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The Lady Speaks. . .Superheroes, Fictional Damages, and SDCC

Okay, so today I saw this article "Politicians to address budgeting for superhero-damaged cities at Comic Con" on the political website, The Hill.  At first I thought it was just a clever attempt by local and state government to connect with the general populous through the comic con medium.  But the more I read the short article, the more I'm convinced that this is a panel designed to convince people that there are large-scale destruction action plans in place and that they're using contemporary super hero movies as examples.  And that the gubernatorial candidate is using this as part of his campaign.  Brilliant?  Shady?  Not sure. 

The panel is titled "Who Cleans Up the Mess?" and it is scheduled at 11am on July 22.  It will be facing competition from panels such as "Nerd Up or Shut Up," "Marvel Studios Theatrical Prop Development," "Comics Greats on Will Eisner's The Spirit," and a panel from CBLDF:  "Equipping Teachers to Defend Comics."

It's not like this is a new concept.  In 2012, the company Kinetic Assessment Corp was hired by The Hollywood Reporter to assess the amount of damage New York experienced in the first Avengers movie.  The total was $160 billion but there was little loss of life. One year later, the same company determined that Superman's battle with Zod had damages of nearly $2 trillion, a loss of life around 130,000 with another 1 million injured, and had an impact equal to that of an atomic bomb.  I have on an external hard drive the original memo they released on Superman and they actually stated they didn't feel comfortable doing a full assessment because the loss of life and injuries were so great.  You'll just have to trust me on that.  I used the memos (Avengers and Superman) in my Technical Communication class as examples of not just proper format but how to quickly convey important information.  That's besides the point, however.

Since then, it seems the amount of property damage in superhero movies has continued to escalate.  I know that Ultron's Sokovia is a fictional location and I know they did that precisely because they were getting criticism for continually trashing New York.   New York has born the brunt of several superhero movies, including Watchmen, Dr. Strange, Amazing Spider-Man 2, not mention its portrayal as Gotham/Metropolis in the DCU.  Even Sony/Marvel's Spiderman: Homecoming had an incredible amount of destruction at the levels of civilian, corporate, and national monuments. 

Again, though, I am reminded of watching Batman Beyond cartoons in the early 2000's and wondering how Gotham could afford all the infrastructure damage that Terry and crew managed to dish out episode after episode.  That being a cartoon, however, it was easy to logically rectify.   The Avengers takes pains to show rebuilding efforts, as did DCU's Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The more I think about it, the more I think this is a clever thing for politicians to do.  After all, what if something bigger than Hurricane Katrina hits the Eastern Seaboard?  What if the anticipated quake of the Pacific Northwest happens?  While these events are not superhero related, they are major catastrophic events and it is nice to know that there are people thinking and planning accordingly and that they are willing to share that information rather than hide behind closed doors.  Using superheroes as analogies may actually inspire people to not be so complacent.

Just another convergence of popular culture and the real world.

 

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Summer of Usagi Continues! 

These past few weeks the SDCC Usagi Yojimbo action figure has been fetching between $160-200 easy, with several examples of sales exceeding those marks...

I picked up two 2004 TMNT Usagi Yojimbo action figures during this spell, spending $100 total for a mint on card (MOC) example and a loose example.

 

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I actually found a sweet loose example with only two longswords at a local Milwaukee show a long time ago for $5 and then gifted it to my littlest nephew before realizing how rare the figure was. :$

So it was a long time before I looked seriously at the figure again. Anyways... it is amazing (and somewhat fun) to see how quickly I went from paying $5 for figures to suddenly $60 for one (& $40 for many). Well played, Sakai/Playmates/'Tinternets 

 

 

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The Lady Speaks. . .Observations

Things I learned and/or noticed going through Previews:
1. Godshaper is ending with issue #6.  I had no idea it was only a six issue run.  I can find no information on the internet about whether it was always planned to be six issues or whether it's getting axed.

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2. Assassin's Creed: Uprising is not being solicited in October's Previews.  There is a TPB labeled vol 2.  Again, I was under the impression this was going to be an on-going title because all the press told me it was going to be an ongoing title.  Going back to last month's Previews, I see it also not being solicited.  I was probably too distracted by the Dishonored 2-shot to notice. 

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This is very frustrating because I'd like a heads up that they're ending a title that I thought was going to be ongoing.  Neither Boom! nor Titan have any press as to why the titles are ending, if they're truly done, or if it was intentional all along.  Harrumph! Perhaps this description of issue 6 should have been a clue, however; "Giving fans fresh insights into characters from the vast Assassin's Creed universe, including Juhani Otso Berg, Galina Voronina, Kiyoshi Takakura and Arend Schut!"  Not much information there.  

3. There is a new Dishonored video game coming out in September!  Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.  Now, I won't go into a huge description of The Outsider.  Suffice to say, if you've played the game you know he's the weird alternate reality guy who gives Corvo powers in both Dishonored 1 & 2 and Emily powers in Dishonored 2.  He's slightly creepy but very helpful.

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Granted, I haven't finished 2 yet because my brain is working in overdrive and I keep doing stupid school preparation, fiction writing, and scholarship instead of loafing.

4.  There is a new Looking-Glass War Graphic Novel, UnderFire, coming out.  It's a sequel to CrossFire (2016).  UnderFire, like most of Beddor's works was funded via Kickstarter.  CrossFire was funded through Indiegogo.  The original novel trilogy The Looking Glass Wars (2006), Seeing Redd (2007), and ArchEnemy (2009) were published by Dial.  Out of that series was the comic spin-off Hatter M:  The Looking Glass Wars (2006), published by Image.  Those turned into 6 graphic novels on Beddor's own imprint, Automatic Pictures  Publishing and financed through Kickstarter.  Those titles are  Hatter M: Far From Wonder (2008), Mad With Wonder (2009), Nature of Wonder (2010), Zen of Wonder (2013), Seeking Wonder (2015) (actually a collection of webisodes), and Love of Wonder (2015).   It appears Hatter M is now appearing in a young adult series as a teenager.

The art was terrible in CrossFire so I have no idea how UnderFire will go.  But I will buy it because someday I will write the definitive book on this world, if I can get caught up on Hatter M, that is.

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Anyway, those were the things I learned by flipping through previews. 

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The Lady Speaks. . .Wizard World Chicago 2017

This recap won't be nearly as extensive as prior years.  I will cover vendors and cosplay and general aspects while OM will cover the comics side of things.

We arrived at the convention center at 11:30am on Friday to queue for entry.  Right away we noticed the crowd was smaller, much smaller.  Even the VIP section was maybe half the size that it usually is on a Friday.  Listening to crowd chatter around us we learned two things: 

1) the late August date affected many people because school is in session so families weren't able to attend on Friday (remember, the con runs 12-7p on Friday so by the time the kids are out of school and everyone is ready to go to the con, you probably will only have a few hours on the floor.  At $50+ a ticket, that's not a good investment.) and

2) David Tennant pulled out of the con late Thursday night due to family problems.  Tennant marked the 8th celebrity to pull out of the con.  (WWE® Superstar Kevin Owens™, Elizabeth Olsen, Gaten Matarazzo,  Jon Heder, Lennie James, Dule Hill and James Roday also cancelled on Wizard World Chicago).  This is not to say that there wasn't still some serious star power on site, although the vast majority seemed to be affiliated with the WWE (this will be a discussion point later).  In order to placate outraged Tennant/Doctor Who fans, Wizard World was giving away the farm.  If you had purchased VIP tickets you got your money back (fair), still were able to attend the con as a VIP (also fair), were granted admission to all remaining WW cons this season (Nashville, TN; Madison, WI; Biloxi, MS; Montgomery, AL; OK City, OK; Austin, TX; Springfield, MO; Winston-Salem, NC; and possibly even NOLA), AND were even given weekend passes for NEXT YEAR's Wizard World Chicago.  A guy in line near us was joking that he might start gambling on VIP tickets for the future if they're going to give away that much.

So those are possible reasons the crowds were lighter this year.  I'm not exactly complaining.  For the first time in years I was able to move freely on the floor and there were hardly any lines anywhere (the autograph section being the exception to the rule).  Also, the serious cosplayers once again were in the atrium area which meant there was less photo opportunities gumming up the aisles.  And even though the crowds were smaller, almost everyone I saw had a plastic Weekend band on their arm as opposed to my paper Friday only band.  People were committed.

This was a strange crowd, especially at the beginning.  For the first time in years of con attending, I heard people openly mocking "nerds" and "geeks."  There was a strong contingent of people who didn't seem to understand what a con is and how to behave.  Luckily people rallied to protect one another.  I don't want to say this was directly related to the WWE celebrity presence, but there were more WWE stars than I remember seeing in the past.  Of course, it could also have something to do with Gene Simmons' presence.  I don't know.  All I know is that this the first con where I've witnessed men dressing as Harley getting harassed or an African American cosplaying as Star Lord being told "He had no right to dress like that."  But within a few hours the antagonists were no longer being vocal or had left, I don't know which.

(Pictures come from Popculture HQ, Midlifecrisiscrossover, and Gamestop).  At the beginning of the day there were far fewer cosplayers than I've seen in the past; however, by about 2pm the number of costumed individuals had increased substantially.  This year marked the second year where gender bending cosplay was really popular.  I saw a lot of men cosplaying as Harley Quinn, Sailor Moon, and Wonder Woman.  I saw a lot of women cosplaying as Assassin's Creed characters, Gambit, Star Lord, Link (Legend of Zelda), and the Joker. 

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Bob's Burgers was incredibly popular as was Adventure Time but no cartoon was as popular as Rick and Morty this year. 

Some of my favorites:  A Dr. Kreiger and his holographic wife, Captain Marvel, the Maitland's from Beetlejuice, the little Dr. Pepper guy, someone in a Spider-Man Homecoming homemade costume, two people cosplaying as SIMS characters (regular clothes with green diamonds over their heads--so simple and so funny), and Glinda the Good Witch.

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As far as video game cosplay, this was a good year of Assassin's Creed.  Many assassin's of all sizes were running about the con.  Fallout remains popular (at least the Vault costume).  Five Nights at Freddy's is incredibly popular.  The Mario Brothers and gang remain cosplay favorites as does their Nintendo colleagues, Link and Zelda.  Bioshock was not very visible this year.  Halo and Call of Duty both were rare sightings as opposed to prior years.  Overwatch has a decent showing.

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Star Wars cosplay was probably the most common with easily 2 dozen various Jedi spotted.  Jawas, Yoda, Vader, Kylo Ren, Rey, and quite a few Han Solos (of both genders) were also common place.  Superheroes were not as prevalent in years past but it was nice to see the X-Men represented.  Of course DC's trio of Joker, Harley, and Bats were present. 

Most of the cosplayers had weekend bands.  The vast majority of them stayed in the atrium area.  While Wizard World is making money off the tickets, they're not making much else off the cosplayer community.  Not that I blame the cosplayers.  The experience they're after is vastly different than the comic hunter or the casual shopper. 

As for vendors. . . well, there were far fewer non-comic/pop culture vendors this year.  Dr. McGillicuddy's whisky was on site offering shots which, when I think about it, is nice considering that beers on site ranged from $8-13 and your choices were Bud Light, Stella Artrois, or Goose Island IPA.  Needless to say, I did not imbibe this year.  Wild Bill's Soda had two stations and using last year's cup, I had free soda refills for $5 all day long.  I didn't even need the free 5 Hour Energy I picked up from that booth.  The Lasik surgery people were there, the tens unit people were there, the contact lenses people were there, but overall there was less random stuff (like last year with the nail decals).  I do think I spotted a Lipsense (MLM) setup in Artists' Alley but I didn't get close enough to confirm.  A psychic was on scene but she wasn't doing much business.  The animal sanctuary from last year was set up again with animals for photos, but they'd been pushed to the way back on the smaller floor.  For once there were no Sugar Glider pimps. 

Weapon vendors were practically a no-show.  One booth had replica swords and there were two "light saber" booths but the plethora of knives, brass knuckles, and Air Soft rifles were nowhere to be seen.  There were quite a few empty booths.  I did spy a wild game booth and I bought a cookie from a specialty cookie vendor (it was a Watchman cookie, so totally appropriate).  There was also a booth called Moonshine Chocolate but I didn't check it out.  They were doing pretty brisk business most of the day.\

My favorite vendor was Darwin and Wallace: A Nature & Fossil Store.  I purchased a Black Widow in a vial and a giant Isopod (his name is now Alan).  The picture is from their website because he's all wrapped up for travel.  He will live in my office.  I won't include a pic of the Black Widow spider since some people really don't like spiders.

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The merchandise that seemed to dominate (other than Star Wars and Doctor Who) was probably Bob's Burgers.  Game of Thrones had a strong higher end presence in terms of jewelry, banners, and leather working.  Harry Potter remains heavily merchandised, as well.  While the standard superheroes are still popular there was a definite decline in Archer, Firefly, Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes, and Simpsons gear.  Rick and Morty seems to be replacing Adventure Time when it comes to shirts, hats, belts, etc.  Teenage Mutant Turtles are all but forgotten, Pacific Rim is so two years ago, and even Transformers appeared to be struggling for representation.

Merchandise prices are out-of-control.  It used to be an expensive t-shirt was $20.  Now, that's a bargain.  InStylin' is charging basically $25.50 before tax for everything from hats to shirts to belts. 

Artists' Alley was pretty cool.  There were far more handmade items this year and fewer "I copy other artists' work and add my own twist."  People were also far less aggressive with trying to get you to come to their booth.  There were also a lot of empty booths.  I know one of my favorite artists, Nigel Sade, was not set up on Friday.

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Obviously he's not responsible for the Wonder Woman covers, but the rest is Nigel Sade's work.

Wizard World a while ago started to venture into competitive gaming.  I went and checked that out.  It was not awesome.  There was some sort of tournament going on, Mortal Combat or some Capcom vs whomever deal.  About six people were in the audience watching it go down.  There was a second possibly PC-based competitive thing going on that had 4 people at it (it looked to be set up for 8-10 maybe).  I couldn't catch the game's name, however.  Then there was a large area with maybe 12 screens that looked like it could have been cool, but the only game they offered was Smash Bros.  I want to point out that there was really no advertising for this feature of Wizard World.  I'm guessing about 90% of the attendees didn't even know that this existed.

In addition to the video games they had a large area set up for table top gaming.  About half of the tables were in use.  I estimate they had maybe 14 tables with a decent library of games to choose from.  I did still feel bad for the one table top gaming vendor who was positioned near the gaming area.  It was a bit out of the way in a no-man's land, although it did allow for a pass through from one part of the floor to the other that didn't involve waving your wrist in the air while security made whooping noises.  This is significant.

One thing that seemed to be expanded this Wizard World was the entertainment areas.  There was a stage in the atrium that had rock bands and pancake artists.  On the smaller portion of the floor there was a children's area with another stage that had acts going all day.  The main floor had a stage toward the back where artists, writers, cosplayers, and I think I saw a magician were talking about what they do for a living and how to make it as a writer, artist, cosplay, or magician?  I didn't go up to the second floor, but there was a blood draw going on there.  Rumor has it there was an arcade area set up (which leads me to wonder why you need a separate gaming area, an arcade, and a vendor who offers people the chance to play video games for free).  That may have been where the magazine launch was, but I don't know for sure.  Much like the gaming area I heard absolutely nothing about the magazine launch outside of a Bleeding Cool article published on August 24.

I wish I had some grand assessment or proclamation to make about Wizard World, but I don't.  We bat around the idea of hitting up E2C2 every year.  It's a tough time for my schedule, but more importantly, C2E2 for me seems like it's for people with very specific agendas.  That's not me.  I make a list each year, but half the time I forget my list or I just decide it's not worth it.

This year my list had Pop! Funko BoJack Horseman and Dead Laura Palmer.  I found them both, so I was happy.  Happily, I learned my Sharknado Pop! goes for $40 all day long.  I also needed two of the Hatter M graphic novels.  That was a big strike out.  The few graphic novel sellers that were there focused almost solely on superheroes.  That meant anything independent was pretty much not going to happen.  Graham Cracker Comics had a lot of indie stuff, not what I wanted, but they also don't discount that much.  I also learned that X-Men Essentials 1, 3, & 9 are like unicorns and I may never actually find them.  I didn't even bother with my comics list because I've learned that most cons are only focused on superheroes.  It's getting a bit tiring.  I did buy a ton of Star Wars t-shirts, though. 
 

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Life goals. 

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The Lady Speaks. . .Venomverse

As I've said before, I'm not much into superheroes these days.  I do still collect Batman Beyond and I'm sporadically gathering back issues of the X titles, but other than that, I don't care much about them.  One of my complaints about our new LCS, the Turning Page, is that their new comics literally consist of only Image, DC, and Marvel.  If you want anything else, you have to special order it because it won't be on the shelf.  That means I'm heading to Lost World of Wonders while my subscriptions are in between our old LCS and the Turning Page.

Anyway, I digress.  I'm not a superhero fan, but OM's been gathering the Venomverse comics.  I picked up issue #1 rather randomly and I found myself, dare I say, hooked?  It's a great science fiction plot.  The series only runs for 5 issues and we're on issue #3 but I find myself looking forward to the next issue. 

Basic plot: Venom gets sucked into an alternate world where a bevy of superheroes have been Venomized.

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There's been quite a bit written about how Venomverse #1 pays homage to The Amazing Spider-Man #361.  The Venomverse cover depicts a Poison (white) and a Venom (black).

I imagine some of the fun for readers is identifying Rocket Raccoon, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, X-23, Wolverine, and others. But they're not the bad guys! 

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The bad guys are the Poisoned superheroes and villains who have been taken over by a different type of symbiote that hunts Venoms.  The baddies have such heavy hitters as Dr. Doom, Bullseye, and Hulk.  I'm not listing all the characters because that might be considered spoilery.  But I will include a picture!

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There's an urgency to this story that makes it fun to read and as I said before, the core story is very much science fiction.  I think I know what the big twist is going to be but I'll have to wait until #4 to see if I'm right.  If you get a chance, pick this one up.  It's worth it.

 

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The Lady Speaks. . .A General Update

So, Venomverse ended as I thought it would and it was a letdown considering how much fun the story was up to the final issue.

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There have been a few rough spots migrating to our new LCS.  The new place, the revived Turning Page, really only carries DC, Marvel, and Image comics.  My pull list includes exactly two titles from those three publishers.  I collect Batman Beyond (DC) and No 1 With a Bullet (Image).  All of my other pulls are from smaller publishers.  So there's been a bit of a lag as the new place catches up with my pulls.  In the meantime, I'm missing two issues of The Damned (Oni) and two issues of Heavenly Blues (Scout Comics).  I'm sure I can find them at Lost World of Wonders or, if need be, online.

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In other news, Titan is releasing a new 4 issue Assassin's Creed title based on the new game AC: Origins.  I actually preordered the game, but I haven't even unwrapped it yet.  I'm waiting for Thanksgiving Break to try it out.  I actually haven't touched my PS4 in three weeks!  :o  I still haven't played the newest Dishonored game, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. 

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Before I stopped playing my PS4, I was playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for the third time.  Something about the fall makes me yearn for RPG's and high fantasy.  So I replay DA or Skyrim, I read books based on DA's world, and/or I re-read The Dragonlance Chronicles. 

In even bigger news--Strangers in Paradise is coming back!  For the 25th anniversary of the title, Abstract and Terry Moore are bringing SIP back!  I'm super excited for this title to return.  SIP was one of the first runs I completed and remains a favorite story of mine.  I met Terry Moore back in 1999 at Wizard World Chicago and was so dumbstruck all I could do was giggle when he talked to me. 

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In general, I've slowed a bit with collecting which is natural for me post-Wizard World and at the beginning of the school year.  Although, I did pre-order this fellow. . .

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He'll be released in February.  I think this will be the last of the Pop! Funko's I purchase.  It seems that between this guy and Sharknado, I've reached peak Pop!

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Stand Corrected

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I wanted to take a few minutes to write down my experiences of the last several months. I sort of fell out of collecting comic books due to a variety of reasons that I I'm kind of been thinking through the last couple of days / weeks / months (man how time can fly at times). 

 
One of the reasons was that I landed a nice project at work. And work began to dominate the majority of my time as there was some necessary overtime. This is actually a good thing what they call eustress in the concept of wellness. However, it left me kind of drained at the end of the day and took quite a few weeks to adjust to a slightly different circadian rhythm. I'm actually looking forward to the end of the construction season and a shifting of my duties. In part, it is the balance of having a different rhythm during the holidays that attracted me to this job. And as an aside, I picked up an online class for early 2018 (yeah, that's me contradicting my balance). 
 
Another big factor was that are local comic book store closed down. This occurred in mid-october and kind of left us scrambling to establish a new relationship with another local store, the revamped Turning Page. And while they are very good at back issue comic books, they are still dabbling in a full Diamond Previews account. Therefore, some of our more independent titles were missed for a couple of months which left us both scrambling a little bit. Plus anytime you lose a local comic book store it's often a time for reflection about collecting in can be a point where a collector starts to build distance from the act of collecting. Harry Rinker, the prolific antiques writer, talks about how once the collector learns to live without, the passionate need to possess decreases.
 
I cannot deny the impact that Photobucket's ransom stunt had on my writing. The lady and I talked about how we try and add images to our postings because comic book fans are by nature visual. Therefore it sucked to lose that many images and to lose something that you built with both thoughts but also also with delivered images. Anyways I really appreciate that the lady kept the post going and I really appreciate a lot of the diligence that other collectors display on these boards and the discipline that they have in their own collecting. Therefore thank you for reading and keep writing your own escapades because I enjoy reading about those too.
 
Finally, one of my disc golf buddies was picked up on an old weed smuggling charge in the state of Montana. It was something he never spoke about (with any of us) and those that knew thought was settled. However apparently he had been doing nothing that he needed to and had an outstanding warrant. So he is facing some serious time / charges in Bozeman MT, which oddly is where the lady and I lived and schooled in the late 90s. His stay will be much different than mine. I haven't had a lot of loss in my life so I guess it kind of hit me kind of hard and put a lot of things in perspective quick. 
 
Okay first of all I still have been collecting modern comic books fairly regularly. I pull approximately six to eight titles per month and occasionally dabble in a speculative title. I like Paper Girls, Spawn, Usagi Yojimbo, Rock Candy Mountain (may fave pull, 'bo), and even crossover for the occasional superhero storyline or title like Venomverse. I have not speculated much these days and I have not attended any conventions regional or local other than Wizard World Chicago in August.
 
If I do spec, it tends to be on Star Wars comic books. I have added several appearances of Lumiya /Shira Brie in the original Marvel Comics Star Wars series (pay attention to NM copies of #56, 88, 95, & 96). And of course I still love Doctor Aphra and her droids (tho I have bought very little here).
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I also pull Star Wars Poe Dameron and have by been buying multiple copies of #13 the first Captain Phasma cover and appearance of the converted battle droid Mr. Bones. Basically the common spec thread is cool canon characters that I feel are too cool NOT to do something with on the big screen.
 
 
I did submit underground Comics to CGC while I was at Wizard World Chicago and I received one shipment back. It was Zap Comix 16 both copies graded CGC 9.8 White Pages, but both books were qualified, green label. The reason for the qualification was that books that were received in the direct market had stickers added to them with UPC symbols and pricing. This was probably done by Fantagraphics. It should be noted that the copies that I received from Amazon Online did not have these stickers. However, they did arrive damaged in the box which is why I've been chilly sought out copies from Midtown Comics. This was just the result of sloppy work on my part when I submitted the books. I should have pre scanned my books better to make sure that I was submitting my highest potential unstickered copies. My other books are at CCS right now. And I do not have an update but am not worried. :)
 

In terms of back issues, things have been slow. I'll start with X-Men, which is where I've had the most success. I did pick up an X-Men #4 that was in my price range while at Wizard World Chicago (kudos GAtor). And I'm happy that I did that. I missed out on a copy of X-Men 11 locally that was within my price range, but I did pick up a really nice presenting, conserved copy of Strange Tales #151 1st Steranko signed by him. After adding it and removing it several times I have decided to pursue Strange Tales 151 to 168 in about VF, the Steranko run. No progress yet, but I am adding it to my Marvel Comics wish list. Also, and again this is for the really long haul on my time frame, is Fantastic Four #49 and 50, the Galactus trilogy. Sometimes I waiver on removing these books from my want list and selling my 48, and other times I look to complete it. Time will tell.

 
Hunting down Spawn comic books has been a real bear. I have not made any progress on my want list in 2017. And that sucks, because it appears that for the issues I need the prices are still Rising. I can maybe only knock off two issues from my want list before the end of the year at reasonable prices. For example, Spawn 221, an homage cover to Amazing Fantasy 15, is currently fetching $75 in near mint raw, and there are some completed listings at that price. I'm going to have to get lucky somehow at a local show or with a local collector. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the reality of collecting modern back issues is that the Direct Market is so efficient as to put a precise number of copies into collectors hands, that leaves very few on the secondary market. The lady is learning this the hard way too as she runs around and tries to complete two independent runs, namely volume two of the Damned by Oni Press and Heavenly Blues by Scout Comics. These books have print runs of less than 3000 copies and are next to impossible to find a lot times. In a way, modern comic books are collectible like never before.
 
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What factors are transipring to make this jump to a $75 raw book nationally? 
 
Usagi Yojimbo has brought me a great lot of joy recently. However, I still need two issues from volume one and upgrade one issue from volume two to be completely current and complete. I also need a few oddball books and upgrades. After a hiatus, Stan Sakai is back to publishing Usagi regularly (3 issues now). Plus, this was the Summer of Usagi Yojimbo for me. I took immense joy in buying the new toys online and running around to local Walmarts trying to score them for regular prices. It was something that the lady and I shared together.
 
So that's all I have for now! Sorry for the abrupt end. I have six of the next nine days off of work and will try to maybe post a little bit more.  :hi:

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