rlextherobot

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About rlextherobot

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  • Comic Collecting Interests
    Silver Age
    Bronze Age
    Copper Age
    Original Comic Art
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    DJing, music writing, podcasting

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  1. A game I like to play when I'm bored is this: what pages would be worth selling every other page I own to acquire. Obviously there are a ton of amazing pieces out there that would fit this criteria (especially with my smallish but personally valuable collection), so the game is more to figure out the pieces just on the cusp of possibility would take liquidating what I have to make a reality: would I get rid of everything I have to get a good Tottleben Swamp Thing? Would I sell the farm to get a Sienkiewicz New Mutants cover? The other fun calculation is looking at what you own and thinking if you DID get rid of them which ones you'd be able to reacquire an equivalent of at some point.
  2. As a collector of Doom Patrol art I'm always happy to add pages featuring different takes on the classic team. Hence my excitement to get this page from the underrated Keith Giffen penned series, by Matthew Clark and John Livesay!
  3. I'm a small time collector, only buying a page here and a page there, only rarely selling them and then only ones that have no meaning to me personally. For a long time this was for financial reasons; I wasn't making a ton of money and so the pages I bought had to be both affordable and meaningful to me to be worth the expenditure. Now that I have more disposable income I have more leeway in how I approach the hobby. Thing is all those years of not being able to indulge on a whim have left me a LOT more selective about what I get. Now that I have a few modest grails and a few very nice pieces of art from artists and series' I enjoy, I can focus on the things I know will bring me long term enjoyment instead of buying things that are cool but ultimately I'm just as happy looking at a scan of in someone's CAF gallery as I am having it in my personal collection. It also means that I won't be overextended when the piece I've been dreaming of finally becomes available... All of this is to say that while accumulating art is cool and fun, beware of chasing the high of buying instead of the high of having pieces that really speak to you and you enjoy personally.
  4. I have a fond memory of getting a quick convention sketch from Bruce Timm at San Diego in 2003 at the DC booth: Me: "Excuse me Mr Timm, would you be able to do a sketch in my book for me?" Bruce Timm: "Sure, but a very quick one and then I'm done. What would you like?" Me: "Uh, I always liked you Mr. Mxyzpltlk..." Bruce Timm: "There's no f***ing way I'm drawing that." Me (now nervous I made him mad and mumbling): "Oh... uh... how about Batman?" Bruce Timm: "Batman?" Me (still mumbling): "Yeah, that would be super." Bruce Timm (now definitely annoyed): "Wait, do you want Batman or Superman?" Me (speaking up clearly): "Batman, please." It's one of my fave convention sketches ever.
  5. Indeed. If anything it gave me hope that there will be other Premiani pages at non-insane prices. Cheers!
  6. Missed it sadly. Pretty rough since I really want a Premiani piece, and this one was affordable and nice to boot.
  7. Yeah! I suspect both James Jean and Mike Mignola were basing things on the description of a painting from the novel, which itself was a reference to Kirby's classic Captain America #1 cover.
  8. Also a quick note: there's some blueline printed on the page that isn't visible in the scans, specifically a big Nazi flag in the background - I assume this was James Jean trying to figure out the composition of the piece.
  9. Looking for some advice here; years ago at a comic show in Vancouver, I purchased a prelim from James Jean, specifically for a painting he did for a movie project that never ended up happening. At the time he asked if I could not put the piece online as it he did not wish to potentially violate an NDA he signed. Now years later I'm looking at selling the piece, and having gotten the go ahead from James (via his studio manager who I contacted through his website) to post it, I'm trying to figure out the best way to sell it. Part of the issue is I have no idea what a piece like it would fetch, and there's very little market info I can find to go on. I suppose eBay and HA would be options that would likely fetch fair market value, but also I'm wondering if asking to sell/trade with a dealer is likely to net better results - the only reason I'm looking to sell is to invest in more art. Any thoughts from the kind folks here?
  10. Thanks Simon! I actually bought one of those pages from you... great, easy transaction.
  11. Hi There! I'm interested in buying Doom Patrol original art from all eras (yes including Byrne if the page is good), Silver Age to present. Preference is naturally for shots with characters in costume, but also some supporting/street clothes characters depending on the page. Also interested in colour guides and other production pieces. Thanks!
  12. Well the grey market sucks a lot of them up pretty quick: although Rolex has cracked down on it over the last few years, there's certainly dealers who sell product to non-authorized dealers at a markup from the MSRP which are then sold to consumers at an even bigger markup. Also, their practices have created a very large demand that does exceed the number of watches available. Thus dealers do not put watches for sale in the display case, they hoard them for their regular customers. It's all pretty perverse and is one of the reasons I gave up on ever wanting to own a modern Rolex. There are lots of nice watches that don't require giving up your dignity to get them.
  13. Rolex has some of the most anti-intuitive policies with supply imaginable. They create insane demand for their actually not all that rare product (like they produce a very very large number of watches per year) and then limit how many dealers can get certain very desirable models, like steel sports watches. This creates a neverending demand and keeps the secondary market prices up and keeps their cachet high. Its now not just a status thing to be able to afford a Rolex, it's a status thing to be able to obtain one.