How do you store/protect your comics?
Perhaps you've discovery some neat tricks along the way? This is the thread to discuss such things.
As mentioned in the "Ask Whippy" thread, I was having some difficulty finding tape to use on my comic bags that wouldn't rip the bag when I opened up a comic to read it again. Manifest had a cool tip that I plan on implementing: Using price tag dots. (The little paper ones you buy at office supply stores. Specifically the 3m brand).
That's an example of what sort of thing we can discuss.
Currently I've got my comics bagged and boarded, and open to the air, so I plan on picking up some of the price tag dots tomorrow at my stationer. I currently don't use any bags or boards for TPB's, I've just got them on a shelf. I usually just buy the regular TPB's (not HC's), so I may decide to change my ways on that.
What do you folks do?
Everything else gets (in theory) cycled into my wire spinner rack on comic day. When the next issue of said comic comes out the one that's removed from the rack finds itself bagged, boarded and boxed accordingly.
P.S. You should replace your bags once every 5-6 years. They eventually biodegrade and can really fuck your books up.
See, that tidbit at the end there I would never have thought being the case. I've currently got 3 longboxes filled with comics that's gonna need some re-bagging in about 2 years then.
My concern with my collection right now is that I'm living in the UK now, but I plan on moving back to Canada. Shipping all these comics is gonna be rough.
Pack them into crates and ship them via freight. A friend did that when he moved here from the UK and it saved him a ton of cash.
P.S. My awesome spinner rack
i stack them places and put heavy books on them so they don't fall all over the place
i have one stack next to my keyboard with, among other things, all the solos in it
I wish you luck in finding one.
It took me three years of looking, but I finally found an ad on Craig's List. Cost me a hundred bucks.
edit- dammit that hourman story is so good
These two might peak your interest.
Man there was never anything on ebay when I was looking.
Actually I take that back, there was a guy who had the rack but no base. He offered to give me a lazy susan to put it on instead.
I keep meaning to order some bags and boards
I believe you can get them in preview books. My store ordered one through it, so maybe you can check with your shop and they can do the same.
You're not talking about Trades? What are you doing, exactly? Pics please.
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Lots of people do this. Essentially they take big collections of floppies, and have them bound at places that make books.
I have a friend who did it to his entire collection and it's pretty cool (but not for me).
In general how much would something like this cost?
That's a website that does it. If I had the time to do high res scans of all my books, I'd totally do it, but I don't, and I have an aversion to cutting up my comic books.
Theres a list of some of the stuff Capitol Bindery did through David Banks (he sort of got the ball rolling for them on it and people basically go through him to get to CB even though he doesnt officially work for them or get money out of it).
Here is the link to the forums where a lot of people tlak about binding and the whole CB thing started from. They list some alternatives now that CB has put new submissions on hold for the indefinite future.
The cost is of course how much your books cost. You get about 25 books per hardcover (you can try for more, but 25 is typicallyw hat you should shoot for as you get gutter loss where art gets sucked into the seams if you make it too thick). You can pick just about any colour you wish for you cover, some even offer leather if you so desire. Your looking at about $40 per book if I recall plus hte cost of the die if you get a custom cover. There are die sharing options at some places.
I've done Spider-Girl, the Clone Saga (4 volumes), Thunderbolts 1-75 (3 volumes), Amazing Spider-man in sets of 25 from around the Hobgoblin / Stern days (226) until the "final" Venom fight in 375 (6 volumes) and some random stuff that will probably never be collected. Most of the new stuff I can get in HC format already, so don't collect much in that regard. Sandman I have HC and I'm hoping Lucifer will get the same treatment now that its done (if not I'll bind it myself).
http://www.dpbanks.com/cloud.html While these aren't my Thunderbolts volumes, these are similar enough. Instead of a lightning bolt, I have the actual Thunderbolts logo (with that large bolt on his as my O like the actual logo has) and Justice Like Lightning below it in smaller font. Mine arent that colour either. I tried to model my Spiderman stuff after my Ultimate Spiderman HC's using blue and red scheme. Was tempted to make Venom era in black and white and stern in hobgoblinesque scheme, but resisted the temptation. All my Spiderman is marked in volumes as if 1-25 was volume 1, 26-50 was volume 2 and so on. So my 226-250 is Volume 10 and they continue from there. If I get the money, will eventually add 100-224 to the collection (have to get 100-199 first though, tad pricey atm for me).
Not worth doing this if you only have one set your sending as you usually get bigger discounts for more books bound and less shipping typically that way too. I think the place I go to is like 1-5 books, 6-10, 11-20, 21+ for discount ranges. I teamed with my brother adn we did ours together for max discount with our combined bindings.
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I saw those in a comic book ad, and went to the website.
Those fuckers are expensive
Yes but they are uber expensive compared to cardboard.
I've been tagging and bagging them since the 80's, and I haven't replaced the bags since. I haven't noticed much degradation but it's probably a good idea to rebag the oldest of my stuff. My major problem is just finding space these days.
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well, i was too ashamed to post in this thread...but now that you've fessed up i can feel free to chime in.
im moving soon and will be totally screwed.
also, to the relevant party: where does one get a spinner rack?
how much do those things cost?
I don't end up keeping ones that I don't like/can't see being worth anything in years to come, as my "Selling misc. comics" link in my signature used to indicate.
But I do keep all my comics bagged and boarded, and I now have 3 Long boxes about 80% full at the moment.
Periodically I go through the series I'm collecting and if I decide I really don't like Shadowpact (That's one of the series I'm collecting now, that's on the bubble of me cancelling my subscription to it), then I take out those and put them in a separate short box, and try to sell those off to willing buyers whether it be on Ebay, or by word of mouth.
The graphic novels are stored on my bookshelf with my other "regular" novels and DVD's.
Right now, my collection is meager enough to store in a plastic filing tub with hanging folders. I'll probably keep doing this because I like the idea of being able to shuffle them easily, even if it's not very economical with space. I'm also planning to get some bags and boards soon, since most of them aren't bagged and boarded.
I think, like the guy a couple of posts above, I might have to start getting rid of some of the dead weight. When selling on ebay what are people's recommendations regarding selling comics in runs or singles? Or job lots or stuff like '30 issues of Cable, 1, 3, 11, 12, 13, 15, etc'?
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edit for on-topic: I do not have a lot of comics. I have some old GI Joe stuff- maybe 2/3 of the stuff or half, stored in big binders with plastic sleeves. I also have 50-100 issues of various things stored in boards and bags laying flat in shoe boxes.
Now if only I had a screen that would do them justice...
It's actually surprisingly fun to scan old comics if you do things like color correction to make them presentable.
I have a ton of the really old Sgt. Rock books, and I've been scanning a few and running them through photoshop to make them look good as new on-screen.
My downstairs looks like the freaking bookstore from The Neverending Story
My dad told me he stored his old batman collection as a three foot high stack, which sadly went "missing" when he went off to college
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Man, I would love to do that for my GI Joe comics. The coloring has gotten worse and worse with each year. Sadly, no scanner, no PS and no idea how to use PS.
Goto a store and ask to look at their preview catalogue(ours are Diamond) and they should have some in there. Ask them to order you one.