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  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 CGC 9.6 Yellow Label White Pages Signed by Rick Veitch & John Totleben 1st Full appearance of John Constantine $325 Shipped - obo Shell is in Near Mint condition with no notable chips or scratches. It has been stored in, and will ship in, a Mylite 2 graded comic sized bag. I can provide more photos upon request, but I am limited to taking photos with my phone. If there is something in particular you're wondering about, feel free to ask. Not so fine print: No sales to Hall of Shame or Probation List offenders Payment is expected within 24hrs of invoice being sent I only ship to the U.S. (lower 48 only) It will be boxed in a sturdy mailer designed for shipping graded comics and sent out on the next business day by USPS Priority Mail. No returns I prefer payment by Credit Card through Square (I'll send an invoice). I will also accept a postal money order or personal check, but personal checks will be held as long as it takes the bank to confirm the funds have fully cleared.
  2. I don't have experience in this specifically, so take what you will from this. If it were me, my line of thinking would be something along the lines of: Once you find an artist you can work with, form a partnership to create the entire book at as minimal cost to the both of you as possible. Your writing, and their art, are two of the highest expenses for a book talent wise. With both of you working on speculation for mutual benefit you eliminate that cost entirely. Just make sure you have an agreement in writing detailing percentages and who owns the characters. Ideally, in this case, you should limit your partner's stake to the one book and you retaining ownership of any characters you created. You can always create a new deal later should you want to continue the partnership. Once you have art and story on paper, you have something tangible to take to kickstarter. Kickstarter absolutely favors those with a completed project that just needs funding to bring to market. You can have a few sample pages, but a finished product almost always gets more backers. Up to this point, you should have next to no costs, so you can easily bundle those minimal costs into your kickstarter funding goal to recoup them up front. Once you have a kickstarter listed, you are going to have to promote the hell out of it. People have to know it exists, and it has to be compelling. Look at the successfully completed campaigns and you'll start to see similarities. They have a well written pitch filled with detailed information, and they usually have at least a promotional video where the creators explain why they thought their project was worth pursuing. Assuming your kickstarter is successful, you will have a finished book, funding for printing and distribution, and no debt connected to the project other than fulfilling whatever perks you offered your backers (which should have been factored into your funding goals and donation levels). There may be industry nuances I'm not aware of, but the basic idea is to use your partnership's talents to minimize your production costs. The more you are willing to share the rewards of the end result, the less your up front costs. Given that statistically your book is likely to be another drop in an ocean, the less you money you spend on it's creation, the better. Likewise, statistically speaking, the chances of you having to split billions in profits/licensing is also incredibly low. In reality, if your book is a success, you're probably going to be splitting profits pretty close to what you would have paid out of pocket to create the book. Do you want to spend a lot up front on the hopes you might have created a winning lottery ticket, but in reality will be lucky to break even on? Or, do you want to get your book out there for almost no cost, with virtually no financial risk, that even if it flops you might still turn a small profit?
  3. Some really incredible stuff here if you can afford it. http://propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/info/id/78/ https://content.propstore.com/auction/la2017/liveauction2017catv2.pdf Orignal art, props, costumes etc. from movies like Aliens, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Hellboy, etc.
  4. Throw him a curve ball. Give him a Batman vs Predator #1.
  5. They regularly sell on ebay as well. I've bought a couple of slabs from them without any issues.
  6. Actually, I almost used AdamAntIAm, but it looked too convoluted. Besides, who am I, Henry VIII?
  7. 1972 Swamp Thing, 1982 Saga of the Swamp Thing or 2000 Swamp Thing?
  8. Unfortunately your friend probably doesn't have much recourse. Since he's the one making the accusation, the onus is going to be on him to prove his assertion. From what's been said here, he dropped off raw comics and left without a receipt. That means he has no proof he ever left the books with them. Worse, he has no proof of which books were left with them, their condition, or any agreements made. Without this information, he first must prove that books in their possession, or that they've sold, actually belonged to him. Given the books were raw, there is nothing unique to identify them (unless someone wrote their name on it), which means the only way he can prove ownership is to provide intimate knowledge of the books that can't be gained from looking at them in a display case (e.g. a small stain near the spine on page 9). He would have to provide such knowledge for every book he left with them, and anything that he can't (or has no such unique marks) will be unrecoverable as there is no way to prove the book is even the one in question. For books were he can provide such knowledge and details, those can be used to try and prove the books were his property, but that's probably going to require a court battle itself. He's going to have to convince a court that the books were his, and that his version of events is accurate. The shop can claim he handed them the books and said he was cleaning out his garage and didn't want them anymore. Your friend really has no way of proving their version is less valid than his own, especially given the lack of a receipt, so the most likely outcome is that the shop will get to keep the books unless the court finds some objective reason to believe the shop owners are untrustworthy. The best hope of a positive outcome for your friend is going to require an attorney. An attorney can apply pressure by burying them in filings they must respond to, which for most people means the expense of hiring an attorney of their own. Then your attorney requests that the books be held in the court's possession during the dispute (to prevent alteration, sale or destruction of evidence). Now the books can't be profited from, and they are paying attorney/court fees. The idea is to make it clear that it will be more expensive to keep the books than to give them back. The best possible outcome is likely to be your friend gets back the most valuable comics the store still has, but the store doesn't have to admit any guilt. The real downside to all of this is that your friend doesn't really have anything to prove a crime has been committed. Even if he can prove the comics are his, he can't prove the shop obtained them through illegal means (based on what's been said here), so the most the police can do is file a report and take a statement. This is still an important thing to do, and will be asked about if he ever has to go to court, but without more proof (e.g. receipt, signed agreement, etc.) that's about as far as things will go. It's just his word against theirs.