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Bringing Pop Culture to Menswear with Tony Kim of Hero Within



Welcome to Episode 43 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with Comic-Con fan, blogger, fashion designer for Hero Within, and foster parent Tony Kim.

“Ultimately we believe that everyone has a hero within themselves. We all have the capacity to lead and inspire and save, and to be a source of inspiration for others.”

Tony talks about growing up, and his relationship with comic-book superheroes. We get first-hand insight into the unique personal and cultural identity issues associated with minorities who “go nerd.” Tony talks about how his identity issues strengthened his relationship with comics, drove him toward his current successes, and reinforced his beliefs.

We’ll also discuss the Comic-Con culture and how it has changed over the years; bloggers; the need for heroes; fostering and adoption; and the fascinating relationship between orphans and superheroes.

Since being a parent and full time Comic-Con supporter was not enough for Tony, he’ll also tell us his inspiration for Hero Within, his new hero-inspired clothing line for men.

This and more on today’s fun chat with Tony Kim.

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The Credits 

Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi. 

The illustration accompanying these show notes is by Whit Harris.

The theme music for this episode was provided by Le Chateau. The track name is “Bury You.” Go buy it on Soundcloud!

This episode and these show notes © 2016 David Lizerbram

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