Mar 21, 2012

Comic Odyssey Supercrooks Promo, plus Win a Chance to Meet Mark Millar

Manila people purchasing the first issue of SUPERCROOKS by Mark Millar, Leinil Yu, and Gerry Alanguilan will have their choice of promos of which to avail this weekend (heck, you can go to both). I won't be there, as I have something more important to attend to (The Resident Kid is graduating and going to high school in June! AAHHHH!!!), but isn't it nice to know you guys have your options?

Comic Odyssey is having a signing featuring the artists, Leinil and Gerry, as well as GREEN ARROW artist Harvey Tolibao, from 1–4 pm. They'll be signing copies of SUPERCROOKS #1 and GREEN ARROW #7. To add to that, Comic Odyssey will have a one-day sale! Everything will be up to 50% off and all back issues will be 50 pesos!

But wait... there's more! CGC representative Jun Pamintuan will be there, raffling off a CGC 9.8 grade copy of BATMAN #619, the final issue of the "Hush" storyline.

Here's what Jun has to say:

I'm giving this away on Saturday, March 24 in Comic Odyssey Galleria.
For every purchase of Leinil and Gerry's Supercrooks 1 book, you get a raffle ticket.
For every purchase of Green Arrow 7 by Harvey Tolibao, you get a raffle ticket.
I understand that stocks might not be enough for everyone so to give chance to other people..for every P500 purchase on that day (not counting a Supercrooks book), you also get a raffle ticket. Drawing will be held on the same day. I'm giving this away for free. The book is yours if you get drawn in the raffle, no strings attached.

And for those of you curious about CGC, Jun has prepared this FAQ:

Professional comic book grading eliminates concerns about grade misrepresentations by providing a professional assessment of condition and quality. Every comic book certified by CGC is graded by the hobby’s most experienced and trusted team, according to well-established grading standards. Furthermore, every CGC-certified comic book undergoes a thorough restoration check by leading professionals during the certification process. When restoration is detected, it is fully noted on the certification label.

Once certified by CGC, a comic book is encapsulated in a state-of-the art, tamper-evident holder, providing superior protection and stability for long-term preservation.

CGC was the first impartial, third-party certification service.

Over one hundred thousand comic books are submitted to CGC each year. Books are carefully handled and tracked through the grading process, and always fully insured while on our premises.

Why have different colors for the labels?
There is an easy-to-understand label placed on the interior of the holder on certified comic books. The label displays the title, issue #, publisher and grade of a comic book. It can also display the importance (for Key Issues) or the artist (if by an important artist). There are five different colored labels that represent:

Universal (Blue)
This label is applied to comic books that are simply the grade as marked, with no qualifiers or special considerations

Signature Series (Yellow)
This label is applied to comic books that have been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC representative, and are thus certified as an authentic signature by CGC.

Qualified (Green)
A Qualified label is used by CGC for certified books that have a significant defect that needs specific description, or to note an unauthenticated signature (one which was not witnessed by CGC). For example, it would be a disservice to the seller and buyer to call a VF/NM book with a 4-inch back cover tear a VG, so CGC will give this book a Qualified grade of "VF/NM 9.0, back cover 4-inch tear." Or, if the book is signed on the cover it may be noted as "Name Written on Cover."

Restored (Purple)
This label is applied to any comic book that has evidence of repair so that it will appear as it did when it was in its original condition. Restoration can come in a variety of degrees, from slight professional restoration (SP) to extensive amateur restoration (EA).

Signature Series Restored (Yellow/Purple)
Applied to a restored comic book that has been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC representative, and are certified as an authentic signature by CGC. Degree of restoration is also noted on the label.

So how can I get my comics graded from here?
Sir Sandy of Comic Odyssey has agreed to promote the service in his shop. The first time a CGC service will be offered here in the country. The only place where you can get your books graded from here. It is your duty to prep and protect your comics for shipping, not the shop, not me.

Can I get a yellow label from here in the Philippines?
Yes, I am a CGC representative for the country. The one and only in the country. There are actually only 2 CGC reps outside of the US, one is in UK, and the other one is me. You need me present during a signing or sketching if you want your comic book graded and qualified for the prestigious yellow label. Note that it is not my job to convince the artist to get you a signature or sketch for the yellow label, that's your job, my only job is to witness the signing or sketching.

Why should I get my book graded?
Preservation, protection, grading, authenticity. CGC is the leading 3rd party comic grading and signature/sketch authentication company. With CGC, you'd know what your buying is real.

How much to get a book done and how long do I wait for it to come back?
$75, that includes grading/shipping from here to CGC and back/duties and taxes/handling,etc. That's for any modern book (1980-up). The turnaround time is 3 months. Yes it's 3 months. I can make it quicker but that would make the costs much unreasonably higher. CGC grades over one hundred thousand books each year, pls. learn to wait in line.

How to prepare your books for submissions for the prestigious Signature Series at a show

We have prepared a list of steps you can take in advance of a signing event if you plan to drop books off for Signature Series submission. Books that are prepared in advance make it out for signings faster than those that are dropped off in regular bags and boards that need to then be prepped as follows:

Step 1: Take a mylar or a polybag (make sure you have a backing board inside so you don't cut all the way thru the bag or mylar) with a backing board inside. VERY IMPORTANT (and kind of obvious): DO NOT PUT YOUR COMIC IN THE SLEEVE UNTIL AFTER STEP 5!!!!

Step 2:
Decide what part of the cover you want the book signed on. Take a sharpie marker and draw a box on the bag or mylar OR take masking tape and carefully make a box on the cover using the masking tape.

Step 3: Take a box cutter, X-acto knife or utility blade and carefully cut the inner part of the square you made with the sharpie marker or with the masking tape.Note: if using tape, please make sure that there is no sticky residue on the edges of the tape after you have cut out the signing area box.

Step 4: On the reverse side of the backing board please write the following:1. Your name.2. Your book title and issue number3. The name of the creator you would like to sign the book – if more than one please write in ORDER OF PREFERENCE/PRIORITY – most desired #1

Step 5: Place the comic into the bag or mylar with the signing area cut out.

Step 6:
Place the comic in the bag/mylar with the signing area cut out into a slightly larger bag or sleeve for safety during transport. If you so desire, place a second backing board in front of the comic, between the comic and the mylar/polybag with the hole cut out.

Comic Odyssey is located at the basement-1 level of Robinsons Galleria, under the food court, at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue.

Plus I may be too late for this as I'd believe it'd fill up fast, but National Book Store has the following promo:

First 150 to reserve a copy of Mark Millar's Supercrooks #1 in any National Book Store branch starting Wednesday, March 21, will get a Priority Signing Pass upon purchase which allows you to be the first in line to have your Supercrooks #1 signed by Mark Millar during his Manila signing. 
Supercrooks #1 will be available for P150. We will email you when your copy is ready for pick up. Reserve your copies now because quantities are limited!

Have fun, Millar fans.

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