A reader of Crimewave named Terry Gilmer made these Mark and Linette action figures about a dozen years ago. He sent us a Polaroid of them holding up little copies of the magazine. Given the nature of Polaroids, you can’t make out a lot of the detail. (The Linette has on a tiny beer can hat and an astroturf dress.) When I first saw it, I thought that they were holding up newspapers, the way kidnapping victims are often made to do, to show that they’re alive on a certain date. I just happened across the picture a few minutes ago, while cleaning my office. I was sitting there at my desk, looking at it and wondering what Terry was up to these days, when Linette came in. She told me that they’d just stopped making Polaroid instant film… I guess from now on hostages and action figures will just be hearing soulless, little digital clicks, instead of that distinctive Polariod sound.

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  1. MonZure
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    “I smelled a city like a polariod instant, waiting to dry.

    And you talk about our chemistry, our magic, as

    night spreads over us like vinyl bat wings, unfolding what we’ve developed.”

  2. Terry
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I also heard about the passing of Polaroid film. That reminds me, I need to find those pictures of my ex-girlfriend I took. Oh, and I’m doing alright still here in Longview, Texas. I just bought a new computer with an advance on my tax refund. Did I ever tell you those were originally Star Trek: Deep Space Nine action figures I found at Big Lots? I still do a lot of my shopping there.

  3. dan
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    The passing of polaroids is sad to me. Though I love my digital camera. Has anyone used or seen a demo of the new polaroid portable picture printer? Maybe it makes a good sound and will have the aesthetics of polaroids?

  4. mark
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I was always freaked out by Polaroids. I thought that the chemicals were going to burn through my fingertips like acid.

  5. peanutbutter sandwich
    Posted February 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I hope you took this guy to court for copyright infringement.

  6. mark
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    We had him killed actually…. It’s OK though…. The new copyright law allows for that… Disney has death squads… It’s true… And it’s all legal.

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