Wizard World 2004
I traveled to the first L.A. Wizard World Convention this past weekend. The Con was a hit and reminded me of a smaller version of the San Diego show. There were hundreds of fans and collectors waiting out front for hours before the doors opened. Guests included Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Thomas Jane (star of the Punisher), Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Joe Quesada, Kurt Busiek, James OBarr, Tim Vigil, Alex Ross, tons of other artists, writers, actors, celebrities and professional wrestlers.
Usually before a show starts us dealers have a chance to do some business amongst ourselves. Unfortunately there was not a lot to buy at the show before it opened. My major purchase was an Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC graded VF+ 8.5 from the Ohio Collection. Most dealers I spoke to had decent shows and will do the show again. My only reservation is that they are doubling the size of the show for next year and I am not sure how that will play out in terms of sales.
Sales for this month include the following- Batman #9 CGC graded 9.4 NM $16,800.00, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC graded 9.4 NM Bethlehem Copy, Slight professional r $6,500.00, Amazing Spider-Man #239 CGC graded 9.8 NM/MT $225.00, Fantastic Four #1 VG $1,995.00 and X-Men #4 CGC graded 9.0 $1,350.00. Until next month-peace.
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