Gemr – The Comics Code Authority: How One Man Nearly Killed Comic Books

In my latest article for Gemr.com I look at how one man, psychiatrist Frederic Wertham, almost destroyed the then booming comic book industry overnight.

While he didn’t quite manage to do that, many publishers had to close, hundreds of people lost their livelihoods and the effects were felt for decades afterwards.

It’s a fascinating, sad, somewhat scary story of a determined man with an idea and public hysteria. I hope you enjoy.

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Gemr – The Many Skulls of Ghost Rider

My new article for Gemr went up recently, looking at the various people of the Marvel Universe who have become the Ghost Rider throughout the characters 52 year history.

In the article I cover six Ghost Riders, but in actual fact there are more. I chose the six featured in the article because they are either the main-line Riders, or I find them particularly interesting.

Unexpectedly, the folks at Gemr asked me to up my contributions from two articles a month to three, starting this month. Guess they must like what I’m doing, which I awesome!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this article on Ghost Rider.

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Gemr.com – Should you Buy Comics in Single Issues or Wait for Trades?

My latest article for Gemr.com looks at a question that many comic fans have asked before; is it better to buy single issue comics or wait for the collected edition? It’s a question I’ve mentioned a little previously here on Collectorized and one that I really think deserves to be discussed more, especially as people’s relationship with comics and how they want to consume them changes.

It’s also probably my longest article to date, so that’s cool. Please, head over and have a read. 😀

Read the full article on Gemr.com‘s blog

Portsmouth Comic Con, 2019

This weekend was the second Comic Con in Portsmouth, England. Last year’s con was a huge success and sold out, so it wasn’t a surprise that a second was announced. This year, however, the organisers made sure to make it bigger and better!

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Two New Gemr.com Articles!

I’ve been a little late in posting this, but I’ve had two more articles recently appear on Gemr.com.

The first is a look at grading and valuing your collection with a few tips to get you started, which you can read HERE. This one was a lot of fun to write as I was able to take from my own experiance of doing just this sort of thing.

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Graphic Action Comics, My First Comic Shop, Has Closed

Comic book retail has a long history of being a hard business. You don’t go into it to make money, you do it for the love of the medium. For 24 years Graphic Action Comics in Newcastle, NSW, Australia had been fighting the good fight. At the start of this month the store closed its doors for the final time.

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2018 Wrap Up

I didn’t do too well with my plans of posting a monthly wrap-up, so I thought that maybe I’d try something a little more manageable; a wrap up of the year that was.

2018 was quite a year for me personally. My wife and I moved from one city to another, I finally made the decision to get out of teaching and into another profession which, after roughly five months of very little work, happened. And I’m so much happier because of it. Oh, and I started getting paid to write articles on geeky stuff for Gemr.com. Awesome!

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Gemr – History of The Phantom

My second article for collector website Gemr.com went live recently. This one was an absolute pleasure to write as it looks at the history of my personal favourite comics hero, The Phantom.

The article takes a bit of a different tact than most “history of…” articles thought in that it doesn’t just recount how the series came to be and where it is today, but rather the impact it had on the people who read it and how that in turn influenced their culture and the character himself!

Lots of research went in to this, so if you take a moment to read it (pleas do) I hope you enjoy it.

Read the full article on Gemr.com

The 10 Best Graphic Novels NOT in the 100 Greatest List

Recently I picked up the magazine The 100 Greatest Graphic Novels of All Time! magazine from Future Publishing. I thought it’d be interesting to go through the magazine and see which ones I’d read and which ones I needed to. The magazine was very well written with some really thoughtful commentary on the books presented within resulting in my “to read” list gaining quite a few additions.

While the magazine covered many great graphic novels – and indeed you’d need a slew of magazines to cover all the graphic novels that you should read in a lifetime – there were of course a few of my personal favourites left off. Thus, I thought I’d write up my own list.

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Moving From Single Issue Comics To Collected Editions

Recently I had let go of my first love; comic books. I had been reading comics pretty much continuously for 24 years, most of that with a monthly standing order at my local comic store. Comics were my favourite hobby, my addiction. When something is that big a part of your life for that long a time it is very hard to let go. However, I was not prepared to give up on the comic book medium completely. No, siree! If monthly comics were no longer practical, then I was going to do the next best thing; I was going to move to collected editions!

However, it was not just a quick switch. I had to prepare! Remember, this was a 24 year habit I was moving away from. Certain “i”s had to be crossed and “t”s needed to be dotted. Here’s what I did to ready myself for the big change.

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