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

Gemr – The Many Guises of Doctor Strange

My latest article for Gemr.com is all about my favorite Marvel hero, Doctor Strange. The article focuses on the various costumes the good Doctor has had over the years and the reasons behind the changes, be they for story or editorial reasons.

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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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Gemr – 5 Characters We Want to See in Spider-Verse 2

I absolutally loved Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. I’d even go so far as it say it’s the best Spider-Man film yet! It worked on so many diffirent levels and introduced cinema goers to some more great Marvel characters. Given the success of the Spider-Verse film it seems pretty certain a sequle is on the way.

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The Issue With Variants

Variant covers for comic book issues have been a staple of the industry for some time now. The first comic book to have a variant cover was 1986’s The Man of Steel #1While there were technically variants before this, they were all due to small differences such as distributor logo. Man of Steel #1 was the first to receive variant artwork, which is what variants are mostly known for nowadays.

Variants played something of a not unsubstantial role in the “spectator boom” of comics in the 1990’s. There are a lot of pieces to the spectator boom puzzle which I won’t go into here, but if you’re interested you can read this great article by Michael McCallum on ComicBooked.com.

To give a brief history of the boom, people suddenly got the idea that buying a comic and holding on to it for 10, 20, or 50 years would eventually put their kids through university or pay off their house. Big firms such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times wrote articles about the possible future value of these once unpalatable items and so people started buying comics by the armful.

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