Bob will be at Long Beach Comic Expo on Sat May 11th


Join Bob Bretall (from and owner of a collection on 88,000+ comics and related ephemera that he’s currently having considered by Guinness for the record “World’s Largest Privately Owned Comics Collection” as he talks about tips and tricks for building up your own comics collection. Ways to buy both new comics and back issues (in shops, over the internet, digital). Learn how to organize, track & store your collection. Discover ways to specialize your collecting to make it more fun for you and give your collection that personal touch. In 40+ years of collecting, Bob has seen or heard just about everything about collecting comics!


Some thoughts on the framework for my session (which will be heavy on audience participation):

  • Why collect?
  • What do you want to collect?
    * Comics / Collectibles / Art (OA – sketches – sketch covers – cards)
    * Themed collection?  Collections (or sub-collections) with a personal touch
  • Buying comics (new)
    * Monthly or collected editions?
    * In store or on-line?
    * Physical or Digital?
  • Buying Comics (back issues)  * Stores
    * On-line (MyComicShop / CCL / MileHigh )
    * Conventions
  • Grading Comics
    * Official Overstreet Grading Guide, 3rd Edition
    * CGC – High Grade collecting
    * Comics as investments
  • Organizing comics
    * MS Office (Word/Excel)
    * Database (ComicBase / ComicCollectorLive / ComicBookRealm)
  • Storing comics
    * Long or short boxes?
    * Book cases
    * Binding comics -Herring & Robinson (SF) / E&L Bindery (Minneapolis)
    Houchen Bindery (Utica, NE)
  • Meeting Creators
    * Autographs + sketches
  • Networking with other fans
    * Web-sites / forums / Facebook / podcasts


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