As a child of the 80s, I can relate a lot to Adam Goldberg. I was totally into Voltron, Thundercats, Star Wars… all that geeky stuff! Like Adam, I was also not into sports- I would rather draw or play with toys in my room. And when I did go outside to play, I would wander the entire neighborhood observing creatures big and small. I think that was my yearning for photography before I even had a camera. In high school my friends and I always had a video camera on hand, making lots of meaningless movies.
Even if you didn’t grow up in the Philadelphia area in the 80s, The Goldbergs is an awesome show! My family lived in Willow Grove, just two towns away from Jenkintown, where The Goldbergs takes place. We lived there until about 1984 when we moved to Ocean City but I still have vivid memories of that area. I remember when the Willow Grove Park Mall was brand new! My mom would take us clothes shopping there and my favorite part was getting Chipwiches from the ice cream stand inside.
I love that The Goldbergs captures the 80s so well and every character is hilarious in their own way. That’s why I decided to illustrate each one of them separately, starting with my favorite character: Beverly Goldberg. I hope to have these Smother’s Day cards available by the end of the week. They are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day!