How to Window Bag/Prep Comic Books for Comic Conventions! A Step by Step Guide.

Greetings!

I’m here to tell you how to prep your comic books for comicons like San Diego Comicon or MegaCon or even the big New York Comicon as well!  Here we go:

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter's tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter’s tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

First you need a few tools:

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. Ultro Pro works, but I suggest otherwise.

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. BCW works, but I suggest otherwise. Do not use Ultro Pro.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. No ultra pro. No way.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. I do not personally like Ultra Pro because they bubble and wrinkle a lot.  This can cause problems possibly during the handling of your book.  This is only a personal preference however, do not let me scare you away from Ultra Pro.

 

Now you will need to place the fullback inside the mylite2 and slide the cutting board inside the bag/board:

Cut a hole where you want the signature to go:

Slide the cutting board out of the bag/board. Place skinny blue painter’s tape around the window you cut.

Double wrap the corners with 1″ pieces of skinny blue painter’s tape:

When placing blue painter’s tape at the top corners, be sure to place the tape below the flap line so it doesn’t get stuck when the grader is trying to remove the comic!

Write on the window box who you want to sign the comic book. In this example, Stan “The man” Lee:

When you slide the comic book in the bag/board, be sure to watch the bottom of the window against the bottom edge of your comic book:

On the opposite side, type or write on the backer board your name, address, phone number, email address. Seal the bag/board with only 1 peice of skinny blue painters tape for easy removal for the grader.  Tape or write your details sheet to the backer board that is slid inside the mylite2.

In the space provided below, write the year, title, publisher, and name of the comic book along with issue number. Write who you want to sign the book, and instruct what services you want provide. This includes any additional instructions, and fast pass, yellow label authorized signature witness, pressing, etc.

You have now finished prepping your book.
Good luck!

Of course, there are other artists, and other creators. Sometimes I feel the placement is just as important. This is how I prep all my J Scott Campbell books for his sweet Amazing Spider-man variants:

How I prep a J Scott Campbell book for his signature.

How I prep a J Scott Campbell book for his signature.

Stan Lee is getting older, and I’ve been told by some he needs more room to see where he signs. I frequently have asked for Stan Lee’s signature right on top of the THOR or SPIDER-MAN logos here:

Alternative method for prepping a Stan Lee signed comic book. Right across the top logo, plenty of space for him to sign. Good eye appeal, too.

Alternative method for prepping a Stan Lee signed comic book. Right across the top logo, plenty of space for him to sign. Good eye appeal, too.

One thing to mind is if you have tape overlapping the sides, protect the book behind it! It might not even be your book!

Do not allow tape to overlap the sides of your book! It will harm the book behind it possibly.

Do not allow tape to overlap the sides of your book! It will harm the book behind it possibly.

So use an extra piece of tape and wrap that bad boy all the way around the sides so there is NO TAPE STICKINESS on the opposite site of your book:

Double wrap any tape hanging off the sides!

Double wrap any tape hanging off the sides!

Sketch covers. What if you want a sketch? Or, better yet: What if you have like 5 people you want to sign your book? Make a BIG WINDOW!

Large window bag prep for a sketch cover book or multiple signatures. This is a good method if you absolutely don't care where your signatures go.

Large window bag prep for a sketch cover book or multiple signatures. This is a good method if you absolutely don’t care where your signatures go.

There are drawbacks, however. If you make the window too big it can bend outwards and defeat the purpose of protecting the edges of your book. Try not to make it too big. If so, double tape it with overlapping strips:

A window bag that is too big can bend outwards so double tape if this happens.

A window bag that is too big can bend outwards so double tape if this happens.

Example of a sketch cover in progress inside a large window bag prepped comic book.

Example of a sketch cover in progress inside a large window bag prepped comic book.

 

I’ve been given some sneak peeks at some books from my convention facilitator, Matt Saltzman from Trinity Comics Convention Facilitator Services. Check them out, look! This gives you an idea what they look like before getting sent off for grading with CBCS and CGC:

1991 DC Comics BATMAN #563 High Grade Newsstand Edition Early cover art by J Scott Campbell. Probably the only Batman cover before DKIII

1991 DC Comics BATMAN #563 Early cover art by J Scott Campbell. Probably the only Batman cover before DKIII

Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 Second Printing, very rare Ultrom cover art by Kevin Eastman.

Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 Second Printing, very rare Utrom cover art by Kevin Eastman.

Amazing Spider-man #607 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover art of Black Cat

Amazing Spider-man #607 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover art of Black Cat

Marvel Comics Thor #109 So this can happen too. Fair warning. Stan doesn't always read where he should sign.

Marvel Comics Thor #109 So this can happen too. Fair warning. Stan doesn’t always read where he should sign.

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 Mary Jane cover art by J Scott Campbell, beautifully signed in gold sideways. This is a high grade Newsstand Edition, by the way.

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 Mary Jane cover art by J Scott Campbell, beautifully signed in gold sideways. This is a high grade Newsstand Edition, by the way.

 

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane cover by Adi Granov

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane cover by Adi Granov

New Mutants 100 signed by Fabian Nicezca and Rob Liefeld

New Mutants 100 signed by Fabian Nicezca and Rob Liefeld

Jennifer Blood Risque Topless Virgin Variant Edition, Signed by Tim Bradstreet and soon Garth Ennis

Jennifer Blood Risque Topless Virgin Variant Edition, Signed by Tim Bradstreet and soon Garth Ennis

Amazing Spider-man signed by Joe Jusko

Amazing Spider-man signed by Joe Jusko

Marvel Punisher Action Figure Variant Cover - Signed by Vincent D'Onofrio and Jon Bernthal

Marvel Punisher Action Figure Variant Cover – Signed by Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal

Commission by Chad Hardin, artist of Harley Quinn

Commission by Chad Hardin, artist of Harley Quinn

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane as the Iron Spider, signed by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Dan Slott

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane as the Iron Spider, signed by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Dan Slott

Machete movie poster photo variant cover, signed and sketched by Danny Trejo

Machete movie poster photo variant cover, signed and sketched by Danny Trejo

Back to the Future - Signed by Biff Tannen, Tomas F Wilson

Back to the Future – Signed by Biff Tannen, Tomas F Wilson

Star Wars 1 Luke Action Figure Variant Cover - Signed by Mark Hamill

Star Wars 1 Luke Action Figure Variant Cover – Signed by Mark Hamill

That should cover it! If you have any questions email me and I can refine the guide!

Thank you

KaptainMyke

 

Tips for Selling Items on Ebay Auctions

Buy all shipping supplies on ebay. Boxes, tape, styrofoam peanuts, and a mail scale.

1. schedule to end on a Sunday night
2. schedule to end at 6pm PST or 9pm EST
3. schedule to end around the 1st of the month for maximum payday profit
4. space multiple auctions end times out over 3-5 minute intervals
5. start at 99 cents
6. use a reserve but only if the item is too rare or HTF people don’t know of it
7. free shipping inside US, global shipping program outside US
8. clear concise well lit photos, not blurry or cropped out
9. no reflections of faces, naked body parts, or evidence of a crime
10. use sensationalism words in your description and titles (it works for fruit and vegetables)

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT FOR SALE ON EBAY

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT Complete

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo. This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.
This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.  This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

Includes the following in the Fan Club:

Welcome Letter
Limited Edition mini TMNT comic book (Street Collector’s Edition #1 – raw ungraded)
4″ Yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker
Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390
Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art
22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna
original packet mailing envelope with original owner address
label

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

It was anecdotally decided it was random which color bandanna you would receive in the mail, and not based off which fan club form turtle you sent in. The most common colors found to this date are red and orange. Blue is considered more rare. You could even send in an additional $3 for each additional bandana for a friend with your fan club form!

I have digitally blurred out the address and name on the address label on front of envelope for this listing due to privacy of the original owner.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT RIGHT NOW!

The Unpainted Unproduced Test Shot of WATER SPITTING QUARRY with push button action!

First of all, a 2005 TMNT Quarry figure, mint on card is next to impossible to find. They only released estimated 1000 figures and half of those were ordered from stores and half of those half were opened and played with or whatever… Quarry is considered one of the rearest figures in existence for TMNT collectors.

here we go…

2003tmntquarryspittingprototype_015This is very special to me and I wanted to share with my fellow shellheads: I proudly present to you: The Unpainted Unproduced Test Shot of WATER SPITTING QUARRY with push button action!

In 2004 playmates planned to make three monsters with action features: Razor Fist with pop up spikes, Stone Biter with biting jaws, and Quarry with Acid Spitting Action. Two of those figures were released on their 2004 cards with their actions. Quarry was not released until late 2005 in very very small numbers and the push button water spitting feature had been removed from the design. Playmates Toys was having QC checks failing and could not deliver a working production model in time so the figure was never released. This figure came from the original Japanese toy factory (most likely an employee) and was sold in 2008 to a buyer in the United States.

2003tmntquarryspittingprototype_002 2003tmntquarryspittingprototype_005

2003 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Playmates Toys - Mirage Studios Unproduced Prototype TEST SHOT Unpainted 6" Figure of QUARRY with mouth hole and push button mechanism on back under flexible rubberized hair.

2003 TMNT
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Playmates Toys – Mirage Studios
Unproduced Prototype TEST SHOT
Unpainted 6″ Figure of QUARRY with mouth hole and push button mechanism on back under flexible rubberized hair.

 

IDW TMNT Universe #1 Sketch Cover of KRANG

2016 IDW TMNT UNIVERSE #1 Full Page Color Sketch Cover Variant of KRANG by Michael Frederik Sorensen. Done with black sharpie and oil pastel crayons. Sprayed with Clear Seal.

2016 IDW TMNT UNIVERSE #1 Full Page Color Sketch Cover Variant of KRANG by Michael Frederik Sorensen. Done with black sharpie and oil pastel crayons. Sprayed with Clear Seal.

Today in the mail I received my blank sketch cover of 2016 IDW TMNT Universe #1. I was inspired and decided to sketch a close up of Krang’s face. One thing led to another and here you go. I used a black sharpie and some oil pastel crayons. I then sprayed it with a clear sealant. What do you think? I might sell it on ebay if anybody is interested.

Before submitting the final cover art to CBCS for grading and encapsulation, I went back over it with more inking and sharpie.  I then added a tone of green and purple light sources from both sides of Krang’s face.  The comic book was submitted for a yellow label graded book at CBCS in Clearwater, FL in late September.  I should get the book back by early January 2017.  Which do you like more?  Here is the final submitted book:

2016 IDW TMNT Universe #1 Sketch Cover of Krang Final Cover Art by KaptainMyke

2016 IDW TMNT Universe #1 Sketch Cover of Krang Final Cover Art by KaptainMyke