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  1. It's available on Amazon now for $150 shipped if you're still after one. It was listed at full price / $200 last week. https://www.amazon.com/Akira-35th-Anniversary-Box-Set/dp/1632364611/ref=mp_s_a_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=berserk+deluxe+1&qid=1601602641&sr=8-14
  2. It makes great sense. Though I now have at least one inked page in my collection where I'm uncertain if a pencils only version is floating around. Hardly a serious problem, but I'd of course prefer to have both!
  3. Someone may be using some form of automation. If so, for dealer or rep sites, it would likely be a home rolled solution. Consider a process that can take keywords as input that simply puts things in a cart - human intervention is then required to click checkout. This would still give a large advantage during a drop for something like SSB, but for most, it likely wouldn't be necessary. If you want something more sophisticated for a full automation experience, there are no real constraints against filtering by price or literally any other data field embedded in the page source that i
  4. It wouldn't be very difficult at all to write a -script to scrape a page of listed art and look for specific keywords or issue numbers to use as a deciding factor to pop something into a cart and do a checkout. It would be especially easy to build and test for an existing website with a lot of content already present, especially if the listings used consistent patterns - the barrier to entry to that sort of thing is typically low.
  5. Couldn't say. I think a few pages here and there have been let out into the world but I believe he has held on to the art. I haven't looked hard since before the Netflix adaptation so I guess it is possible someone may come along and say something changed.
  6. Yep, I know many enjoy that type of thing. I don't kind pencil only work, it isn't anything necessarily to do with ink or the lack thereof. Something about unfinished work bugs me - maybe the loss of potential? I don't know.
  7. I have little interest in unfinished works, but if the price is right and the work pulls me I'll still go for a finished piece. But by far I have published pages. Unless you're a commission collector (and a lot of those still see publication), I think it is just the nature of the hobby.
  8. I have one unpublished cover. It's to a mini that never happened. I generally don't collect such, but I really enjoyed the previous entries to the series, and I like the artist and image, so I bought it and I don't regret it. In fact, I passed on one of his other published covers to pick it up - something I imagine I won't do again. It also likely isn't something many others would care about so it's stuck with me and that's fine because I like to look at it. It all comes down to individual instances. I do think the chance of such purchases really nose dives as you climb up the y-ax
  9. Being a life long Cleveland Browns fan made me a perfect poor OA collector - disappointment is second nature. Unless you have ultra deep pockets - and even then you'll find people that won't part with certain pieces - this hobby is bound to offer a lot of disappointment and stings. But hey, it's all worth it when you flip open a portfolio and look at the art you did manage to snag.
  10. Well there is no shortage of that in original OA collecting either.
  11. I known little about these digital collectibles, but I would like to comment on the part of the conversation centered around cost of entry for this hobby and people perhaps being driven to digital as an alternative. My experience is that most people fascinated with this hobby typically find a niche they can afford to collect in (one of the many modern art reps, independent artist direct, 'new' art) and over time their income increases and they slowly escalate due to that or their mindset changes and they up their spending accordingly. Those that can't make that adjustme