Trades & Hardcovers

Freshly returned from Montreal Comiccon 2011 my head is still full of crowds, books and art.  My focus here is the collected edition market at the show: hardcovers, trade paperbacks, graphic novels.

First off this was a comic centric show and had a fair number of comic dealers with a healthy mix of locals and out of towners.  The show was dominated by comics new and old with most dealers having a table or so of space dedicated to trades.  A few dealers did the trades up right and offered a wide and varied selection.  I was very happy to see a local dealer with four bookcases full of new and old volumes: they had two softcover Fireside editions (Captain America, Doctor Strange) and a lot of early trades, all for 40% off.  Unfortunately I had those so no purchases for me there.  Another traveling dealer had a glass showcase filled with Marvel Limited hardcovers with crazy pricing: they were matching eBay prices but not those for completed sales.  I didn’t see anything sell from the showcase.

Discounts varied from U.S. cover to 50% off tables.  Labyrinth had a massive layout, the same as Fan Expo, with trades 40% off U.S. cover.  I picked up a few Humanoids oversized hardcovers from the 2002 U.S. attempt.  Comic Book Addiction had a 50% off table where I picked up Fantagraphics’ Popeye Volume 1.  Unfortunately most dealers had the same group of hardcovers and trades with little to no discount offered: I don’t see how they expect to sell these at U.S. cover when others in the room are offering decent discounts.

One non-discounted table had a short stack of the dealer incentive red leather Lone Wolf & Cub volume 1 hardcover from Dark Horse for $15.  One had the limited numbered insert so that ended up being my find of the show.

The Walter Simonson Thor Artist’s Edition was everywhere around the show: it looks like retailers realized how popular or sought after these IDW volumes are and made sure to stock up.  Last year I only saw one Dave Steven’s Rocketeer Artist’s Edition all year at the shows.  This is certainly nice for those attending from a location where their local comic shop didn’t order any.

Those of us who attend comic conventions in the hopes of locating an older or obscure hardcover usually leave empty-handed.  Traveling dealers are selling hot and popular product including a lot of clearance items.  It was great to see one local dealer with an abundant amount for sale but this is only viable to someone local.

Scott VanderPloeg
Scott VanderPloeg

Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at AE Index and eBabble. Art collection at Comic Art Fans.

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