The Cold Hard FACTS About Variants

I’m gonna break with my 61-word format and post up this long-form article. I hope it helps you all think a little bit about the comic book buyer’s market and how it has evolved with the evolution of technology.

I keep reading comments all over the Internet that talk about the disgust with “all these variant covers” and the impending implosion of the variant market. Let’s get a little into human psychology and explain why allusions to the 90’s market are unfounded in today’s setting. In fact, let’s break with the typical angst of the Internet and have an intelligent conversation and identify the factors. Bear with me here. Continue reading “The Cold Hard FACTS About Variants”

Pressing: And The Results Are In

I heat the press up to 175 degrees and put the comic sandwich in for 15 minutes. Then I shut it off and let the comic and press cool down for 2 hours. This process ensures that the comic doesn’t revert to it’s previous shape and prevents curling.

Pressing can only raise a comic in the same range (e.g., 9.0 to 9.6), but it can significantly improve a low grade book.

Below is my press of Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1

Before (Whole book)

Before (Middle Right)

Before (Bottom Right)  

Before (Top Right)

After (Whole Book)

After (Middle Right)

After (Bottom Right)

After (Top Right)

Pressing: Creating a Masterful Comic Sandwich

Presses are great, but other materials are necessary. The ordering is important:

Completed comic sandwich
Completed comic sandwich (release paper at bottom, top sheet removed for picture)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Release Paper
  • Magazine Backing Board
  • Tissue Paper
  • Front Cover
  • Backing Board
  • Tissue Paper
  • Backing Board
  • Back Cover
  • Tissue Paper
  • Magazine Backing Board
  • Release Paper
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Boards create the flat smooth surface
Tissue Paper (press out any creases)
Tissue Paper prevents sticking (press out creases)

 

 

 

 

Pressing: Get to Know the Science

Delving into comic book pressing, I realized that advice was coming from journeymen who learned through experience – at some time, they were amateurs, like me. However, some referred to experts in paper conservation to be12838-1002-3ww-l informed. I did some of the same research and am including links to these studies with attributions. I used these findings to develop my own processes.

Practical Considerations for Humidifying and Flattening Paper

A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Pressing on Comic Book Paper

CCS Comic Pressing Services (Specifically speaks about CGC’s stance on comics and what defects are good candidates for pressing)

The Conservation and Display of Comic Books

Pressing: Start with the Right Equipment

Seal 160M Dry Mount Press
Heard great things about this press. Goes down to 150 degrees.

There are some great postings that offer great advice on pressing.

Seal Bienfang 210M Dry Mount Press
These can be pricey new, but I found one for $100. Can press two books at once.

Amateurs tempered my fear to get started with my own books. The key I’ve learned is to start with good equipment. Stick with a good quality, sturdy dry mount press that can go down to around 150°F. Try to find one cheap on Craigslist, otherwise, the shipping will kill ya.

Pressing: Not Just for the Pros

Such a frenzy and Seal Commercial Presssecrecy about such a straightforward process – not taboo topics like weapons, politics, or religion, but comic book pressing. Yep, this process of improving a book’s quality by pressing out its imperfections. I’m going spread the word about my findings on this website where it can be shared, improved upon, and contribute to the community. Here goes nothing!

Shame on You, Sensational Tech Journalists

Why do flaws or glitches now get the “gate” suffix, thus associating it with a devious plot by the most powerful man in the world?a24775a8ac4204806cf17e25f06cdd05[1]

Enthusiasts hell-bent on being on the bleeding edge should expect problems, not allusions to conspiracies. The Takata airbag scandal didn’t get such notoriety, even thought it was far more deserving than “tattoogate“.

Shame on you, journalists.

Fear of Black Men – Hosted Discussion

Beginning Monday, NPR began covering the common practice of fearing black men. I’ve read a few accounts from people on both the website and Twitter, and points from both the positive and negative light make me question my own feelings about how I am perceived. I

highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys an intelligent conversation about such a taboo topic.

Black Development in a Homogeneous World

Angela from Sunset by Tale of Tales
Angela from Sunset by Tale of Tales

This is a great article regarding diversity in gaming development. If not for my fatigue in being “the black guy” in any arena of IT development – application, web, or otherwise – I’d have pursued game programming long ago. I have to appreciate this read for bringing attention to rampant racism in on-line gaming, as well. It’s why I  keep my multi-player chat muted.

Karma for the Russian Space Program?

Dispersions of national karma are usually slow, taking months or years for such coincidences to overlap. That is not the case in the instance where Russia, who announced a retaliatory ban of rocket engine sales to the US only two days earlier, had a rocket fall back to Earth shortly after launch. Unfortunately, Russian rocket malfunctions might be a growing trend.