Tips To Start Collecting Comic Books

Tips To Start Collecting Comic Books

Here are five tips to help people start a comic book collection.
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Comic books, or graphic novels, can at times be very difficult to collect. In fact, many fans do not even know where to buy some comics. So, here are a few helpful tips on how to start a comic book collection.

1. Find a Store

One of the most important things to know is where you could buy comics. Finding a comic book shop can at times be difficult and frustrating. But, there is a website where you can enter your zip code and a few shops within your area will appear on a map. This helpful site is known as Comic Shop Locator Service, and you can click here to be redirected to it. Comic book shops aren't the only stores to provide comics. One of the most common places to buy volumes, which are multiple issues of a comic series within a few books, are bookstores. Most bookstores, such as Barnes and Nobles, do carry a variety of volumes and if they don't you could always go on Amazon. Collecting can be very fun, but can also be very expensive. So try to discover multiple shops and keep an eye on prices. You don't want to over pay.

2. Ask Questions and Make Friends

Comic book collecting has a vast and active community. Everyone is very dedicated and welcome to help people find what they need. When browsing at your local comic shop, don't be afraid to ask questions. Feel free to ask questions on individual characters, what is popular, and their opinion on a particular series. Making friends makes collecting comics all the more fun. You begin to learn about different stores and conventions that occur within your community. So don't be shy! Feel free to ask questions and make friends along the way.

3. Find a Character You Love

When starting a collection you might want to consider choosing your favorite character. There are a variety of characters and each character has tons of series. Once you have discovered your favorite character, collecting comics becomes a little easier. You begin to choose a series with that character, learn who your favorite artist for that character and begin to know when things will be released. Loving more than one character is great, but it can be difficult to keep up with them all. Starting off with one will make your life easier.

4. Protect and Organize Your Comics

Over time, most comics hold a significant amount of value. So, once you have bought your comics, it is best to protect and organize them.

Most shops sell sleeves, which are plastic cases to protect your comics. Sleeves typically cost a dollar and can protect your comic from water and dust. It is highly recommended to buy sleeves and to read them carefully so that they won't lose value.

Also, organizing your comics can help you keep track on what you have and what you don't have. The last thing you would want to do is buy an extra copy of an issue. Shops also sell boxes which help you organize your comics.

These are just two things you can do to protect your collection and be aware of what you have and don't have.

5. Research

Something that helps to keep up with comics is research. There are thousands of different series' for each character and keeping up with even just one character is hard enough. However, there are multiple sites and videos to help you stay in touch with a character's story or when something new will be released.

One YouTube channel that could help collectors understand a story line or even keep up with what is hot, is Comicstorian. Comicstorian is a YouTube channel that helps fans understand a story or series by making summary videos. There will be times that it may be difficult, or expensive, to buy a certain series. Especially one that is old. But Comicstorian is always there to help.

If you are unsure when comics will be released, MyComic Shop.com is a site that helps collectors be aware of release dates. The site gives you release dates for multiple series'. MyComicShop.com also allows users to create a profile and produce a wish list. The site also lets users preorder comics so they can be the first to receive them, once released.

Another site that can help with information on characters and give you reviews is Comic Vine. Comic Vine is a website that is dedicated to help fans understand a series, keep up with dates, and give reviews on comics. If you are unsure on what to buy Comic Vine can help you decide.

These are just a few tips that can help readers start their comic book collection and maintain some good habits. Collecting comics can be a lot of fun but requires a lot of dedication. But in the end just remember that you are doing it for the love of the stories.

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If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

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8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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Well, y'all, it's finally here. Summer. And that means that one of my favorite past-times is back in season -- outdoor concerts. Now, I've only been to a handful, mostly with my family, but outdoor concerts have the potential to be the most fun that you'll have the whole summer! As a West Chester resident, there aren't too many venues that hold outdoor concerts near us, but the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey is one of the best, especially with their impressively cheap selection of lawn seats (my personal favorite seating for any concert). And this summer, BB&T has some impressive names performing. With over 35 performances set for before August's end, I took the liberty of compiling the top five performing in Camden that you will not want to miss this summer, especially not at these prices!

1. The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore.


Who: Kesha, Macklemore, Wes Period

When: Wednesday, July 25, 7 pm

Price: Starting at $30.50/ticket

2. Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd: Dazed and Blazed Tour.

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