Wednesday Open Forum


Wednesday, the best day of the week, new comic book day. It is like your birthday in the middle of each week (well, one where you buy your own presents.)

We open things up to hear from you. A free for all.

The 202nd edition of the open forum!

Back from vacation and back to work. Ugh. Being away isn’t hard, its coming back to all the things you were away from that makes leaving difficult.

As always we also want to hear about your weekly pickups.
So, What were your pick ups?
What had disappeared off the shelves?
What was sitting on the shelves?
What back issue deals did you grab?


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87 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Josias Ocampo says:

    Border Town #1 for me. That variant cover is a thing of beauty. Jorge Jimenez is man among men.

  2. Lonzilla says:

    Flipping copies of Venom Space Knight #12 has been a great last few days

  3. Alana says:

    If you canโ€™t tell by my numerous recent posts, Iโ€™m back to collecting comics this year. I usually break from Feb to SDCC, this year it went a little longer. Obviously the mass amount of first appearances coming I no longer can break. Some of these new future characters are already being released in games first like the moon knight spider is coming to Future Fight as well as others.

    This weeks pick ups……
    Cosmic Ghostrider #2
    Cosmic Ghostrider #3 x4
    Thanos Legacy 1:25 Stonehouse
    Weapon H #7 Comics G R Variant x3 preordered.

    Hope to have an article up soon for everybody.

  4. JayClue says:

    I attended Fanexpo early on the weekend. I took the risk of pre selling some of the fanexpo Tec880 foils that were going to be at this show. I turned the profits of the pre sales into an actual 1st print Tec880. Oh, and on my way out, Jock was on his way in. So I went and lined up for 20 minute and got to meet Jock. Cool guy. Here is a pic of some of my spoils from the show.

  5. A. King says:

    I’ve got two quick ebay questions for you guys. I had 2 auctions end Sunday night and I’m still waiting for payment on both. I sent a payment reminder. How long would you guys wait until you cancel the order? Do any of you click yes when ebay asks if you want to promote your listing for a higher fee?

    • JayClue says:

      I would send a courtesy msg asking whem you should expect payment to be made. If the buyer responds to that then I would give them about 1 week. If there is zero communication on the buyers end, ill open an unpaid claim ASAP.
      I dont list many expensive books ($200+), so I never pay for listing upgrades. Feebay and paypal already take to much of the profit. I try to minimize any and all extra fees.

    • Anthony says:

      No. Never pay to promote. If the books are desirable people will come. I had a thing this weekend where a guy made a best offer and i accepted. He came back with the story his child did it. Lol.

      • Alana says:

        Iโ€™ve gotten the child excuse 3 times over the years.

      • Anthony says:

        Hate that crap. You are telling me your child got on the computer. Got on the key board. Clicked on my auction. Entered $30 in the best offer box, clicked submit? So either that is one smart toddler or you failed as a parent.

      • Poka says:

        It is never the wife for some reason

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’m going to buy all you’re stuff and then claim it was the kid.. just to get on your nerves! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Drew Arnold says:

        I will say that my 3 year old actually did buy something years ago on the app. Probably he’s 5 now so it was several years ago but young kids love YouTube videos – and I had the app open, and he bought a TV! It was actually funny, and the seller immediately relisted. But — it does actually happen ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Matt C says:

        I accidentally bought a bunch of Black Mask comics at different sites. Wish I had a kid to blame LOL

    • D-Rog says:

      Never had paid for an upgrade since they’ve allowed 12 free pics. Didn’t used to be that way. Plus buy it now wasn’t free either for a time.

      As for non payment, I give them 48 hours unless I hear back. I usually send a reminder of this after about 24 hours from auctions end. Remember to set up your unpaid clam settings to how long your willing to wait before listing your auction. I didn’t realize the default was 30 days….and then the claim is like 10 days to clear…and then even after all that I wasn’t allowed to give negative feedback. Held my books “hostage” for almost 2 months…sometimes it’s better just to cancel the sale and move on.

    • D-Rog says:

      I also only do buy it nows without best offers. This way people have to pay me immediately when they commit to buy. Except for this one time where they’re paying through the international shipping program and for some reason I wasn’t paid immediately….it took them 48 hours and a warning I was cancelling the sale to get them to pay up.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I do the same with BIN but yes, offers don’t require immediate payment since you can accept and they might be away.

    • agentpoyo says:

      My rule of thumb is to wait at least 3 business days, which is the eBay default. Remember, yesterday was Labor Day so it shouldn’t count against people who bought books as a business day to count towards payment and it also doesn’t count for those who sold an item in a business day to ship.

      And no, I never pay extra for eBay listings.

  6. D-Rog says:

    BTW, anyone catch the Artgerm Catwoman #4 covariant! MeeeeeeeOooooooWwwwwww!

  7. agentpoyo says:

    Hey JayClue, remember when you said you’d read a site about Legos Heating Up when I jokingly said I should start one?

    Well, I started one.. it’s still a work in progress but yeah, consider it a sister site of CHU, since Anthony told me via text a few weeks back to go for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anthony says:

      Unsolicited advice from me is never a good thing.

    • Jesus says:

      Congrats dude on the new site. I’ve spent hundreds on my boys legos. Finally I can resell some and make some money lol.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Haha, thanks. Well, one thing is for sure, buying lego sets to flip is a bigger gamble than comics for sure. Some of these sets sell for hundreds so flipping for double or less is a huge risk for some. But I’m hoping the site attracts those interested since there is money that can be made if one is smart.

        I am going to try and cover not only sets but figures within sets that seem to sell pretty good as well. I know there’s collectors that will buy just the mini-figures from sets for some mad cash.

        But the other thing to make the site successful is readers like you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A. King says:

      Good luck with the new site. I bookmarked it, so I’ll remember to check it out.

    • JayClue says:

      Very interesting, Poyo. I will be checking it out and perhaps will expand my market and opportunities. Poyo, did you lose your real job? Lok. I have noticed you contributing quite a bit, lately, to CHU. And now youve found time to start a whole other site. Seriously, where did all the free time cone from? And why are using all this free time to be productive? Sit back, have a toke. Enjoy the birds in the trees. Jokes, Poyo. All your hard work is truly appreciated.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’m fortunate enough to work in front of a computer for my job. I’m contracting but just accepted a more 8-5 type job starting next week. I wanted to get rid of one of my other clients cause they kind of suck (when you’re morals don’t align with theirs, ya gotta start looking elsewhere). So starting next week, probably be less of Poyo during the day. Ultimately I would love to run websites like this and CHU full time.. which is one reason I’m focusing on CHU so much while also spinning off Talk about a dream job of attending Cons, promoting comics and toys and breaking news of hot collectibles while making enough money to pay the bills and feed the family at the same time..

  8. MrPope says:

    Im gonna go on random limbs and take Bordertown, Thanos Leg, MAYBE Old Man Logan Annual bc it seems Old Man Pun is showing up, Silver Surfer just bc he gets no love, a copy of CGR, finally got around to reading Gideon so might catch the back issues bc its amazing. Batman is always pull and that should about break the bank this week considering Marvel books are $73 dollars now ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

    • agentpoyo says:

      I’d totally welcome a new Silver Surfer series if done right, maybe a bit darker and perhaps without Dan Slott writing it. He’d definitely get more love since Silver Surfer was one of my all time favorite characters.

      • MrPope says:

        Ye well supposedly this Annual is a new Origin story! Iโ€™ll check it out he is also one of my faves.

      • Kirk says:

        Surfer definitely needs a new run. One of my absolute favorite characters. That joke of a run that was last put out there was abysmal. Story. Art. Everything about it. Get him back with Galactus or something similar instead of babysitting some stupid Earth girl.

      • Alana says:

        They would mash it with Another character and it would be the Silver Squirrel Girl.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Mmmm.. Silver Squirrel Girl. Sounds like a winner.

        Next up, we get Ricky Schroder back from Silver Spoons to play her tag along boy toy in the comic book. Let’s get Slott back writing it, he can write us another stupid love story that makes us want to gouge our eyes out with a spork…

      • D-rog says:

        Need to Donny Cates that surfer! Thereโ€™s gotta be some obscure characters he can draw some new life from!

      • D-rog says:

        Edge of the Sufer-verse. Surfer-geddon. Think of the possibilities!

      • Rienye says:

        Was there ever a story arc where carnage and venom merged? or venomized marvel zombies?

  9. Selina J says:

    Quiet week

    Cover #1
    United States vs Murder Inc #1
    Harley Quinn #49 (Variant)

    Also picking up Avengers #7 (1:50 Crain Variant). I went with that one because itโ€™s the origin of Fred Flintstone Ghost Rider.
    Meant I passed on Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 Shalvey variant which now has Thanosher

  10. Rienye says:

    Border Town #1 Jimenez variant (only after watching Anthony’s video, didnt know about it before!)
    Thanos Legacy #1 Perez variant (also ordered the Skan variant fro thecomicmint)
    Bully Wars #1 Uncensored variant
    Deathstroke #35 Mattina variant
    Harley Quinn #49 Cho
    Spawn #289 Mattina

  11. Andrew C says:

    Spawn 289
    TWD 183 B
    Thanos Legacy
    Cosmic Ghost RIder 3
    Pestilence 4
    Venom First Host 2
    Spiderman/Deadpool 38
    Going to try to pick up Family Graves 1 and Elric the White Wolf 1 but not sure if my LCS will carry.

    Other than that the kids are sick with the back to school crud topped off with a case of pink eye, fun stuff. My biggest pick up of the week was a shark’s tooth I found while doing some work in a cave. Like taking a look in a page of the multi million page comic of life.

    • BCDawg97 says:

      Cool on the tooth! We go to Edisto Island SC each summer. Great teeth hunting there.

    • Anthony says:

      We go shark tooth Hunting at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland. Have found some awesome teeth but no great white or megolodons yet

    • schweizerdavid says:

      Recently, I was given a stone ax that was found by my great uncle while digging a grave. Doing a bit of research, it is at least 8,000 BC. Pretty cool to hold and think about.

    • Andrew C says:

      Yeah I’m up in north Alabama which is cave central. I have seen them embedded in the ceilings of caves but this one was loose and just sitting on the ground.

  12. Picking up:
    Unnatural 3: I have all of the variants for 1 & 2, but I don’t think I will continue that with 3 solely due to the need to reduce spending.
    Invader Zim 34

    In the mail:
    Unnatural 2 Mendoza Variant

    This weekend is Rose City Comic Con. I’ll be there Sunday if anyone is interested in meeting up. When I went to Terrificon a few weeks ago, Jim Starlin was a no-show on the day I went and I was told he is known to skip the first day of a con. He is supposed to be at RCCC, so we’ll see if I end up seeing him. I have a coffee-table book of artists in their studio that I’d like to have him sign. Zander Canon was a last minute add to RCCC, so that is a plus. His Replacement God and Heck are favorites. I respect Kaijumax, but don’t like it as much. The first panel on Sunday is with Adam Hughes.

  13. Uncle Willie says:

    No one ever mentions these books, however, I have always done incredibly well stocking them .. leftovers have always brought a premium on eBay as well ::


    • Anthony says:

      I have mentioned them numerous times on the videos and the picks of the week. Love him or hate him I can sell trump books.

      • Nicholas Ball says:

        They either become the gospel or target practice….unfortunate for society and inclusion, but such is life, I guess….

  14. Matt C says:

    Edge of Spider-Geddon #1
    Spawn 289 A
    Thanos Legacy
    Cosmic Ghost RIder 3A x 2
    Deathstroke Mattina
    Elric #1 A & B
    Border Town #1 A&B
    Venom First Host 2
    Bully Wars 1A
    Unnatural #3D uncensored cover

  15. agentpoyo says:

    Local shop had plenty of Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 available.

    Most of a reader week for me.

  16. Eric R says:

    Lots of great pickups this week:
    Doctor Aphra Annual #2
    Walking Dead (Sienkiewicz variant)
    Thanos Legacy #1 (Stonehouse variant for $12)
    Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 (Declan variant for $30-paid way too much for this, but it was the only one I saw in my travels to shops today)
    Day 165 graphic novel Source Point Press (only 1 shop had a single copy and seeing how well Rejected did, took a chance)
    Star Wars 53 (Chief Chirpa variant)

    Spec pick ups from last week:
    Had an appointment about 45 minutes from my work, went into a small shop I hadn’t been to before. Had a bunch of $1 per comic long boxes. I love looking for treasures in this type of stuff. Found the following:
    Last Days of American Crime #1 & #2 (both covers)-Rick Remender low print run series that recently got optioned
    Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #120
    Spiderman Tangled Web #4-one of the best single series stories by Greg Rucka I’ve ever read about one of the Kingpin’s minions that has to answer for a botched robbery for the PC
    Batman Madness-Loved these one shot annuals by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (for the PC)

    Good hunting everyone!

  17. mybodystory says:

    Hulk 418, first appearance of Talos the Untamed Skrull from the Captain Marvel movie. A good amount of the Hulk 418โ€™s are going quick, quick, quick on eBay. I suggest picking up today.

  18. A. King says:

    Only 2 things for me today…….
    OML Annual
    Thanos, both of them in my pullbox.

  19. Sacorn says:

    Smallish week for me
    Avengers #7
    CGR #3
    Dark Ark #10
    Immortal Hulk #5
    Pestilence SoS #4
    True Believers DD #1

  20. adam wonders the blind comicpimp says:

    all I bought this week is true belivers d.d. #1, c.g.r. #3 juggerduck is #awesomesauce boradertown #1 both covers . I hope tony can get up the latest top twenty hidden gems as it was a great list this week. love you all blind adam out

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