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Reading “Adventures”

My son and I attended the Forest City Comicon and afterwards wandered over to Heroes Comics. We spent a good amount of time in their discounted second floor, perusing and meandering around the shelves and boxes of comics. We have…

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Maximum Capacity

I’m at maximum capacity. My home library is crammed with bookshelves and they’re all full. I now have stacks of books on the floor without a home. I’m in need of some sort of book hoarders support group or reality…

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Collecting

As a collector of various things for more than 50 years and, specifically, as a collector of Canadian war-time comics for the last two years or so, I have had pause to step outside myself and take an up high and a little to the side look at myself and this activity, pastime, or, some (specifically wives) would say, a kind of pathology, that has echoed in us down through history. With Fan Expo looming, in this column I want to examine what has put the wind in my collecting sails over this past half century and hope that it makes some sense at one point or another.
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Collector or Businessman?

I often find myself arguing between Dennis the Collector and Dennis the businessman. The good part of this argument is Dennis always wins, one way or the other. But seriously, it is difficult sometimes to pick and choose what to…

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For The Love Of Collecting

So how do we make wise decisions as collectors and as businessmen or women? I really don't have a magical answer to that question. I have both bought and sold books, and afterward wondered why I did either, but invariably a lot of it comes down to money. Moulaaah, cash flow! Even if I have a great copy of an issue, when I see one that is a little bit nicer I can justify buying it with no problem whatsoever.
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The Kindness of Strangers

I have found, throughout my years of being a comic book lover, there is something very strange about the way comic book fans treat each other. When one comic book fan meets another, there is a back and forth quiz that happens. “What do you read?” “What is your favourite comic?” “Who is your favourite writer/artist/character?” Instead of just being excited to meet another comic lover, we have to make sure they are worthy, but mostly, we make sure we know more than they do.
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Marvel Trading Cards

The early 1990s were all about lenticular covers, bagged promos, and rampant speculation. But they were also about trading cards. Upper Deck reigned supreme and we finally said goodbye to buying cards with super hard chewing gum. Traditionally we had purchased sports cards, but Marvel Comics had given us another option by issuing a series of collectible cards featuring their spandex clad characters.
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Come Out of the Geek Closet

Recently I was talking to some people and I was shocked to find out that not everybody embraces their geek side.  Some people, even though comics and geek culture are very popular right now, keep it a secret that they…

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Pet Peeves of Collecting

I collect stuff.  A lot of stuff.  Between my comic books, action figures, DVDs, CDs and video games.  I have a lot of stuff. Having this much stuff doesn’t lead to every day being a “shiny happy day”.  There are…

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Thinking outside the books

Technology has reached a point where story could be created and shared in a new and different way. It’s time to take that opportunity by the scruff of the neck, and discover what’s actually possible by combining print and digital to…

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The Rules

“One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere.” That is the definition of the word rules. When I collect comic books and action figures, I follow a set of…

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Are you willing to make a cut?

This article is written purely on opinion and observation.  There was no research done for this article.  It is just my own opinion on this subject. If you consider this column the equivalent of my super-hero persona, then my alter-ego…

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