CBG, R.I.P. (January 16, 2013)

Last week it was announced that Comics Buyer's Guide magazine was going out of business, and a few days later, I got the final issue in the mail. It was issue #1699; couldn't they have waited another month and gone out with a landmark #1700?

Resolution 2013 (January 2, 2013)

One goal/resolution for 2013 (its better to try and do less than do more): Read a comic book each day (fall back position: "per day," get to 365 for the year one way or another).

I started off yesterday. I had a comic book picked out for several weeks, then on Jan 1, I picked up another instead and started reading it. "Crack Comics, #47" from 1947, which I think I bought at the Hickory, NC show in 2011. I plan to read one each day, but I won't blog about all of them.

Alabama 2012 (December 31, 2012)

 A final note on our 2012 trip to Alabama.

We went to see Bobby and Kathy in Weaver, Alabama on Thanksgiving week. Had Thanksgiving Dinner. On Black Friday, Bobby and I checked the antique stores in Oxford and Jacksonville. I was impressed by magazine sheets circa 1950 (usually I detest the idea of cutting up publications and selling the individual pages). I bought a one-sheet cartoon of the hatching season at Sycamore Center, drawn by Graham Hunter.

2012 winding down (December 26, 2012)

The best year ever for comic vending (and collecting if you blend in the last five weeks of 2011) comes to an end soon. The final show of the year was the December 16 Charlotte Show, held at a different location that the previous 30 or so shows. I like the new venue and would like to see that as the future location.

Election 2012: The Choice (November 5, 2012)

Many people see the 2012 election as the most important ever. While the differences between Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal have been endlessly debated, one important issue has been seriously diminished: comic books.

Some brief attention was given to Obama's preference for Bronze Age Spider-Man and Conan Marvels, He's also been featured in a Spider-Man comic book. Romney has proclaimed his interest in Silver Age DCs like Flash and Justice League. Their Marvel-DC dichotomy is yet another important difference in the candidates.

Comic season winds down (November 1, 2012)

The first Inside Pitch Salem show was two weeks ago, There is no Year-over-Year comparison, but it was better for sales than other Inside Pitch shows for me. Also, it was a great show for buying comics, as I bought over 500 old comics (mostly gold and silver age).

Inside Pitch comes to Virginia (October 19, 2012)

After six weeks of inactivity, its back to comic mongering tomorrow at the First Inside Pitch show at Salem, VA. Wes Starkey took over operations of the premiere collectibles show in North Carolina and is trying a show in Virginia. Inside Pitch consists of about 17 shows a year in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and Hickory. Tomorrow's show will feature antiques, sports, toys, comics and other hobby collectibles.

There will be 200 dealer tables manned by 75 dealers. It's the biggest show of its type in this end of the state in a decade or more.

Hillsville Flea Market, 2012 (September 10, 2012)

The 2012 Hillsville Flea Market continued the string of YOY improvement in shows; it was my 8th show, and the 7th that resulted in better sales than the 2011 edition. It turned out to be my best Hillsville show ever, and my third best show ever, coming 13 days after my best show ever. Friday was the best Hillsville Friday ever, and Saturday was the best Saturday, one of the three or four best single days ever.

My best birthday! (Since I was five) (August 20, 2012)

My birthday fell on the date of the 15th annual Virginia Vintage Comics Show. It was the best birthday for me probably since I was five years old (57 years ago); what better way to celebrate the occasion that at the show buying, selling and trading comic books!

I was hoping we' have a larger crowd, given the huge crowds at the most recent shows in Bristol and Charlotte. But the people who did attend spent lavishly. Two of the three dealers who talked with me about sales had their best show ever at Salem; add me to the list.

Another record breaker (Charlotte) (August 11, 2012)

The Charlotte Comicon last Sunday was another record breaking comic book show for 2012. Attendance for the two previous shows topped 500; last week's attendance was 860. The aisles packed about all day long.