I’m not talking about selling cool comics in comic shops, that already happens. I’m talking about selling Cool Comics, a book about comic book collecting by Pam Price. While kids are the target audience, the information could easily be digested by an adult who wanted to know more about the hobby. The book’s been out since 2007 but just appeared on my radar when a couple of new copies showed up in our school library. I checked it out immediately to see what it was about and I was impressed. While it doesn’t go into too much detail, it gives a nice overview of the hobby and why someone might choose to pursue it. It talks about the different ages in comic book history, grading back issues, how to choose what you want to collect and where to buy them and how to store them. The only thing I felt was missing was information of the different creative jobs that go into making a comic. Writers and artists are discussed but there’s no mention of inkers, colorists, or editors.
The drawback with this book is that, as far as I can tell, it’s only available in library bindings which are too expensive for the consumer. I’d love to see affordable paperback copies of this book in every comic book store. It would be a great way for retailers to help parents understand and the hobby their children are getting into and give them some good information to help them make good choices when finding new titles.
You can check out the first few pages in a preview on Google Books here.