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Monday, January 05, 2009 

Collecting is great, but it shouldn't be just for money

The Anderson Independent-Mail of South Carolina writes about the recent Sports & Comic Book Show in the city, where they also trade items that can be worth hundreds of dollars. But whenever I hear what sounds like they're interested in the hobby for the dollar signs, that bothers me, since I've come to believe that entertainment value should be first and foremost.

It was impressive though to read that customers brought their children:
“Anderson has a great, loyal customer base for comics and trading cards,” Thompson said. Thompson, a comic book enthusiast whose first exposure to the glossy and colorful paper books was through his older sister who collected “funny” comic books and passed them down to him, said watching parents bring their children into his store, and the local show, is encouraging.

“Parents brought their kids in (to the show Saturday), and were really getting involved with helping them interact with the dealers and learning about the different comic books,” Thompson said. “We see a lot of the same thing in the store, with parents bringing their kids helping them build their own collections.”
Well, that's nice to see that children came, and if their parents encouraged them to try out comics as well, but I get the feeling that it won't persuade DC and Marvel to start making their mainstream/flagship titles suitable for the younger audience again soon.

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