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Charlie Kim is a designer who is currently transitioning into teaching. While working for various companies, he helped develop many international brands such as the Hong Kong Airport identity, Lenovo’s sponsorship program for the Beijing Olympics and Lavasa, a new city being developed in India. Locally, he's also worked on the 1998 campaign for the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Innovations stamp for Canada Post and the terrible Grand & Toy re-brand (hey, they can't all be winners). Charlie’s love affair with art and design all began with comics.

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February 16, 2017 / / Nut Shell 2 Comments

In Part 1 we looked at various criteria that helped to identify “quality” books as potential investment vehicles. In this follow up, we’ll examine some common traits that may, or…

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February 1, 2017 / / Nut Shell 7 Comments

If you’ve read any of my past posts, then you’ve read me drone on about buying “quality keys” versus “junk keys”, and yet I’ve avoided trying to define what I…

Read the PostInvestment Books, Part 1

December 28, 2016 / / Nut Shell 9 Comments

An inherent part of collecting is being able to show-off your books, but having been blessed with astute sensitivity, I’m far above this crass behaviour. I kid, of course. I’m…

Read the PostBoxing Day 2016

December 14, 2016 / / Nut Shell 7 Comments

I’m back with part two of my list of recommendations. Similar to part one, you’ll find some dark themes, mind benders, thrillers and more sensitive, introspective stories to enjoy. These…

Read the PostRecent Reads, Part 2

December 7, 2016 / / Nut Shell 7 Comments

Being a slow reader with many interests means that my “to-read” list is an ongoing work in progress. I recently made a push to chip away at my massive list…

Read the PostRecent Reads, Part 1

November 16, 2016 / / Nut Shell 2 Comments

In part one of this write up, I briefly looked at the changing demographic and the response from Marvel and DC. I also discussed the growing Asian influence, specifically from…

Read the PostDiversity, Part 2: Asian Heroes

November 9, 2016 / / Nut Shell 3 Comments
September 28, 2016 / / Nut Shell 13 Comments

Back in early February, I noted that sales during the past holiday were slow and that the back issue market appeared to be trending down. I wondered if comics had…

Read the PostMarket Watch

September 14, 2016 / / Minutiae 16 Comments

Another Fan Expo has come and gone, and this year, I had the good fortune of being able to set up as a vendor. In the past, I’ve set up…

Read the PostThe Big One: Fan Expo

August 24, 2016 / / Nut Shell 20 Comments

When it comes to investment comics, here’s what we know: The growth trajectory isn’t a simple ramp but rather an exponential curve and higher grades can offer higher yields.  …

Read the PostThe Sweet Spot

July 13, 2016 / / Nut Shell 8 Comments

When I’m out and about, one of the things I like to do is pop into the used book store. Not only can you find some really good deals, but…

Read the PostThe Used Book Store

May 16, 2016 / / Nut Shell 3 Comments

Darwyn Cooke was an award winning artist, born in Toronto, and celebrated for such works as Catwoman, Justice League: The New Frontier and Richard Stark’s Parker series. It was announced…

Read the PostDarwyn Cooke (1962-2016)

April 11, 2016 / / Nut Shell 6 Comments

The online market has turned many collectors into dealers who prefer to focus solely on the more lucrative first appearance of popular characters, adding to the competition for “key” books.…

Read the PostChange and Opportunity

April 4, 2016 / / Nut Shell 3 Comments

If you’re old as I am, then you’ve been around long enough to notice change. One of the most notable changes that we can point to is how and what…

Read the PostQuiet Moments

March 7, 2016 / / Nut Shell 10 Comments

I was at a local shop last month wanting to buy an X-Men #120. The book was certified by CGC as a 9.0 but the slab was cracked and scuffed…

Read the PostCrack and Flip

February 1, 2016 / / Nut Shell 72 Comments

If you troll the auction sites as much as I do then you’ve noticed something interesting lately. It’s hard to account for every book but many of our favourite keys…

Read the PostHave Comics Peaked?

January 11, 2016 / / Nut Shell 11 Comments
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November 16, 2015 / / Nut Shell 16 Comments

In my last write up, I wrote about being more strategic with your purchases and not letting sentiment dictate your investment decisions. One of the things I discussed was understanding…

Read the PostWhere to Sell