Advice on Trading Comic Books with Strangers
A great way to fill the wholes in your collection without coughing up more money is to trade what you already have. We've all heard the expression that says that one man's trash is another's treasure. I learned this doing my first comic con last year. I had a bunch several doubles and multiples of issues that I bought in bulk. So instead of taking them back whith me I figure why not go to the other dealers/sellers and see if they would trade with me for some of their books. This really paid off as I was able to acquire a big chunk of books I wanted with some of my old new stock. So here are some methods to make a successful trade to get the book you want!
10 Essential Tips for Comic Book Signings
The first time I got a few comics signed was back at the Chicago Wizard World in 98! It wasn't as crazy media driven as they are now. And there weren't any big artists or long lines. It was Al Simmons from Spawn. I can't even remember if he was the guy it was inspired by or the actor that played the part. Back then I didn't even prep or anything for this as it was all spur of the moment. So here a number of things to prepare for a successful comic signing experience!
Why you should support your Local Comic Shop
The local comic shop has long been a barbershop type setting for those that love super heroes. Meaning there's a bunch of guys sharing their opinions on books, characters, pricing, availability and scores. Similar to guys waiting for a haircut talking about sports and current events. In the days of retail stores closing and people ordering online, the local comic shop is a big part of the hobby. Read further to learn the importance of supporting your local comic shops!
My Professional Story
I think every kid at one point wants to work at a comic book or video game company. As these are two things that are a huge priority to kids growing up. For me that evolved to some sort of music related business/company as I grew up listening to hip-hop and house music. Upon graduation with my degree in Mass Communication I was lucky enough to begin my career in the music industry at the local alternative rock station. The job was everything you wanted it to be, lots of fun and getting paid to do it. In addition to the full time promotions job I worked at a local Italian bakery all throughout high school and up until that time on the weekends to make extra money. Read further to learn more about my background.
All the Questions You've Always Wondered About Why a Comic Book is Priced that Much
I wanted to educate buyers and collectors about why a certain comic may cost what it's listed add. This is taken from the perspecitve of a seller by the way. First up comes the value it's listed in a number of different price guides. Some may have the issue dollar value higher and some may have it lower. It's good to take averages as there isn't s definiable price that is right or wrong. A price all comes back to what someone will pay for it. As hot books that were on the newstand for cover price can draw upwards of $20 if the comic community deams it to be. Read further to get a seller's perspective on setting prices for books.