What to Collect at Comic-Con and Beyond

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What to Collect at Comic-Con and Beyond


Brandpoint, St. Joseph News-Press


(BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year's attendance seems to surpass the last.

So why do people go? For some it's a genuine love of all things related to pop culture. Others come because it's a tradition or because they want to see the amazing costumes worn by fellow attendees. Many others go to see the latest scoops and the major pop- culture announcements that are unveiled at Comic-Con - including new video games, movie and television announcements and previews, too.

But there is another group - the collectors. They attend this convention for all of these things as well as the opportunity to expand their most treasured collections. So what are they collecting? Here are a few of the most popular collectable items.

* Comics. It is Comic-Con after all. Comic and collectible comic dealers from all over the world attend the convention to share comics featuring superheroes, anime, humor, horror or the latest graphic novels. Comic collectors collect all year long, but the event offers the perfect resource for those looking for that one hard-to-find book.

* Action figures. They're not just for kids anymore. The pop- culture boom has seen a growing number of adults collecting action figures, as well as companies creating figures strictly for the adult market - such as popular musical artists or the characters from AMC's Breaking Bad. At this year's convention, Activision's Skylanders franchise unveiled the new premium toy line, Eon's Elite. Eon's Elite will bring eight distinct collectible versions of Skylanders characters, beginning with Spyro and Chop Chop, to fans worldwide this fall. A first for the popular kid franchise, the new toy line will feature a never-before-seen metallic finish that sets them apart from other Skylanders toys. …

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