CBSI WRITER WARS GIVEAWAY CONTEST

As it gets closer and closer to another awesome CBSI Writer Wars, it is also time for another awesome CBSI GIVEAWAY CONTEST.  This time with 5 different prizes from 5 awesome supporters of CBSI Comics.

 

On the verge of launching a new CBSI Writer Wars, we need ideas for the perspective writers!!  Simply comment below on WHAT SORT OF ARTICLE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE FROM CBSI and WHY.  Have your voice heard.  Help us improve the site and you could win one of these awesome prizes courtesy of SCOUT COMICS, INDIE SPOTLIGHT SERIES, SHATTERED COMICS, ONE STOP SHOP and CBSI COMICS.

 

Top answers will win one of the following awesome prizes :

 

HEADLESS & DEVILREAUX Ashcan + SOLAR FLARE SEASON 2 SET(issues 1-6) signed!!

A huge thanks to James Haick, the new CEO of Scout Comics for the awesome support.  Want to see what Scout has to offer?  Head over to THE SCOUT COMICS STORE and see for yourself!!

 

OGRE #3 Indie Spotlight Series Variant Limited to 100 copies!!

Thanks to Andy Tomberlin of Indie Spotlight fame for hooking us up, want to see what Andy is up to?  Head over to THE INDIE SPOTLIGHT IG, make sure to follow and never miss another piece of awesome info!

 

IMMORTAL HULK #16 Shattered Variant!! 

Thanks to Matt, Jason and the rest of the Shattered Comics Team for this awesome Immortal Hulk #16 Shattered Variant.  Make sure to head over to the SHATTERED COMICS WEBSITE and check out all the awesome books for sale as well as some insight into how these variants are made!

 

Die #1 Exclusive Cover by Emma Vieceli limited to 500 copies!

Thanks to Tim and the One Stop Shop crew for the awesome support.  Want to see what else they have for sale?  Check out the ONE STOP SHOP SITE for your copy of Die #1 and more!!

 

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #1 CBSI Variant Limited to 250 Copies.

Lastly, CBSI Comics will be offering up a copy of our first Mad Cave Studios Variant.  Want to see what else CBSI Comics has to offer?  Check out our VARIANTS PAGE.

Prizes will be decided at random for those winners.  Winners will be announced on Friday April 12th so make sure to get your entry in before then!!

 

 

32 comments

  • KravenHuntsAgain
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    First, I want to say that I really love all the articles on this site. Lot’s of variety and something for everyone. So thank you for all the information over the years!

    My favorite article is the TOP 10, but my idea would be for something called like “First to know” which would highlight books that are on the rise, BUT can still be found in back issue bins for cheap.

    TOP 10 oftentimes includes a lot of variants or low print issues (all good info about what’s hot) but not necessarily conducive to hunting back issue bins. The trill of the hunt is one of my favorite aspects of collecting, and getting spec information before everyone else is always fun.

    The dollar bin article (which I actually purposed last time) is nice because I usually don’t even know about those issues, but something more expansive.

    I just like going to the store with a list of books that are heating up knowing that I have a good chance of finding them 🙂

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    I think something among the lines of what kind of negative impacts comics are going through. Selling, Buying, collecting, and the market in general. We hear about all these great things, but never the hard facts on the negative aspects of the game.

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    More articles on the Original Art collecting world of comics woukd be very appreciated. If I may once again participate in this new wdition of writer wars I’d very much appreciate it.

  • Foxom

    I’d love to see an article along the lines of covering the spread but examining grade price points. Often times you can spot a certain grade of a book is jumping but the grades below are lagging. This is the time to jump on those grades directly below before they catch up. For example let’s say ff 45 is going nuts at 7.5 and up but 6.5-7.0 hasn’t moved yet. It’ll take a very analytical mind but it would be extremely beneficial.

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    I would love to see an article for hidden gem covers. Covers that may fly under the radar but are stunning (I just picked up a copy of Identity Crisis #4 second printing which isn’t worth a ton but is a beautiful cover.

    Another article I would like to see would be a what’s in that short box where writers pick a random short box of theirs or a member and highlight what’s in that. This would be a fun reason to dig through your pc.

    I am a heavy lurker on this site but don’t post often thank you 😀

    • Peter Renna

      For your hidden gem cover request, check out Cover Tunes. Mike does a great job of throwing out awesome covers I have never seen and many are very cheap. His articles always cost me money.

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        While I love the Hot 10 list, I would love to see more information as to why they are your top 10. Some books you put only two ebay sales.

        I would also like to see a Hot 10 Back Issues list. Most of the comics on the Hot 10 list have released that week and are mainly variants. I think back issues hot 10 would be better because it would allow us to hunt better.

        Another article I would like to see are articles about artist and writers. Including a history of their hottest covers, first covers, etc. For example: Shannon Maer has his first DC cover ever coming up with DCeased. I think that would be beneficial for collectors because it would provide collectors with a lot of information and help add to the hunt for our favorite artists. It will also gove us information on new and upcoming writers and artists.

        Another type of article I would like to see is similar to the “Not Hot 10”. I would like an article addressing collectors on how to not get caught up in the hype of collecting and wasting money. A lot of collectors get caught up in the hype and spend too much money on comics that won’t pay off. Articles like the Not Hot 10 help ensure that “missing out” on a once hot comic is okay. I would like to see articles pertaining to upcoming weekly issues, back issues, and pricey back issues. The last Not Hot 10 list included Amazing Fantasy 15 on it which I thought was ridiculous.

        Lastly, I would like to see articles addressing the mass amount of store exclusive variants and just variants in general. It seems like variants are getting out of control. Big series sometimes have 20 plus variantd. I would love to see articles addressing this.

        Thanks!

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    i love the not 10. it can help remind people about keys they wanted and passed on and now maybe the price has dropped enough to go get them. going forward an idea might be a top 25 must haves for the year. by the end of the calendar year it should be enough time to see which comics held their value. just a thought. keep up the great work.

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    An article weekly or monthly about variants vs A covers. It could be on a book conning out that week that really peaks the writers interest or an older issue. Just what should be the buyers thought process when deciding to get an A cover or any or all variants, the regular variants or store variants. Pretty much an article saying yes there are 2 variants from the publisher and A cover and about 20 comic shop/online shop variants, which ones are actually worth the time finding them and the money being spent on them. Or something like that

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    I would love articles about up and coming artists. More and more great artists are emerging and it would be amazing to see them get more exposure.
    I really enjoyed the articles where you took art from DeviantArt and the like and put them on covers. Something like that would be awesome.

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    I want to see a mathematical breakdown of how successful CBSI is at calling hot books. Break it down into time periods like 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year. This could also become a label for CBSI to use when spec-ing. Take the BOLO list, “pick it up for a quick flip” turns into “1 week”, which helps us readers know that if we find the book after that time period, we are going to see significant decreases past that first week. On the other hand, some books are longer term (Teen Titans 12), and can be labeled 6 months, etc. If these labels start to be used, the breakdown article can recall the first guess and follow up with the new guess based on all new info we have. It’s similar to the current “One Week Later.”

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    I’d like too see a list of the top selling books of the month, quarter, con season, year would be cool… it would put time and $ spent investing in perspective instead of a quick Wednesday of or weekly flip…

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    I’d love to see a one time article, so not an ongoing feature about Comic Book Trading Cards, and not modern parallel chase cards, printing plate cards or original art chase cards that are more one-of-a-kind or ultra rare, but just the base card sets, the autograph cards, relic “costume” cards, etc. in part to spotlight what’s out there and also to discuss their value in the non-sports trading card hobby, to help comic book collectors understand the trading card hobby.

    As an ongoing feature, I know it was discussed and appeared at least once, I loved when CBSI investigated the downfall of speculation with comics that surged and then plummeted. It’s enlightening to remind readers as fast as something goes up is as fast as it can go back down.

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      I would love to have an article or a series devoted to comic book trading cards (non-sports) as it was the gateway for me into the comic book universe. The history of them, when released, which companies, where to find them now? Not only the superhero cards, but artist sets, Frazetta, Jusko, Vallejo, even the more mature (risque?) Olivia De Beradinis?
      Covering the current and recent releases as well of course. But I think there’s a wealth of information can be provided to the community about these pocket sized pieces of comic book art and history.

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    CBSI to me is more than a website; it is a brand. When I see the CBSI logo, I know the content is going to be great and that it’s going to be reliable. With that said, I think that what I would like to see on your site doesn’t matter as much as what others need to see on your site. I am already a fan of CBSI and you already have articles that I love. Sure, there are things I would like to see that aren’t currently on your site; but that can wait for now. I think that in order to build your brand and strengthen your fan base you need to think about all the comic collectors and enthusiasts who don’t read or enjoy your content. I think the major detractor for your site is that people don’t understand the value of speculation. People hear the word speculation and immediately think of the worst of the 90s era. I think you need to have a weekly article explaining why the HOT 10 could pay off and why they couldn’t. You need to be up front and transparent about what you got right and what you got wrong. Basically you need to combine the HOT 10, BOLO, and Not 10 with actual sales info and price points. You need to show people who aren’t True Believers why you continue to be a valuable resource to this community. When they see all the hot books they could have gotten cheaper ( or saved or made $ on) they will be back time and time again. ‘Nuff Said!

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      What I would also like to see on this site is a kids friendly comic section. For instance, I love Hellboy and am excited to see the new film. However, it is R Rated and not exactly family friendly. One of my earliest memories is of reading comics with my father. That lead to us watching the X-Men animated series, TMNT, and BTAS. It got me into collecting cards and action figures. My dad’s influence was a big reason that I have continued to collect comics and am into the community as much as I am. I would like to see a section that showcases kids comics that tie into the current comics or movies so that families can bond over the love of comics. For example, Itty Bitty Hellboy was great and my daughters read those. We can bond over our shared love of the character without me sharing the more R Rated portions until they are older. I think pointing parents (or cool uncles and aunts) to where they can find kid friendly versions to share with their sidekicks would be a great asset to the community.

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    This site is called Comic Book Speculating and Investing but is getting way off track. Too many articles about jibba jabba stuff Bleeding Cool and others already do. Be CBSI by doing an article that breaks down comics to $$ and MATH. Use Comichron(sp?), Coverprice, My Comic Shop and other available statistical data to show us if we are spinning our wheels. These spec sites have us all buying too much B.S. that doesn’t pan out. You know its true! Dont shoot the messenger.

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    A couple of ideas

    1. Over Hyped. How many of us have had books we purchased that we wish we had not. Right now we are seeing prices on books that were hyped that now are going down. It would be nice to know not only those books that are going up but those books that are going down that should be either sold soon or purchased with hopes of a market correction so that one stays in the black.

    2l Ignored Segments. If we are talking markets and trends there have to be some areas that are being ignored that might be explored and exploited for later good. Movies are driving the industry for some, so talking about ignored segments may help get collectors not only ahead of the curve but that can be exploited for sound investment. I was at an auction where a Lone Ranger #1 unslabbed book that at the least was VF sold for $200 because there was no market for it because everyone was chasing Captain Marvel early appearances. Was this because it was Golden Age; Western; or another factor and what should have been considered a key book to scoop up was ignored because of the cookie cutter approach to investing. One has to figure that long term that might be a better buy than an Iron Man #55 at its peak value.

    3. News from the Front. In their writings I hope the writers are honest and would respect them not revealing their sources, but what if they would write about what they are actually seeing out there in retail stores and in person auctions. I went to an auction where I saw variants selling for top dollar and yet a string of golden age books sold well below market value because collectors did not know who Alex Schomburg or Frank Franzetta were. These are not like eBay auctions. Books were being scooped up by a savvy investor who realized that at this auction people were trying to cash in on the latest amazon and were ignoring great deals on blue chip stocks. The Top 10 is great because it gives us what is hot that week but if one reviews a small sampling of those picks you see that most of the books on the list are of modern age books. What is happening though to those Flash books from the silver age or other books that have value but maybe under reported. If readers here find out that auctions or stores are selling books in one area for $20 while other areas the book is selling for $200 it would help us get not only a snapshot of real world situations but of geographic influences. You posted a BOLO for Hulk books so when I went to my local retailer I was told that those books had been sold out months ago by speculators who targeted that story line as a possible movie spoiler. Sometimes we do not need to know the reason books are being sold but rather that it happened and maybe then it would be evidence as to why books are appearing in the Top 10. The faster one notices trends for recent books the better.

  • Ironmonkeyfist74
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    I would like to see a lengthy article or a series of them on how comic book writing/stories have changed over the years…like a comparison of the silver, golden and bronze eras compared to today’s standards.

    I’ve noticed over the years differences on how stories are told/written. There seems to be less bubbles and words now and there also seems to be way more stories split up between the main title and offshoots. I’m just curious what other people’s thoughts are on how things have changed over the years with content and stories.

    Thanks for all you do here.

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    It would be interesting to see something a little more detailed in terms of understanding the key drivers behind the speculation market, with a view to trying to trying to build more robust buying / selling strategies, using historical data to illustrate. I’m also curious about the effect that sites like CBSI have – if the received wisdom on a particular book is “sell when the trailer hits” and all the relatively informed market participants then sell, doesn’t that simply create too much supply in the market, and generate downward price momentum? I guess what I’m saying is that it would be interesting to try and take a step back and almost try to model out buyer / seller behaviour to properly understand what is going on out there!

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    We all know online sales rule the roost (Ebay, looking at you) and things tend to get a bit convoluted but if enough information can be gathered, it might be interesting on how certain comics are doing in various regions of the US. Before the internet when I was a young collector I would visit family in different parts of the country. I would sometimes be taken aback a little by how certain comics were popular/more popular where they were as opposed to where I was coming from and visa versa. There were always constants, but definitely some anomalies as well.

    Also, with US studios targeting markets overseas it might be nice to know if new fans in Europe and Asia are becoming serious collectors of American comic books and just how much competition they pose in regard to obtaining key comics from any age.

  • BlueGreen Artifacts
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    Hello Ben,

    Jack encouraged me to submit an idea here for an article that I ran by him recently.

    I think there’s some undiscovered country in the comic book investing landscape. CBSI has dozens of recurring articles about nearly every facet of the industry and the hobby, but I think we’re missing out on the AAA prospects. Kickstarter has become the minor leagues of the comic world. There are currently 13,542 projects in their Comics category. 13,542!!! And they only last about 5 weeks, which means by the end of May there could be a fresh set of 13,000+ comic campaigns. That’s insane!

    Of course, not all of them are successfully funded, but Kickstarter announced that in 2018 there was a record of 16 million dollars pledged for comic book projects, a number that has tripled over the past 5 years. It has creators of all types; complete unknowns who are following through on their dreams, big names in the industry looking to stay independent like Brian Pulido and Jamie Tyndall, web comics getting their first shot at the printed page like Mac Smith’s Scurry, underrepresented voices sharing their stories, savvy creators hoping to bypass the big publishers and jump straight to Netflix, and thousands of others who just want their one shot. One opportunity. To seize everything they ever wanted. In one moment. Would you capture it? Or just let it slip?

    Okay, now I need to go listen to the song once.

    Aaaand I’m back.

    I have been a backer of 62 successful Kickstarter campaigns, from a smart LED nightlight for my kids to a minimalist wallet to a figurine board game set in feudal Japan to a video game emulator that lets us play any video game ever created on our tv. It’s an amazing platform and is perfect for people like me who love to get their hands on new toys before anyone else does, and when it comes to comics, I think there are lot of people like me. I’ve had the opportunity to help creators fund some awesome books like Once Our Land, Kill Them All, Lady Death, and Atomic Robo, and pick up some shiny swag from the creators along the way. They will LOVE you. You’re making their dreams come true. I’ve received signed comics, remarqued graphic novels, my daughter’s name is on the dedication page of a children’s book, and for the love of God my grandmother IS the old west teacher with her name and likeness on the character card for the board game Carson City.

    I’d love to get the opportunity to write an article introducing the Kickstarter platform to our collector community, and then go on to feature a select few campaigns every month or so that could resonate with the CBSI readers. There’s absolutely nothing more satisfying than jumping on the bandwagon from the very start.

    That being said, here’s a link to Girl With No Name, an intriguing looking Western comic that is aiming to jump straight to the big screen, with beautiful cover art by Tula Lotay:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/legionmofficial/girl-with-no-name-a1shot-40-page-comic-book?ref=discovery_category

    ~tony

    ps. i have another idea for an article as well that would be a lot of fun, but it has more moving parts

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    An ongoing writer/artists first article would be incredible. Spotlighting a different writer/artists per article. Knowing the first comic written by a writer or first cover/interior drawn by an artist. Add in first published works and maybe even most famous works. It definitely is spec worthy knowing and extremely informational as well.

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    I have to agree an article about forgot gems. Be it looking at the old western books, the wizards 1/2 run, Rarities such as Centaur golden age books or just how freaking hard it is to put together something like a complete Malibu Sun run. I’ve bought a lot of comics at live auctions with comic collectors sitting right there who don’t even recognize what’s there as comic books. Also the article could take in different aspects of obtaining comics that a lot of people haven’t dealt with such as what to expect at a live auction when you are trying to scoop up comics ( lots of local auctions have little groupings of comics in between all the other items. A little knowledge and you can score big at these as most people that are at them are not comic collectors) (this is actually my idea for writer wars so going to try this one this time)

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    While I love the Hot 10 list, I would love to see more information as to why they are your top 10. Some books you put only two ebay sales.

    I would also like to see a Hot 10 Back Issues list. Most of the comics on the Hot 10 list have released that week and are mainly variants. I think back issues hot 10 would be better because it would allow us to hunt better.

    Another article I would like to see are articles about artist and writers. Including a history of their hottest covers, first covers, etc. For example: Shannon Maer has his first DC cover ever coming up with DCeased. I think that would be beneficial for collectors because it would provide collectors with a lot of information and help add to the hunt for our favorite artists. It will also gove us information on new and upcoming writers and artists.

    Another type of article I would like to see is similar to the “Not Hot 10”. I would like an article addressing collectors on how to not get caught up in the hype of collecting and wasting money. A lot of collectors get caught up in the hype and spend too much money on comics that won’t pay off. Articles like the Not Hot 10 help ensure that “missing out” on a once hot comic is okay. I would like to see articles pertaining to upcoming weekly issues, back issues, and pricey back issues. The last Not Hot 10 list included Amazing Fantasy 15 on it which I thought was ridiculous.

    Lastly, I would like to see articles addressing the mass amount of store exclusive variants and just variants in general. It seems like variants are getting out of control. Big series sometimes have 20 plus variantd. I would love to see articles addressing this.

    Thanks!

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    I would love to know more info about what type of grade would be common based on the age of the comic. What little imperfections you would see in a standard comic from the 60’s, 70’s, etc.

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    Not sure if o can post this as I will also try to be in Writer Wars. Still I am not all that great at grading myself (though I’m getting better).

    I’d like to see a feature where users can email some hi-res scans or photos in and an experienced individual can pick out a couple each week help give the reader a grade (for the covers at least). This helps others as well by developing an eye on what to look for. It’d be like an online Antiques Roadshow for comics…

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