Auction Highlights #84

Comic Link April Focused Auction The Silver Age and Bronze Age comic book portion of ComicLink’s April Focused Auction ended Wednesday April 26th and I thought we’d chat about it a bit. No big blockbuster books in this auction, as a matter of fact the top book only earned $14,251 but I’m only...

The Myth of the Fake Geek Girl Needs To Stop

I’ve talked to quite a few non-comics and comics people about the events of the past couple of weeks. I talked to them about a Teen Titans cover, subsequent rape threats, a coffee t-shirt, and the reaction that followed. In short, non-comics people were shocked and amazed that our cuddly little hobby had such a dark side, and comic book people were not surprised at all.

Pop Porn Podcast: Episode 3 with Guest Host Pete DeCourcy

In this week’s episode we have a guest host, Pete DeCourcy. We talk about The Comixology Retailer Survey, upcoming conventions in Toronto, our favourite Batman super villains, and we also go off on a lot of nerdy tangents!

Comic Culture April 23rd 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija chat all things comic, movies, gossip, rumors etc. As always they are joined by producer Shekky Feldstein! The Shekkster also spins some slick cool tunes. So please sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and...

“Ohh, If Only Willow Were Here, Too”

It’s time for another update from BIFF SOCKO, TWO-FISTED NEWSHOUND. Biff Socko covers Comic Book News like zits on the A-V Club. Faster than Perry White! Stronger than J. Jonah Jameson! Hotter than Cat Grant. He is…BIFF SOCKO!

Scenes from Fan Expo Vancouver 2014

Fan Expo Vancouver rolled into town on April 18 to 20. This was the third edition of Fan Expo in Vancouver and it was another big success. This year’s Expo was expanded to three days instead of two, and it was a little unusual to fall on the Easter holiday weekend. Like the upcoming 2014 Fan Expo in Toronto, this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver was scheduled on a holiday long weekend, and this may have prevented some folks from attending. On the bright side, the organizers seemed to have solved the long line-ups problem from last year, as this year’s wait lines didn’t seem as long as the ones from last year.

For The Love Of Collecting

So how do we make wise decisions as collectors and as businessmen or women? I really don’t have a magical answer to that question. I have both bought and sold books, and afterward wondered why I did either, but invariably a lot of it comes down to money. Moulaaah, cash flow! Even if I have a great copy of an issue, when I see one that is a little bit nicer I can justify buying it with no problem whatsoever.

Undervalued Spotlight #198

Power Man #48, Marvel Comics, December 1977 Reading Dennis de Pues’ great post on the John Byrne FF run got me a bit nostalgic. I was consuming a lot of comics in the late 70s and early 80s and there was simply no escaping John Byrne. As I commented in Dennis’ post I loved...

Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond DC Nation Short Apr21

Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond DC Nation Short

Here’s the second 75th anniversary Batman short for the Cartoon Network’s DC Nation: this time Darywn Cooke returns to Batman Beyond.

GTA Comic Con 2014

April 19th/2014 was the inaugural GTA Comic Con at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto. The show was organized and presented by RPG Events, who also organizes the Canadian ToyCon and Burlington Toy Show. This was their first foray into being a straight comic book convention, with of course, attractions for all fans of comics, toys, collectibles and general “nerdery”.

Web Arted Apr 18th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at ComicLink’s April 2014 Focused Auction, Original Art.

Cap’s Artist Alley Part One: Captain America 109-113

This eleven issue run has two strong story arcs, and features Rogues gallery of Marvel artists. Early Daredevil and late Original X-Men runs also feature a stellar group of artists in them, however I think they fall just a little short of this one. Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, John Romita, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, and Gene Colan all get a crack at Captain America here. All of the stories are written by Stan Lee. This edition of Arcs and Runs will be as much about the artists as the stories themselves, and will be in two parts.

“Don’t Forget Octopussycatwoman”

It’s time for another update from BIFF SOCKO, TWO-FISTED NEWSHOUND. Biff Socko covers Comic Book News like zits on the A-V Club. Faster than Perry White! Stronger than J. Jonah Jameson! Hotter than Cat Grant. He is…BIFF SOCKO!

The Return of ComicLink Canadian Whites

The last ComicLink featuring a collection of Canadian “Whites” was this past February and, in the end, commanded some eye-opening prices for these scarce books. There we had about three dozen books, most in mid-grade to better. In my opinion even 6.5 and up should be considered “high grade” for these scarce Canadian wartime comics, given that so few are found in this condition.

This month’s auction, even though it has almost double the amount of books (61), has them in mostly in lower grades. Almost a dozen of them are incompletes (0.5) because of a centerfold missing or a rectangular coupon cut out of the front cover. I’ve done a summary of the books on offer in a chart form anchored on condition, going from the lowest to the highest.

John Byrne and the Fantastic Four

As so happens when comic book fans of the over 40 crowd get together, we lament the good old days of the Silver Age. This conversation however leapfrogged over to the 80′s , and John Byrnes’ fabulous run on the Fantastic Four.

Undervalued Spotlight #44 Revisited

Almost 4 years ago I posted Undervalued Spotlight #44 featuring Lobo #1 published by Dell Comics in December 1965. Spotlight #44 has always been one of my favorite posts, the weight and importance of that comic had not yet translated into value and I knew it was just a matter of education....

Fan Expo… Labour Day Weekend

If you are planning on attending Fan Expo in Toronto this year, there is something to take into consideration. It’s changed weekends.

Web Arted Apr 11th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days.

Bruce Timm’s Batman: Strange Days DC Nation Short Apr11

Bruce Timm’s Batman: Strange Days DC Nation Short

Hailed as one of the greatest visions of Batman outside of print, Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series gave us a definitive take on the caped crusader. Now Timm applies his talents to a new two minute short that appeared on The Cartoon Network Wednesday. Enjoy.

ComiXology Purchased By Amazon Apr11

ComiXology Purchased By Amazon

In an interesting turn of comics related business ComiXology CEO David Steinberger announced on their website that ComiXology is now part of the Amazon family.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In writing this column I was forced to abandon my original idea of a spoiler-free review. The movie came about 6 days ago and you can find all sorts of spoiler-free reviews online, and all of the really interesting stuff I want to discuss requires this to be a pretty spoilerific article. So here is the warning: don’t read any further if you have not seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Pop Porn Episode 2: April 10th ’14 with guest Jason Loo

Welcome to Pop Porn, a podcast show about pop culture, comics, media and anything nerdy. Hosted by Leigh Hart and Rachel Richey. In this weeks episode we have a guest, Jason Loo. Creator of The Pitiful Human Lizard and Member of The X-Men Toronto. We talk about his projects as well as Batman’s 75th Anniversary and we dish out new challenges!

Canadian Crude

I recently came across a copy of a newsprint comic put out in April of 1941 called Canadian Rocket. I’m sure that some of you have already seen it. This has no glossy or cardboard type cover and is simply a newsprint publication that is a little larger than a regular comic book. Perhaps this was also the format of Robin Hood Comics No. 1 by Anglo American Publications which appeared on the stands a month earlier along with Better Comics No. 1 from Maple Leaf Publications. The indicia attribute it to Victory Publishing Co. in Toronto.