Comics Shop Paperback – Oct 23 2010
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About the Author
Brent Frankenhoff is the editor of Comics Buyer's Guide. He is co-author of Comic Book Checklist & Price Guide.
Peter Bickford is the creator of ComicBase, the most comprehensive and critically acclaimed software for comics collectors.
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many years and the process has been one of constant evolution. The
company's most recent effort is Comics Shop [$24.99], a hefty full-
color trade edition by Comics Buyer's Guide editors Maggie Thompson
and Brent Frankenhoff with ComicBase developer Peter Bickford. It
may not be comics' best-known price guide, but its nearly 900 pages
offers some things not found in Overstreet.
Comics Shop takes advantage of its color and slick paper to present
over 3000 color comic-book covers. Some of these covers are full
pages in the volume's introductory material and the rest are within
the price guide itself.
The introductory material mostly sticks to the basics: how to use
the book, frequently asked questions, market trends, and a heavily-
illustrated grading guide complete with examples of condition and
defects. But it also features two lively articles by Thompson: one
on recurring cover themes and the other on the great stories inside
comics. The articles in Comics Shop, even the "basics" pieces, are
much better written than in other price guides where, to my mind,
the writing tends to be dry, lifeless, and repetitive.
Rather than list estimated prices in a range of grades, Comics Shop
lists prices in near-mint condition with these prices derived from
"monitoring online sales, shop sales, and auction sales." Included
with the alphabetical listings are entertaining and often enticing
summaries of thousands of comics titles. I'm just through the "A"
section and have already found several series I would love to read.
Bickford is the creator of ComicBase, "the most comprehensive and
critically acclaimed software for comics collectors." This price
guide benefits mightily from his work.
Thompson and Frankenhoff - full disclosure here - are dear friends
of mine and two of the very best editors I've ever worked with in
my nearly forty-year comics career. Their experience and way with
words make Comics Shop an incredibly useful resource that is also
a delight to read.
Overstreet might be the standard for comic-book price guides, but
Comics Shop is a worthy competitor. I think comics collectors and
fans benefit from having both books.
For decades I've been reviewing comics and related items in "Tony's
Tips," which leads off the review section in every monthly issue of
Comics Buyer's Guide. If I were reviewing this book there, I would
give it the full five out of five Tonys.
© 2010 Tony Isabella
We wanted something more in a price guide, and Comics Shop is the result. Comics Buyer's Guide Senior Editor (and Comics Shop Co-Editor) Maggie Thompson, who's been collecting comics since the Golden Age and part of fandom since its beginnings, was bowled over by the first office copy of the book. "I didn't realize how much fun it would be to read," she said.
Drawing on the experience we've gained in producing price guides for more than three decades and the more than 150 combined years of comics knowledge of our three editors, Comics Shop is much more than just a list of comics and prices, it's a guide to comics! You will know more about comics after reading Comics Shop.
And, as an added bonus, you can register for a chance to win one of 10 promotional posters signed by cover artist Mark Sparacio. Sign up between now and Nov. 5, 2010, at [...].