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Donating Collections

The Edmonton Journal published a story last week about a man whose family donated his comic collection to the University of Alberta after his death.  Some interesting quotes. [quote]“His is not an old collection, nor is it particularly rare, but…

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Collected New 52

First off every title is getting a collection of at least six issues, so DC clearly has no plans to cancel any of their New 52 titles within the first six months. Since they required books to be done well in advance I'd hazard a guess they already have at least six issues ready to go.
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Not Selling To Me

I had the opportunity this week to visit The Beguiling in Toronto for the first time.  Having heard they had a very large selection of books, I wanted to see what was available. For those who have never been there…

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Talking about comics

I’ve been a comic reader and collector for thirty one years.  In that time I have never discussed comics with anyone outside of immediate family who didn’t bring up the subject first. I’m not entirely sure why comics has a…

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Signing: $25 a sketch

In a recent Jiminy Christmas I had a nice heartfelt memory of store appearances by comic creators, meeting the fans and sharing in the comic spirit.  With eager anticipation I went to a store signing recently where two local artists…

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Comics News

I read a good amount of comic news every day, subscribing via RSS to the bulk of comic related websites.  Unfortunately I find the bulk of it a waste of time, scrolling on by. The big news this week has…

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Why shop at a comic store?

When you collect trade paperbacks and graphic novels there’s Amazon and everything else.  They have the market share, deep discounts, availability, free shipping, recommendations and even preview pages. There’s no denying it so retailers need to recognize, adapt and overcome. …

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Comic Shop Signings

This Saturday is an event at The Dragon in Guelph Ontario that will have Jeff Lemire, Scott Chandler, Marco Rudy and Jesse Jacobs. I plan attending to get a few books signed and a sketch or two so watch for…

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Lies, Facts & Stats

The news this week has all been about DC’s relaunch and books selling over 200,000 copies.  It all started with this announcement on the DC Comics Source blog: [quote]Earlier today, Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic…

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Colour In Reprints

I read a lot of reprints, from golden and silver age superheroes to classic comic strips and everything in between.  How the material is presented is as important as the contents itself.  Unless published after 1990 most comics were printed…

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DC Digital: Fail

Today is the big day for the DC 52 relaunch with the release of Justice League issue one.  I received an email this morning at 7:00 AM EDT proclaiming “Buy Now At The DC Digital Comics Store“.  Here’s the message…

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Con (Over) Spending

The big show of the year in Toronto, Fan Expo Canada 2011, starts today.  Last night I was scrambling around the house trying to get everything ready.  My focus at shows the last few years is original art, sketches and…

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Prepare To Haggle

Fan Expo is next weekend so this column will mentally prepare you to haggle. That's right, haggle. There's no reason you should look at the prices at a dealer's booth as nothing more than a starting point in your negotiation.
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I Spend What On Comics?

Comic buying and reading is an expensive hobby.  I’m not talking about buying high-grade silver age keys and socking them away in the bank; that’s comic collecting or comic investing.  Right here and now I’m talking about spending your money…

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Heer’s Fact Checking

This past Saturday Jeet Heer had an article in the Globe & Mail about Captain America entitled “A pop culture Rorschach test”.  I like Heer because he has a deep understanding of the comic community, plus he’s Canadian.  Reading the…

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Bookstore or Newstand?

I just read a wonderful article by retailer Brian Hibbs about selling trade paperbacks and collected editions.  Give it a read and come right back…alright, let’s get into it.  Is your local comic shop a bookstore selling mostly collected editions,…

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Writing For The Trade

During their retailer summits Dan DiDio made a statement that Modern Myths took note of and posted in their summary on Facebook.   [quote]Another change DC is making is that they won’t be ‘writing for the trade’ anymore.  Writers have…

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