By Michael Kim

Would you consider framing your comic book…..FOR MURDER?!?!?!?!?!?!

Hello Midtowners, this is Michael from the back issues department for another blog entry on protecting your collection.  On the last entry we talked about how bag and boards could protect your book as well as damage it by causing spine roll.  However, using larger bag and boards could prevent this.  Replacing your bag and boards is a case-by-case situation — both could go through wear and tear depending on how much you read the book.  Look for signs of acid burn, tears, wrinkles, etc.  Focusing on the key or money books might be a good start. If possible, keep your collection in a cool (temperature) room.  “Chemistry is the study of transformation”  thank you Walter White/Heisnberg!  Inside that bag and boarded comic book is a series of chemical reactions.  At high temperatures and humidity, chemical reactions accelerate, which affects the book, board, and bag.

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The whole team is finally in the same room for an episode!  Midtown Comics Downtown Manager Ted, Grand Central Manager Dimitrios, Jill of All Trades Sam, Marketing Manager Andrew, and customer Gavin are together for the first time.  Dimitrios was even nice enough to bring along a random stranger off the street that he met on the subway earlier that day!

We catch up on the each other’s week, talk about last week’s audio problems, and Sam tells us about a small independent press expo she’s involved in called Paper Jam.

We talk to Becky Cloonan about her upcoming book she’s writing Gotham Academy, and what it’s like to be writing a book in the bat universe.  The gang all took a quiz to see how well they know high school Becky and the results are not what you think. Becky answers questions from the audience and teases us with Zucchini Bread.

We tell you what we thought the best of the week was and how confused we are with Multiversity #1 and what we’re looking forward to next week.

Andrew is called out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and accepts it during the show. Who does he nominate?

Remember to follow us on TwitterFacebook and ask any questions or give us topics to discuss at our email podcast@midtowncomics.com

Don’t forget to visit midtowncomics.com to get all the comics we talk about and preorder Becky’s book!

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Midtown Comics has created another fun contest for you to enter! This time, we’re giving away some of our exclusive Superman Red Son POP! Vinyl Figures! These exclusive POP! figures from Funko are available only from Midtown Comics, as well as our Superman Red Son apparel! This contest will last from 08/25/14 – 09/02/14. You can only enter the contest once by signing up for our Action Figure Newsletter, but can build up more entries by Liking our page on Facebook, Following us on Twitter, Following us on Pinterest, and Tweeting at us daily about the contest. You can also now gain more entries by referring your friends as well! Read on for more details below:

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  1. In order to enter the contest, you must sign up for our Action Figure Newsletter
  2. You must also be following us on Twitter and Facebook..
  3. To earn additional entries and increase your chances of winning, you can tweet, “I entered to win a #Superman Red Son POP! Vinyl Figure from @MidtownComics! bit.ly/1l9ebQW ”. You can then submit the URL of your tweet to Rafflecopter. Please note, that you can only tweet this once per day.
  4. You can also refer friends to gain additional entries.
  5. You can follow us on Pinterest as well!

Thank you for entering, and good luck! The winner will be notified around 4pm on 09/02/14

Labor Day Sale

Midtown Comics is open on Labor Day!

Monday, September 1st, we invite you to join us for our annual Labor Day sale, and save 20% off everything, all day long, in-store only! Save big on comics, graphic novels, statues, action figures, t-shirts, caps, and EVERYTHING ELSE! There’s no time to lose! This great sale is this Monday, Labor Day, in-store only!

Like The Avengers, The X-Men, The JSA, and the superhero teams before them, you work hard for a reason! Take a day off and pick up some of your favorite comic books in this super, one-day only sale! Go ahead, take a break from saving the world and hang out with your friends at Midtown Comics!

Store hours:
Times Square: 8:00AM to 12midnight
Grand Central: 11:00AM to 9:00PM
Downtown: 10:00AM to 8:00PM

Disclaimer: All sales and special offers advertised herein are valid in-store only, Monday, September 1st only, and do not apply to gift cards, advance orders, pre-orders, or convention tickets, and cannot be combined with each other or any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. NO COUPON REQUIRED. Not valid at our FAO or TRU locations.

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Protect your comic collection

By Michael Kim

Hello Midtowners, this is Michael from the back issues department of Midtown Comics for another blog entry on protecting your collection.  On the last entry, we talked about preserving and/or conserving your collection focusing on comic books.  In preservation, you would protect your comic book by simply bagging and boarding.  In conservation, you would restore it close to the day it came off the printing press by color retouch, paper repair, replacing staples, etc.  You could consider preservation for monetary value and conservation for sentimental value and/or historical relevance.  Uniqueness or intrinsic value could fall under both.  How unique is the comic book to the owner without the possibility of reselling it?  Is it inscribed to you?  How unique is it to the world of collectors?  Does is have monetary value because it’s scarce, misprinted, or recalled?

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