How to Sell Comics

April 29, 2012

Selling your comics?  Get the inside scoop BEFORE you sell!

 Alan Collins offers How To Easily Sell Your Comics For Big Money!
Especially Those 
Worthless, Hard-To-Sell Comic BooksJust About Nobody Wants!

The “instant profit secret” is perfectly legal, wholesome, ethical, moral and safe. It draws buyers to your comics like bees to honey — NO MATTER what kind of comics you have, NO MATTER where you’re located, NO MATTER HOW MANY COMICS YOU HAVE — 1, 1000, or 100,000 comics…it just doesn’t matter. Alan is convinced that anybody can apply his secret — and make money fast — if they just knew what it was and how to use it.

Learn more before you take pennies for your comics . . . 

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Comic Book Collecting

April 22, 2012

Comic book collecting is a combination of nostalgia, investment and comic art appreciation.

Building a comic book collection takes time and money, and ultimately is a reflection of your personal taste.

 

But when it comes to the value of your collection, I have one word for the graduate.  Condition.

In real estate value is determined by Location, Location, Location

It’s not too much different for comic books, except it’s their location in time and how well they have held up.

For comic books it’s Condition, Condition, Condition

If you collect as an investment, you gots to know this:  the primary factor affecting comic value is condition.

The difference between a Near Mint comic and a Very Fine may seem insignificant to an amateur.

But open the pages of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and notice how the difference in condition can translate into a reduction of hundreds, thousands, or millions of dollars at auction.

If you collect older comics, golden and silver age, you will of course want to acquire comics that appeal to your sense of aesthetics, perhaps your memory of seeing the comic for the first time, and possibly recollections of the stories inside.

For the cold-hearted comic grader, these factors immaterial.  The comic’s worth is of course based on its popularity and possibly its place in comic history.  But the grader is looking at condition only and that assessment will determine the ultimate value of the comic. The smart collector will learn the rules of comic book grading. THE book to learn how is the Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics. The guide includes detailed photos of comic books in all the grades and gives the reasons for the grade.
Photo of the Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics, the ultimate guide to comic book grading.

 Can I Improve the Condition of My Comics?

The short answer is no, unless you have access to a time machine.  Debate rages over the acceptability and detectability of comic book pressing.  Sure you can even remove some wrinkles by hand.  But ultimately the condition and paper strength of a comic are irreversible.

Don’t buy a comic in bad shape and think you can “fix” it.  That’s why comic grading is so critical to the hobby.  A book is never going to get any better.

But a comic book’s condition can and will get worse.

Can I Protect the Condition of My Comics?

Now for some good news!  Yes, you can.

Beginning with the obvious advice not to read your copy of Batman #1 with peanut butter on your fingers, the condition of your comics is literally in your hands.

The most effective and least expensive step to protect a comic book is to “board, bag, and box.”

The inked paper on the cover of a comic book is very sensitive to bending.  “Spine stress” results from even a slight folding of the book from top to bottom, leaving a color break in the ink surface.  Dark comics show spine stress and color breaks much more readily than lighter covers, but if the comic has been bent at any point in its life, spine stress is there no matter the color.

Backer Boards

Like a stretcher or a gurney, the most important function of a Backing Board is the prevention of spine stress.

Quality backer boards will be acid free and buffered with alkali so that they don’t contribute to paper acidification.  But don’t kid yourself that an alkali backer board is going to magically stop the pages from breaking down.  It won’t.

Comic Book Bags

The comic book bag’s primary function is to keep the patient, er comic book, strapped to the gurney, um backer board.  The kind of plastic of for a comic bag doesn’t matter too much if the bag is changed after a few months.  For longer storage you want one kind of plastic, Mylar.  I prefer thick Mylar because it offers stiffness and a bit of armor against thumbnails and other dings.

 

A comic book bag or sleeve also provides protection against finger oils, pollution, humidity, and drool of other comic collectors when they see a great book.

People have a misconception that comics need to “breathe.”

Wrong.

We need to breathe, comics are happy with as little  exposure to air as possible.

Comic Book Storage Boxes

Comics in a pile press down on one another, creating stress.  They also slide all over the place.  You will want to keep your comics upright in an appropriately sized acid-free box.

Comics should be packed tightly so that they can’t rattle around and get damaged, but not so tightly that they smush one another.  Boxes exclude light, a very damaging environmental threat, and to some extent, pollution.

These three B’s — bag, board and box — are the tender loving care (TLC) your comics need to stay healthy.

Amazon carries a full line of bags, boards and boxes.  Yes they cost a little money but when you calculate the cost PER COMIC of Triple-B TLC it works out to a fraction of the value the comic stands to lose without protection.

Make sure to get the right sizes.  I prefer slightly oversized boards and bags to protect edges and spines.  For example, storing silver age comics in golden age bags and boards.

The team at Overstreet has published a third book on the world of comic books and details of comic book collecting.
The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics, all the details of the comic book collecting

Make sure to check out the Iron Clad Comics ultimate storage system

 

Rise Against And Why They Are Epic

February 3, 2012

Rise Against is an awesome rock band that almost no one knows about. I am trying to help everyone realize just who they are.

Rise Against has many songs, one of my favorites being From Heads Unworthy. To hear this song, just click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35lFiW21Y-0 and listen. This band is basically rock, with quite a bit of hard core music. In my opinion, it is an amazing band. It features many ideas: one of them being world peace, although it does not sound like it. This band also goes against drugs and violence, too. In a particular song (Help is On The Way) the lyrics are:

I have my mother’s dreams

I have my father’s eyes

You can’t take that away from me

Just go ahead and try

The crescent city sleeps

The giants in the sky

Preparing to unleash

Let loose a mighty cry

Can nobody save us?

Will anyone try?

The bayou is burning,

The cypress is dying

And along they’re saying

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

One by land, two by sea

Right there in front of me

Help is on the way

Five thousand feet below

As smoke engulfs the sky

The ocean floor explodes

Eleven mothers cry.

My bones all resonate,

A burning lullaby.

You can’t take that from me,

Just go ahead and try!

 

That is only part of the lyrics, but you see the feeling and intertwined messages from it. It shows depth. For the full song, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxrf0qBoqsk&feature=related, or http://soundcloud.com/96x/rise-against-help-is-on-the-way.

You can see my reasons for thinking this band is absolutely epic.