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Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

When Too Much is Not Enough

A reminder that Comic Culture this Wednesday will feature our annual Poem Off, Chris Owen and I will read Valentine’s Day poems written by superheroes. We might even be joined by our legendary producer Shekky Fendstein. Work continues at the…

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Grading and Pressing

This week Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija try and help you understand the discipline of assigning comic books grades. They also explore the world of pressing comic books, cleaning them and even unrestoring them. The boys discuss how small grade…

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Con Men

Chris and Walt spend some time reminiscing about comic book conventions though their intended ode to all things good about cons gets off to an unintended rocky start. Lets hope comic cons come back soon. As always please let us…

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The Valleys of the Giants

Finally! I’ve lined up all the numbered boxes from that warehouse collection I bought before Christmas, there are about 1,100 comic long boxes now in some semblance of order. I didn’t show you the pic of the 500 or so…

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Connections

Chris explores a whole bunch of “connections” while taking Walt on a fun-filled nostalgia-driven musical journey. Krantz studios, Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, The Guess Who, Michael Jackson, Vincent Price and Billy Van are some of the stops Chris…

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If Only, And An Auction Highlight

Work continues at our warehouse, the one bursting with over 1,500 long boxes of comics. I’m almost done making my rows using the sequentially numbered boxes used by the previous owners. I can’t lie, I find myself opening way too…

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All Lined Up

Let’s start this week off with some great news, that CGC 9.4 White Page Batman #1 just sold for $2,220,000 on Heritage Auctions. What a fantastic result for the whole comic book collecting hobby. I don’t want to say I…

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Looking Ahead At 2021

This week Chris and I look ahead to 2021, we get out the crystal ball and try to see what this year holds for comic book collecting, local comic shops, comic book conventions. Will the back issue market stay hot?…

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Hit and Miss

Let’s stay with Time to Collect as the name on this year’s posts, this column will continue to explore the ins and outs and the ups and downs of comic book collecting so Time to Collect it is. We are…

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Comic Culture: 2021 Relaunch!

Welcome to the relaunch of Comic Culture. Chris Owen and I (Walter Durajlija) sit and talk about comic book culture and then post it here every week. We’d love to read your comments down below. A note on this first…

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Comic Books

Welcome to 2021 everyone, though much of what the new year will bring is out of our control let’s remember that there’s also much that remains within our control. Our kindness, empathy, vigilance, positive attitude, hard work and perseverance will…

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Cannonball !!!!!

Making a Splash has been a great exercise, it was fun and I learned a lot. I’d say the biggest surprise for me was the sheer power of Jack Kirby, I mean I knew it already but I just didn’t…

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Looking Back

For a year that seemed to drag on, 2020 sure went by quickly. Blink, and here we are. 2020 was a year that taught me more about myself, and about others, than any other year. Overall I’d say we shone.…

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Week 52: Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. Where we are in Hamilton, Ontario there is a 28-day lockdown so it’s the perfect time for some fun-filled Christmas-themed splash pages. There were tons and tons to choose from but surprisingly not…

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OOPS!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Stay safe and stay positive and don’t forget to leave out the milk and cookies for Santa. This week’s post was inspired by my good friend Mike Huddleston who popped in for a coffee…

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Week 51: Zero to Four

Hidden in the back pages of Adventure Comics #288 is this eye catching splash page from John Forte. From September 1961. Surprisingly there were not a lot of big splash pages over the three-part Long Bow Hunters Green Arrow mini-series.…

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Opportunity Knocks

Time really does fly. We’re getting close to year’s end and the end of Time to Collect as a weekly column. I’ll still do posts when called for under the banner but in keeping with my One Year projects for…

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Week 50: Gah!

I can’t believe it’s Week 50 already, I think I’m going to try to do a year end Favorite 25 Splash Pages, its going to be tough to pick because there have been so many great ones. I’m still working…

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