Fan Expo – A Week Later

Here’s a recording of Chris and Walt driving home from the Fan Expo Comic Con in Toronto. They just ate some chicken wings and jumped back into the van and hit record as they drove back to the shop for…

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Long Weekend

Happy Labour Day? Is that how to say it? Labour Day is the unofficial last day of summer in Canada. School starts back on Tuesday and we can all notice the days getting shorter, and soon to be cooler as…

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Blame Game

I blame the Fan Expo Comic Con! I’ll have my post up tomorrow morning. Impossible to write a post during the show: poor wi-fi, poor eating habits, even poorer drinking habits, poor play by the Blue Jays, and to top…

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The Grind

Now I remember Why I hate these big comic book conventions: the crazy amount of work trying to get things ready for the show. Yeah sure I could have started things weeks earlier and prepared stress-free but apparently, that is…

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World War II Canadian Comic Covers

Comic book collectors have, in a stark mercenary fashion, transformed the old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover” into “You can value a comic book by its cover”. This assertion doesn’t carry with it any aesthetic or…

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ICE Collectibles

You know what time it is when you have guys celebrating that the last GPA sale is only down 7% from the sale before; I actually had this conversation with a guy who seemed somewhat relieved at that result. Never…

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Spectrum Addendum

Well, folks, I must say that I wasn’t expecting last month’s column, “A Spectrum Publications Checklist,” to receive such an enthusiastic response from readers. It obviously struck a chord. Quite a few people commented and numerous others contacted me privately…

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Custom Made

Fan Expo Toronto is fast approaching and I’ll be going to promote ICE and to sell comics as Big B Comics. Holy cow are hotels ever expensive these days!! Hopefully, a few of you can drop by the booth over…

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August 2022

I was talking comics with the gang on the weekend and the topic of August came up. August 1st is here and that means we’ll soon have August sales data popping up on GPA. In a volatile market, whether it’s…

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Back to Work!

Did that ever go by quick, like a blink. Back to work gang. I received an email from Gemstone Publishing celebrating the Overstreet Price Guide finally going digital. Part of the press release reads: Gemstone Publishing Launches Overstreet Access, an…

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R and R

Greetings from the shores of Georgian Bay. I have a week off and am spending it in my favourite area of Ontario. I usually post a Harris painting or a Thompson painting so this year I thought I’d feature Franklin…

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Con Artists

Marty (AKA Shekky) and I came back from the Montreal Comicon late last night after an easier than anticipated 6-hour drive back home. At the end of the con it really comes down to how quick you can get the…

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A Spectrum Publications Checklist

When the second Canadiana auction (hosted by Walter Duralija’s eBay store, International Collectibles Exchange) ended on June 8, the talk of the comics community was the record price achieved for the first Canadian comic book, Better Comics # 1. This…

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Je Suis Fatigue

Bon jour mes amis! Got back from the Montreal con around 2:00 AM and was a bit too tired to write up a post; look for one tomorrow. I’ll include a breakdown of what I thought of the show, the…

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Shouting Slogans

Happy belated Canada Day to all our compatriots and happy 4th of July to our American friends. I like our Independence Days being so close together; it’s like having a birthday a few days apart with someone that is close…

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Not Getting The Joke

I did a social faux pas over the weekend. My good friend Mike Huddleston was down for a visit, bringing me coffee and donuts and some comics I’m deeply thankful for. Mike told me and Shekky a joke and I…

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Group of Circles

This week Chris and Walt explore the brave new world of local comic book clubs; the grassroots gathering of fans that like to talk comics, trade stories and maybe even trade books. Please let us know what you thought of…

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Perfect Storm

Happy Solstice everyone. The Heritage Auction results are in and in the words of a friend of mine that had a bunch of items in the auction “it was a blood bath”! He says he actually lost money on most…

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Auction Highlights

This week Chris and Walt talk about the the Canadiana Auction that just ended last week. They try to break down the ins and outs of the collectibility of Canadiana pop culture. Please let us know what you thought of…

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