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Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-19-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 531
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Posted By alvin
If you are saying that Topps is delaying the...

If you are saying that Topps is delaying the release to help out retailers, I don't think that's the case-- mostly because I don't see how that would help. I'm not privy to the details why, but I...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-19-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 531
Views: 23,866
Posted By alvin
What do you mean by convenience?

What do you mean by convenience?
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-17-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 87,610
Posted By alvin
Gorgeous, Roy! Yes, i'm glad there's still...

Gorgeous, Roy! Yes, i'm glad there's still interest. I credit Mantic's game, the comics and toys for helping keep interest level up. Hopefully we can do a set next year! I think a year and a...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-17-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 87,610
Posted By alvin
You really lucked out. Not everyone is getting a...

You really lucked out. Not everyone is getting a sketch. 100 random fans. but YES they are mostly this level of quality. Almost all full color. Artists include Finneral, Pepe, Crosby, Hamer,...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-26-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
I definitely want to start highlighting...

I definitely want to start highlighting individual characters-- from Martian leaders to human heroes. There's great potential for characters, but it's true that right now nobody cares about anyone...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-25-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
I may send some to some friends locally ahead of...

I may send some to some friends locally ahead of the show like Darin pepe but Jason will likely do his at the show.

Keep in mind the game is 80 dollars. But it also comes with 50 figurines.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-25-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
Whoever i can get to do them at the show. Jason...

Whoever i can get to do them at the show. Jason Chalker told me he'd do some.



Started shipping this week, they said.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-25-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
All good ideas. Some we considered. We still...

All good ideas. Some we considered. We still may do some of these in a future set. Good ideas in here, thanks.

Short-print art variations was a big part of our first draft, but it proved too...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-25-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
This was somewhat deliberate, actually. ...

This was somewhat deliberate, actually.

The idea was make fans look harder at their cards and have a desire to go back and look at cards they may have missed. One thing that we wanted to do was...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
But that doesn't mean they wouldn't enjoy it if...

But that doesn't mean they wouldn't enjoy it if they'd been more valuable. Maybe it's the casual and spend-thrifty fan that's buying them BECAUSE they're cheap. Either way, there's still enjoyment...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
I don't think that's necessarily the case. I do...

I don't think that's necessarily the case. I do know that even beyond the anecdotal evidence i've seen people are buying and enjoying those "lesser quality" sketches on ebay. Maybe they're not...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
Because *I* care what fans have to say. Keep in...

Because *I* care what fans have to say. Keep in mind, i'm not one of the decision makers. If I were, we'd be doing MA #2 whether retailers wanted it or not :)
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
Then don't use Perna Studios as a comparable. ...

Then don't use Perna Studios as a comparable. You may say "demand was through the roof" but with nothing to back that up, it's just meaningless hyperbole.

Anyway, we're getting off track here. ...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
There was actually a lot of interest in those at...

There was actually a lot of interest in those at the retailer level.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
+1. I'd very much like to continue the story,...

+1. I'd very much like to continue the story, and have some of the best artists in the business produce original base art paintings. As a fan myself, that's what I want to see.

The artwork...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
They are a small, independent and privately-owned...

They are a small, independent and privately-owned studio with two employees, Topps is a major global corporation. There are different needs at play. What works for them doesn't necessarily work for...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-24-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
Again, nothing to disagree with, here. Buyers at...

Again, nothing to disagree with, here. Buyers at hobby and retail demand guaranteed hits, and sketches are part of that.



You'll find no argument from me here, but what the retailers want,...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-23-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
Back to the subject at hand, though. It's pretty...

Back to the subject at hand, though. It's pretty clear the emphasis here is on bigger/better/more valuable hits.

But is there any interest in a second Mars Attacks set? If it's simply about...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-23-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
And then retailers don't order the product. ...

And then retailers don't order the product.



I'm not talking about values on the secondary market.



Sorry, but there is nothing to disagree with-- it's a fact. Casual fans DO like...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-23-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
I don't quite understand the problem with more......

I don't quite understand the problem with more... you're going to end up with the same number of high quality sketches whether we commission the amount we do now or half that amount. Just instead of...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-23-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
It's an easy suggestion to make but difficult to...

It's an easy suggestion to make but difficult to implement. We always try; i've been spending the past few weeks finding new artists for SW:MW, and let me tell you, the higher quality artists never...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-22-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,551
Posted By alvin
Would you guys want to see one? Show of hands? ...

Would you guys want to see one? Show of hands?

If yes, what should be done the same/differently?
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-22-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By alvin
This is the art that will be featured on the...

This is the art that will be featured on the exclusive card in the "Deluxe" edition of issue #1 in december.
...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-19-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By alvin
IDW Garbage Pail Kids Comic Book w/Exclusive Card

IDW's GPK Comic Puketacular #1 is currently solicited for release in December. The Deluxe Edition has a cover by Peter Bagge and will include an exclusive sticker card by Brent Engstrom.

The...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 09-16-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By alvin
Sorry, no plans for live sketching or sketch...

Sorry, no plans for live sketching or sketch cards this time around. Plans will be announced in the next couple of weeks.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 08-06-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
Here's a good look at the "B" series available to...

Here's a good look at the "B" series available to all (but limited to 500) and we haven't announced it yet (probably will tomorrow) but they'll only be available through the end of August.

Garbage...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 08-04-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
Yeah, they went up a bit faster than i'd...

Yeah, they went up a bit faster than i'd anticipated. If I'd known they'd go up so quickly I'd have sent out an email blast announcing them and given a heads up before hand here and on social media....
Forum: NON-SPORTS 08-04-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
We've been there every time so I don't see why we...

We've been there every time so I don't see why we wouldn't be there, but again, but I don't do that con so i can't say for certain.

Probably won't do any SW GPK's though, considering we only ever...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-30-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
A good idea for the NYCC edition of the jumbo...

A good idea for the NYCC edition of the jumbo cards… would it be too much to include Comic Conner again, though, but with the B name? I think fans at NYCC will want a chance to get that character.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-29-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
First, to answer some of the questions here: I...

First, to answer some of the questions here: I don't know. I work in licensing, not in editorial, so my knowledge of what we do on the product side is limited. What I do know is usually limited to...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-29-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
Darn. Typed out a long-winded response and...

Darn. Typed out a long-winded response and walked away and forgot about and my session timed out… lol. I'll try again later!
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-28-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
Garbage Pail Kids Get A Comic-Book Series At IDW!...

Garbage Pail Kids Get A Comic-Book Series At IDW! (http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/2869/)
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-21-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
We will not have them with us. They just weren't...

We will not have them with us. They just weren't ready by the time we needed to ship our stock to the show.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-18-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
Look for this banner-- 9ft wide. ...

Look for this banner-- 9ft wide.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/q71/s720x720/10557032_731383810254175_5022378317801062673_o.jpg
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-18-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10369891_10202123141232103_8575125713844605176_n.jpg?oh=b63b4ec0710bd6085f3130289d3490ff&oe=5434CE87&__gda__=1412715512_6bf77271199aa7ed...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-17-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 87,610
Posted By alvin
Perhaps one reason why the Bisley's surfaced is...

Perhaps one reason why the Bisley's surfaced is that they were low quality and at least three were unidentified or misidentified, so the buyers didn't know what they had, and put them up for sale. ...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-16-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 87,610
Posted By alvin
Very few Kidd's made it into the set because many...

Very few Kidd's made it into the set because many we could not insert, due to using copyrighted characters (Kermit, Bender, etc.).

Nelson did not do nearly as many as Repka, who did 50 or more, I...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-16-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,855
Posted By alvin
we're still trying to figure out if they'll be...

we're still trying to figure out if they'll be packed out in time. I'm leaving monday, so not a lot of time left.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-14-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 87,610
Posted By alvin
A slowdown is to be expected-- it has been nearly...

A slowdown is to be expected-- it has been nearly 8 months since it was released. But new sketches popping up and box prices remaining relatively steady in the aftermarket this much later is a good...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 07-14-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 87,610
Posted By alvin
Nice find. I'm actually surprised 4 of his 5...

Nice find. I'm actually surprised 4 of his 5 have surfaced. Means a lot of this product is being opened-- maybe that means there's still demand for it?
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