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Monday, September 12, 2005

Episode 56

Slabbed books. Love em or hate em?

Episode 56 on MP3

Show Notes

Starring: Bryan, Shane, Scott, Kevin, Peter

Listener Emails the Best Bendis books and our thoughts on House of M

CGS Countdown to Infinite Crisis A new segment detailing the various DC events leading up to Infinite Crisis; in this segment, Legends & Millennium

World of Toys

Stump the Rios from LT of I Read Comics, Peter gets a sad 1 out of 3

CGC Grading To slab or not to slab? The Speakers of Geek weigh in on the issue of grading & slabbing comics.


  • I'm catching up on all your previous shows, while keeping up with your new ones. I have just one piece of constructive criticism. I hear the word "good" used to describe way too much. My suggestion is to more-often replace the word "good" with words describing why you think such a comic is "good".

    If a comic is engaging, entertaining, fun, dramatic, etc... that all implies "goodness" while explaining more why you like what you like.

    Are the characters fleshed out? Do they breathe? Do you connect with them?

    Is the plot well-paced, thought-provoking, refreshing?

    Is the artwork dynamic, fluid, atmospheric, fitting to the story?

    I could go on, but hopefully you get my drift. You already do a lot of this when you get into in-depth discussions.

    I just think being a bit more conscious about verbalizing why you think a someting is "good" in some of your shorter discussions will help add depth and variety in your podcast.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:26 PM  

  • I have some comments regarding "slabbing" of comics:

    Yeah, I think a 9.8 book being worth three times a 9.6 copy of the same book is bizarre, but I think there are definite benefits for CGC detractors.

    CGC books with a rating of 9.0 or *lower* do not seem to be outrageously priced. Personally, if I had a 9.8 copy of Amazing Fantasy 15, I'd sell it, buy a 9.0 copy and pocket the difference in a heartbeat. It's better than when I was a kid, and comics shops were selling beat up copies of XMen #1 for mint price.

    But for me, the really cool thing is that most non-CGC books that would probably rate an 8.0 or lower are almost cheap. I mean, I picked up Amazing Spiderman Annual 1 at about a 6.0 for $70. I got ASM 41 and 42 at a 7 or 8 for $40 each. I got FF Annual 1 at about an 8 for $150. (Not the best price, but it was a splurge.)

    For me, if I can get a handful of key issues for $50 each or so and fill in the rest with trades and all the issues I collected as a kid, I'm happy.

    The more money that goes into overpriced 9.8 CGC books just might make perfectly decent 7.0 or 8.0 books that much cheaper for me.

    By Blogger 80s Junkie, at 7:55 PM  

  • Good points from both of you.

    We will try to be more descriptive when it comes to saying why a book is good. Sometimes I don't really remember why it was good, just a feeling I had.

    As far as grading: I hadn't considered that someone wants to know that they are getting what they are paying for and not some beat-up book.

    By Blogger Geek Bry, at 9:17 AM  

  • Another good show; how do you do it?

    I just gave you guys a plug on our blog:

    Check it out if you have time.

    Peace out

    By Blogger Brad, at 12:41 AM  

  • Just wanted to chime in regarding FORTUNE AND GLORY. It is Bendis' story on his first experiences with Hollywood. As someone who is on the fringe of Hollywood, barely holding on, I can say that it is truly a must read for anyone who wants to break into the industry or is even interested in learning about the craziness that is Hollywood. Consider it the ENTOURAGE for comic geeks.

    By Anonymous the k man, at 1:44 PM  

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