Montreal Comiccon 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Comiccon is over. It was so much fun, but even more exhausting. It’s taken me nearly two weeks just to recover enough to write a recap… #exhausted. There’s so much to write about, but first, let me thank my wonderful team for their hard work and positive attitudes. I couldn’t do it without you. Literally. You guys are the best! And thanks to all of the Montreal Comiccon staff for running a smooth event.

Lots happens at a show of this size over the course of 3 days. Most of it good, some of it bad and some of it just plain ugly. Let’s start by getting the “bad” out of the way.

The Bad

As anyone who has ever attended a major comic con knows, it’s a one big fun-filled geekfest that is about much more than just comic books. In fact, comics are almost an afterthought these days at some of the larger events as cosplay, video games, celebrity autograph signings and such have taken over centre stage. Consequently, the “comic” part in the name of these events has become something of a misnomer. This year’s edition of the Montreal Comiccon was no exception. The comic book creator list was relatively short and weak, and many of our fans, clients and friends chose not to attend this year as a result. Despite that there was still a strong contingent of comic book buyers all week-end long. We were in a rather bad spot and I cannot help but wonder about how much better our sales would have been had we been better situated–there was relatively little traffic in our alley–so it’s up to me to make sure I get a better spot next year.

That’s it. No more “bad”–yippee!!! Time to move on to the “Good” stuff now. 🙂

The Good

Speaking of sales, Spider-Man, specifically the Amazing Spider-Man was king all week-end. If I had to guess I would say that the opening of Spider-Man: Homecoming earlier that week had people all excited and hungry for more Spidey tales. Another hot seller was Wonder Woman. Are you surprised? I did my best to stock up before the convention in anticipation of high demand–I wasn’t let down as I sold most of my issues. The Adam Hughes issues were especially quick to sell. Other than that, no particular title/character stood out with the exception of Preacher and Teenage Mutant Turtles that folks were snatching up to have signed by Glenn Fabry and Kevin Eastman respectively.

Here are some highlights of the books we sold:

  • New Mutants #98 CGC 9.4
  • Spawn #1
  • Punisher #1 (1987)
  • Wolverine #1 (1988)
  • Detective Comics #474
  • Amazing Spider-Man #20, 298, 361, 601 (x2), 606, 607
  • Amazing Spider-Man #601 CGC 9.6
  • Batman #244
  • Batman #234 CGC 7.5
  • Batman: DK III set
  • Swamp Thing (1972) #2, 6, 9 in high grade raw
  • Old Man Logan set
  • X-Men #58, 244
  • Silver Surfer #14
  • Avengers #96, 100
  • Captain America #110, Annual #8
  • Captain Marvel #17 (2nd print)
  • Manifest Destiny #1
  • Walking Dead Weekly #1 CGC 9.8
  • Walking Dead #27 CGC 9.6
  • Action Comics #1 reprint
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (3rd print)
  • Hulk #340

Overall, there was less demand for vintage back issues–at least at our booth–but lots of younger (under 25) buyers were picking up books from the last 10 years. That’s a good sign for the hobby.

CaptainMarvel17For those of you who scanned the above list you’re probably curious about that Captain Marvel issue. The 2nd printing of this issue marks Kamala Khan‘s first appearance in costume. It’s a pretty tough book to come by. Can you guess how much we got for our strict 9.4 (NM) raw copy? $500.00 CAD. Yep, that’s right. $500.00. A CGC 9.8 copy can fetch close to $1K CAD (depending upon the exchange rate). That was our big sale of the week-end. The buyer seemed really excited and surprised to come across it. We’re extremely pleased to have made his day.

The other big sale was a CGC 9.4 copy of New Mutants #98. What made this sale special is that the buyer is a guy I went to high school with. However, we didn’t realize that we knew each other until after the transaction was finalized. We’ve both lost lots of hair since back in the day so it took a few moments for us to make the connection. Good times!

Other than that, I’ve got little to share since I spent most of the week-end working my booth and submitting books to CGC so I really didn’t see much. We only caught a glimpse of the cosplayers in attendance due to our location. We did manage to snap a few pics nonetheless. Check ’em out on our Facebook page.

Perhaps some of my team can share more photos and their own experience in the comments section below.

The Ugly

It pains me that there is even the need for an “Ugly” section in this review. But alas, nothing is prefect.

An attendee made the rounds trying to sell vintage comic books, most of which were key DC Silver Age books. Nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong. This fella’s books were all restored as far as I understand, and he sure wasn’t disclosing the restoration work. That’s a real no-no. Several people were taken advantage of, including yours dearly who bought what appeared to be a rather nice copy of Showcase #55 (1st Silver Age appearance of Solomon Grundy). I looked it over before purchasing it, but I missed the colour touch. 🙁 That’s what happens when I disobey my #1 con rule: do not purchase raw vintage books from strangers. I’m so busy–and tired–during a convention that my concentration isn’t 100%, which is why I have this rule. The other books he showed me ended up being purchased by other folks I know who then told me they had been duped too.

showcase55_resto

So, use this as a cautionary tale. It happens to the best of us. ALWAYS inspect your books closely, under ideal circumstances, if you are purchasing pricey vintage books from a stranger. #StrangerDanger is right! I’ve included a photo of the book with the mylar it was in at the time of purchase. Please not the price sticker and felt writing at the bottom. All of the books he had were like this. Be wary if you come across someone selling books that are presented like this and kindly contact me with the seller’s identity. Several of us have a bone to pick with him.

That’s it for the KEY ISSUES Comics recap of this year’s edition of Montreal Comiccon. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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