Vol 2 of the Guide is NOW available. Like vol 1 the Guide is setup to help collectors of all experience levels from new and newly returning collectors to the seasoned veterans among us.
A host of topics are explored in the guide including ways to collect, buying the dip, comic book publishers, newsstand versus direct, using data wisely, NFTs, comic book eras and more.
We've embedded helpful QR codes throughout that allow you to use your cell phone's camera to jump to Youtube playlists/videos and other helpful resources that complement the written text. Yes, it's an interactive print guide!
In addition to practical real-world advice, we've included various charts and graphs to improve your understanding of various topics. There's even a really interesting CBCS versus CGC chart looking at major keys.
Believe it or not but your mindset plays a major factor in what and how you collect comics. We'll explore some common fallacies that plague collector but more importantly we help you to address and overcome these pitfalls.
As part of our exploration of speculation, we touch on the topic of timing. Should you be buying the dip? Given what's happening in the market this could make for an interesting read.
There are two cover options to pick from including an homage to Wizard Magazine issue #8.
In the hallowed tradition of The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather, Part II, I promise you that this book is NOT an awful, hastily thrown-together, money grab of a sequel.
So what exactly is it? Why are Doug and I getting the band back together?
Let’s start with what the Guide to SMART Comic Collecting, Volume 2 isn’t: This book is not an “update” of the first Guide to SMART Comic Collecting, although that may happen at some point in the future. This Guide is an ALL new book with ALL new content on a variety of topics related to comic collecting that either weren’t covered in the first guide or warranted further, in-depth exploration.
We are talking 88-pages of all new content.
ANY COLLECTOR—whether you read the first book or not—can pick this up and learn valuable, relevant information about comic collecting as a hobby today and gain a deeper understanding of the industry, history of comics, and collecting. And when I say “collector,” I mean a whole host of people who buy comics for different purposes: readers, comic art lovers, investors, speculators, and, well, just plain old, comic book collectors!
Two Cover Options
Guide to Smart Comic Collecting Vol 2 (Cover B: Wizard #8 Homage)
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Doug Bratton wears many hats, some of which include writer, cartoonist, and comic collector. Doug’s syndicated comic panel, Pop Culture Shock Therapy, has appeared in newspapers and digital media throughout the country for over 15 years. In 2010, it was nominated for a Reuben Division Award (the "Oscars" of cartooning) for Best Newspaper Comic Panel. Doug’s comics have also appeared in MAD magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, and numerous other publications. His comics have been collected in book form, most notably The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Doug has appeared as a speaker on comics and syndication at New York Comic Con and the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Conference, and his original comic art has been displayed at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. Doug is a regular contributor to RegieCollects.com as a blogger on comic collecting and related topics. In his life outside of comics and writing, Doug is a husband, father, and public health non-profit Executive Director.
Regie is a working professional based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, two kids, Carter and Addelynn, and two dogs. For the last 18 years he has worked in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry in both sales and marketing. Regie currently serves as the Senior Director of Marketing for a biotechnology company based in Maryland. Despite an undergraduate degree in journalism, he opted to not pursue that career. However, he has found ways to utilize his communication skills in both written and verbal formats. During his time dabbling in bodybuilding, he penned dozens of articles for magazines around the world and has written a few eBooks on fitness. More recently, Regie has found his way back to comics and currently maintains a growing YouTube channel and podcast.
Regie has an undergrad degree from Howard University and an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.