There's a new Con in town. This past weekend, the VA Comicon moved north from its usual Richmond location, and hosted a show just down the road, at George Mason University. This was a fairly small show, maybe two large rooms, but it was absolutely perfect in my mind and reminded me of the conventions I went to as a kid, where the focus really was on comics and their creators. … [Read more...] about Report from VA Comicon 2018
The current Hake's auction has tons of great stuff, but while browsing through the catalog, I kept being drawn to these amazing custom framed pieces of comic art. Sure, the art itself is incredible, but the frames take it to a whole new level. The collage work done on the frames is the work of artist Dan Makara, who uses clippings of comics along with hand-colored elements and … [Read more...] about Custom collages almost as good as the art they frame
While comic book fans descended on New York City for NYCC this past weekend, we had our own little comic show here in northern Virginia. The Shoff Show comes around every few months, and I've been going to it fairly often lately -- I'm a sucker for the bargain bins. There is one dealer who brings dozens of long boxes with comics priced from 75 cents to five bucks. This is where … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for comic book collecting?
Wow! Three of the highest graded, key Wonder Woman comics are going to be sold at auction this weekend. A CGC-certified 9.4 copy of All Star Comics #8 (Wonder Woman's first appearance), a CGC 9.6 copy of Sensation Comics #1, and a CGC 9.0 copy of Wonder Woman #1. The remarkable condition of these issues is absolutely crazy -- for comparison's sake, the highest graded copies … [Read more...] about Wonder Woman Key Issues up for Bid on eBay
I have been looking for a vintage comic book spinner rack for years -- I have placed bids on eBay auctions only to lose out at the last minute or passed them by entirely due to the massive shipping charges these usually command. Last week, I came across a spinner rack listing on Craigslist that was five days old, so I was already setting myself up for disappointment when I sent … [Read more...] about Check out that rack!
Yesterday, I visited a local comic show put on by Shoff Promotions. I've been out of the comic book collecting game since the late 80's, but it's still fun to pick up random comics when the opportunity presents itself. I'm the worst kind of collector though -- my purchasing decisions are based on the cover art alone. These comics are not being bought to read -- that's what … [Read more...] about I suck at collecting comic books
First appearance of Superman from 1938 sells for $956,000 A rare copy of Action Comics #1 – featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture — quickly surpassed its $750,000 estimate to sell for nearly $1 million at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Heritage Auctions. The 1938 comic book … [Read more...] about Action Comics #1 sells for nearly $1 million at Heritage
When I was a kid, I was all about the Uncanny X-Men. This series had me enthralled with its perfect mix of complex characters and universe-spanning adventures, and just looking at these covers brings back fond memories of reading them and dissecting the stories with my friends. I may have had a half dozen long boxes filled with bagged and boarded comics, but the X-Men comics … [Read more...] about U is for the Uncanny X-Men