Comic Pressing Videos for Sale - Cleaning & Humidifying Too
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The Southeast High Grade Comic Collectors Group (SEHGCC) is offering for sale 3 videos demonstrating comic dry cleaning, humidification and pressing.

 

Here is a trailer for these videos:

 

 

What follows is an overview of the videos and the purchase terms for them.

 

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GOALS :idea:

 

SEHGCC produced these videos to show seasoned amateur demonstrations of (challenging and often secretive (shrug) ) comic pressing techniques in order to entertain, inform and inspire.

 

We also produced the videos to raise funds for our fledgling but fast-growing organization. Proceeds from these videos will enable further groundbreaking demonstrations and educational opportunities found no where else in the hobby today.

 

CONTENT OVERVIEW hm

 

In February 2014 we recorded a live demonstration (about 2.5 hours) of dry cleaning, humidifying and pressing a VG Giant Size X-Men 1 up 2+ grades. This was done at a SEHGCC meeting with about a dozen folks present, many CGC Board members.

 

The videos that are now for sale represent the “heart” of the content presented live at the meeting. It has been split into one video per function, with stills, titles and tips added in post production.

 

Each video contains a walkthrough of cleaning/humidifying/pressing tools, procedures and suggested parameters (temperature, time, etc.) for the steps demonstrated. The videos also contain many details of the equipment, brand names used, and suggestions for improvement along the way. The videos also contain text overlays describing the objectives of each step and helpful tips emphasized at each point in the documentary.

 

CONTENT DETAILS :gossip:

 

Video 1 - Intro to Dry Cleaning Comics (about 25 minutes)

 

- Discussion of how dry cleaning can lead to grade improvement

- Assessing the starting condition of the comic

- Preparing the work area

- Handling the comic during dry cleaning

- Using brushes

- Using handheld erasers

- Using electric erasers

- Cleaning white vs. colored areas

- Debris removal from comic surfaces

- Creating supports for fragile covers

- Combining dry cleaning tools

- Working in corners, at spines, near staples, at edges

- Working around details in covers, e.g., response forms in ads

 

Video 2 - Intro to Humidifying Comics (about 7 minutes)

 

- Reasons for humidifying a book

- The basics of “enough” humidity

- Construction of a homemade humidity chamber

- Details of the chamber exterior

- Details of the chamber interior

- Preparing water for the chamber

- Inserting one or more comics into the chamber

- Checking comics for readiness

- Removing comics from the chamber

- Shaping the humidified comic (e.g., to address a spine roll)

- Moving the comic to the press

 

Video 3 - Intro to Pressing Comics (about 11 minutes)

 

- Assessing the starting condition of a comic

- Introduction to press hardware

- Discussion of temperature management during pressing

- Discussion of time management during pressing

- Using release material around a comic during pressing

- Preferred release materials for basic pressing

- Using staged pressing (this case is a 3-stage press)

- Following a hot press with a cold press

- Changing temperature and time during pressing stages

- Checking results during pressing stages

- Using release material as a pressure support (to reinforce covers)

- Handling heated/cooled comics during/between pressing stages

- Handling humidified comics during/between pressing stages

 

REVIEWS :whee:

 

CGC Board member Jacey (who attended) had this to say about the content:

 

"A detailed look every step of the way, from cleaning a cover and getting it ready to press, to the press itself"

 

CGC Board member Mxwll Smrt (who also attended) had this to say about the content:

"It was an informative session that provided tremendous insight into a process not readily understood by the average collector".

 

Comments from a purchaser:

 

“Overall I think it was very helpful and will get people started so they can learn and improve upon the process as they work with it more.”

 

:takeit:PURCHASE TERMS

 

We are offering these videos on the following terms:

 

- Each video is $50.00 (order all 3 for $150.00) - hard won serious amateur knowledge to save you time and money in comic pressing

 

- To view the videos, you must be a Vimeo member (signup for free for basic membership)

 

- To purchase the videos please go to Paypal and pay info (at) keysnruns.com for 1-3 videos

 

- When paying in Paypal, you must list a) what you are purchasing (Video 1 - Dry Cleaning; Video 2 - Humidifying; and/or Video 3 - Pressing) and b) the email login for your Vimeo ID (put all of this as comments, where you would normally provide a shipping address)

 

- Within 24 hours of a processed payment your Vimeo email ID will be enabled to view the private videos and you will be notified by email

 

- Videos will remain accessible for 6 months from purchase

 

- We reserve the right to update the videos (we're still learning new tricks!)

 

- We reserve the right to block users who share videos inappropriately

 

THANK YOU :golfclap:

We are perfecting an educational process and will inevitably hit some bumps in the road. I hope this information builds confidence in purchasing and applying the knowledge in these videos. Please keep your feedback coming, we are here as needed to address questions and concerns.

 

Edited by Keysnruns

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What is the cost (investments) required to operate this service such as equipment, supplies, etc...?

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:fear:

 

 

 

-slym

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I'm working on my own video series: P90Xtreme Pressing. The process involves two towel-wearing Italian guys in a steam room, a pile-driver, a 3-D printer, and a Ouija Board. Your comics get thrashed, but it's a great workout.

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Appreciate the feedback from all those purchased thus far and those considering. We are collecting quotes and will add soon to the initial post.

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so this is a video rental service where you are allowed access to the videos for 6 months?

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In essence, yes. By hosting the videos, we can update them if/when needed.

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Appreciate the feedback from all those purchased thus far and those considering. We are collecting quotes and will add soon to the initial post.

Here's a quote for you"I am flabbergasted at the thought of someone doing that to my comics". "Please don't ruin your books with these crappy videos".

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Flabbergasted by pressing? There's another thread for that. Krapping on something you haven't bothered to try? There's a word for that. *spoon*

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hard won serious amateur knowledge to save you time and money in comic pressing

 

How much for a list of comics you have pressed and submitted with cert numbers so I never buy a comic from you?

 

The American dream. Bigger, stronger, faster and never better than someone who isn't out to make a profit but does things because they love to do it.

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hard won serious amateur knowledge to save you time and money in comic pressing

 

How much for a list of comics you have pressed and submitted with cert numbers so I never buy a comic from you?

 

The American dream. Bigger, stronger, faster and never better than someone who isn't out to make a profit but does things because they love to do it.

Ouch.

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Flabbergasted by pressing? There's another thread for that. Krapping on something you haven't bothered to try? There's a word for that. *spoon*

I don't have to jump off a cliff to know that it would kill me either,to know that it's wrong. (shrug)

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If you must get your comics pressed,have a professional do it.Don't attempt this yourself. :eek:

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No shortage of passionate comments one way or the other on pressing and these videos. They will not make you an expert overnight, but are here to genuinely help those wanting to learn more about the practice.

 

PM with any questions or comments on methods or materials, and please try our videos!

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What does the following statement mean?

 

"We reserve the right to update the videos (we're still learning new tricks!)"

 

How long have you been pressing books?

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