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Sell Your Old Comic Books and Retire—or Maybe Not

Action-1-Comic-Superman

Last month I wrote about the origin of comic books, and I also mentioned how comic books have become prized collector items. In fact, according to CNBC (2014), a copy of the first issue of Action Comics featuring Superman sold for $3.2 million on EBay in August of 2014. Anyway, since writing that blog post, I have been thinking about the value of earlier editions of comic books, and the other night I decided to conduct a little research. I have, after all, an inquiring mind, and I always feel compelled (maybe “obsessed” is a more apt description) to answer those little nagging questions that pop quite unexpectedly into my head at odd moments of the day or night.

The Most Valuable Comic Books to Collectors

So, what are the most valuable comic books? Well, according to Nostomania, which is considered the world’s most accurate online coin and comic book price guide, the most valuable comics in order of ranking are the following, with number 10 being the most valuable:

1. Captain America #1 (March 1941) $353,000Captain Amercia Comic 1
2. Action Comics #7 (December 1938) $405,000
3. Amazing Fantasy, introduces Spider-Man #15 (August 1962) $442,000
4. All American Comics, introduces the Green Lantern #16 (July 1939) $497,000
5. Detective Comics #1 (March 1937) $529,000
6. Batman #1 (Spring 1940) $530,000
7. Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939) $578,000
8. Superman #1 (June 1939) $712,000Amazing_Fantasy_15-Spider Man
9. Detective Comics #1, which introduces Batman (May 1939) $2,200,000
10. Action Comics #1, which introduces Superman (June 1938) $2,970,000 or more

Okay, now before you go rummaging around in your grandparents’ attic, you need to know that just because you find an old comic book hidden away up there in detective-comics-batmana dusty trunk, that does not necessarily mean you are going to become an instant millionaire. After all, according to CNBC, “Among the most expensive comics are the ones that tell the story of a superhero’s first adventures, but in order to carry a large price tag, they must also be in near-mint condition” (para. 2). Therefore, if the comics you find are dog-eared, water-damaged, torn, or marred in any way, while you may still be able to sell them to a collector, it’s highly doubtful that you will be able to retire and buy your own private island in the Pacific.
Sources:

Action Comics (2015) Google Images: technobuffalo.com

Amazing Fantasy #15, introducing Spider-Man (1962) wikipedia.org

Captain America Comic #1 (1941) Marvel.com

CNBC (2014) The Most Valuable Comic Books. Retrieved from cnbc.com

Detective Comic (1939) robot6.comicbookresources.com

Nostomania (2015) The Most Valuable Comics in Order of Ranking. Retrieved from nostomania.com

A Little Bit Of Perspective

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Hello, fans and associates,

I’m here to encourage all of you entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers to take a deeper look into the successful people whom you admire in the business world and to recognize that many companies started with nothing more than an idea. For example, in 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi produced handcrafted playing cards (hanafuda), and from that early endeavor a company was born, one that went on to achieve astounding success.

Walt_Disney_1946Yamauchi’s handmade playing card project developed into something far larger, much in the way The Walt Disney Company, commonly referred to as “Disney,” did from its founder’s vision. Yamauchi, like Disney, through dedication and over time, birthed a great team that shared his vision, a vision that would continue long after his passing.

In the 60’s Yamauchi’s company even ventured into side businesses, including a hotel chain. a TV station, and a taxi company. By the 70’s, however, the company merged back into gaming products and entertainment and is now valued at well over $80 billion dollars.

300x300This is a reminder for those of you who sometimes feel overwhelmed or discouraged about your work, ideas, or business: Hard work and patience will pay off in the end. Moreover, that payoff may even continue long after you are gone. Dream big, believe in your vision, and do the work. I take my inspiration from every and any positive source possible. Today it’s from Yamauchi’s company, a company whose name, when loosely translated into English, means “Leave Luck to Heaven, but you know it better as Nintendo.

Michael Lude

Nintendo’s New Move

It has been announced that Nintendo has agreed to collaborate with mobile game development company :DeNA to create mobile apps with Nintendo IPs. This has been something that individuals in forums and comment sections of articles have been clamoring for for some time now. Since a lot of people view tnintendo-mobile-app-recovery-3ds-1he lackluster sales of Nintendo’s Wii U console to be a sign that Nintendo is failing to thrive, the consensus seems to be that the company’s only move is to go mobile in order to survive. Now it has, and what is the response of the trolls? “Great, now we are going to get Candy Crush Mario, how original.” I, for one, don’t believe that would necessarily be a bad thing, my reasoning? Cosplay.

A simple online search of cosplayers who have created their costumes based on an amalgamation of their favorite character with their favorite genre, i.e. Steampunk Link or Mafia Mario, results in many images for the creative fan fictionsteampunk link. If these fans can express their thoughts and ideas so creatively, why is it necessarily a bad thing for Nintendo IPs to be mashed up with new and unique game styles?

I have been playing Pokemon Shuffle, which is a match three game based on the Pokemon IP, and have been having a lot of fun with it. If Nintendo and :DeNA can create more quality games like this, while extending their IPs, I think we will all gain in the long run.

~

From Blogger to WordPress

Greetings 3twins fans,

You may have noticed that a few months ago weBlogger_logo-6 changed the main page of our website to a WordPress blog. In that time we have been slowly phasing out our blog on blogspot.com. This same post you are now reading will officially be the final post on our blogspot.com blog, as we have been posting on both our site and blogspot since the launch of the WordPress blog on 3twins.net.

The goal of changing to WordPress was to keep people on our site and make it easier for people to stay on our site to check out our old cartoons or comics as well as look into our progress on the game(s). We are still new to using WordPress and the layout/look of all pages on 3twins.net will be evolving as time goes on. We had hoped to have another new look to the site by this time, but as is understandable, the unexpected and tragic death of our COO did set plans back a bit.

However, we are moving forward, and you can expect more good wordpress-logochanges in the weeks and months to come.

I for one cherish the time we had on blogspot, but it is time to move on.

If you find this post after March of 2015 please check out more posts at our website: 3twins.net

Thank you,
~Jason

DC versus Marvel: A Battle for the Throne

Jason-Momoa-Becomes-Aquaman-First Look

Greetings all,

So here we have the first look at Jason Momoa as the fiercest Aquaman I believe could ever have been imagined. Seeing him, I am immediately taken by a thought, which is that DC Movie Universe is VERY SERIOUS about being more than just a credible threat to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is aiming to dethrone the Marvel juggernaut (pun intended).

batman_v_superman__dawn_of_justiceDC/WB and Zach Snyder (with Christopher Nolan behind the scenes) are (IMHO) champing at the bit to take on Disney/ Marvel at their own game by being grittier, more stylistic, and loads darker than the Avengers, et.al. Of course that is just the impression I am getting from the promotional stills. I could be wrong, but, again, it is the feeling I get looking at the promotional pics from the set of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. What do you think?

Images Sources:

Jake Momoa as Aquaman: Google Images, 2015, onenewspage.com

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice: Google Images, 2015, comicbookmovie.com

Andy Singing

Today I was going to post about Indiana Comic Con last weekend, but I think I’ll leave that for another time.

Instead, I’m going to give you a song from our late COO, my twin brother, Andy Kuder.

Andy for blog

Hooked, Line and Sinker

Have you ever begun following a story but then realized you really just didn’t care if you ever finished it, so you walked away? Have you ever been so into a story that when it was over you felt sad that you’d never get to experience more?

There’s a quality that all storytellers work to capture in everything they do that invokes a connection to their audience: emotion. It was an emotional connection to the fans that made the TV show Firefly a hit, although it ran for only a season; brought Futurama back from cancellation; and made Harry Potter a household name. It’s also often what’s missing when the best review you can give is “meh.”

What about you? What stories “hooked” you so deeply that you couldn’t wait to hear more? Or, what stories were so bad that you wanted to like them but just couldn’t find it in yourself to care? Now is the time to share your own experiences, so sound off in the comment section below.

Greetings from Indiana Comic-Con!

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Several members of the 3twins crew are down in Indianapolis this weekend. We’re having a great time meeting some of our heroes like the legendary comic writers and artists, Denny O’Neil, Mark Waid, and Greg Land, and voice-over titans like Billy West and Paige O’Hara, as well as television and screen icons like Carrie Fisher and Jenna Coleman!

We’re also handing out flyers about our upcoming PC/Android/Nintendo Wii U game, Of Mages & Pages. You can check out the front of the flyer image in this post! I’ll share further details with you later, so stay tuned.

Interview with Steven Ware, CMO of 3twins.net, Inc.

At 3twins.net we love to tell stories, and we’ve had the fun of using a variety of mediums to do so: web-comics, cartoons, and most recently video games. The common factor in each of these genres is that they’re visual mediums. Thus, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our talented artists. Today I’d like to help you get to know one of those artists, who also happens to be our Chief Mission Officer: Steven Ware. I recently had the privilege of interviewing Steven for my series of interviews with the Of Mages & Pages team, and I think you’ll enjoy hearing from him:

Surine: Hello Steven! For starters, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Ware: To quote Steve Martin from The Jerk; “I was born a poor, black child” in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1967 the youngest of four boys. My mother raised us by herself, made sure that we attended church regularly, and we all have a spark of something creative in us.

At 23 I met my first wife and soon found myself in Colorado for 13 years. Those years in Colorado produced my amazing daughter Makayla (a published book author at 7-years-old), a lot of memories, and some hard life lessons.

After a year back in Kalamazoo, I took a chance and moved to Savannah, GA, which I am proud to call my home now. Things have not always gone the way I wanted them in Savannah, but I know that this is where the Lord has led me and that I have work to do here.

S: How did you initially get involved in 3twins.net?

W: In that year back in Kalamazoo, I met the Kuder Brothers while attending Lake Center Bible Church with Tom Cox and his beautiful family. I started as a cover artist for a few Hatman & Indigo comics, which led to becoming a comic-book illustrator for Hatman.

S: Your position with 3twins.net is the Chief Mission Officer. What does this role entail?

W: 3twins has made it a point that the entertainment we produce needs to be family-friendly and uplifting. I have been tasked with making sure that whatever media we are delivering to our customers, be it comics, video games, animation, movies or even merchandise, meets those standards.

S: What is your role within the game Of Mages & Pages?

W: I am, along with the amazing Michael Lude, character and map designer for the games.

S: Can you tell us about your history as an artist? How did you get started? What has inspired you along the way?

W: I have been drawing since my earliest memory. I have been blessed to have had many talented teachers and mentors while growing up, though I have had no formal art-school training. I am always inspired by what I see, artistically, in the world around me, the new and different, and anything that challenges me creatively.

S: What can you tell us about your process for designing characters and other content for the game?

W: Reading the storylines from the game, having discussions with Jason about how he sees the character, then pulling from various resources – thank God for the inter-webs – for ideas and inspiration.

S: Who is your favorite character to draw in the 3twins.net universe and why?

W: Before the game I would have said Indigo or perhaps Super Cold Frozen Man, though I have a soft spot for the Mad Hatter, since he was the focal point of the first full comic I drew for 3twins, because they were so much fun to draw. Since the game I have fallen head-over-heels in love with Xilva the Elf. She is feminine, yet such a strong character. There’s also Thafi, Mathos’ daughter, for her subtle evil-ness. Is that a word?

S: In addition to artwork, I also understand that you’ll be lending your voice to the characters Nyln and Fred the Yellow Wizard for Of Mages & Pages. What can you tell us about these characters, and where did you get the inspiration for their voices?

W: I have been doing voices since I was a kid, imitating comedy greats like Cosby, Murphy and Pryor, so having the opportunity to lend my voice to the characters in the game is a treat. Nyln is a powerful character, though a little dense, being made of rock and all. I used to tell African folk tales years ago; I used a heavy, rough voice for the leopard, and am using that as the basis for Nyln. I think Fred, being a Pollywoggle, will have an interesting voice to conjure up. I have a few ideas, though.

~Steve

Sharing

LogoOne of the interesting elements of human nature that I have observed is our need to share. I am completely in favor of this, mind you, but a strange corollary to wanting to spread joy to others is the wish of many to perpetuate bad news or experience. I am not completely knocking that either. Who doesn’t love one of those “my worst day ever” stories? Many great stories have been written and shared through movies and other media based on less than desirable circumstances. What I find disturbing is when sharing drives people to habitually dwell on the negative or resort to gossip.

Books and movies have always relied on conflict to make the story interesting, but the 3twins.net approach will never be to slander or gossip about any real person or event. Of course, you will probably see one character or another lie, cheat, or deal with any number of unpleasant situations, but that is what makes the journey fun as the story resolves. “Our” world is fictional as are its inhabitants. They are free to treat themselves any way they please! It is for that reason that I have hitched my creative wagon to this company and its endeavors. I strive to maintain a posture of respect and appreciation for all of our fans, regardless of their background or preferences. I also don’t wish to disrespect any other creative personnel or performers in other companies that don’t share our views.

So sharing our work is what I hope to do across as wide an audience as possible. That is also where you come in. Please share with others what you like about us. Please share any comments or criticisms with us as you feel inclined. If you reply to any of our blogs, rest assured that we will appreciate your time and opinions as well as politely respond to you the best we can. We ask for the same from you. In the end, we love what we do, and want you to do the same so you will share us with the rest of the world!

Thanks for being with us.

~ Chuck