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Forum: NON-SPORTS Today, 08:04 AM
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Posted By alvin
I just saw this thread bumped and I was reading...

I just saw this thread bumped and I was reading through and re-read this post from Super8er. Really great analysis, and I wanted to address each criticism.



Agreed, especially in hindsight. ...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-26-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2,102
Views: 103,761
Posted By alvin
Let's hope you're not the only one...

Let's hope you're not the only one...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-22-2015, 11:04 AM
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Posted By alvin
Earl was the only artist to send us his original...

Earl was the only artist to send us his original paintings, for us to scan. He also sent us the drawings by mail. It was surreal holding them, and asking him to make changes.

How do you tell a...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-20-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 2,102
Views: 103,761
Posted By alvin
I don't KNOW that that's Colbert, I just assume...

I don't KNOW that that's Colbert, I just assume it is. But he's generic enough that we let it slide. There's nothing specifically "Colbert" about it other than his glasses and smile.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-20-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2,102
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Posted By alvin
Yeah, Dave only did 10, as a favor. They're some...

Yeah, Dave only did 10, as a favor. They're some of my favorites despite being simple heads. He's one of the best artists working comics right now, perhaps ever.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-19-2015, 08:40 PM
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Posted By alvin
I wish I could, but it's been more than a year...

I wish I could, but it's been more than a year and a half since we did the sketches... Kidd's could be as low as 5, as high as 10. Petersen probably around 10 (he also had a few rejected, for using...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-19-2015, 03:32 PM
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Posted By alvin
The hardest sketch pulls on Invasion would have...

The hardest sketch pulls on Invasion would have been Bisley (5), Katie Cook (10), Palumbo (8) and Kidd (around 10, not sure exactly since we ended up rejecting quite a few).
Forum: NON-SPORTS 01-19-2015, 12:35 PM
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Posted By alvin
I did a sketch featuring humans "zapped from...

I did a sketch featuring humans "zapped from above" myself. It was a simple one, not a lot of detail, though it was nice and colorful. I was as surprised as anyone to see it sell for about $100.
...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 11-30-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
Posted By alvin
I'd hardly say it's dead in the water. Boxes...

I'd hardly say it's dead in the water.

Boxes are still selling for $60-$70, the same as they were upon release about a year ago. No, they didn't skyrocket, and sales of individual sets and chase...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 11-03-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 140
Posted By alvin
GPK Jumbo Cards - NYCC "B" Edition Exclusive on Topps.com

These are now live.

Garbage Pail Kids Comic-Con S2 ?B? Edition 11x14 Jumbo Card Print Set | topps.com...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 11-02-2014, 01:14 AM
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Posted By alvin
Odds are still pretty long considering you likely...

Odds are still pretty long considering you likely only had one order. So 1:27 may seem small if you're talking boxes of packs (because even one box is 24 packs, so 1:24 odds obviously mean a...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 11-01-2014, 10:45 AM
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Posted By alvin
Yeah, sorry, typo. :) Remember though these...

Yeah, sorry, typo. :)
Remember though these weren't limited to people who ordered the card packs. This was eligible for any physical kickstarter order.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-31-2014, 11:10 AM
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Posted By alvin
There were more than 2750 orders from the...

There were more than 2750 orders from the kickstarter and 100 randomly inserted sketch cards, so the odds are roughly 1:275.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-29-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 748
Posted By alvin
I'm fairly certain that the Black Panther "easter...

I'm fairly certain that the Black Panther "easter egg" was the cameo by Andy Serkis, who appears to be playing Ulysses Klaw, a major BP villain.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-28-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1,533
Views: 75,577
Posted By alvin
Sorry, I didn't mean to spark a debate. Just...

Sorry, I didn't mean to spark a debate. Just wanted to let everyone know Bruce Timm did some cards! Sorry if it came off snarky, I'm just personally really excited!
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-28-2014, 05:57 PM
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Posted By alvin
Anyone care to help this guy out?

Anyone care to help this guy out?
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-28-2014, 05:50 PM
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Posted By alvin
Than obviously you haven't figured out who the...

Than obviously you haven't figured out who the artist is. But if you pull it and want to throw it out there will be people lining up to go through your trash. Myself included.
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-28-2014, 04:34 PM
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Posted By alvin
I'm just gonna leave this here and back away...

I'm just gonna leave this here and back away slowly…
...
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-19-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,533
Views: 75,577
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, 07:17 PM
Replies: 1,533
Views: 75,577
Posted By alvin
What do you mean by convenience?

What do you mean by convenience?
Forum: NON-SPORTS 10-17-2014, 01:06 PM
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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, 12:19 PM
Replies: 2,102
Views: 103,761
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, 11:40 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 03:53 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 02:51 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 10:55 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 07:39 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 10:35 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 09:50 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 01:39 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 01:34 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 01:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 12:58 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 11:50 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 11:45 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 11:23 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 11:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 12:18 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 09:32 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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, 09:45 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,080
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?
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