Sunday, December 8, 2013

New Beatles Postings!

I am going to update my Beatles blog on occasion as quite a few new albums and songs have come out since the first edition of my book: "Mark Arnold Picks on The Beatles". I mean, Paul McCartney has put out albums like "Kisses on the Bottom" and "New" and Ringo has put out "Ringo 2012" and has a new album due out next year. The Beatles even put out "On Air - Live at the BBC, Volume 2", so I should update this from time to time and maybe I will issue a revised version of my book. Stay tuned! 

The Collectionary

Information, technology, and innovation are moving at an incredible rate.  People are constantly bombarded with the most recent data, newest items, and latest fad.  What if their was a place where you could take a break from the constant noise of what’s NEW?  The Collectionary is focused on the history and stories of items and collectibles in a way that has never been done before.   

What inspired The Collectionary into existence?

The Collectionary was created because we wanted to create a Dictionary of everything in the world that people collect.   There are hundreds of e-commerce sites, but there is no dedicated place where you can learn about different items.  Whether it's the history, facts, or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item, we want to give people a place to learn about the collectibles they love.   

What made you coin it The Collectionary? 

Collectionary comes from combining the words Collection and Dictionary.  A fun play on words that explains what we are working on with our site and brand. 

Why is your site devoted solely to The Beatles?

No, the Beatles Collectionary is one out of hundreds of different Collectionaries to join.  We have expert collectors we call moderators that help us with each Collectionary to add new and cool items to the site.  In fact, we would love to have more Beatles moderators willing to help out :). 

What's the takeaway for potential customers? What can they hope to gain from perusing your site?

We hope anyone checking out our site will enjoy looking at all the amazing collectibles ever created.  Looking at the older, nostalgic items we want them to bring back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life.  We also want people to learn about Collectibles as we point to where those items are for sale anywhere on the internet. 

Anything unusual worth noting about your site? The Beatles

Our site would love to have more moderators helping us out.  I'm sure you will find many unusual and never before seen Beatles items here. 

To see all the amazing Collectionaries please visit our homepage:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Beatles Book is Done!

You can now order it on and soon Amazon. Here's the press release:

Mark Arnold Picks On The Beatles is a song-by-song review by Comic Book and Animation Historian Mark Arnold of literally every song The Beatles ever recorded, both group and solo, released and unreleased.

The book features previously unpublished artwork by Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), who also drew the front cover, Jack Kirby (in a drawing presented by Kirby to Paul McCartney back in the 1970s), Patrick Owsley (Classic Media licensee artist) and many, many others.

The full list of writer’s and artist’s names include: Mark Arnold, Jack Kirby, Bill Morrison, Patrick Owsley, Greg Beda, Jerry Beck, Frankie Addiego, Dane Andrew, Armando Betancourt, Gary Bingaman, Lee Hester, Paul Maringelli, Shelley Pleger, Jeff Plotkin and Eytan Wronker.

Complementing each chapter is a survey of Harvey-related feature films, animated series, comic book indexes and reviews, and interviews and tributes to various Harvey artists, writers and creators. Lavishly presented with numerous illustrations.

Author Mark Arnold lives in Saratoga, California. He has four other books to his credit including The Best of The Harveyville Fun Times!, Created and Produced by Total TeleVision: The Story of Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo and the Rest and If You’re Cracked, You’re Happy: The Cracked Mazagine Story and assisted Craig Yoe with his book Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers. He has had numerous articles published in Back Issue, Hogan’s Alley, Comic Book Marketplace, Alter Ego, The Comics Journal, and The Harveyville Fun Times! which he also edited and published.

His traveling original art show From Richie Rich to Wendy the Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics appeared in four cities from 2008-2010 including San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Arnold is currently working on a book about Walt Disney Productions and with Shout Factory on DVD releases for Casper, Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Last Call for Beatles Artwork

It's the last call for Beatles artwork for my book called "Mark Arnold Picks on The Beatles". Anyone who submits artwork that is used in the book will receive a free copy of the book when it is published.

It looks like I will be publishing it in March, so you have until the end of February to get something to me. Please send it via because I expect them to be large files.

I am looking for early Beatles and post-breakup Beatles because I have quite a few Sgt. Pepper/Yellow Sub era Beatles. I won't reject you if you do one from that era, however...

Cover is by Bill Morrison ("Simpsons Comics").

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Zoo Gang by Paul McCartney – ***

First released: 1974

For some reason this Wings song didn’t get released as the b-side of "Band on the Run" in the US as it had in the UK. It apparently is a theme song for some show that I’ve never seen, but it’s not a bad little instrumental. When my parents went to Europe in 1984, I asked my mom to pick up the 45 just for this song. When CDs came into vogue, McCartney remembered this and it ended up being included as a bonus track on the "Venus and Mars" CD.

When Paul reissued "Band on the Run" again in 2010, this was added on the deluxe edition.

Zindy Lou by Ringo Starr – (NR)

First released: 1976

Zindy Lou was a track from The Manhattan Transfer album called "Coming Out" in which Ringo played drums.

Zig Zag by George Harrison – ***

First released: 1986

Originally from "Shanghai Surprise" feature film where we actually see George perform it. He later stuck it on the b-side of "When We Was Fab". Finally, it was released on the 2004 CD reissue of "Cloud Nine". A nice jaunty sort of tune that really highlights George’s instrumental capabilities as the lyrics consist of “Zig Zag…oh, Zig Zag, etc.”