FOR TOMMY: RETURN TO SPECULATION
Before we start,
last week I made mention of Nick Locking's appeal to buy him
an expensive Japanese Robot toy. Some of you responded, thanks,
he's on his way to being a happy man. I also made the gag
that he was clearly doing this while waiting to get paid for
his Robocop gig. It appears that a couple of you mistook that
as saying that Nick wasn't getting paid for Robocop by Avatar.
Sigh. Of course he is, or will be, or whatever. No one is
late paying anyone. It was meant to be a gag, I'm sorry if
anyone felt misled.
No one come at
me with a snooker cue, okay? Especially not Paul Jenkins.
Now. Comic book
Many of you know
my long-held feelings about comic book speculation. Speculation
destroyed much of the comics industry. Artificially inflated
sales figures saw publishers, distributors, and retailers
collapse when the bubble was burst. Value upon value piled
upon comics that could not support the "Dutch Tulip" frenzy
for long, as supply met demand and the market fell under its
own weight. Variant covers, special events that fizzled out,
crossovers that only made the readers cross, and diluting
a concept into ten spin-off titles left mediocre pap clogging
the stands. And all of it going on eBay for pennies now.
you also know that I'll do anything for a quick buck. And
everyone's forgotten about the bad times by now, so why not
start it up all over again? Marvel has been doing their best
by not overprinting titles in an attempt to increase demand
for their books and to force retailers to overestimate sales
"just in case".
the hard-nosed comic book speculator, what is out there that
could turn you a quick, or a long buck? What should you be
filling the longboxes in your garage with - after all, it's
not like you're going to read it anyway, might as well turn
a quick profit. And something's got to send your kid to college,
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