Every week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk the comic book talk.
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Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen.
Enjoy Comic Culture’s October 3rd, 2018 Edition:
Buying new comics is fast becoming like day trading. Did anyone actually manage to get in on the Deadpool #5 action earlier today?
There’s a confirmed pre-sale for a set of signed Batman Damned, CGC 9.8 at 1500 USD. That’s $750 each:
Average signed 9.8’s are currently at about 500 and 300 for blue labels as pre-orders. However, raw copies appear to be settling in at 50.
Foil covers are back, along with sexy girls and DC has now succumbed to selling blank pages! Too funny.
Alex Ross on Late Night:
“I would like to drink enough of the local club soda that I would completely forget about those ‘Cosplay is not consent’ signs and have to be extradited from Riker’s Island.”
But we’ll never know.
Anyway, see my comment to the next post. Curmudgeon on! The last comic convention that I attended in NYC before yesterday was the Comic Art Convention of 1979 held in the windowless basement-like meeting halls of the lovely Statler Hilton. There were wall books, long boxes, original art vendors, and – gasp! – actual artists drawing pieces in realtime! I had a very tight budget and a great deal of fear, so I wasn’t getting involved in that – I was going for the books that I couldn’t find at my quarterly local shows. I don’t remember all of the books that I bought, but I did come away with a nice Avengers #93 for about twenty dollars which has MORE THAN DOUBLED in value by now! Unfortunately my family decided to cut our trip short after my parents witnessed an armed robbery in the lobby and the state of our room was judged to be – um – less than adequate.
As somebody described the Portland, Oregon show in the Guide a couple of years ago, a dingy basement filled with tables of long boxes is my idea of a comic show, while a convention center filled with costumed shamblers, folks with lanyards waiting patiently for hours in switchbacked lines, and eight billion Pop! bobbleheads is not. I don’t care what any actor has to say. I would listen to comic writers and artists about their plans or ideas, but only if I can walk in to a half empty room five minutes before the panel begins. Otherwise I’m happy to get my information from the internet. The good news seems to be that Portland and Baltimore are demonstrating that old school is still possible. Clearly the big money is on the side of the shamblers, but I get the impression that the pendulum has begun to swing back, and that old school is coming back in various ways. So far I have only been making it to only one big show a year, but if I can I am going to try to make it to a few smaller “retro” shows each year as well.
Hey Chris, I was in New York in 78 as a kid and remember being chased up some stairs in Yankee Stadium because I made the mistake of waving around a $5 bill. Then again I remember a few years back a group of us went to MSG and spent $240 at scalpers on 4 Rangers tickets, when we got to the gate the guy said they were fake! And back in 2016 I set up at the NYCC, 1 small booth, couldn’t find anywhere to unload, double parked and the boys in blue wanting to give me a ticket as I unloaded on the sidewalk… Ahh New York…
Hey there is a show in Toronto every 2 months called the TCBS and it’s in one of those hotel rooms that is nice and clean and well lit. Nothing but comic dealers and nothing but comic collectors! you are right, there is a pendulum swing back. These one day comic cons are great for comic fans!
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