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  1. Can confirm. I'm very much not in New York, and just had a Registered Mail delivery this week with no signature confirmation.
  2. It's certainly a consideration for flip books, but for PC comics that I want slabbed? It's not like they're going to get any more slabbed sitting in a box in my house than they are sitting in CGC's receiving department.
  3. For the record, it's unfortunately impossible to get a GSX1 signed by the entire writing team. Although Claremont, Thomas, and Fite are still alive and active to varying degrees (I don't believe Linda Fite has done convention appearances since circa 2001), Arnold Drake passed in 2007.
  4. This list is not comprehensive. I am not responsible for errors, although I hope I haven't made any. A few of these credits aren't the obvious ones; the big example there is that he has a writer credit for Giant-Size X-Men #1. Obviously, he's not Chris Claremont! However, he was the writer for the 5-page Cyclops that followed the main one (and before the Iceman story by Arnold Drake, and the Jean Grey story by Linda Fite). Dark Horse: Kings of the Night #2 DC All-Star Squadron #1-3, 6-8, 40, 54-56 Arak Son of Thunder #1-3, 6-7, 47 Atari Force #1-4 Batman
  5. It might be due to the weirdness of these books, which are assembled from remaindered copies of other books?
  6. Zero consistency. In principle, there are four 32-page remaindered comics rebound into each [Title] Double Double Comics, with no shortage of title options: Action, Adventure, Batman, Detective, Jimmy Olsen, Justice League of America, Lois Lane, Strange Adventures, Superboy, Superman, and World's Finest. If someone eventually turns up something not on that list, I wouldn't exactly be surprised. They probably did start out using remaindered comics that matched the collection title (that is, putting Batman issues in Batman Double Double Comics). But if they ran out, or had too many of somet
  7. I've bought quite a few books on ebay for the purpose of slabbing. Results have been mixed. I curate pretty hard before buying and then again before submitting for grading. So I've had a pretty good net win rate of 9.8s (and nearly everything else that's gone from ebay to me to CGC has been 9.6s except when I knew otherwise ahead of time), but I've also gotten a lovely stack of books that just aren't slabbable... ...because this. Holy , this. I've gotten a book placed inside a Gemini mailer with no bag or board. I've gotten books in bubble mailers with no stiffeners at all. Just l
  8. His nomination was for set design. I'm not sure how much of a team effort that was, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Specifically, it was a nomination for a Suncoast Regional Emmy for set design. Regional Emmys are awards for productions that do not reach at least 50% of the US domestic audience. In this case, that means television that airs in Florida; parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia; and/or Puerto Rico. That's not to belittle the accomplishment of winners (or, here, even nominees) of the regional awards, but it isn't quite the same depth of competition. As
  9. These low-to-zero red/magenta FH books are weirdly frequent, such as you can call FH stuff frequent. I'm pretty sure FH did color control exactly the same way I deal with my printer. Magenta ink low? Eh. Magenta's a dumb color anyway, just keep printing. Anyway, the books definitely look better when they actually used ALL the ink colors. So there's no need to even auction these yellowy-orangeish copies off. Just send them to me.
  10. Well... if the cover was trimmed, from a certain point of view the leaf casting could un-trim it. I mean, that opens up a whole different can of worms, but ...
  11. I had missed that. Having pulled the full text of that decision, the case doesn't exactly do anything to better my opinion of Kaye. Who, I suppose it's worth noting, filed that lawsuit pro se. Indie comics publishing works okay. Indie law, typically less so. Although I'm sure most any copyright lawyer would have told him there was no there there from the start. "Has gems and magic" is not infringing...
  12. That's sort of been the whole story of Amphoman. Guy makes a comic book when he's 13 years old and then stores it in his shed, as the story goes. Years later, seeing film adaptations printing money, he pulls it back out and, flush with cash from his career in television set design, has copies privately printed. Um, okay, that's sort of a cool story, if not an entirely unique one. See, for example, many -- many -- of the creators of ComiXpress or Ka-Blam books. So what happened here? Well, first, a local comic book store with a long history of supporting indie artists agreed to sell his bo
  13. One of the biggest unanswerable questions is whether the market is going to continue to be dominated by a "covers and keys" approach to collecting. Right now, most long runs of comics -- especially modern comics -- do not appreciate in value. First issues of books that get adapted to television series become valuable; sometimes that drags a few other issues up with it. First appearances of characters that end up in a film (or, at least, are rumored to eventually end up in a film) become valuable; sometimes that trickles down to other earlier appearances or early cover appearances if prices get
  14. I dug into this a little more, which is slightly challenging, with the company's website long gone from the internet. As I suspected though, they did sell books with un-numbered stickers and no COAs in addition to the numbered/COA books. As best as I can tell this far after the fact, they'd issue the COAs for specific, pre-planned signings, but would also sticker other books that they witnessed being signed. As CGC took off in popularity, they mostly transitioned to just creating Signature Series slabs. I couldn't find any indication that their holofoil stickers ever made it into the wild