New Show in Vinton (December 6,2011

A new Toy and Hobby Show is set for Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Vinton War Memorial (Senior Center Building). Show hours are 9-2 and admission is FREE.

The show plans to feature Hot Wheels, slot cars, comic books, action figures, sports cards, coins, models and kits, Barbie, vintage toys, and die cast. A few dealer tables remain at this posting, and cost $15.

The War Memorial is on Route 24 in Vinton; the address is 814 East Washington Avenue. For informaiton, contact Jebb Bower at 540-293-7733.

Comic Books in Alabama (November 18, 2011)

During our visit last week to Northeast Alabama with Bobby and Kathy Pearson (Nancy's sister), Bobby took me on a tour of antique stores in Anniston/Oxford (the comic book store in Anniston closed 2 years ago).

At the Apple Barrel, there were plenty of 90s glut comics, and a few 12 cent DCs priced in the $7-8 range; nothing to see here; move on (though I did by an old looking cardboard box with three fans for Nancy for $8. Not too bad, so I thought; Nancy told me it was a Major Antique Store Rip Off...

Salem show, October 2011 (October 22, 2011)

Saturday's Roanoke Valley Comicon was one of the better shows I've had at the 
Salem Civic Center.

I had two major sales and sold a wide variety of material, Golden Age, Silver Age, Deadpool, Cavewoman, Analogs with pretty covers. The most interesting item was a Destroyer Duck #1, Special Lawsuit Benefit Edition, which I sold to a guy wearing a Riddler jacket (with sewn on ? marks). The we mutually agreed to undo the sale and make it a trade instead.

Street preachers and ball caps (October 4,2011)

The 2011 Hillsville Flea Market was one of the best shows of the year, down a bit from 2010, but that was the all-time best for the venue, so that was to be expected. Aside from the buying and selling, there's always plenty of the human parade on display.

Weird Flea Market karma

Some strange things happen at the HIllsville, VA Labor Day Flea Market. Today's event may be the wierdest karma yet.

It might be expected that there would be some strong psychic energy when half a million people converge, the vendors looking to strike it rich and the shoppers looking for half a million Holy Grails.

Cowboys and Bandersnatches (August 13, 2011)

(An occasional series of comic book stories, August 13, 2011)

"Spaceman's Gulch" is a one-page feature-filler in Space Western #44 by Charlton Comics, June 1963. Spurs Jackson goes to Jupiter to hunt the Jovian Bandersnatch, formerly known as the Frumious Bandersnatch. The dragon-like creature has propellers coming from its earlobes, which help it fly. Spurs extinguishes the dragon fire with carbon dioxide spray.

Cowboys and Bandersnatches (August 13, 2011)

(One in an occasional series of comic book stories, August 13, 2011)

"Spaceman's Gulch" is a one-page feature/filler in Space Western #44, by Charlton Comics, June 1953. In this informational piece, Spurs Jackson tells about capturing a Jovian Bandersnatch (formerly known as the Frumious Bandersnatch) on an expedition to Jupiter.

Three in a row (August 5, 2011)

The Charlotte Comicon on Sunday, July 31, was the best show that Rick Fortenberry and Dave Hinson have ever had. They had a record 573 attendance, a great turnout for the costume contest, and for me, record sales and record purchases.

That makes three great shows in three weeks (15 days); the RobCon in Bristol on July 16, the Virginia Vintage Show in Salem July 23, and now Charlotte. In spite of the economy and gas prices, comics are going great.

A good show (July 25, 2011)

Our 2011 show Saturday was oneof the best, with attendance up over 20 percent from last year. The collections brought in were very good; one included X-Men #1, Fantastic Four #3 and Spiderman #4.