Cyberspace Comics market report, reviews and more

July 10, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #107 July 2019

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 4,367,945 -3.18% +6.30% +53.45%
Cyberspace Comics listings 123,833 +1.81% +12.81% +52.80%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.84% +5.00% +6.18% -0.42%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 212,384 +1.42% +26.70% +46.40%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.86% +4.79% +19.17% -65.07%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,126,091 +15.34% -1.43%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 25.78% +19.13% -7.26%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 68,933
My current eBay feedback (total): 152,882
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,577,362 +0.50% +2.62% -8.58%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 115,131 +1.47% +13.24% +59.24%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.30% +0.95% +10.42% +74.19%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 5.68% -5.65% +41.65% +11.59%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 227,244 +0.78% -11.63%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 50.66% +0.68% +28.56%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 177,308 +1.45% +7.44% +83.92%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,473,447 -0.44% +0.06%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,426,955 +0.43% +4.49%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 63 +0.00% -13.70%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 456,715 -3.10% -7.35%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 121,149 +1.86% +13.23%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 26.53% +5.14% +22.18%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 175,953 -4.28% -7.63%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings hit a snag this month. Down 3% from last month.

Atomic Avenue: The number of listings have plateaued.

Comic Collector Live lost a significant amount of storefronts. Down over 10% in the past year.

HipComic‘s number of listings continues a slow decline.

Bonanza‘s number of listings continues a slow decline.






July 1, 2019

Comics Binge-Reading #2 Monstrous

Filed under: Comics Binge-Reading — Tags: , , — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

With years spent reading single issues here and there, juggling storylines of dozens of titles, I decided it was time to find a better way to read comics. So, it was off to the back issue bins armed with the longest want list you’ve ever seen! Putting together series after series and reading them in their complete goodness, I was reborn as the Comics Binge-Reader!

Title: Monstrous
Publisher: Source Point Press
Number of Issues: 4
First Issue: 2018 ($3.99)
Last Issue: 2018 ($3.99)
Writer: Greg Wright
Artist: Ken Lamug

*Warning! Plot Spoilers Below*

In the world of Monstrous, Dr. Frankenstein created an army of robots after his monster tried to destroy him. The monster learned Frankenstein’s secrets and began creating other monsters of his own. Monsters he could not control. Years later Dr. Frankenstein and his monster still seek to destroy each other. However, Monstrous isn’t about this struggle. It’s an anthology set within this world – each issue following a different bunch of characters.

The first issue follows Ilsa as she seeks vengeance against Kurt Venomtooth, the snake monster that killed her father. She enlists the aid of a rabbit monster named Gruber, who is wanted for murder. The duo can make Kurt pay – but at what cost?

In issue two, we meet Hans – the first officer in Dr. Frankenstein‘s Franken-Squad to become a robot/human hybrid. Along with his friend Igor, Hans seeks to free his daughter, Astrid, from the patchwork monster named Oskar.

Three monsters show they’ve got a heart of gold in the third tale. Berta, Gerta and Dirk are tasked with stealing a block of ice containing the frozen body of Dracula from the town of Hampelmann. While they’re escaping with the ice block, they happen upon a mortally wounded woman who has just given birth. She begs them to take care of her child. Now the three must protect this child while Mayor Konrad Sweetwater and the citizens of Hampelmann descend upon them … not to mention that block of ice is starting to melt…

In the final story, Deputy Katarina Schultz oversees the final night at Franken Squad Station 17, a remote jail located high atop Last Chance Mountain. Things get interesting when Maria the Voodoo Priestess and her horde of zombies swarm the jail, looking for Dietrich. Can Deputy Schultz, her father, Boris Raskopf (the jail’s last prisoner – the man who caused Schultz’s father to lose his arm) and fellow cop Dietrich fend off this herd of zombies? They probably could … except for the fact that they quickly discover that they can’t even trust each other!

The Bad: There’s a lot to talk about here but I’m going to start with the smallest concern. Labeling this as a series of comics (issues #1-4) is quite misleading. Since all four stories have no bearing on each other, it would have been better to publish these as four separate one-shots. Discovering this was going to be an anthology was a disappointment since the sequential numbering gave me a different impression.

If that was the only problem I could find against this series, it’d be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The artwork leaves a lot to be desired. And, while it is certainly functional, it’s also very amateurish. The same could be said of the dialogue, as well. I feel that the creators made a grave misstep by focusing on these little tales rather than telling the more compelling story that this world is built upon.

The Good: The best part about this series is the story upon which this world is built. The brief glimpses of this ongoing conflict between Dr. Frankenstein (and his robot army) and the monsters created by Frankenstein’s monster were the highlights of this read. This series has all the ingredients of a cool off-beat horror story: high concept, Frankenstein, Dracula, zombies, werewolves, voodoo priestesses and “everymen” … unfortunately, the recipe just doesn’t produce a compelling read. The story with the best ending (very Twilight Zone-esque) can be found in the first issue.

In My eBay Store: Monstrous |
In My Atomic Avenue Store: Monstrous | Frankenstein






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