2 CBSI WRITER WARS ROUND 1: IMPENDING CRASH : Dan Piercy
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About that Impending Crash…
It’s hard to be a comic book speculator these days. Folks love to make extra dollars every week on the latest hot book. Problem is, there usually isn’t one, not every week anyways. People seem anxious, desperate even, for a hot book. Is this realistic? Is this healthy for the hobby? I don’t have a ton of new insight, just my observations from week to week.
In the last year or so, we have started to see a glut of “manufactured collectibles” in the form of store variants. It was cool at first, when it was a quarterly thing. I loved the Dell Otto “Pink Harley” as well as the Dell Otto Iron Fist, there were others that I didn’t care for so much, but, whatever, it was all fun and the Harley book hit some uniquely high prices.
Fast forward to today and it’s a freaking jungle glut of new Venom covers, homage covers, store variants, etc. every single week. (I debated putting graphics here to illustrate my contempt, but I am not going to dedicate time to it – just not worth it.) It used to annoy me, but I’m getting numb to it and I don’t think I’m alone. Personally, I’m picky as hell and I’m not real impressed with what is coming down the pike week in and week out. I think variants can be fun, we all do, but when you force feed all of this product it gets nauseating. Things have to happen organically and glut won’t sustain itself. Comparisons to the 90s, talk of the impending market crash, etc. are starting to make the rounds.
Having said all that, I’m optimistic. While “spec talk” is, frankly, boring me lately, there are a ton of books worth reading out there. Monstress, Wonder Woman, Black Hammer, Slots, Southern Bastards, Hillbilly, Ice Cream Man, Kill or Be Killed, Redneck and Thor have all been tremendous titles and there are a lot more I’m leaving out.
So, yeah, I think for folks who are reading comics there is a lot to enjoy. Again, I’ve not said anything new here, but I think you can sense my enthusiasm. So here’s a bit of a PSA: grab a beverage of your choice (“Comics and beer, y’all!”) and read a comic today! For those of you who are pure speculators, I’m not telling you anything you don’t know when I say it’s a jungle out there.
I will leave you with some bullets:
- I think talks of an impending market crash are, quite frankly, wrong.
- I do, however, think folks who are desperate for that “hot” book every single week are going to be disappointed. These things happen organically, there is no gravy train.
If you have read this far, thank you; I don’t have any expert knowledge…but I have been out there for a good 10-15 years buying weekly books and enjoy any discourse.