During our recent visit to C2E2 2017, I had an epiphany! Alright, not that there was a lot to cover at the show seeing the major comic, entertainment or collectible companies were few and far between. Yet my childhood hero - Stan Lee - was making his final appearance in Chicago according to "The Man" himself. I was thrilled to once again see the pop culture icon. I had tried to meet him once before a few years back at San Diego Comic Con when, to make a long story short, I purchased a signing from Desert Winds Comics. Unfortunately, I didn’t get back to the booth in time and missed him!Anyway, back to my epiphany.At first, I had a hard time deciding what comic I was going to have the Stan sign. Should I have him sign one of my golden age books? This was some of his earliest work so how cool would that be? How about a silver age book, like an early Spider-Man or Fantastic Four? Obviously some of Stan’s best work and what finally launched him into super stardom beyond just comic books! Perhaps I should have him sign a later book like one of my variants? Although Stan didn’t write them, having him sign one would add even more value to it right? That’s when it really dawned on me!Did I really want Stan signing any of my books at all? In reality, even though its Stan Lee, won’t having him signing my book be tantamount to defacing it? Unless I spend a fortune to have a golden (or silver) age book graded by the CGC as a signature series, would his signature actually bring the value of an aged comic like this down?This is where my problem arose… As Stan is on a mass signing tour right now the market is being flooded with comics bearing his signature. So what’s this doing to the value of these books? Add in the fact if you have a highly graded, highly valuable book, just about any mark on that comic is going to bring the grade and the value down!Let me point out I’m a comic book fan first and collector second so I don’t want to come across as someone who’s only concern is how much my collection is worth but, as anyone who collects anything can attest, we sure hate when the value of that collectable item goes down simply because of something we’ve done.I kept bouncing this around and brought my concern up to Jeff that night (since he was in town and staying with my family and I) and then later the next day to Elliott when we got to the show. Both touched on the point that, to their knowledge, there are collectors who seek out signed work while, on the other hand, there are others who want something as pristine and unblemished as humanly possible. Or in other words, it has a lot to do with the person who is looking to pick up that comic and both believed the value is in the eyes of the collector. Pretty obvious there, but I think it’s important to understand the value of a signature and what it may possibly do to your comic’s value.As with anything anything, the rarity of an item is what gives it value. What if you had a classic copy of Superman signed by Jerry Siegel or Joe Shuster or, even better, both? Or an early Batman signed by Bob Kane? Now we’re talking! There are so few signed copies like these which make them extremely valuable – also based on grade of course.When you wait in line to get a comic signed, believing you’re going to pump up the value, and there are 500 other people waiting alongside you to get their comics signed you need to start doing the math. Based on what I’ve personally seen taking place on eBay, my advice is this: Newer books don’t really have much value to begin with, except for variants of course, so having them signed shouldn’t be a problem as far as lowering their value; just grab a cool issue and have your favorite creator or artist sign away. When choosing a golden or silver age book to be signed though, pick a lower (not something that’s trashed but say a 4.0 to 5.0) to higher mid grade book. The books value will be lower to begin with so having someone like Stan Lee sign should only increase the value. If you have CGC grade it as a Signature Series that’s even better – if you want to incur the cost of grading. I have to say I’ve also seen the price for higher graded key issues, which are signed, fetch more than the Overstreet value.Yet as far as having a high grade vintage comic signed by Stan Lee (or anyone else for that matter) you may want to think twice. First off, if your plan is to sell that issue, you may have just lost a good number of prospective buyers by getting that signature. Remember, these classic books are pretty rare and most collectors want their highly graded comics looking like they were just pulled from the stand! Honestly, I haven’t seen any high grade, hard to find comic go up in value due to having a signature. In fact, as an example, on eBay I won a near mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #300 signed by Stan Lee along with the Certificate of Authenticity. By all accounts the ungraded, unsigned book value is right around $224.00. What was my winning bid to add the issue to my collection? $120.00... So what’s that telling you?All I’m saying is when it comes to having an issue signed know what you’re doing to that book. If you’re at a show that CGC is attending go ahead and ask them what they think. How about asking your comic book dealer if they think having your book signed would be good for the comic’s value. Be smart and do some research!Please don’t think I’m telling you not to go see Stan Lee and get something signed by him.NOT IN YOUR LIFE!Stan is a very kind hearted man who loves to see the people who love him! He has a zest for life that few people anywhere have regardless of age. This man is a true iconic figure and to meet him is to share a brief moment of that greatness! So by all means, if Stan Lee comes to your town, go pay your money and meet the man who has given the world so much enjoyment. The thing about an icon is that once they’re gone, there will never be another one. And believe me, Stan is one of a kind!In case you’re wondering what book I finally chose for Stan to sign, it was my near mint copy of the Fantastic Four #100. It’s such a great milestone key issue written by Stan and drawn by Jack “The King” Kirby! Oh, and as far as worrying about what it did to the value? For myself, it didn’t matter because you can’t place a value on meeting the man you’ve admired since you were seven years old! That issue will never leave my hands anyway!‘Nuff Said!
Warner Bros presented an extended look at the upcoming reimagining of the 1960's Man from U.N.C.L.E. television show at Comic Con and here's a solid five minutes of the film featuring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.
A good number of prospective attendees were up in arms when it was announced last week Comic-Con International was doing away with the four day show badge. Now event organizers have posted an explanation regarding the controversial move.The post reads:Now that you’ve had some time to let the new pricing and purchase guidelines sink in a bit, we’re here to address your most important questions!Some of you have contacted us directly or taken to social media with concerns about the new single day badge policy, so we feel it would be helpful to show you our badge selection screen.If you make it to the front of the line in the EPIC Registration waiting room, you will begin your badge registration session by entering your Member ID and last name. You will also select the number of people you are purchasing badges for (up to 3 maximum, yourself included). On the following page, you will see the badge grid above. Here you will enter the Member ID and last name of each individual you are purchasing for, and then “validate” their information. Once a member is validated (ie: they are eligible to purchase), you will select the desired and available badge categories for each person by using the simple checkboxes. For those who want to attend the entire show, simply check the Preview Night box, and all other badges (Thursday through Sunday) will be automatically checked for you. Just one click to get your 4-day with Preview Night option! However, if you do not want to attend Preview Night, you can select the days you wish to attend as individual items. Keep in mind that you may not purchase Preview Night as a stand alone option. If any one of the four single day badges are sold out (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), the Preview Night checkbox will not be available for purchase.The decision to move from a 4-Day badge option to single day badge options was to give each attendee more flexibility when purchasing. Since we no longer offer a discount for purchasing all four days, the 4-Day option was repetitive and often led to people purchasing a 4-Day badge despite not needing to attend every day. We hope this change will allow attendees to purchase only the days they truly need and maximize the number of people who can get a badge to attend Comic-Con.
The biggest and baddest of all comic conventions is the San Diego Comic Con and the upcoming 2013 edition will be no different. If you've never made it to SDCC, it's an entertainment industry spectacle which needs to be seen to be believed. Badges for SDCC 2013 go on sale beginning at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on Saturday February 16, 2013. Full four day badges sell out quick so be prepared to jump online as soon as you can if you plan on attending the entire event!To place your order online you'll need to have an account so it's best you go to the Open Online Registration before SDCC badges go on sale on the 16th.
To go along with the press conference, Disney released this trailer for Oz - The Great and Powerful at San Diego Comic-Con.Again, The Storyline from IMDB:Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Here is the press conference from San Diego Comic-Con for Oz - The Great and Powerful, the new prequel to The Wizard of Oz to be released next year from Disney. In attendance at the press conference was Sam Raimi (director), Mila Kunis (Theodora), Michelle Williams (Glinda), and Joe Roth (producer). This is the shortened version, as the first part was too noisy to get good audio.The movie is due to be released March 8th, 2013.Here is the Storyline, Provided by IMDB: Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.http://archive.org/download/jeffmcaleer_thegaminggang_OzPC/OzPC.mp3Download the show to take on the go right here.And don't forget, The Gaming Gang podcast is on iTunes.Also add the podcast feed to your favorite aggregator or app with this link.
Another great press conference at San Diego Comic-Con was the Frankenweenie conference with Tim Burton (director), Allison Abbate (producer), Don Hahn (producer) and Atticus Shaffer (Actor, Voice of Edgar). It was an interesting conference, only about 24 minutes long with some good laughs.I highly recommend visiting the Disney Franenweenie website. It's highly thematic and yo can see clips and trailers from the movieFrom Creative Genius Tim Burton comes "Frankenweenie", a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life - with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers, and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous.A stop-motion animated film, "Frankenweenie" was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates the classic style to a whole new experience.[ca_audio url="http://www.thegaminggang.com/audio/Frankenweenie PC.mp3" width="500" height="27" css_class="codeart-google-mp3-player"]Download the show to take on the go right here.And don't forget, The Gaming Gang podcast is on iTunes.Also add the podcast feed to your favorite aggregator or app with this link.
The Newest Trailer for Iron Sky has been released. The movie, featuring the return of the Nazi's from the moon where they have been hiding out for the past 70 years.The movie is directed by Timo Vuorensola and stars Julia Dietze, Udo Kier and Peta Sergeant.In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces? The Fourth Reich must act!Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities.
A new trailer for Injustice: Gods Among Us debuted at SDCC featuring the DC Comics cast of super heroes.Injustice: Gods Among Us is an all-new game in development by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat. The game is scheduled for release in 2013 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.Injustice: Gods Among Us debuts as a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale.