Comic book collecting is one of the most popular collection hobbies out there. It is also one of the easiest yet pleasurable ways to spend on your spare time.
Yet it is not easy to build up one’s collection. Comic books are everywhere but to have a really good collection that would include rare and hard-to-find and high-valued books is not a walk in the park. Since comic books have dwindled in popularity in the mainstream, collectors are now more possessive of their collection.
There are a few places you can go to improve your collection.
One of the best places to go to is a comic book convention. They often have conventions in major cities worldwide. There, you can find sellers who may have some comic books or issues you want to add to your collection, trade with other collectors, and have writers and creators sign your comic books. Also, you will get to meet and interact with people who share your passion.
Another place to go to is a flea market or a swap meet. It will be trickier as it wouldn’t be as organized but with a little patience, you will probably find a good buy.
The Internet is also a good place to find rare and/or special issues. Websites like Amazon.com and eBay.com have sellers that sell those issues. They will come at a price but if you can afford it, it will be worth it in the long run because those issues will just get more expensive in time. Moreover, regular issues that you want to add to your collection will more likely be cheaper on Amazon than in comic book stores. Other websites that sell comic books are SuperHeroStuff.com and Tfaw.com (Things From Another World).
The Internet also has collection forum websites where you can get information on good deals and where to find rare books. The Planet Bugle (planetbugle.com) is a comic forum site that also features news and information on comic books. These forums will also let you get in touch with other collectors from different countries and cities. You can exchange information, trade and make friends.
LignUp is a website that you can utilize to keep records of your precious collection. LignUp Comic Books Colltector is an offline database for comic book collectors. It lets them to create an account and populate the database with information about their individual collections. This allows them to keep track of what is in their collection and becomes very handy as their collections get bigger.