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Diamond Comic Distributors Announces Comic-Con Plans

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 03•15

Diamond Comic DistributorsDiamond Comic Distributors has quite a lot going on at Comic-Con International in San Diego (July 9 -12) this year including celebrity signing (did someone mention Bench Warmer girls?), exclusives, photo opportunities, and much more. Listed below are some of those happenings.

  • Diamond is bringing 22 Comic-Con exclusives to the show from Marvel, DC, Diamond Select Toys, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite, Oni Press, Funko, Medicom Toy, and the Wonderland Toy Company. Attendees interested in the exclusives will be directed to retailers on the convention floor who have them available for purchase.
  • Additional products showcased at the booth include the latest offerings from Bandai America with their Godzilla, Power Rangers, and SPRUkits toy lines; new comic-branded trains from Lionel; Marvel Nendoriods and Figmas from the Good Smile Company; a glow-in-the-dark Cthulhu from Warpo Toys; TMNT clay sculpts from Threezero; new PREVIEWS exclusives from Funko, high quality Halloween masks and more will be available to admire for con-goers.
  • The Cthulhu fans can get their first look at the glow-in-the-dark and standard 12″ Cthulhu that will be debuting at the Diamond booth. With an MSRP of $125, the glow in the dark 12″ Cthulhu packaged in an early 1980’s style, full-color box designed by artist Ken Kelly, will have a limited production run, features removable wings, 7 points of articulation, and pliable “gripping hands,” suited for grasping 3.75″ action figures to their doom.
  • Also debuting at the booth will be four unique clay sculpts for the upcoming Threezero and Kevin Eastman 1/6th scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectible figures. The four TMNT figures will include Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo designed by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman specifically for this collaboration. The figures in this series will be 1/6th scale and fully-articulated, featuring tailored fabric clothing and the various weapons recognizable by fans as their classic accessories. The four figures from Threezero will be released later this year for pre-order through the PREVIEWS catalog at comic book specialty shops.
  • The Diamond/PREVEIWS booth will also feature a Star Wars section as attendees can stop by and view the new Peavey Star Wars Guitars and Straps and Santa Cruz Skateboards and Decks. During the show, fans will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a Santa Cruz Star Wars Vader Skateboard and a Peavey Star Wars Boba Fett Predator Guitar. Star Wars characters, C-3PO, R2-D2, R5-D4 and Jawas will also be present at the booth each day for pictures.

Bench Warmer

Loren Bouchard

  • Creator of the hit TV show Bob’s Burgers Loren Bouchard will be available for signings and photos July 10th from 12:30-1:30pm in addition to the Bench Warmer Trading Card girls, Raquel Pomplun, Malorie Mackey, and Pamela Horton who will be available for signings Thursday, July 9th through Sunday.
  • Strategy game fans will want to join in on the new Pathfinders -Wrath of Righteousness Adventure Card Game with live demos taking place July 9th and 10th at specified times.

As if that were not enough, Diamond is conducting panels on Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10 at Comic-Con. Here’s a rundown on those:

Thursday – PREVIEWSworld Panel

PREVIEWSworld.comThe panel will give a detailed look inside the pages of PREVIEWS, information on how PREVIEWSworld.com interacts with the catalog, a look at the new “How To Order” comic, followed by an interactive Q&A session. The panel will be led by PREVIEWS Editor Marty Grosser, PREVIEWSworld.com Editor Vince Brusio and Diamond Consumer Marketing Manager Andy Mueller. Panel attendees will get a free copy of the July issue of PREVIEWS and have a chance to win many other great prizes. 12:30 – 1:30, Room 8

Friday – Retailer Appreciation Lunch

Lunch sponsors Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Titan Publishing, and Valiant Entertainment will make presentations, announcing their upcoming editorial plans and other news in addition to Diamond presenting its new initiatives for retailers. 12:00 – 2:30 PM, Room 31A

For more information about Diamond’s SDCC Exclusives and where to find them, in addition to learning more about Diamond’s Comic-Con activities, visit previewsworld.com.

Diamond Comic Distributors Comic-Con exclusives

Marvel MiniMates Civil War

1940 Gum Inc Superman Collection To Be Sold

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 02•15

Gum Inc.’s 1940 Superman cards are a very rare find. So for someone to find over 100 of them is pretty incredible. And Scarsdale, NY based American Legends has done just that. Starting today at Noon, the company will be selling off 133 1940 Gum Inc. Superman cards via their eBay store (amerlegends).

Superman card #47

The cards were recently acquired from an elderly collector who purchased them as a child 75 years ago. What a find indeed! All of the cards are PSA graded, with many grading PSA 5, PSA 6 and PSA 7. Prices go from $49.99 for PSA Graded 2 cards all the way up to $4,499 for a PSA Graded 5 card number 72 (the last card in the series) with many cards priced in the $100 to $500 range.

American Legends owner Mark Rubin had this to say about the collection “This is most significant non-sport purchase we’ve ever made. These cards are so incredibly rare in any grade and these are especially nice. Prior to this collection, I had only purchased a single 1940 Superman card in the 35 plus years I’ve been in trading cards. It’s truly extraordinary.”

If you’re interesting in buying some of the collection or just a card or two….or even just having a look, head on over to the American Legends eBay store today after noon (EST) to see the collection.

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Non-Sport Update Attends Inaugural Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo!

Written By: Batman - Jun• 29•15

Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo - June 20 - Allentown, PA

The first Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo was held on June 20, 2015 and the Non-Sport Update team of Production Manager Harris Toser and assistants Larry Brody and Batman were there manning the NSU tables and interacting with show attendees. We enjoyed our day at the show!

Unlike many shows that carry the label of a comic convention but in reality have few comics at the show, there was an abundance of comic book dealers with an impressive selection of books from the Golden Age all the way through today’s current issues. In keeping with comics other dealers had interesting selections of comic related material including action figures, trading cards, Transformers, My Little Pony, Walking Dead, Star Trek and Star Wars items, among many others. It would be hard for anyone interested in comics and related items not to be able to find cool items to add to their collections. It was well worth the trip to attend!

There were a number of non-sport card dealers in attendance with vintage and recent sets, and exclusive promos for DC Comics Super Villains and Fringe Trading Cards Season 5 were provided by Cryptozoic Entertainment (for details see our June 5th entry) so we were pleased to see a non-sport presence at the show!

Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo

Additional show highlights included a costume/cosplay contest, hourly door prizes, a sizable line-up of comic artists and even a broadcast of events that were occurring at the show. The site of the show was the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA, a location certainly familiar to attendees of the Philly Non-Sports Card Show.

It was an impressive beginning for the Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo and the promoters will be announcing a future show date soon (see the Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo Facebook page). Make plans to attend and help support the show!

Cryptozoic Entertainment Expands Agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors

Written By: Harris Toser - Jun• 25•15

Diamond Comic DistributorsThis morning, Diamond Comic Distributors announced that Cryptozoic Entertainment has expanded its distribution agreement with the company, making Diamond the worldwide distributor of Cryptozoic’s merchandise product lines within the comic book specialty market and other select online and specialty retailers. This agreement extends Diamond’s current rights to distribute Cryptozoic’s board games and trading cards.

“We are pleased to expand our existing relationship with Cryptozoic through this agreement, which not only enables us to distribute their upcoming brand new line-up of collectibles and merchandise to comic shops; but also allows us to work closely with them to grow their presence in other diverse markets. We are excited to build upon what was already a strong business partnership and looking forward to exploring the many opportunities that it presents for both companies.” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing, John Wurzer.

Cryptozoic LogoSince 2010, Cryptozoic has produced some of the best-selling board games, trading cards and other products based on comic books, TV shows, movies and more that appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Their games include the DC Comics Deck Building Game, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game, and other table top games. Some of their trading card releases include several series of cards based on The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, DC Comics, and The Big Bang Theory. In addition, Cryptozoic organizes and hosts events worldwide to bring the gaming community together.

“Diamond provides the experience and distribution channels to successfully launch our new merchandise lines,” said Bill Schanes, COO of Cryptozoic. “We are excited to work together to achieve sales goals and expand distribution to the comic book specialty retailers and targeted specialty mass-market retail accounts.”