Saturday, January 16, 2021

On opening stores, collaborating with competitors, and not faking your own death


Alan Gill of Ultimate Comics, courtesy Gill

Alan Gill owns and operates three comic stores in North Carolina, but to get to where he is today, he's opened stores, closed stores, collaborated with his competitors, and faked his own death (the last of these not recommended). Read all about his pretty-damn-cool journey HERE at ICv2.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Collector News: Heat from in/outside the market, and pics of 150,000 trashed comics


Top: 150,000 trashed comics in a trailer (photo: Mile High Comics)
Bottom: Spine roll (photo: Charlie Novinskie)

So are most back-issue spikes driven by events within the comic market, or do they come from outside movie/TV and etc. announcements? Why did 150,000 comics get trashed? And how can you prevent spine roll from happening (on the cheap)?

All this and the ever-popular "more" over at Newsarama!

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, December 21, 2020

Collector News: Daredevil #25 is a fait accompli, Fleischer Studios Superman art, and X-Men #1 is selling


Fleischer Studios Superman color guide and Daredevil #25 prices

They printed EIGHT MILLION X-Men #1s back in 1991, and they're finally increasing in value as a back issue? And Fleischer Studio Superman art hits the auction block, and Daredevil #25 is a $50 item—but watch out! All this and more at Newsarama!

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Alan Hochman, in business since age 11


Alan Hochman and Pastimes Comics & Games, photos courtesy Hochman

Alan Hochman started selling at age 11, opened pop-up cards-and-comics concessions in Sears stores (!), and has run his OWN business for 28 years. Learn everything he's learned in about six minutes over at ICv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, December 4, 2020

Collector News: 150,000 comics lost to theft; printing errors are $1600!

Wolverine #145 auction and Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics (courtesy Rozanski/Mile High)

Mile High Comics recently lost about 150,000 comics to theft and vandalism, and…printing errors can sell for $1600. The world is a strange place! Read all about it over at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Collector News: When 25 cents becomes $100

Marvel Spotlight (v. 2) #9

Every now and then, throwaway stories from 1980 become a big thing in 2020. That's the case with Marvel Comics' Marvel Spotlight (v. 2) #9. To find out WHY (and why it might be connected to Venom), bounce over to Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Collector News: Milestone rises, end of the line is tough, the Punisher is evergreen


Milestone/DC Comics' Static #1

So I started a biweekly "collector news" column at First outta the gate: The rise of Milestone Comics, how last issues are tough issues, and why Merry Gerry Conway is STILL signing copies of Amazing Spider-Man #129. Read all about it HERE.

Jim McLauchlin