In the early part of 2013, comic books were flying off the shelves and flying on to the secondary market for big profits. Books like Image Comics ‘Peter Panzerfaust’, ‘Saga’, Oni Press ‘The Sixth Gun’ and Dark Horse Comics ‘Mind MGMT’ ‘Star Wars’ were showing up on Amazon and eBay at multiple times cover price. People were buying them up. The secondary market was robust and sales were great. By the time May rolled in, sales had slowed down and comics were just not selling as well. Part of this had to do with summer setting in and people were using money for vacations and other things and not spending time online. Well, after San Diego Comic Con 2013 ended, comic sales are up again and the second half of the speculator season is open.
If you are unfamiliar with the San Diego Comic Convention or SDCC as those in the know call it, it is the biggest multi-media event in The United States. SDCC is more than just comics, much to the chagrin, of many comic fans; instead it is a multi-day celebration of all things pop culture. Movies are previewed and announced, TV deals are made and announced, and product sales, especially of convention exclusives, boost retailer’s sales.
The speculation news started off early as a new Sherlock Holmes comic book announced it had sold out before SDCC started. ‘Watson and Holmes’ #1 from New Paradigm studios announced they had sold out of their initial print run of 3,888 copies and sent readers and speculators scrambling for the book.
For Comics Speculators, some big news rolled out which has led to a sharp increase of recent comic book prices. ‘Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth’ a fan favorite comic about a little bag wearing boy who has no luck, was picked up by Titmouse, the makers of cartoons such as ‘Venture Bros.’ Titmouse will be producing an animated series based on Todd’s exploits. This will not be for the young ones. Prices of the book picked up from around $10 for a first print to $50 plus for the same book. What a difference a weekend makes.
Another Image comic that was picked up was ‘Clone’ by TV writer David Schulner and artist Juan Jose Ryp. This book is put out by the Skybound Imprint which is owned by ‘The Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman. NBC Universal will be putting out a ‘Clone’ TV show in 2014. The story revolves around Luke find his life turned upside down when a group of men kidnap his pregnant wife. Luke finds out that the men responsible for this are from a shadowy cabal who include evil clones of himself. He also finds out there are hundreds of clones of him running around. First prints of the regular cover are currently selling for $18.50 to $20.00; they were selling for cover price of $2.99 or less before the announcement.
Yet another fan favorite book was picked up for a movie deal. ‘Think Tank’ from Top Cow Comics publisher Matt Hawkins was announced. Mr. Hawkins recently announced another of his Top Cow books, ‘The Test’ had a movie optioned. ‘Think Tank’ was selling well before the announcement at $20.00 for a first print issue number one.
Other news included the announcement of the next ‘Avengers’ movie title, ‘Avenger Age of Ultron’ which is being based off the mini-seres ‘Age of Ultron’ written by Brian Michael Bendis. DC Comics big announcement was that Superman and Batman would have a cross over movie coming in 2015. A proof of concept was shown for Dark Horse Comics ‘Number 13’ which can be viewed at http://number13.info .
Overall the weekend was chock full of news. Much of the news was a good sign for comic fans, and an especially good sign for the beginning of the second half of the comic book speculator season. More news on SDCC can be found out http://comicsheatingup.wordpress.com .