A SPECIAL AFTERNOON IN PARADISE WITH KEN LASHLEY
WEDNESDAY MARCH 29
3:00PM TO 7:00PM
Come in and join Ken for an afternoon of signing, sketching, and good conversation!!!
How important is X-men Prime ?
Ken Lashley: I love the X-Men and the Mutant universe is by far my favourite. I have been a long time fan and when I got my start in comics I was happy to work on the books I got. Excalibur was insane to work on. Nightcrawler and the crew gave me so much to sink my teeth into but the truth is…I always wanted to draw Uncanny….The Uncanny book was the Holy Grail for me. I never thought I would ever draw the book; it was kind of a dream….Then I got the call….I cried a little….Yes I did. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
PETER DIXON ON CGC
CGC - Certified Guaranty Company - is one of the most important changes that has occurred in the comic industry over the last decade. With the increase of sales online through websites, Ebay, auction houses, etc, comics that are encapsulated by CGC take the guesswork out of grading and spotting restoration. This allows anyone to be able to realize a better value for their comic book.
One of the most common comments I hear about CGC from people that aren't too familiar with the process is "I don't like buying CGC books because it just makes the comic more expensive". But this isn’t the case. What a CGC graded book does, is allows the seller to get a price closer to its actual value. I have a good clientele that come in regularly to buy collectible or high-end ungraded books. They can hold the book, flip through it, make their own decision, and then we can agree on a value. If a book is online one cannot be as confident the comic is all it is being described as. The centerfold may be loose; there could be some color touch; and if it is high grade, the slightest of dings can greatly reduce the value. In turn, people bid or offer only a percentage of what the comic might actually be worth. When it is CGC'ed, they can be confident of the grade and bid at its full value.
The third-party grading that CGC brings to the hobby has caused an upswing in people willing to invest in comics. Many people, spending much of their time working, obviously don’t have the time to go "bin diving" or to travel to comic conventions. They don't have, or maybe want, to spend the time to learn how to spot restoration. And when purchasing a comic in the thousands of dollars, the slightest bit of restoration can make the book almost worthless. With CGC, they can buy confident that what they are receiving is as described.
CGC has aided the hobby immensely. Helping people insure their comics easier, CGC’ed books are also more "liquid" if someone wishes to start selling their collection. Again, the development of the online market, allows anyone to sell comics without having a bricks and mortar business, and thus, get a higher percentage than at most comic stores. Finally, the encapsulation process offers a higher level of security and protection for the comic book - encased in the mylar and hard plastic container!
For all the above reasons, I appreciate and enjoy what CGC brings to our hobby. A third party grader benefits everyone – from the independent seller, to the customer, and all those who make a professional living in the comic industry, CGC levels the playing field, and that lets everyone enjoy collecting comics that much more!