How I Sold My Comic Books (and Why)

Shipping my comic book collectionNote: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. After a year off, J.D. is once again writing here at GRS. His non-financial writing can still be found at .

It’s fun to meet readers for coffee or lunch. It used to seem a little strange that random strangers knew so much about my life, but nowadays it just makes conversations easier.

People always want to know about three things:

  • How’s Kris, my ex-wife? (Answer: Kris is fine. We see each other often. I help her with tech stuff and share my Portland Timbers tickets with her and her boyfriend. She gives me pickles.)
  • How are the cats? (Answer: The cats are also fine. They all live with Kris. They’re getting older and fatter and lazier, as cats will do.)
  • How’s my comic book collection?

The answer to that last question is actually vastly more complicated than the answers to the first two. You see, I’m (almost) given up comics completely.

Background
I’m a life-long nerd. As part of that affliction, I’ve been reading comic books since, well, before I could actually read. Some of my earliest memories are standing in front of the spinner racks in the grocery store, looking at comics while my Mom did the shopping.

During grade school and high school, I built a small collection of comics. As I grew older, I added to it. Eventually, I stopped buying new stuff and simply focused my attention on the older titles that I remembered from when I was a kid. Then instead of building my collection forward in time, I went backward — from the 1980s to the 1970s to the 1960s to the 1950s.

By the time Kris and I split up, I’d amassed nearly ten thousand comic books. Then a funny thing happened during the divorce. My urge to collect disappeared. (My therapist has some thoughts about this…) I no longer felt the urge to acquire more comics; in fact, I wanted to get rid of the ones I had!

A Cunning Plan
Though I’d decided to get rid of my comics, I took no action. The task seemed daunting. I wanted to pay somebody else to do it, but nobody seemed interested.

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Okay,
My friend runs a comic book store and I am trying to help him out by seeing if I can figure out how to do a online shopping cart or pay for one.
All he needs is a page where can and upload his comic images and let the customer add the item to a cart and be able to buy it online with their credit card. I am not sure if there is a site that can do this all in a bundle or not.
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It could be just me then.

I can be a bit opinionated and brash at times. I'm sure we all can be at times. Oh well. I should be working on my comic book anyway.
Finished some really great t-shirt designs yesterday and put them up on my online store. I'm really excited about this one. The book should be out Jan 04 so I'm really getting excited about that as well.
Well have a great night. Hopefully you'll come back out here and you, Webby, and I can get together like we tried to the last time you came out here.
=)

I agree....

To add onto the points you added on to mine :-)
I was going to say, once you have a plan developed, include in in perhaps, doing conventions and trade shows but really building your "BRAND" of you and your store online first. I agree, I think your assessment is correct that people are making their money not through their actual stores, but other venues and online.
I would study the top comic book stores across the US. Really take note of their websites, how much they offer online, how many events they go to. HOw many followers they have on FB, etc.....study and take notes

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