"The First Black President" (July 13, 2015)

Barack Obama was not the first black president. The first African-American president preceded him by 31 years. The story is found in Quincy, the 14th issue of King Comics' Comics Reading Library (R-14).
King's Reading Library series was written down a grade-level or two below the typical comic book, giving an assist to younger and/or less proficient readers, often with helpful footnotes. The 16-issue run featured The Phantom, Flash Gordon, Blondie, Popeye and others.

Heroes aftermath (June 24, 2015)

Finally recuperating from the marathon Heroes Show in Charlotte.
Friday's sales were about 25 percent higher than the 2014 Friday numbers. I was expecting a record breaking show, but on Saturday, Stan Lee ($100/autograph) sucked a tremendous amount of money out of the room. Every dealer I talked to had lower sales Saturday vs. Friday. Then Sunday was a nice rebound.
What really set the show apart was purchases/trades: Thanks to Brian Marcus, New Dimensions, Cavalier Comics (Brian), Leroy Harper, Banks Robinson, and Jason Hamlin, I was really able to bulk up the inventory.

Happy Days (June 10, 2015)

Yesterday came the news that Happys Flea Market in Roanoke, VA is closing. Extensive structural and electrical code violations were cited by the city for closing the building as a hazard. The outdoor flea market set up may still continue.
The owners will be given the opportunity to correct the violations, but given the extent and expense, and the fact that they have been under orders by the city for two years to address the issues, it is not likely the indoor market will reopen any time soon, or at all.

Today's comic: Alley Oop #1 (April 29, 2015)

In the ongoing comics reading project, today's comic book is Alley Oop #1. There were three series with this character: Standard in the 1940s, Argo in the 1950s and Dell in the 1960s.
Alley Oop was a rough-hewn but well-spoken cave man tromping around the prehistoric kingdom of Moo. He was brought to the 20th Century by a time machine built by Professor Wonmug (linguistic pun on "Einstein").
Alley Oop was the first comic to inspire a number one rock and roll song: Alley Oop, by the one-hit wonders Hollywood Argyles in 1960 ("Well, this cat's name is Alley Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop.")

And......we're off!

After the longest winter ever outside of Westeros, the comic season has returned! I attended the first show in four months, Chris Garbee's Roanoke Valley Comicon. It was a good day for selling (especially magazines; oversize comics, Love and Rockets #1, run of Lloyd Llewellyn, Fangora, Mads) and the buys were the best ever for a first show of the year!
Among key purchases:
Werewolf by Night #1
Strange Adventures #187 (first Enchantress)
a run of very high grade Marvel Star Wars
2 Juke Box
3 Panic
an Oral Roberts comic
a Schomburg cover
Strange Worlds #19
a Harvey Horror hardcover

Jupiter Jones returns (January 8,2015)

2015 is looking like a great year for comic/sci-fi movies, with Avengers and Star Wars topping the list, as well as Ant Man, Jurassic World and Mad Max. But I am intrigued by "Jupiter Ascending," coming in February.

It is from the talented Wachowskis (although I didn't care for the Matrix movies) and the trailer is interesting. It reminds me of "John Carter" and could be hampered by the same issues of a nine-digit budget and mixed reviews.

The protagonist is Jupiter Jones, a woman janitor who discovers she is also galactic royalty.

The Golden Age of Comic Shows (July 28, 2014)

(The 17th annual Virginia Vintage Comics & Collectibles Show is Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center. Hours 10-5. Admission $3, 12 and under free.)

After a paucity of shows, the convention season gets very busy. Saturday I set up at the Wyvacon at Wytheville Community College and purchases and sales exceeded expectations. This is a small-town show that drew almost 700 people in only its third year.

Serendip @ Heroes (July 16, 2014

(The 17th Annual Virginia Vintage Comic Show is Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center. Hours 10-5. Call 540-789-7056).

The 2014 Heroes Show was good for sales, great for buys. Two examples of "you can sell anything..."

1. Sold a squarebound Conan magazine in some foreign language, Cryllic-looking letters, either Greek or Russian? A guy bought it for $10; said his wife worked with a Greek interpreter...

It's a small FCBD, after all...

(The 17th Annual Virginia Vintage Comic Show is Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center. Hours 10-5. Call 540-789-7056.)

A belated blog about Free Comic Book Day: once again I made a 150-mile trip to Johnson City, TN and Mountain Empire Comics on North Roan Street for Free Comic Book Day on the first Saturday in May. Owner John Stone allows vendors to set up in the parking lot.

Good start to the season (April 10, 2014)

(The 17th Annual Virginia Vintage Comic Show is Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center. Hours 10-5)

After a long break from comic mongering, the 2014 convention season is off to a strong start for me. I did the Roanoke Valley Comicon March 29, very well attended (a record, I think Chris said) and very good sales.

Saturday, April 5 was the Gray (Tennessee) Fairgrounds show for Children's Miracle Network, that was the best show ever for me at that venue.