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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 is necessary to convey to actual human users what is being offered for sale. If that page you input keywords for (for example, you know you want issue 3, page 2 of some particular title) happens to drop at $5,000 instead of $1,000 it can be ignored or prompt for approval. It all comes down to how much effort the developer wants to put into it the solution. Retail sites typically have no incentive to prevent legitimate purchases, even fast ones. When the stakes get high enough, automation will show up.
  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-axis on acquisition cost so it is likely heavily dependent on how big of a fish you are.
  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 adjustment for one reason or another that I've personally known simply get out of the hobby. They usually don't stop collecting completely...I've seen them move to hardcover / omnibus collecting, back to single issues, to rare variant cover collecting (the modern forum here has some very vocal proponents of such), or to some combination thereof. So, certainly, it is confirmation bias to some degree, but I don't know anyone that has moved to digital art collecting personally - most that I know seem to have moved to hardcover collecting. Like some others, I struggle to detect what sense of satisfaction might be gained from participation in this corner of the hobby (just like I did with the modern variant crowd), but I generally try to be a proponent of whatever makes people happy in these type of instances. More power to them... as long as what is going on doesn't appear to be a complete scam.