Comics A.M. | ‘One Piece’ is nowhere close to ending

Manga | Nearly two decades into his blockbuster fantasy adventure, it appears creator Eiichiro Oda still has a long way to go before he completes the epic One Piece. Just ahead of the manga’s 18th birthday on Sunday, its current editor Taku Sugita revealed on a Tokyo radio show that somewhere around the 60th volume Oda estimated the story had reached the halfway point. With the release of Vol. 78 earlier this month, Sugita guesses One Piece is “maybe” 70-percent complete. “I don’t think it’s at 80 percent yet,” he said. “Something like that.”


Publishing | The editors of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have solved the problem of having too much money, something that had never been an issue until recently. After two gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters in January, killing 12 and wounding 11 more, sales of the next issue shot up as millions of non-readers bought it to show their solidarity. The magazine had always run on a shoestring, and the unexpected cash caused some dissension among

Comics A.M. | ‘One Piece’ is the king of manga sales, again

Manga | Continuing its seven-year streak, Eiichiro Oda’s pirate adventure One Piece was the bestselling manga in Japan in 2015, according to the market research firm Oricon. The series sold 14.1 million copies between Dec. 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2015, an increase of 18 percent from the previous year. It’s followed by The Seven Deadly Sins with 10.3 million, Attack on Titan with 8.8 million, Assassination Classroom with 8.6 million and Kingdom with 8.5 million. You can see the full Top 10, as well as breakdowns by volume, at Crunchyroll.


Passings | Manga writer Jinpachi Mori died last week of esophageal cancer. He was 57. Mori’s only work to be translated into English is Benkei in New York, illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi, which was published by Viz Media in its Pulp magazine back in the early days of licensed manga and later collected in a single volume. In Japan, he was known for Kasai no Hito, a manga about a juvenile court judge, and Mori himself was an outspoken advocate of rehabilitation rather than

Why The Arlong Park Sequence In ‘One Piece’ Is The Greatest Comic Book Fight Scene Of All Time

Listen, I realize that I’m a little late to the party when it comes to Echiro Oda‘s One Piece. It’s literally the best-selling manga of all time, but I’ve only just gotten into it over the past few months, on the recommendation of former CA writer David Brothers. I was hooked right away — the book’s signature mix of action, character, slapstick comedy and insanely over-the-top violence was fantastic right from the start, blending in a way that I find completely irresistible.


Then I got to volume 10, and the characters arrived in Arlong Park for a single fight scene that literally lasted for over 250 pages. And as someone who loves fight comics, I can say pretty confidently that it is quite possibly the best fight scene I have ever seen in comics. Not in manga, in all of comics. And believe me, I’ve seen a lot of ’em.

For those of you who are arriving to this particular shindig even later than I did, there’s good news: Viz has made it as easy as possible

The Starship USS Enterprise Would Cost £10.3 Million a Year to Run

  • The infamous Star Trek ship would cost £10,342,817 per year in repairs and annual maintenance
  • Engineering firm’s calculations show Captain James T. Kirk would have to be a multi-millionaire just to explore the final frontier

It would cost over £10.3million per year in repairs alone just to keep the Starship Enterprise in operation, engineering firm SGS has calculated.

Ahead of the launch of the third instalment of the re-booted Star Trek movie franchise, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, later this month, SGS has estimated that yearly running costs would be well into seven figures.

Built by Starfleet and commissioned as a deep space explorer, to boldly go where no one has gone before, the USS Enterprise would require £4.1m annually, just for mechanical man hours.

The ship is no stranger to dangerous encounters and fierce hostile engagements, and this would see its skipper, Captain Kirk, played by Chris Pine, out of pocket by a further £946,825 for safety and performance upgrades alone.

To calculate the cost, SGS used official data with the annual maintenance costs of its nearest modern day equivalents: the latest Gerald R Ford class of aircraft carriers and the space shuttle programme. For full details and images please see here.


Comic Book Supplies, Necessities of the Serious Collector

If you want to keep your comic book collection in tiptop shape, comic book supplies will become part of your collecting life. As soon as a magazine is printed there are natural environmental forces going to work to try and destroy the ink and the paper. You have put in a lot of time, effort and enjoyment in acquiring all your comics. You don’t want them to turn back to the dust and elements from which they came do you?

Elements such as humidity, temperature, pollutants, human skin oils and even the
chemicals of the printed materials themselves, will start to deteriorate and discolor your
comic books from day one. Tools that have been developed over the years to help us
combat these natural forces are de-acidification paper, polymer type storage bags, stiff
backing material, storage boxes and desiccants (dehumidification materials). Not only
will these comic book supplies protect your comics for your own enjoyment, they will
add to reinforce the future value of each comic book.

Most all of these supplies can typically be located down at your local comic book shop.
But as I have discovered lately, there can be a world of

Comic Books Can Be For Professionals Too

The most recognizable and triumphant periods in the comic books era were: the Golden age, Silver age and the Bronze Age. We’ve all heard of the saying, “what goes up must come down.” This seemed to apply to the comics industry as well because it didn’t only come down in the mid 1990s, but it came down with a crash.

Lately the comic book industry has been trying to pick itself up through the aid of comic 2 films. This approach has proved to be helpful for titles like Spiderman, X-men, and Sin City in sales but it may have been hurtful for other titles that flopped in the Box office. That is why this is not enough to bring redemption to the industry. One of the problems that led to the downfall of the comics industry was said to be accessibility due to the removal of comics from stores and shops. This can no longer be true for the reason that comics are getting exposure through animations, movies, and the internet. Then why is this industry still struggling? I’ll ask another question, why is anime doing so well? The simple answer is better storyline and the

10 Brutal Truths About Making Money From Comic Book Collection

You can make money from your comic book collection. However, it’s not as easy as you think. Too many casual comic collectors have charged gung ho into investing in comics without thinking about the risks involved. From my experience, here are the 10 brutal truths you need to know if your goal is to make money by investing in your comic collection.

1. If you want to make money from your comics, you first have to find a buyer. Comics are not currency. You cannot spend or eat a comic. A particular comic is worth only what someone is willing to pay for it, not what you think or what the price guide says.

2. For some comic books, it may take months or even years to find a buyer who will give you the price you want. Obviously, you don’t want to tie cash you to live on to buy comic books.

3. You must take care of your comics in order to make money from them. Collectible comics require careful handling and careful storage. That $500 Batman comic you have can become worthless if damaged by heat, humidity, pests, or your own

Comic Book Price Guides Is An Important Part of Collecting

Comic book price guides are an essential tool for any avid cartoon book collector. They have more information than just prices, you can also cross-reference various pieces of information in order to find out what your collection is worth.

Hopefully, it is worth a lot of money and your collection through the years has been a great investment. As one of the most reputable cartoon book price guides, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is the premier guides for serious collectors.

The Overstreet Cartoon Book Price Guide has been known as the most important since 1970. It’s full of market reports, key sales, and in-depth historical information that you can use to make your own case in the marketplace.

As cartoon book price guides go, this one is the premiere publication. Of course, you need to consult at least one other price guide for comic books any time you are trying to appraise a collection, but Overstreet is a must have item.

Keep in mind, also, that cartoon book price guides simply create a standard for open-market pricing. They let you, as a collector, know what everyone else is doing.

But if

Comic Book Prices Only Part of Hobby

Comic book collecting was once the realm of children who only cared about comic book prices as buyers. They weren’t selling or trying to get the best deal. Comic book prices affected whether they could get comic books that week, and how many they could get.

Comic book prices were printed on the items they wanted and were therefore static. If they wanted a 25-cent cartoon book, they had to come up with a quarter with which to buy it.

Back then, there were no cartoon book collection supplies or cartoon book collecting bloggers. Collectors were pretty much on their own. They made their choices according to what they liked.

Then they grew up. Comic book prices went up. But they also discovered that many people were getting rid of their old collections and that they were able to buy books that they had always wanted.

Savvy collectors who were getting rid of their books reasoned that people would be willing to pay good money for books they really wanted. A new kind of cartoon book market was born.

As this market evolves and becomes more complicated, collectors have begun to trade

Why Golden Age Comic Books Are So Popular

Most collectors of comic books have a passion for the extraordinary art form represented in the vintage books. You can find a lot of information online about comics, artists, collecting comics, creators and writers, but there is actually no replacement for fully illustrated hands-on comics. Ask any individual who loves comic books and you will discover that having a real, printed source will be profoundly more rewarding than the online counterpart. The Comic Book In America, which an Illustrated History and published by Mike Benton, really does a fantastic job of reviewing important matters in depth and providing a comprehensive look at the advancement of comics as an art form.

Starting in 1934, at the time when the very first comic had been introduced in America until today people in America have had a passion for not just comics, but also the unique artwork within the book and especially the art on the book cover. Over the years, there had been many gifted artists emerged with their unique style and achievements. Some of the finest have earned an Eisner Award just for their creative accomplishment in American comics.

As the stories advanced, new characters were

Quick Tips On How To Buy Golden Age Comic Books

Whenever one thinks about items like collectible comics, old rare comics or valuable comics, this normally refers to Golden Age Comics books. Beginning with Action Comics #1 during 1938 and moving forward to the ending of World War II, Golden Age Comics establishes the standard for collecting comic book.

Being a collector of these books it takes money, patience and a resolve to compromise. As a result of the age of such vintage items, they are far more difficult to locate than the ones released over the last fifty years. Locating high quality copies of such comics is almost impossible, leading to the escalating value of these books.

As mentioned before, your technique to locating these books must be: determination to compromise. For one, if you cannot obtain the specific issue you must be prepared to accept an inferior quality. Next, you have to compromise on the price because these comics are certainly not cheap.

Locating these comics will take a lot more self-disciplined approach for you get one when compared to more recent comic books. This could take months or even years for you to discover the specific issue you want at a

Will Modern Comics Ever Be Valuable Comic Investing Advice

Quite a bit of people are wondering will Modern comics ever be valuable one day and if they should consider investing in them? The answer is pretty complex, but I’ll try my best as to what I think about the question from my own personal experience.

As most readers of my blog know, I’m not a big fan of Modern comics as investment choices. Sure, there are some valuable ones out there, but not a lot. A lot of the problem is because there’s too many of them floating around at very high grades.

It’s exactly the opposite of Silver Age comics where there aren’t many copies of comics from that age floating around 9.4 Near Mint. Modern age comics have a lot of copies floating around at grades even higher than a 9.4. However, the question is will comics from the modern age ever be valuable.

For the majority, the answer is a big fat whopping no! Unless you’re talking about a few very limited variant covers, most modern age books wont be very valuable and here’s why:

1. Unlike the old days, too many people are conscious of taking care of

The Future of Bronze Age Comic Book Investments

Hey now, I know I’ve been harping on silver age comic investing and how many people are scrambling to get silver age books before they become ridiculously too expensive. For the most part, it is still wise to grab up those great silver age key issues for long term investments if you can afford them.

While there are still a lot to be mined in the silver age, many investors are really starting to look at bronze age comics as comic book investments. Yes, this has a lot to do with many silver age key issues just becoming too expensive and out of reach. In my last article, I did mention that many of us average comic investors are starting to get lower graded books in the silver age and golden age.

This concept is starting to spill over into bronze age comic investing. Many are trying to get those key issue bronze age comics before they’ hit the price that you could buy a house with. Right now, high demand key issue bronze age books in high grade are already going past the $10,000 mark. Those that are 9.6 or 9.8 CGC graded, that

One Piece Manga vs Anime The Beginning

In the world of “One Piece” there are two kinds of people: pirates and everyone else. In the world that contains the world of “One Piece,” (this world, for those keeping track), there are also two kinds of people: “One Piece” people and everyone else. These are two very different kinds of people.

The “One Piece” series, authored by Eiichiro Oda, has become a global phenomenon, with critical acclaim and record sales. In fact, there are 345 million issues loose in the world as we speak.

But, boy, is it daunting for the uninitiated. I first encountered “One Piece” in Adult Swim’s late-night Toonami programming block. There was a stretchy guy fighting a big-lipped bodybuilder in a church… or something… I think. Despite having no idea what was going on or any of the stakes involved, I lingered for a bit, then rubbed my chin reflectively and vowed to look into this “One Piece” thing. My first search revealed that there are currently 748 manga issues, 658 anime episodes, and 12 movies. Nope.

The “One Piece” anime has more intro themes than many shows have episodes.

Too daunting. I shut down right there. No

One Piece Connection

he world is a big place. Many explorers during the Age of Discovery first set out to the seas thinking that the world existed on a flat plane. Just 500 years ago, astronomers believed that the universerevolved around the Earth. Until recently, we thought we were the only planet in the entire universe with the capability to support life. As we march forward through time, our understanding of our place in society, our place in the world, and our place in the universe evolves. We discover that there is a lot more to the world than what we can perceive.

The same holds true in the world of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece. When we first entered the world of One Piece back in July 1997, we had limited knowledge of what existed of the world beyond the East Blue. We had no idea what the journey ahead would look like. Over the last eighteen years the world has grown exponentially. We have visited lands untouched by man in eons, ancient cities in the sky, islands of fishmen and mermen 30,000 feet below the surface, communities of giants and little people, human beings with unimaginable powers, and a world seemingly thrown into constant meteorological and political chaos.

As we stand in the One Piece world

Japan Tries To Figure Out Why Everybody Loves

While the overall sales in manga are slowly declining in Japan, there is one notably strong on-going series: One Piece. The manga’s latest volumes, volume 64 and 65, have both sold over 4 million copies each in their first print run.
In 2010, volume 57 of One Piece sold a record-breaking 3 million copies in its first edition. That same year, volume 54 of Naruto sold 1.5 million copies and volume 27 of Full Metal Alchemist sold 1 million in their first printings. The above two are merely the outstanding mangas, as most do not even go above 1 million sales.

One Piece sold over 40 million copies total last year, which is roughly 6 percent of all manga sales in Japan. With the One Piece gallery exhibition going on in Tokyo, the series seems to show no sign of slowing down.

In fact, the series is so popular that there are professors who goes so far as to analyze the story and write a book on it. Professor Yasuda of the Kansai University believes that One Piece’s uniqueness lies in the characters’ strong bonds with each other—that One Piece’s Luffy emits a leadership that many

Tips to Cashing in on Collectible Comics

Most people who want to convert old comics to cash, regardless of whether they are a collector or they have discovered a stash in their attic, want to get top dollar for no effort. Unfortunately, back in the real world, the price you’ll get will depend on the effort you devote to selling your comics. However, there are some tips that will help whether you just want quick cash or you’re going to bring your A-game hustle. In this article I’ll tell you three secrets to bringing home more money for your old comics.

My first tip is to sell your valuable comics individually, and bundle your cheap comics together. You want to extract the maximum value from your expensive comics while not accepting spare change for the rest. By selling your valuable comics individually, you’ll be able to hold them back if the price isn’t right. When bundling your cheap comics, you could split them by character, for example, so that with some luck someone will buy all your Superman comics because they’re a Superman fan or because they want a specific issue.

My second tip is to try to sell your comics at

6 Tips For Negotiating the Best Price For Comics

If you are selling your comic books face-to-face – either at comic shows, over the phone, from other comic dealers, or from folks responding to your ads – you need to be able to negotiate in order to get top dollar for your comics.

Here are six tips that will help you get dollars versus pennies when selling your comics in person.

Tip #1: Be willing to negotiate all the time. Some comic sellers are timid about talking money. However, being unwilling to engage in “money-talk” can cost you a lot of money. There are a lot of comic buyers who are experienced negotiators. If they can see you’re reluctant to negotiate over your comics, many will take advantage of that fact and low ball you for your comics or not talk to you at all.

Tip #2: Don’t get emotionally involved. One big mistake many amateur comic sellers make is to become too emotionally attached to their comics. They’ve had them for years and have an inflated feeling about what they’re worth. Be objective – and leave your pride or ego at the door. You’re much more likely to get the price you

Five Tips For Collecting Silver Age Comic Books

The Silver Age of Comic Books ran from 1955 to 1970. It was a time period when superhero books become popular. There are several tips and techniques to collecting this period. But to understand these tips, you first need to know about the history of this imaginative art form.

Comic books in the United States first started appearing in the early 1930s. These early comic books were just collection of newspaper strips. Then, in the late 1930s, comic books started creating their own characters – most notably Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. By World War 2 (1939-1945) there were hundreds and hundreds of superhero comics. (Most of them forgotten to today’s audience ). This time period was considered the Golden Age.

Superhero comics disappeared after the war. The public was more interested in crime, romance, and horror. For a variety of reasons, however, Superhero comics came back in the late 1950s. In 1956, DC brought back an old character – the Flash – but reinvented him. He was no longer the same person (or the same looking character) as the Golden Age Flash.

Showcase #4 – the first appearance of the Silver Age Flash

Why Manga Publishing Is Dying And How It Could Get Better

If in 2007, manga was like a foreign movie star who had arrived on American shores to make it big, the last four years have been like watching that star run out of roles, run out of money, sell their house, go into rehab, and end up barely limping along in infomercials.

Dropping Sales

Manga sales in America have dropped 43% since 2007, an even bigger drop than domestically produced comics and graphic novels, suggesting that more than the bad economy is to blame. A few doomsayers like Toren Smith had claimed for years that the market was headed for a bust since publishers were glutting the market with too much junk.

Maybe the reduction in the amount of anime shown on American TV from the heights of 2003-2005 was another factor; licensed shows like Sailor Moon, DBZ and Pokémon planted the seeds of fandom in millions of minds, but as American TV producers saw all the money they were making, they decided it was more profitable in the long run to create their own anime-esque TV series like Voltron Force and Speed Racer: The Next Generation, so they get all the rights

The Tsunami, the Japanese Publishing Industry, Suzuki Miso’s Reportage, and the One Piece Lifeboat

Let me close with a couple of related stories from the press. On March 26, the Asahi Daily News reported about how children and teens in Tohoku were starved and desperate for the newest issues of manga magazines. Small children, it was said, went home crying after not being able to buy Korokoro Comic. The most coveted magazine was of course Shōnen Jump, whose weekly per-print-run of 3.5 million is tops in the industry. It’s lead title, Oda Eiichirō’s pirate adventure One Piece, is also industry tops. And more, it is Japan’s all-time best-selling book. Its most recent volume (no. 63, released August 4) had a record first printing of 3.9 million. The previous high was 3.8 million, held by its own vols. 61 and 62, the latter released on May 4, the first since the earthquake. Apparently, paper could be had by those publishers able to sell it. According to the Asahi article, fans searched Tohoku high and wide to read the newest chapter of One Piece in the March 19 issue of Jump. To find a copy, one man drove from Sendai to Yamagata (over an hour by car when roads are clear and fuel plentiful),