Web Arted Oct 17th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly from the collection of James Halperin, founder of Heritage.

Piece Replacement

A few things a collector can look for when trying to detect if any pieces have been replaced.

You Want 2nds? Episode 2 of The Flash “Fastest Man Alive” Oct16

You Want 2nds? Episode 2 of The Flash “Fastest Man Alive̶...

Hi folks, welcome to Archie G’s. I’m your waiter, Raoul. Here at Archie G’s, we don’t think you can make a dependable Pull List decision based on the first serving of a comic. Publishers throw everything they’ve got at a first issue: promotions, gimmick covers, etc. And speculators? Sheesh,...

Pop Porn Podcast Episode 8 with guest Meaghan Carter

Welcome to Pop Porn, a podcast show about pop culture, comics, media and anything nerdy. Hosted by Leigh Hart and Rachel Richey. In this week’s episode we have guest Meaghan Carter. We chit chat about Gotham, American Horror Story, Freak Show, and HammerCon. Plus we have our newest...

Jim Aldridge

On one of my research visits to Gerry Lazare and his wife Setsuko, Gerry said that he had recently received a phone call from someone who had written him a fan letter 40 years ago. Gerry said that the man’s name was Jim Aldridge and that he has had a career in art and design and also that...

An Artist’s Edition Index For All Publishers

Being a fan of the artist’s edition line from IDW and all the other publishers that have followed, releasing books in the same format, I’ve started an index of all current and solicited volumes. Please use it as a reference and let me know what other information you’d like to see listed. I own most of these so it’s been fairly easy to collect the information, but as more publishers join in information will have to be gathered from solicitations and online reviews.

Web Arted Oct 10th

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

An Urban Expression: Michael Cho’s Shoplifter

Michael Cho is a Canadian cartoonist who has previously published a collection of sketches about Toronto titled Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes. So it seems fitting that he begins Shoplifter by showing the reader a cityscape. There are black, rectangular bars above and below the image,...

“I Like Ike’s Plan. The FF Should Go”

“DEAR DOC CURMUDGEON” IS A COLUMN BY CLINT McELROY, MADE UP OF COMPLETELY FABRICATED RESPONSES TO MOSTLY FABRICATED QUESTIONS. BUT YOU KNEW THAT, DUE TO YOUR DISCERNING NATURE AND BRILLIANT MIND WHICH WOULD NEVER FALL FOR A COLUMNIST TRYING TO BUTTER YOU UP…UNLESS YOU’RE INTO THAT.  ...

Comic Culture October 8th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija do lots of talking about comic book type stuff. Producer Shekky Feldstein joins in when he can. The boys discuss some new comics, comic movie news, Halloween and Hamilton Comic Con. So please just sit back, relax and enjoy this...

WECA Worth

My question is, does the scarcity of WECA comics put them in a universe of their own when it comes to determining their fair market value? These books are still somewhat impenetrable for the majority of collectors and maybe an accurate price guide can’t be set down because of the lack of available sales data. I don’t subscribe to GPA so I don’t know if there is any data on sales of some of the slabbed WECA books, but so far this year I have seen about 130 of these books change hands on line, but this unusually high number of WECA books made available in a single year was chiefly due to the 100 or so books offered in the February and March ComicLink (CLINK) auctions. The usual number of books exchanged on line per year is probably below 50. I suspect that most WECA books never reach the online market and are exchanged between collectors, or dealers and collectors hand to hand—or they are discovered when collections come to light from across the country when a collector digs extra hard and uncovers one.

Hamilton Comic Con 2014 Oct06

Hamilton Comic Con 2014

My son and I attended the 2014 Hamilton Comic Con at the Hamilton Convention Centre this past Saturday. It was a one day show in its second year; at some point they changed the name from Hammer Town Comic Con but the old URL still worked. I wasn’t able to secure a ticket last year so...

You Want 2nds? – The Fade Out #2 Oct06

You Want 2nds? – The Fade Out #2

  Hi folks, welcome to ARCHIE G’s. I’m your waiter, Raoul.   Here at ARCHIE G’s, we don’t think you can make a dependable Pull List decision based on the first serving of a comic. Publishers throw everything they’ve got at a first issue: promotions, gimmick covers, etc. And speculators?...

Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis Official Trailer Oct03

Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis Official Trailer

Next up in the DC Animation direct to video hit parade is Justice League: Throne Of...

Web Arted Oct 3rd

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the ComicLink Summer Featured Auction.

Staple Manipulation

A book might have its staples restored – either through cleaning or outright replacement.

Pop Porn Podcast Episode 7

Welcome to Pop Porn, a podcast show about pop culture, comics, media and anything nerdy. Hosted by Leigh Hart and Rachel Richey. In this week’s episode we are happy to be back after a summer hiatus, we discuss what we’ve been up to, Hammer Con, Fan Expo, comics for pre-teen/teen girls...

Review | Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition

IDW continues to diversify its Artist’s Edition line with Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition, a collection of nothing but.

Comic Culture October 1st 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comics with producer Shekky Feldstein. The boys discuss some new comics, touch on some comic movie news and talk Halloween and Hamilton Comic Con. So just sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please,...

Marvelous Anglo-American

In the summer of that year Anglo-American put out Freelance Comics No. 1 (July/August) and then just after that Grand Slam Comics No. 1 (Sept./Oct.) and then Three Aces Comics No. 1 (Nov./Dec. 1941). This rounded off that first year for Anglo-American with all original Canadian material and characters such as Freelance, The Crusaders, Pat the Air Cadet, and Don Shield. At this point, however, Anglo-American decided to veer off this Canadian path and contract with Fawcett in the States, not to reprint their superhero stories, but to use their scripts for redraws. Of course, government acts prevented them from reprinting American comics outright (reprints weren’t really legalized until the war was over) in Canada, but not from drawing their own versions of the Fawcett scripted stories.

Undervalued Spotlight #214

Aquaman #11, DC Comics, September 1963 Recently I was lucky enough to pick up a nice run of 1960s Aquaman, there were strong copies of #1, #3, #4, #5, #8, #10 and #13. As I was pricing out the issues I noticed the Mera issue, #11, was missing. I remembered a while back having a nice copy of...

1st Brief Appearance Vs. 1st Full Appearance: Which Is Better?

If we only look at the Wolverine example, we would assume that the value of a character’s first full appearance always trumps the value of the first brief appearance. It would stand to reason that a comic book reader gets more of the character in the first full appearance issue and this would increase more buying demand (and value) for the first full appearance issue. However, as I sifted through and compared first brief appearance and first full appearance values in this year’s guide, I found that this wasn’t always the case. Here are examples of comics showing both cases: examples where the first brief appearance issue is more valuable, and examples where the first full appearance issue is the more valuable of the two.

Review | Void

A fast-paced story now translated into English, Titan Comics’ Void sets a new bar for graphic novel thrillers and is a must for fans of Sean Phillips.