Comics Bubble Burst 2.0 or: How I Learned to Stop Speculating and Love Comics Again

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  1. Jose Encarnacion says:

    Loved the article. I used to collect comics in the 90s and then pretty much stopped buying any until the late 2010s. I’ve also felt frustration with the sudden price bumps, constant reboots (new #1s), excessive variants, and comics from characters no one cares about. I recently decided to stick with 2 titles from DC and 2 from Marvel, while also pursuing key 1st appearances, and maybe a few covers/variants I enjoy looking at regardless of the title. I don’t buy with the intent of making a profit, but it doesn’t hurt to know you have a few valuable comics in your collection. Do you think this is a good approach?

    • Henry Starling says:

      Jose, that’s a fantastic way to approach collecting. Anything that makes you comfortable should always be the best approach

  2. Sean says:

    great article. I completely agree that the industry is heading towards a new big bang. What’s different about the industry today compared to the 90’s (which I lived through as well – I loved your description of your local comic shop owner – I had a very similar one when I was a kid) is its built on three big pillars – ebay, grading companies, movies/tv hype. The minute one of these falter its in trouble. That being said the way that Marvel and DC are eroding their own readership with variant covers and new #1’s every few months could be considered a fourth pillar (very similar to the 90’s – as you said). This pillar is already faltering big time and facebook groups and g+ groups that are negative and fuelling the speculation bubble aren’t helping. Anyway, great article and thanks for sharing – I love comics and i’m sorry to see old and new negative trends hurting our hobby.

  3. Gaumer says:

    The volume of books being sold is a mere fraction of what was being sold when the bust occurred. The idea that any current bubble is heading toward that same sort of scenario ignores many details inherent to today’s climate that simply were not part of the 90s bust. The biggest of these is, yes, the fact that circulation is no where near what it was, but the distribution of comics is not changing, and it was those distribution problems that directly lead to the 90s bust.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-crash-of-1993/article/573252

    I’m not sure the dire warning spelled out in this article holds as much weight when all the details are put in to the same context.

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