Saturday, June 16, 2007

Post-Con Wrap-Up

First, courtesy of my database, some statistics on my haul, which I've just spent a couple of hours entering:

116 New Comics
Total Cost: $93.85
Average Purchase Price: $0.82
Total Cover Price: $227.57
Average Cover Price: $2.03

It's times like this that having a database makes me feel really warm and fuzzy.

I got some really good deals. I picked up a slew of Astro City, including all of Local Heroes at $0.50 a pop. All of Arrowsmith at that price too. My Kurt Busiek obsession proceeds ahead of schedule, go team go.

I was looking to explore the cosmic aspects of the Marvel Universe, so when visiting boxes ranging from $0.25 to $0.50 I tended to pick out almost anything I saw with the Silver Surfer, or Adam Warlock on it. I haven't read anything yet so we'll see how this strategy served me. Again, courtesy of my database, it looks like I scored 13 issues written by Jim Starlin, and I'm told that's a good thing.

It was a return to the quieter HeroesCon of old. There were no scheduled signings... artists/writers were just at a table whenever they weren't eating, or at a panel. That's pretty cool. I got to chat a bit with Peter David, and instantly formed an even higher impression of the man than his books had given me. He managed to sum up in one sentence why I like his writing so much compared to a lot of other Marvel writers. Very cool to meet him in such a casual setting.

I'm going to take a break to, perhaps, sit down and actually read a few of those books I spent my hard-earned scratch on earlier. So do me a favor... if you see me complaining that I don't have anything to read in the next month or two, just smack me.


Chad Bowers said...

Cool con report, Mr. Wright.

I need to do one myself, I suppose, before it's too late...

Jovial1 said...

C'mon Chad! All the cool kids are doing it!

Philip Looney said...

How long did it take you to set up that database? I've seen different software, and I'd love to have it - but doubt I want to invest the time in building it.

Jovial1 said...

It's hard for me to judge... I had to set my database up before the online database existed... so I had to enter everything by hand.

Now, with the online database, you can just search for the series, and click in a checkbox next to each issue you want to add. Depending on how complete the entry is, you barely have to lift a finger.

You can download a free trial that, to my understanding, is fully functional. That should include the online database. (The limitation is that the trial is only good for 100 comics.)

Between my Drawerboxes, and the online database, I'm pretty confident that I could repopulate my database from nothing in a very reasonable amount of time.