This past weekend I was at the Savannah Comic Con in Georgia with friends. I understand this was their second year, and it went pretty well, with media and comic guests aplenty.

One of the topics of discussion there that I participated in focused on the condition of one’s comics and other related items. Everyone agreed on one thing: the condition of your stuff is critical!

MONEY MATTERS

Comics Portal: Condition Critical? This past weekend i was at the Savannah Comic Con in Georgia with friends. I understand this was their second year, and it went pretty well, with media and comic guests aplenty. One of the topics of discussion there that I participated in focused on the condition of one’s comics and other related items. Everyone agreed on one thing: the condition of your stuff is critical! MONEY MATTERS I could get into the entire comics grading system, but I won’t since many other websites do that quite a bit. You can Google that if you want to know more about that subject. Even if you are more reader than collector, your family members (including your kids) may not hold the same interests you do. The day may come when reality comes crashing in, and your family may need money for important things like your healthcare or things they want or need. That’s when the condition of your collection will matter to them more than ever, even more than what you want! Granted, we all like to have genre stuff in the best condition possible. We want them to last and be treasured as long as they can be. I’m not really that much of a collector, but I still try to keep my comics in decent shape, if not better. I like what I like, and I want to like it like that for years! I’m not super-picky when it comes to most of the books I buy, though. Nearly all of them will be read, and I do try to treat them well, but the fact remains that the reading is the most important thing they provide. Also, the vast majority of the books I get will not turn into the most collectible of comics. Every once in awhile, one shoots up in value, though. It just depends on the issue. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FUTURE? Maybe it’s just that i don’t have family members who worry about the condition of my collection, but it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I have friends, however, who have relatives or children who eye their collections with the thought that “someday all that will be mine.” Some don’t even have the kindness to keep quiet about it, either, especially if they think it will be worth plenty soon! My advice to those folks is to let your family member enjoy what he or she loves in peace as long as they can do that. The time to sort out who will get what will come sooner than you expect. SHARE THEIR INTEREST One thing collectors and readers alike enjoy is to share that with someone else. I remember the story I’ve have heard from Geoff Johns was that a relative of his had a comic collection that he would let the future comics creator read when possible. Am I glad he got to do that! It sparked his imagination do he could tell some of my favorite stories ever! And who knows? Maybe you will find an interest that will make you happy in their collection. READING VERSUS COLLECTING I know some collectors who bristle when I say this, but it is the good reading that often makes comics worth more. If the story and/or art suck, it’s very rare that it’s value increases. Demand is what makes the price rise. I’d venture a guess that maybe 95 percent or more of collectible comics were at one point considered a great read. Even Golden Age comics were thought to be fun storytelling in their day. Now, I don’t want to even begin to appear that I think collectors aren’t important. They are because they help keep the industry going. But the books have to be valued by fans of some stripes in order to be worth it to others. This debate about “readers versus collectors” has been a long-running one. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing because both are important to the comics industry. But again, condition is an important consideration when it comes to how much value is assigned to comics and things comics-related. However, as I’m writing this, I’m wracking my brain as I attempt to think of a comic that’s worth a lot that wasn’t considered a great or good read. I just can’t think of any! Granted, maybe you don’t care for Golden, Silver or Bronze Age comics. But others do and probably always will. Until the day that this industry we love crashes and burns completely, I think there will be a good number of people who will. I’ll probably always be more reader than collector. But I think we can all help the industry grow and prosper. What do you think? Are you more reader or collector? Do you think we have the right balance between those groups today? If not, which group needs to change? Whatever your opinion, please share it below! Geoff Johns, comics, reader, collector, Savannah Comic Con, Georgia, Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, demand, condition, money, I could get into the entire comics grading system, but I won’t since many other websites do that quite a bit. You can Google that subject if you want to know more about that subject. Matthew and Stephen even talked about it on last week’s Major Spoilers Podcast.

Even if you are more reader than collector, your family members (including your kids) may not hold the same interests you do. The day may come when reality comes crashing in, and your family may need money for important things like your healthcare or things they want or need.

That’s when the condition of your collection will matter to them more than ever, even more than what you want!

Granted, we all like to have genre stuff in the best condition possible. We want them to last and be treasured as long as they can be. I’m not really that much of a collector, but I still try to keep my comics in decent shape, if not better. I like what I like, and I want to like it like that for years!

I’m not super-picky when it comes to most of the books I buy, though. Nearly all of them will be read, and I do try to treat them well, but the fact remains that reading is the most important thing they provide.

Also, the vast majority of the books I get will not turn into the most collectible of comics. Every once in a while, one shoots up in value, though. It just depends on the issue.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FUTURE?

Comics Portal: Condition Critical? This past weekend i was at the Savannah Comic Con in Georgia with friends. I understand this was their second year, and it went pretty well, with media and comic guests aplenty. One of the topics of discussion there that I participated in focused on the condition of one’s comics and other related items. Everyone agreed on one thing: the condition of your stuff is critical! MONEY MATTERS I could get into the entire comics grading system, but I won’t since many other websites do that quite a bit. You can Google that if you want to know more about that subject. Even if you are more reader than collector, your family members (including your kids) may not hold the same interests you do. The day may come when reality comes crashing in, and your family may need money for important things like your healthcare or things they want or need. That’s when the condition of your collection will matter to them more than ever, even more than what you want! Granted, we all like to have genre stuff in the best condition possible. We want them to last and be treasured as long as they can be. I’m not really that much of a collector, but I still try to keep my comics in decent shape, if not better. I like what I like, and I want to like it like that for years! I’m not super-picky when it comes to most of the books I buy, though. Nearly all of them will be read, and I do try to treat them well, but the fact remains that the reading is the most important thing they provide. Also, the vast majority of the books I get will not turn into the most collectible of comics. Every once in awhile, one shoots up in value, though. It just depends on the issue. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FUTURE? Maybe it’s just that i don’t have family members who worry about the condition of my collection, but it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I have friends, however, who have relatives or children who eye their collections with the thought that “someday all that will be mine.” Some don’t even have the kindness to keep quiet about it, either, especially if they think it will be worth plenty soon! My advice to those folks is to let your family member enjoy what he or she loves in peace as long as they can do that. The time to sort out who will get what will come sooner than you expect. SHARE THEIR INTEREST One thing collectors and readers alike enjoy is to share that with someone else. I remember the story I’ve have heard from Geoff Johns was that a relative of his had a comic collection that he would let the future comics creator read when possible. Am I glad he got to do that! It sparked his imagination do he could tell some of my favorite stories ever! And who knows? Maybe you will find an interest that will make you happy in their collection. READING VERSUS COLLECTING I know some collectors who bristle when I say this, but it is the good reading that often makes comics worth more. If the story and/or art suck, it’s very rare that it’s value increases. Demand is what makes the price rise. I’d venture a guess that maybe 95 percent or more of collectible comics were at one point considered a great read. Even Golden Age comics were thought to be fun storytelling in their day. Now, I don’t want to even begin to appear that I think collectors aren’t important. They are because they help keep the industry going. But the books have to be valued by fans of some stripes in order to be worth it to others. This debate about “readers versus collectors” has been a long-running one. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing because both are important to the comics industry. But again, condition is an important consideration when it comes to how much value is assigned to comics and things comics-related. However, as I’m writing this, I’m wracking my brain as I attempt to think of a comic that’s worth a lot that wasn’t considered a great or good read. I just can’t think of any! Granted, maybe you don’t care for Golden, Silver or Bronze Age comics. But others do and probably always will. Until the day that this industry we love crashes and burns completely, I think there will be a good number of people who will. I’ll probably always be more reader than collector. But I think we can all help the industry grow and prosper. What do you think? Are you more reader or collector? Do you think we have the right balance between those groups today? If not, which group needs to change? Whatever your opinion, please share it below! Geoff Johns, comics, reader, collector, Savannah Comic Con, Georgia, Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, demand, condition, money, Maybe it’s just that I don’t have family members who worry about the condition of my collection, but it doesn’t matter all that much to me.

I have friends, however, who have relatives or children who eye their collections with the thought that “someday that will be mine.” Some don’t even have the kindness to keep quiet about it, either, especially if they think it will be worth plenty soon!

My advice to those folks is to let your family member enjoy what he or she loves in peace as long as they can do that. The time to sort out who will get what will come sooner than you expect.

SHARE THEIR INTEREST

One thing collectors and readers alike enjoy is to share that with someone else.

I remember the story I’ve have heard from Geoff Johns was that a relative of his had a comic collection that he would let the future comics creator read when possible. Am I glad he got to do that! It sparked his imagination so he could tell some of my favorite stories ever!

And who knows? Maybe you will find an interest that will make you happy in their collection.

READING VERSUS COLLECTING

Comics Portal: Condition Critical? This past weekend i was at the Savannah Comic Con in Georgia with friends. I understand this was their second year, and it went pretty well, with media and comic guests aplenty. One of the topics of discussion there that I participated in focused on the condition of one’s comics and other related items. Everyone agreed on one thing: the condition of your stuff is critical! MONEY MATTERS I could get into the entire comics grading system, but I won’t since many other websites do that quite a bit. You can Google that if you want to know more about that subject. Even if you are more reader than collector, your family members (including your kids) may not hold the same interests you do. The day may come when reality comes crashing in, and your family may need money for important things like your healthcare or things they want or need. That’s when the condition of your collection will matter to them more than ever, even more than what you want! Granted, we all like to have genre stuff in the best condition possible. We want them to last and be treasured as long as they can be. I’m not really that much of a collector, but I still try to keep my comics in decent shape, if not better. I like what I like, and I want to like it like that for years! I’m not super-picky when it comes to most of the books I buy, though. Nearly all of them will be read, and I do try to treat them well, but the fact remains that the reading is the most important thing they provide. Also, the vast majority of the books I get will not turn into the most collectible of comics. Every once in awhile, one shoots up in value, though. It just depends on the issue. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE FUTURE? Maybe it’s just that i don’t have family members who worry about the condition of my collection, but it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I have friends, however, who have relatives or children who eye their collections with the thought that “someday all that will be mine.” Some don’t even have the kindness to keep quiet about it, either, especially if they think it will be worth plenty soon! My advice to those folks is to let your family member enjoy what he or she loves in peace as long as they can do that. The time to sort out who will get what will come sooner than you expect. SHARE THEIR INTEREST One thing collectors and readers alike enjoy is to share that with someone else. I remember the story I’ve have heard from Geoff Johns was that a relative of his had a comic collection that he would let the future comics creator read when possible. Am I glad he got to do that! It sparked his imagination do he could tell some of my favorite stories ever! And who knows? Maybe you will find an interest that will make you happy in their collection. READING VERSUS COLLECTING I know some collectors who bristle when I say this, but it is the good reading that often makes comics worth more. If the story and/or art suck, it’s very rare that it’s value increases. Demand is what makes the price rise. I’d venture a guess that maybe 95 percent or more of collectible comics were at one point considered a great read. Even Golden Age comics were thought to be fun storytelling in their day. Now, I don’t want to even begin to appear that I think collectors aren’t important. They are because they help keep the industry going. But the books have to be valued by fans of some stripes in order to be worth it to others. This debate about “readers versus collectors” has been a long-running one. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing because both are important to the comics industry. But again, condition is an important consideration when it comes to how much value is assigned to comics and things comics-related. However, as I’m writing this, I’m wracking my brain as I attempt to think of a comic that’s worth a lot that wasn’t considered a great or good read. I just can’t think of any! Granted, maybe you don’t care for Golden, Silver or Bronze Age comics. But others do and probably always will. Until the day that this industry we love crashes and burns completely, I think there will be a good number of people who will. I’ll probably always be more reader than collector. But I think we can all help the industry grow and prosper. What do you think? Are you more reader or collector? Do you think we have the right balance between those groups today? If not, which group needs to change? Whatever your opinion, please share it below! Geoff Johns, comics, reader, collector, Savannah Comic Con, Georgia, Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, demand, condition, money, I know some collectors who bristle when I say this, but it is the good reading that often makes comics worth more. If the story and/or art suck, it’s very rare that it’s value increases. Demand is what makes the price rise. I’d venture a guess that maybe 95 percent or more of collectible comics were at one point considered a great read. Even Golden Age comics were thought to be fun storytelling in their day.

Now, I don’t want to even begin to appear that I think collectors aren’t important. They are because they help keep the industry going. But the books have to be valued by fans of some stripes in order to be worth it to others.

This debate about “readers versus collectors” has been a long-running one. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing because both are important to the comics industry.

But again, condition is an important consideration when it comes to how much value is assigned to comics and things comics-related.

However, as I’m writing this, I’m wracking my brain as I attempt to think of a comic that’s worth a lot that wasn’t considered a great or good read. I just can’t think of any!

Granted, maybe you don’t care for Golden, Silver or Bronze Age comics. But others do and probably always will. Until the day that this industry we love crashes and burns completely, I think there will be a good number of people who will.

I’ll probably always be more reader than collector. But I think we can all help the industry grow and prosper.

What do you think? Are you more reader or collector? Do you think we have the right balance between those groups today? If not, which group needs to change? Whatever your opinion, please share it below!


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1 Comment

  1. Malone_hasco on

    I’ve read almost every comic I own. Maybe half dozen or so were bought as collector’s items and will remain bagged and boarded.

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