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Professional Background

2020 - Present, Treasurer, Los Angeles Breakfast Club, Los Angeles, CA.

Serves as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for eccentric "Shrine of Friendship" social club founded in 1925. Also serves on the Board of Directors for the  club's sister charity, the Los Angeles Breakfast Club Foundation.

2009 - Present, Proprietor, Collector's Shangri-La, Los Angeles, CA.

Dealer and appraiser of Pop Culture Memorabilia. 

2022, Chapter Chair, National Cartoonists Society, Los Angeles, CA. 

Serves as the head of the Los Angeles Chapter of the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists; founded in 1946.

2012 - 2022, Board of Trustees, Manuscript Society, Overland Park, KS.

International non-profit devoted to the collection, preservation, enjoyment, and use of autographs and manuscripts; founded in 1948. Chair of Ethics Committee.


2001 - 2008, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Condomania, Los Angeles, CA

In charge of sales and marketing including wholesale, internet, and retail locations.


1996 - 2000, Proprietor, Essential Media Catalog, Venice, CA.

Retail store specializing in Counterculture Books and Media. Featured in LA Times, Playboy, Wired, Time Magazine.


1999 - 2000, Marketing Director, Center for Media Literacy, Los Angeles, CA

In charge of marketing, customer service, member communications, and catalog sales at non-profit media education organization.


1998 - 2013, Webmaster, Biblioctopus Rare Books, Beverly Hills, CA.

Bookseller specializing in First Editions of the classics of fiction, science, philosophy, history.


Academic Background


Brown University, Media/Culture, Bachelor of Arts Degree 1992-1996

CA Rare Book School, UCLA Graduate Center of Education and Information Studies 2017-2018

International Society of Appraisers, Appraisal Studies and Continuing Education 2012-2018

UACC Autograph Authentication Course 2014

College for Appraisers, Miscellaneous Appraisal Courses 2012-2016

Oxford University, Worcester College, Shakespeare Studies 1993

Selected Honors


The Manuscript Society President’s Award

UACC’s The Pen & Quill Magazine #7 Fall 2014 Dealer Spotlight


Selected Articles Written


An Interview with William Fliss, Curator of the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection at Marquette University" Manuscripts Volume 73- No. 1 Winter 2021


Mel Blanc: A Portrait in ManuscriptsManuscripts Volume 72- No. 4 Fall 2020

An Interview with David Elkouby, owner of the Hollywood ShowManuscripts Volume 72- No. 2 Spring 2020

An Interview with Susan Allen, Director of the California Rare Book SchoolManuscripts Volume 71- No. 3 Summer 2019


Dave Smith: Disney Archivist, Collector and Member, A Final Interview, Manuscripts Volume 71- No. 2 Spring 2019

"My First Autographs”, The Manuscript Society News Volume XXXIX - No. 4 2018


The Autograph Legacy of a Society Hostess”, Manuscripts Volume LXIV- No. 3 Summer 2012

The Document That Changed the Course of Marx Brothers' History”, The Pen & Quill Magazine Number 4, November 2012

© 2018 Mike Peters

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