ALL THAT JAZZ ABOUT A BLACK OUT
Dear Valued Collectors,
The blackout of 2003 has come and gone and Metropolis has the scoop. There are few other days that I can remember that made me as proud to be a New Yorker. When my staff and I walked out of our offices on 18th and Broadway we were greeted by thousands and thousand of pedestrians trying to find their way home- or somewhere they could get a drink. We soon realized most of the bars and restaurants were closing and that the mass exodus was halting and creating tons of traffic. But what was a true credit to the New Yorkers I watched was their tremendous level of patience, presence of mind and resolve to go about their business and find a way home. Perhaps if there was no 9/11 the atmosphere of the day would have been different, of this I am unsure. All I can tell you is that I felt safe and there was a certain sense of calm.
Several years ago I purchased a Razer scooter, it looks like a skateboard with a handlebar. It was sitting in a closet at the office and I decided this would be my mode of transportation to get back to Brooklyn- I was off.
I began my kick-and-go adventure rolling down Broadway, weaving in and out of the congestion of cars and pedestrians for about ten minutes until I made it to the lower east side. I passed through Chinatown and made my way over the Manhattan Bridge. I was the only person I saw the whole day on a Razer Scooter. Fellow New Yorkers who wanted to make it home quicker offered me over $50.00 for my scooter. Needless to say I wasn't selling. I believe I made it home in under an hour and fifteen minutes, which is pretty good considering it took me forty-five minutes to ride my bike to the office (that's nice for Vinny, it took me 6 hours to get home on a bus! - Ed).
When I arrived back in historic Park Slope, Brooklyn, my wife and I headed down to the local watering hole and spent the evening sharing our stories with new friends from the neighborhood.
WIZARD WORLD 2003
Having the Chicago Comic Convention after San Diego is like having the NFL play-offs after the Super Bowl. It is, to say the least, extremely anticlimactic. Nevertheless I did make several good sales, contacts and purchases at this show.
Highlight sales from the show included Journey into Mystery #83 VF+, Showcase #4 VG+, Marvel Mystery #30 VF, Amazing Spider-Man #12 NM-, Amazing Spider-Man #1 VG, Wow #1 GD, X-Men Giant Size #1 VF+ and large groups of mid and low grade Silver Age Marvels.
While sales were decent for me most dealers I spoke to complained of a slow show. I hope the promoters decide to place the show before San Diego so as to drum up excitement next year.
Metropolis Collectibles, Inc.