D Stuart

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  1. On 11/26/2019 at 12:54 PM, Avi said:

    If not for the witnesses why go to the CGC booth at all when you can just as easily ship them unsigned books to be graded? Or are you concerned with shipping/mailing them in?

    My primary reasoning for wanting to sub in person is to save the expense/liability of the additional shipping leg of the books. It's not a ton of money, but when I submit, I typically submit books for pressing and grading, so every little bit helps. 

  2. I’m biased. I enjoy setting up at Planet each year 2020 will be my 7th time setting up since I first setup in 2012. I spend a lot of my time in my booth and enjoy the benefits of being a vendor, so I don’t have many attendee level experiences (early floor access, no queues). Though, I do agree with @Mysterio in that most of my experiences with volunteers vary widely. Sometimes they’re on a power trip, sometimes they have bad info, but most have been cordial. I’m there for books, so the guest list isn’t typically a big deal to me. My priorities are: sales and vendor quality. I’m in the quality phase of collecting, where having top tier vendors on the floor is likely the only way I’m going to go home with a new couple of books. 

  3. I don’t think on-site grading will ever happen, but facilitators don’t cut it. Nothing against the facilitators themselves, but another layer of complication, time and fees is ridiculous. C2E2 is no doubt a great SS show and is significantly bigger than Planet, but I can’t understand how they skip over KC year after year to do smaller shows in markets that they already serve on an annual basis. 

  4. On 10/25/2019 at 10:39 AM, mysterio said:

    Are the savings that spectacular?

    I'm staying the same place I did last year and the block rate is $40-50/night lower than what I would have paid last year, had I not bought the rate down with points. The Phillips is an awesome Hilton property. Its a block further walk, but the art deco design and HHonors points are worth it. $169.00/night this year. Cheaper than the Marriott for a significantly nicer hotel.  Not as new/flashy, but they spent a ton on the remodel a few years back and its a gorgeous, comfortable high-end room with character. 

  5. I'm trying to identify a facilitator who is available to setup at the Springfield Comic Expo on August 10th-11th at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Springfield, IL. My friend is the promoter (and not on the boards) and asked if I could help put him in contact with someone. This is a second year show and he hopes to have someone on-site for SS submissions (guests include: Mike Zeck, Kevin Nowlan, Ande Parks, Mike DeCarlo and Ashley Witter).  Check out his website at: http://stlcomics.net If you're interested shoot me a PM or reach out to Eric via the STL Comics website or Facebook page.  

    Thanks in advance! 

  6. On 5/13/2019 at 8:07 AM, SSkufan said:

    It was a good show with some good books in the room.  Attendance was down a lot this year - perhaps the lowest I have ever seen it.

    Sold a lot of filler with the biggest books I sold being a Iron Fist #14 and a high grade JIM Annual #1.

    I did pick up a water skiing and the Forward with Eisenhower - Nixon promo comics and a couple high grade issues for my Moon Knight Vol 1 run

    I know @D Stuart had a lot of interested in one of his EC books.


    It was rough.  Worst sales I've had at one of these shows in a while. The date was stretched pretty thin with HS graduations, Mother's Day, etc. Then rainy weather in the morning on top of all of that.  Best part of the show for me was the dinner the night before with a motley crew of MO/KS/OK comic folks. They all can't be the best show ever though.  Ones like this make you appreciate the good ones.  I also heeded the advice of a friend and bought my way out of a bad show! 

  7. On 4/17/2019 at 12:12 PM, Robot Man said:

    It's one of the tougher ones maybe because a lot of us love that cover. I have seen several lower grade copies pop up on the bay recently though. As a matter of fact, there is one up now.

    They certainly have been available more recently compared to last year, but you're right on the LOW grade part.  The last decent one that was on my radar I finished the race in 2nd place :/