Speculation: investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high
I have always believed that the icing on the cake of comics is the fact that sometimes they are worth money. They’re entertaining and potentially valuable. I’m a reader first, but have always played the market a bit.
I love investing in modern comics, It’s an endeavor I began in 1988 & have enjoyed incredible success along with horrific losses. It’s an exciting emotional roller coaster that starts a new ride every Wednesday. It’s one of my favorite things in this world.
Here are my speculator-y picks of the week: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the Week for 11/19/14”
Doing another contest. This one is courtesy of Larry Doherty of www.larryscomics.net and this is an awesome one. Continue reading “1,000,000 hit contest #3”
Thanks to Larry, from Larry’s Comics for stopping by with his pick of the week.
Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the Week for 9/17/14”
Each week, Larry, from Larry’s Comics in Lowell Mass. Stops by to give us his pick of the week. Larry has been at the spec thing for a while and offers a unique perspective on hot books. I was thrilled to get to meet him this past weekend at Baltimore as well and talk one on one about comics, retailing, and specs. (Thanks again for everything Larry.) Here is Larry’s pick of the week for 9/10/14:
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Each week, Larry from www.Larryscomics.net stops by to give us his pick of the week. Here is this weeks, for delivery 9/3/14: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for 9/3/14”
Each week, Larry, from www.larryscomics.net drops by to give his pick of the week. Here is this weeks for delivery 8/20/14:
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Larry from Larry’s Comics has been a the spec game a while. His picks have been on fire, picking the books no one sees coming, which in turn, have been heating up on the secondary market. Here is this weeks, for delivery 7/30/14
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Each week, Larry Doherty from www.larryscomics.net stops by and gives us his pick of the week. Here is his pick for delivery 6/25/14. Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for 6/25/14”
Like EF Hutton, when Larry talks, people listen. Larry Doherty of www.larryscomics.net has been at the speculator game for a while. He used to write the definitive weekly speculator newsletter, and started the twitter hash tag #comicmarket. Always thankful when he drops by to give his spec pick of the week. Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the Week for 6/18/14”
I have been a big fan of the books coming out of the Phantom Variant program. Since it’s inception, Larry from www.larryscomics.net has been releasing incredible covers for hot books. The latest is no exception, well except this is a hot cover for a fan favorite hot book. Continue reading “Phantom Variant Program: Hack Slash Son of Samhain from Image”
Larry from Larryscomics.net always has an interesting view on speculating and makes some great picks each week. He has been at it for a long while and used to write the Larry’s Comics Market report, which was an awesome tool for speculators. Here is his pick for 6/11/14: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for 6/11/14”
Larry Doherty of Larryscomics.net has been at the speculation game for a while. He was what brought me in to writing about comic speculation. He used to do a weekly speculation news letter that was awesome, which also led to the hash tag #comicsmarket. He is like the old “E.F. Hutton” commercials, when he talks people listen. Here is Larry’s pick of the week for delivery 5/21/14
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Always love when Larry Doherty from Larry’s Comics chimes in. See, he has been at this speculator game a long time. His weekly Comics market Report was the reason I got into writing about comic book speculation. He has his finger on the pulse of things. Just check out the #comicmarket on twitter. So here is his pick of the week for 5/14/14: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for delivery 5/14/14”
With so many comic book shop coalitions jumping on the exclusive band wagon, we decided it was time to move in a different direction.
We like to support our publishing partners and our creator friends but we also needed a new angle for the Phantom Shops.
We don’t just want to be a variant cover group. We want to provide more to the comic industry.
Phantom First Friday benefits the shops involved by offering the consumer a unique shopping experience.
Creators & publishers receive great shelf space & promotional efforts from energetic retailers.
In exchange for a 30 day window of exclusivity and an original cover with some “Phantom Only” content, our network of energetic, creator friendly retailers will be providing promotional support and premium shelf space for projects that we feel are truly special.
Phantom First Friday is December 20th where we will launch our first micro distribution book.
We’re giving people a reason to return to their comic shop for something exciting and special.
Our first project, Escape from Jesus Island, fell into our lap. A group of creators approached us to see if we would be interested in the book. they had a successful kickstarter going but that is not enough to sustain an ongoing series nor does it put the book into comic shops. Bottom line is that there are hundreds of kickstarter projects that look and sound wonderful but your average comic shop can’t afford to invest in everyone of them, with a promise of it arriving sometime in the next year, but having to pay for it now. The Phantom will be looking for more of those outstanding properties to offer our support to. Along with our support we are also assisting creators by shopping to major publishers for them.
Once they see how it all works out for the Phantom Shops publishers just may be eager to look at a property that already has world-wide buzz thanks to the Phantom.
We help create the buzz and provide the creators the numbers they need to make their kick-starter project feasible. Our volume brings down their print run cost, allowing them make a profit coming out of the gate.
With luck, the best properties will then be picked up by a major publisher.
Phantom First Friday starts on December 20th with Escape From Jesus island. Any creators going to press from kickstarter, that are interested should send a full PDF to Ralph DiBernardo firstname.lastname@example.org and Larry Doherty email@example.com
We had talked a while back about Kickstarter books and how they are the wave of the future. One book on my radar was ‘Escape from Jesus Island.’ It is a horror story in the vein of Reanimator meets Punk Rock Jesus. Basically a group of scientists attempt to clone Jesus, and succeed, however, in the process the make scores of mistakes. Of course, the Vatican wants the clone and sends in soldiers to get him, and mayhem ensues. Continue reading “‘Escape from Jesus Island’ Kickstarter and Phantom First Edition”