CBSI Writer Wars Round 2 : Comics of the Corn by Joshua Schendel
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First Things First
When you move from a larger city with multiple well-stocked comic book stores to a smaller city with more cornfields than comic books, keeping the ol’ personal collection up to snuff can be challenging. Most back issues or order-dependent variants have to be purchased online. I was excited to learn about CBSI as the articles (favorites being Cover Tunes, One Year Later, Hot 10) and forum discussion help me monitor upcoming popular books, variant covers, and characters.
While my collecting style is limited to a personal collection, even collectors like myself face competition for certain desirable books and a lot of guesswork involved with keeping ahead of trends. Tracking online discussion helps me to (a) decide when to purchase books before they get too expensive, and (b) make sure I don’t miss out on a book that suddenly skyrockets out of affordability.
This article provides one remote comic buyer’s perspective on how he uses this website. I recap a recent example of a previously published book I purchased as a result of an article on CBSI, as well as what happened to that book after I bought it. Also, I present an additional purchase that I made of a related book. Any future articles would follow that same format.
The CBSI Effect
Whether you want to officially label it a “CBSI Effect” or not, this website and its members do have an impact on book pricing. If you have your eye on a book online or IRL, and are waiting for a price shift, and that book gets mentioned in an article or on a podcast (e.g. “the easel of elevation”), better act quick!
A recent example would be the Harley Quinn “Our Worlds at War” one shot. My interest in this book dates back three years. However, in the time period surrounding the release of “Suicide Squad,” it was too expensive for me to purchase, consistently topping $40 and up. Fast forward to the present, when some of the Harley Quinn related books started drifting into more affordable territory (e.g. $10 – 20). Not all, mind you. Some.
The author of “Cover Tunes” (Mike Morello) mentioned this book as having an eye-catching cover. At the time of that article, eBay listed this title at approximately $10. I bought one, thinking the likelihood of it staying this affordable was low.
Below: Jae Lee’s cover to “Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War.” Based on the artwork, the plot appears to involve Harley stumbling into a local airshow and rupturing her eardrums.
A Related Title
After I purchased HQ:OWAW for $10, I figured I should also grab “Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn,” another Harley title I had been watching, in case there was movement on that book. This is another pre-New 52 depiction of Harley in her classic costume standing provocatively in an alleyway over some unidentified victim. I also purchased this book for $10.
Below: The cover to “Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn,” the tragic tale of a member of Super Hero Girls High School who made bad life choices.
What Happened Next?
Six weeks after purchasing these two books, a quick scan of eBay shows “HQ: OWAW” hovering between $15 – $25, with some higher listings. “Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn” is $25+ now, with many higher listings and at least one cheaper listing. I am pleased I got both titles for cheaper than their current rate.
I suspect all HQ-related books will rise again so long as the announced “Birds of Prey” movie continues development. Simply put, these are books that have the potential to be pricey, and a history of increasing in value, and could appeal to speculative users on this site. I am thankful the articles on this website helped me snag these books before they got out of my price range agan.
Thanks for reading and, from the cornfields of the Midwest, I wish you a pleasant day.