my girlfriend can enjoy for many years to come.
I discovered that the heads for my custom dispensers would
not fit on a typical Pez, I had to brainstorm what to do.
What I finaly decided to do was use a head from an existing
Pez dispenser. And the
smallest and therefore most obvious head was on the regular
Pez remakes from the 90s.
with this a new problem presented itself: the regular Pez
did not have feet, and I needed a Pez dispenser with feet.
So I realized that I would need to a) remove the head of
the regular Pez, and b) attach it to the stem of another
dispenser. This involved some tough
decision-making, followed by some surgery. For Super
Grover, after a disastrous first attempt with Snow
White, Jeff Gordon was the (un)lucky winner. For Seth
Green, it was Fred Flintstone.
the hinge holes for the regular heads were just a bit too
small for the nubs on the dispenser sleeve. So again, some
minor surgery was needed.
next step was to craft the bases, which would go over the
regular heads and would provide a flat surface for the heads
of the new dispensers. I considered various ways to do this
but ultimately decided on air
hardening clay. After a few failed attempts, I finally
got the bases sculpted and fit on the dispensers.
super-glueing the bases to the dispensers, I painted them
using acrylic paint.
the dispensers ready, base and all, it was time for some
more surgery. This was the part that I was dreading, because
it would involve decapitating some innocent creatures. But,
I had to remind myself, the end result was a new Pez dispenser,
so all is good. The ends truly do justify the means. That's
my story and I'm sticking to it.
off was Super Grover. Super Grover started off as a
pen that I found on eBay. When the seller mysteriously
pulled the auction, I asked her why. She said that she did
not have the dispenser new in bag as she originally thought.
When I told her that it didn't matter, because I was creating
a custom Pez dispenser for my girlfriend, she laughed quite
heartily and sent it on to me.
it came to the actual surgery, I could hardly bear to look
as I pulled the Grover pen apart and eventually had to use
the scissors. I'll let these pictures speak for themselves.
story continues here...
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