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  1. The "Armageddon" splash was open for offers. Starting at $15K. Which was a non-starter for everyone at that time. A few years later, they accepted a lower offer. None of us thought to do that. A major regret. No do-overs, it's gone.
  2. #230, #232, #233. #230 cover is separate from the interiors. TPB cover back with Mazz.
  3. I've been invited, but haven't done one yet. Time is an issue, but more fundamentally, they don't make sense economically for us. Our model has never been about doing shows; we do better (by far) just staying at home. So we really only do shows to meet fellow collectors, and do things like record podcasts. Basically, for the social aspect. Bringing art would be optional.
  4. That would have been Jeffrey's Toys. Although long gone from Ghiradelli Square, they're still around in SF. Same owner, too.
  5. DPS from THE GOON. Drawn on one large board.
  6. Excellent observation as usual, Eric. However, it appears to me that the reason for this is that Jason isn't primarily interested in superhero art. Which, of course, would be something else that sets him apart from most collectors in our hobby. I got to hang out with Jason and fellow collector John Butler (a past guest of the podcast, as well) in SF last Thursday for a talk/signing with Dan Clowes. An excellent time with friends, but the best part may have been learning that Clowes has listened to the podcast! I suppose not a surprise that he might find nerdy obsessives fascinating. The event was the launch of his Artist's Edition from Fantagraphics. Which apparently was printed to order, so don't wait too long to get one. It's an A+ production, carefully curated by Clowes himself. Working on setting up an upcoming episode with a millennial collector who's like Jason on steroids. Fingers crossed, our schedules will mesh so we can make it happen.
  7. That break was longer than I had planned, but we are finally back: A double-episode! Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped out with the roundtable. Hope you all enjoy!
  8. Danny Dupcak...geez. Haven't heard that name in a decade. Anyone remember Jason Ewert? That was the last straw for me with slabs and I went all-in on art.
  9. It's not just David, I've sold Skottie's art to many of the top collectors in the hobby. Not only the obvious BSDs, but those who have clearly elevated tastes. Which is not a justification for pricing, but I can say that "resale"/"great deal"/"investment" was very unlikely to have played any major role in their buying decisions. (Before anyone bases how they view Skottie's art on what Dave Mandel buys, just know that there are many other BSDs who don't care about Skottie's art or modern art at all.) And speaking of the podcast...I just listened to one I recorded last year around 8 months ago. The subject of covers vs. interiors came up. I've believed from very early on that covers, in general, are valued too highly relative to interiors. But I also don't think that's going to change anytime soon. Which in the context of my own collection is fine; I got into the hobby collecting pages, and it's still where I find my most joy. That there's so much focus on covers, actually works out in my favor. So cover fetishists...knock yourselves out!
  10. I hope, hope, hope, hope that people don't buy ANY comic art thinking 1. They are getting a great deal, and 2. that these are great investments. I hope they buy it because they enjoy it. I'm not saying resale consideration isn't important. It's just not the most important consideration. To me. "Resale", "great deal", "investment"...bleh. Of course Skottie's art seems overpriced to you...because you don't like it. Because it's not your thing. By the same token, that '80s/'90s Marvel art you think is undervalued, may not seem so undervalued to me. Even if it was, if I don't like it, I'll have no interest in owning it, no matter how great of a deal you tell me it is. It won't be worth it to you regardless if the artists want Jack Kirby or Frank Miller money or not. You're not into modern art. That's fine...but you also wouldn't be the one to judge its value. Just as so much '90s art is worthless to me, doesn't mean it's actually worthless. As well, artists can ask for Jack Kirby or Frank Miller money all they want, but if the market doesn't agree, they won't get it. As it is, outside of an outlier sale or two, no modern artist is getting prime Jack Kirby or Frank Miller money. You're not alone in your thinking, btw. Modern art can be an easy target, especially for those who know very little about modern comics.
  11. Some artists have a good idea of FMV for their art. Some have no idea. And some have the completely wrong idea. A decent rep will help an artist figure it out. Sometimes that means prices are raised. But often it can mean that prices are lowered. I have done that many times. Because the art sells well, the artists trust my feel for the market. So my influence, at least, goes both ways. I look out for collectors as much as I do the artists. Both parties have to be satisfied.
  12. Skottie's lower prices on his site for this first offering prompted some chatter on FB, too. Here was my reply to that as it applies here, too: Thanks to Annabel for pointing me to these threads. First off, I want to congratulate Skottie on a successful sale! I will always consider him a friend and will continue to root for his well-deserved success. Regarding pricing when I helped him sell his art and now: It's always been largely determined by Skottie. Skottie is very aware of his own value, and of the value of his art. Prior to working with me, Skottie sold a lot of covers via eBay; auctions aren't necessarily a perfect reflection of market value, but they're close. Spidey covers, for example, were routinely in the $5K range. He was not going to get any less selling them through me. Same with sketches. Having sold them through his site for years before, he knew exactly what he should get for them on my site and priced them all. Indeed, between covers, pages, sketches, we sold 90%+ of the art I handled. I would say the market felt the pricing was fair. The covers that were dropped today were all new. I did not have them on my site before. Looking at the prices, they were less than what we would have had on my site. Why? No idea. But I would not expect them to be this low forever. For today, I think collectors should just be glad they got great deals! So in addition to Skottie, I would say congrats to buyers, as well. Always a happy day when we get new art!
  13. It is. But not as much as it used to be.
  14. In the last couple of years, Marvel has used multiple interiors from Geoff Shaw's THANOS WINS, Ryan Ottley's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Ryan Stegman's VENOM, Tradd Moore's SILVER SURFER: BLACK, Filipe Andrade's ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: THE IMMORTAL HULK and more, as covers for later printings. I post them on social media from time to time when it happens. It's a nice bonus for those who got the interiors.