Author: Charlie Kim

YouTube for All

About 10 years ago, I made the decision to cut our cable and phone service in favour of hi-speed internet. But I also worried that my family would be left out of the cultural loop, and indeed, it was difficult to hold up my end of the conversation at the water cooler during work when everyone else was chatting up the previous nights episode of the latest hot show. However, I didn’t actually have time to watch long stretches of TV like I use to do. It was simply on in the background and I would catch glimpses of...

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Market Watch Revisited, Part 2

Summer is well underway and I’ve spent the better part of this month fixing little things around the house. Next on the list is to give our deck a fresh coat of paint. I saved the old paint can so that I can get the store to match the same colour. I remember paying about $27 for one standard can of paint just over 5 years ago, but I was shocked to find out that a new, fresh can of paint is now almost $50 after taxes… for the exact same brand, same colour and from the same store....

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Market Watch Revisited, Part 1

Last September, I acknowledged a shift in back issue sales that began in November 2015. I wrote about three concerns I had as we entered the biggest shopping season of the year: Holiday sales The US political climate Movie fatigue Now that we’re about half way through 2017, let’s revisit these concerns… Holiday Sales I had hoped that there would be an uptick in sales during the 2016 holiday season, but depending on which store or which report you read…many reported that spending was slightly up, or slightly down compared to the previous 2015 season. Anecdotally speaking, this exact...

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75 Years and Counting

Speaking of milestones, both DC and Marvel Comics celebrated their 75th Anniversary during the past several years. DC Comics was officially founded in 1934 and Marvel Comics back in 1939. Despite all the promotions and industry events, anecdotally speaking, the 75th Anniversary of DC and Marvel seems to have been met with indifference among collectors, with very little recognition on the ground within my particular sphere of pop culture enthusiasts. However, I feel this specific anniversary is notable due to the average male lifespan, which is also considered to be about 75 to 80 years. What this means is...

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Toronto ComiCon 2017

I’ve got a lot of things I’d like to discuss but I’m gonna have to put that on the back burner because this past weekend was the Toronto ComiCon, 2017! I usually split a booth with someone but this year I went solo, although I did have someone to help watch my stuff and keep me company. Business was slow during the first day but progressively got better. I was slashing prices on Sunday and it was busy enough that it became difficult to leave the booth for a walk about. Financially speaking, this was my best performance for...

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