Thursday, October 22, 2015

A revision to the Valiant Mystery Box

     I had spoken with Valiant about the box. I received another box of comics. This time, everything was packaged very nice and included with this package was a Bloodshot Reborn 1 gold. Very stoked. Valiant always takes care of its fans.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Valiant Mystery Box From Groupees

Oh, the misery...

A while back, Valiant Entertainment had partnered up with a company called Groupees to offer digital copies of some of their titles, much like Valiant had done with Humble Bundle a year or two ago. I had not planned on taking part, mostly because I had done the Humble Bundle and did not really need more digital books. I'm not a fan of digital. Oddly enough, I would have liked it more if it had been done through Comixology and had a good comic reader to go along with it, but that's another complaint for another time.

The Groupees deal had some things going for it. For one, for every 250 packages sold, they added another book to be read. Then, they offered...The Mystery Box. Yes, a box of Valiant greatness, no idea what, but it would come to my house and be mine for $50. Well...why not? I mean, now we're talking books and some other stuff, too and I can always use more comics. They had said it would be about $175 worth of books. Shipping wasn't included and we'll get to that. If you even more money to spend, you could get some even crazier stuff.

I went for it. I mean, they put out all these cover B, cover C, pullbox variant, second printings, ect. and I don't have all of it. I own no trades because I donated all of the Valiant ones I had to my local library.

Valiant did pretty good with it. They sold over 1,000 bundles. That's pretty good. I did wonder how many like me who already had a lot of stuff went and gave them more money. I had e-mailed back and forth with a gentleman from Groupees about a lot of stuff. We'll keep his name off this, but he had stated that there was still shipping to pay and that Valiant would mail everything out. I thought it sounded even better. I get the books from Valiant? This was sure to rule, right? Well...

Earlier this year, I donated over 120 comics to a local shop to be given away during Free Comic Book Day. Anything to help my favorite small publisher. And in doing so, Valiant sent me a gold comic. Looking back, that book is pretty damaged because it wasn't packaged great. It's weird seeing people on or Facebook get stuff from Valiant that is in perfect condition, while mine looks like it was rolled along the corner of a table on its spine. It's pretty bad, but still, they didn't have any obligation.

What all the books look like.
I received an email asking for the shipping. Come to find out, it was $20 to ship this stuff. I was a bit skeptical now. I mean, I ship books and Priority Shipping isn't that much. Maybe it's to send some crazy cool stuff and protect it? Maybe I get a Ninjak or Bloodshot Returns box cutter? Something?

I got my box this afternoon. The top picture says it all. That is what it looked like on my front step. All the comics are damaged on the same spot, top right and some fuzzy corners on the spine. Honestly, I regret doing this. $20 shipping got me a bunch of damaged books sent to me. Also, I got a pack of Mini-Mates that looked like someone ripped it off a hook. The packaging has seen better days.

I got a shirt, one of the 25th Anniversary shirts with the first half of the year's convention dates on it. That's cool. I got 5 trade paperbacks:
  • Archer And Armstrong volume 1: The Michelangelo Code
  • Harbinger volume 1: Omega Rising
  • Rai volume 1: Welcome To New Japan
  • The Valiant
  • X-O Manowar volume 1: By The Sword
The TPB's are in great shape. I was shocked by this.

Sadly, I did not get a single book that I didn't already have. Not a single variant, pullbox, second printing, whatever, that I did not already have.

I wouldn't do this again. I mean, I'm out $70 and I got 5 trades that I had all the issues of. Hell, I have all the available Valiant hardcovers, with The Valiant HC ordered. It is kinda nice having Rai in trade. It's great stuff.

I sent my e-mails to Valiant and Groupees tonight. Added photos to the Valiant one. It was an online form for Groupees so no option. I will wait and see what is said but this was a bad choice.

Friday, August 28, 2015

1 Valiant Book Away

This is the end.
It's been pretty crazy, but I am so close to finishing my goal.

The book above, Eternal Warrior Yearbook 2, is the last book I need for a finished run of the old Valiant universe. I got a few in my sights and probably end up pulling one this weekend.

It'll be great to be done. I love Valiant but I mostly want the newer stuff. I would imagine the book above to not be that great. Seems like so much of this stuff is hit or miss after a few years. Pre-Unity is great but from there, it's hard to like a lot of this stuff.

I still don't have all the gold books but there's nothing hard to get. It's all out there.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back Issue Selling

Ebay Store 
I had a bit of a dillema: What to do with all of the extra books I had acquired? Well...I have about 700 books that I currently have no need for. I decided to go the Ebay store route. I was sent a deal for store pricing under $5 a month for 4 months. Why not?

Here's the thing: I love to sell comics. I had that thought that many that collect have. I want a comic shop. The reality is that as long as I am a stay-at-home parent, I'm not going to ever have a business.

I went down this road about 15 years ago. I scanned a bunch of books and bought a domain. Linked to an ebay store. Thing was, at that time, I wasn't working, just like now. Then, I couldn't replace what I sold. I needed that money just to live on. Books sold and I sold just about everything listed, but never had a penny to put back in and it all collapsed. I'm in a better spot to try something like this.

Ebay is good because I've been selling for years to people all over. I have a couple people who follow me for sales. The rates are a bit lower as a store owner than as a regular seller. I wish I had better photoshop skills, but that logo/banner is the best I can do.

There's going to be a lot of stuff added slowly. I figure I have about an hour a day to work on this. It's sad. I still have to parent. I still have to be a husband. There will be days where I do more than that.

Currently, I added a lot of good Valiant books and some Marvel blank covers that I got some sketches on.

I am giving myself 4 months, which is the time I have a discount for having a store. If I am not doing enough, not selling enough, or not putting enough back up, then I'm stopping a store. I got a lot of key Valiants and desirable books from other publishers.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Not Many Left...

Lots of leftover books...

I am close, oh so close, to being done.

I am currently 7 books away from a full run of the original Valiant Universe. Roll call of missing books:

1. Eternal Warrior Yearbook 2
2. Magnus 0
3. Magnus 64
4. Valiant Vision Starter Kit
5. Visitor 13
6. X-O Manowar 66
7. X-O Manowar 67

That's it. I needed hundreds of books this year and I can almost feel the end coming. I'll be glad to be done, because this is a goal that is so reachable and it's been fun. This quest has really gotten me excited about the new books that Valiant Entertainment is releasing. I'm back to buying everything they put out. Now, I don't like all of it, but it's easy to get through DCBS, who sell a Valiant package every month, so why not take advantage. Plus, tastes can change. I don't like Unity right now but who's to say I will feel the same later?

The negative of doing something like this has been the extras. I recently donated some packages of Valiant books to some people that I knew that were not reading them. I did the last one through one of the Facebook groups dedicated to fans of Valiant. I even donated 120+ to a comic shop here in Salt Lake. But, I have acquired a lot of book along the way.

The picture above represents my extras. Some are not cheap, you know, a few Solar 10s, a couple Rai 0s and some Eternal Warrior 4s. Lots of Bloodshot 6s and Archer and Armstrong 8s. It's just how things go. I've bought a lot of book lots cheap, in order to get some books. I had been making serious progress before Valiant announced their movie deal with DMG. Would have been harder for the key issues after but I got those out of the way in time.

I feel like most of this stuff is quarter bin stuff. Condition not great and a lot of this is in the period that Valiant was selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Not all of it is bagged. There's a good amount of current Valiant and I'm going to hold onto that, as it is just doubles now. But old Valiant...

I think eventually, I will just catalog what I have, and either sell cheap, or give away. It's really not about money. Might be nice to make shipping and handling costs and that would be it.

We'll see.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ninjak - How Many Covers

How many Ninjak covers(so far)?

I have 17 currently, if I count my digital card from Lootcrate.

Cover A
Cover B
Cover C
Cover D
Cover E BLANK Cover
1:10 Valiant Next Variant
1:20 Character Design Variant
1:60 B&W Sketch Variant
Collector's Paradise EXCLUSIVE Cover
Yesteryear Comics
Emerald City
4 Color Grails

Still waiting on my London Comic Con one to show up.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

X-O Manowar - Just how many does one need?

One of my favorite titles from the original Valiant universe was X-O Manowar. It was a pretty simple concept: 5th century warrior with a living armor. As some say, Conan meets Iron Man. Aric of Dacia basically wields the greatest weapon, talks like Conan and favors fist over thinking. It was a fun book. When Valiant became Acclaim and the book relaunched, I was not as much of a fan.

It was great when Valiant Entertainment relaunched and right out of the gate we got a new X-O Manowar. Written by Robert Venditti with pencils by Cary Nord. I felt this was a really good read and I've enjoyed X-O a lot. I really like X-O's involvement in the book Unity, too. Right now, X-O Manowar is the longest-running Valiant title.

So, I've bought a lot of X-O Manowar 1s. Haven't gotten too crazy with any variants. I don't tend to buy them, but then Valiant has their pullbox variants. I've bought quite a few of those for many of their titles.

23 copies of X-O Manowar 1. Why do I buy these?  Well, Discount Comic Book Service still had a bunch of these that they were offering up at about 90% off price, so every month, I would buy 5. I have more coming, too.

10 copies of the X-O Manowar pullbox variant. Again, DCBS has them cheap and I have more on the way.

I try to keep up with signings of creators I like. I like Venditti. I think X-O is great. I like his Green Lantern work, too for DC Comics. Now, Midtown Comics does plenty of signings. If you look on Ebay and see someone selling a book signed at a Midtown signing, check Midtown's site. They usually sell for cover price. Pretty cool.

This is something a bit different. This was something concocted on that I found on Ebay. VF.Com will sometimes do a forum project and leave it numbered pretty low. A lot of the people there get the same number for each project. I got someone's 47/50. Maybe they don't get that number. I don't know but there's a chance there is a member who just passed on this item. It's signed by Venditti, Nord and then Warren Simons and Dinesh Shamdasani.