Friday, July 19, 2013

Read "Junk Metal" at The Disney Blog

A few months ago, I embarked on my biggest cerebral adventure since I began blogging nearly six years ago: reporting and writing my first piece of formal long-form journalism. Last night, I put the finishing touches on the result, of which I am enormously proud.

"Junk Metal: Inside the California Disney Pin Counterfeiting Bust" is the story of two Southern California men—one with a chilling criminal past—who were convicted of sending genuine Disney pins to China to be counterfeited and selling the resulting copies online.

It's a current story (the case left the courts only this past Monday) that combines some of my favourite non-fiction ingredients: law, money, and, of course, Disney. Much of what I discovered about the case has never been reported elsewhere.

"Junk Metal"—all 3,646 words of it—is now up at The Disney Blog, which, as you may know, has been my second blogging home since March 2009.  I encourage you to get out your iPad and read it.

8 comments:

Nini said...

That's a really good read, Mike. Well done.

Mike Bastoli said...

Thanks.

Gobbers said...

Fantastic read Mike! I never would have realized that there was such a thing as "Underground Disney Pin Trading" or even a black market for pins.

Anonymous said...

I don have an iPad so I can't read it.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I took some time out of my day to read Junk Metal. very well detailed.

Anonymous said...

Shame it can't be read on anything other than an ipad :(
How about making it available to other tablets and normal desktop PC's?

Mike Bastoli said...

Of course you can read it on your PC or any other device. iPad was just my recommendation because of the length.

Anonymous said...

Oh, ok. Thanks. Will check it out.