Physical copies of the first and second print of the Guide are completely sold out. A digital copy is available in the shop for immediate download in PDF format. Stay tuned to this page for what comes next.
We've added even more content to the second print of the guide--a bonus chapter. In the additional chapter, we plan to discuss indie comics, comics as escapism, original art & more.
That's right we are introducing a new cover to the guide along with a few options including a trade dress, virgin and secret virgin. The trade dress will be the most commonly available.
A host of topics are explored in the guide including types of collecting, pricing guides, collection management, speculating vs. investing, comic grading, supply and demand, using pricing data wisely, goal setting and more.
We've embedded helpful QR codes throughout that allow you to use your cell phone's camera to jump to Youtube playlists and videos 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.
Have you ever wondered about the strengths and weakness of the various tools aimed at collectors? If so, we break it down in detail so you can make an informed decision.
Yes, we breakdown the differences and similarities between the two in detail. And we go deep on the Blue Ocean Strategy for comic book investing.
As part of our exploration of speculation, we touch on the topic of timing. What's the best time to sell a hot comic tied to a movie? We lay it all out.
Regie here, your Friendly Neighborhood Bodybuilder and Comic Collector—and I want to welcome YOU to my Guide to SMART Comic Collecting!
There’s an expression that is sometimes used to describe an “expert” in a particular subject or field that you may have heard somewhere in your journey through life. I have heard it on more than one occasion. “That person has forgotten more about [INSERT ANY SUBJECT] than you have ever learned.”
Yeah, yeah, it’s a little condescending. But there is truth to be found in this statement. And that truth actually cuts two ways. On the one hand, when you meet a mentor or “expert” with more years of experience than you (e.g., in your field of business, area of content education, or even comic collecting), there is an abundance of information that can be passed along to you. On the other hand, as people gain true mastery in any field or subject, there is sometimes a tendency to forget the basics. The human brain can only retain so much information before it starts pruning what it recalls.
Both of these facts are why my co-author Doug and I decided to write this book. First, we want to serve new collectors and returning collectors because there is so much valuable information out there about our hobby that it sometimes proves hard to access in one place. And second, this book is also written for the seasoned veterans in our hobby—those “experts,” if you will—who know so much but sometimes forget a detail here or there. That happens to all of us, including me. None of us can always remember every bit of great information we’ve learned along the way. Consider this book your one-stop “cheat sheet” to some of the good stuff you may have learned already but might not always remember.
All of this is perhaps a long way of saying that this guide has something for everyone, and I really do mean that. My mission through the Regie Collects YouTube channel, as with this book, is to help make sense of comic collecting for anyone, no matter where you are in your collecting journey. And I hope reading this helps you enjoy your journey a little bit more.
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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.