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CGC, Dave Sim & Paradise Comics Announce "Own A Piece of Cerebus 300" Promotion.

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CGC, DAVE SIM & TORONTO STORE PARADISE COMICS

ANNOUNCE THE “OWN A PIECE OF ISSUE 300” PROMOTION

 

Cerebus No. 300 To Get CGC Signature Series Treatment

 

Aarvark-Vanaheim, Inc. and Paradise Comics of Toronto have announced plans to produce a limited edition run of 100 CGC-graded Signature Series copies of Cerebus No. 300 - signed and numbered by Dave Sim and Gerhard, as part of Aarvark-Vanaheim’s “Own a Piece of 300” promotion to coincide with the publication of Cerebus No. 300, the last issue of the 26+ year comic-book series.

 

Comics Guaranty, LLC (CGC) is the first independent, impartial and expert third party grading service in comics, and the CGC Signature Series offers the only authenticated signature service in comics as all comics are signed in the presence of an authorized CGC representative, then graded by their experts and encapsulated in CGC’s state-of–the-art tamper evident holder. Previous CGC Signature Series books have included DC Comics’ Catwoman No. 1 signed by Darwyn Cooke, Marvel Comics’ Captain America No. 1 signed by artist John Cassaday and Spider-Man: Blue No. 1 signed by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale.

 

“I know a lot of comic-book people who aren’t part of the ‘collectibles’ side look askance at slabbing (grading and encapsulation) of comic books in the first place and particularly at the slabbing of new comic books” said Aardvark-Vanaheim president and Cerebus creator, Dave Sim. “But, I’ve always been a big supporter of the CGC phenomenon. To me it represents a vote of confidence in the future collectible value of today’s comic books. Starting in 1938, no one tended to take comic books seriously and the watchword was always ‘comic books won’t even be here in five years.’ The fact that sensible people invest real money in the highest grade of comic books tells us that we’ve moved past that point. We now believe that comic books will be here, and will have value, fifty years from now, a hundred years from now. I considered it a great vote of confidence that CGC thought Cerebus No. 300 was worthy of being part of their Signature Series.”

 

“We knew that our Signature Series was really taking off,” said CGC’s Vice President and Primary Grader, Steve Borock “but we didn’t think we would get the endorsement of someone of Dave Sim's stature this early in the game. I mean, not only is Dave Sim a pioneer in our industry, but he is someone whose work has entertained me for many years, I am very flattered that he even considered CGC for this!”

 

Peter Dixon, owner of Toronto’s Paradise Comics store, will hand-pick the best 100 copies from an initial quantity of 500 which will be supplied by the long-time printer of Cerebus, Preney Print & Litho of Windsor, Canada.

 

“With Dave’s cooperation, I’ve spoken with Kim Preney to specify what I will be looking for when selecting the top 100 copies such as: tightness, flatness, sharp trim at the top and bottom of the spine with no curl, roll or fraying. These are the distinctions that separate the top-graded CGC books from the second-tier grades” said Peter Dixon, who has submitted thousands of books to CGC for grading over the last three years and ranks as one of CGC’s top submitters and supporters.

 

The “Own a Piece of Issue 300” signed-and-numbered limited edition will be previewed on the Paradise Comics website (www.paradisecomics.com in April) along with photos of the actual signing which will take place at the Aardvark-Vanaheim offices in the second week of March 2004. After that time the higher numbers (starting with #91 through100) will be offered individually on eBay, each bid starting at $21.45 (the cost of the grading service plus the cover price of the comic book).

 

“As we work our way down to the #1 graded signed and numbered copy of Cerebus No. 300 over the next few months, we’ll be discussing charities we can discuss the first five books to. Gerhard and I will pick three charities and Peter Dixon of Paradise Comics will pick two charities to benefit from the auction of the first five numbered copies.”

 

“Sim File Copy” Pedigree Collection To Be Encapsulated

 

The Signature Series limited edition signing will take place as part of a larger program attached to the Cerebus Archive – which will see the “Dave Sim File Copy” Pedigree collection of issues 1 to 149 signed on their covers in the presence of a CGC grader Paul Litch, then sent to CGC’s Sarasota offices for grading and encapsulation over the next few years.

 

CGC designates as a Pedigree collection any comic book collection that can be authenticated as having had a single owner prior to coming onto the back issue market. Examples of other Pedigree collections include The Mile High (also known as the Edgar Church) Collection from the 1970’s, The William Gaines File Copies of E.C. Comics, and the Stan Lee File copies of early Marvel Comics.

 

"One of the few pictures I have on my desk, right next to my wife's photo, is a Cerebus print that I picked up from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, signed by Dave Sim & Gerhard.” Said Paul Litch, CGC’s Modern Age Specialist, “At the 2003 MegaCon ACTOR auction I won the 1987 Cerebus Tour Jacket. To me, Cerebus is a triumph of will and perseverance not only shown through the lives of a beloved cast of characters, but also through the dedication of Dave Sim to his work. Needless to say, it is a true honor for me and for CGC to be a part of this historic event."

 

 

“By the time I started Cerebus, the story of Bill Gaines putting away twelve copies of each E.C. comic, fresh from the printer was pretty widespread in the collectibles market” says Sim. “I had no idea if it was an urban legend or not. I had heard that he put twenty of each away, so that’s what I did.” Sim laughs, “I’m glad I got that part wrong.”

 

Part of the property settlement when Sim and his wife, Deni, divorced in the early eighties, involved each taking half of the Cerebus No. 1’s. Over the next few years, Sim bought copies of Cerebus No. 1 when they were selling for between one hundred and one hundred and fifty dollars. Because they aren’t “single owner” copies, they will be certified separately by CGC and will not be included in the “Dave Sim File Copy” Pedigree collection.

 

“Fortunately”, says Sim, “they’re easy to tell apart. The copies I was able to buy on my own were usually in Very Good to Fine condition, at best.”

 

 

Highest-graded “Dave Sim File Copy” Pedigree Collection Cerebus No. 1 to be Auctioned at the Toronto Comicon on June 19 to Benefit A.C.T.O.R.

 

The biggest news on the charitable front is that Dave Sim will be donating the proceeds from the auction on eBay this summer of the highest graded Cerebus No. 1 in the “Dave Sim File Copy” Pedigree collection to A.C.T.O.R. – A Commitment to Our Roots (an organization formed to benefit veteran comic-book creators in need of financial assistance). The conclusion of the auction will be timed to coincide with the June 18-20, 2004 Paradise Conventions’ TORONTO COMICON (www.torontocomicon.com) being held at the Queen Elizabeth Building on the Canadian National Exhibition’s fairgrounds in Toronto, Canada.

 

All of the encapsulated “Dave Sim File Copy” Pedigree collection copies and all twenty pages of original artwork from Cerebus No. 300 will be on display at the Toronto Comicon.

 

“This is where I’ll be saying goodbye to the highest graded Cerebus No. 1, which has been with me ever since it was sitting with 1,999 other copies in our living room on the second floor of – the long since demolished – 48 Weber Street East” (in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) says Sim “I hope it goes for a million dollars. Ger and I have been so lucky in the comic-book field, it’s time to share some of that luck with the guys who came before us who weren’t so lucky. We stand on the shoulders of giants.”

 

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Time to start saving I think. 893applaud-thumb.gif

 

From what I can determine from this, there will be 10 high grade #1 issues available, correct? Also, if I am reading this correctly, all the #1s will have to be done at the same time (soon) if the best one is going to be auctioned in June. Will the #1s be released over the "next few years" or does this refer to the other numbers?

 

 

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Hey Burnt, after reading this, I really think you should talk to CGC about getting pedigree status for your silver age gems!! thumbsup2.gif

 

 

CGC designates as a Pedigree collection any comic book collection that can be authenticated as having had a single owner prior to coming onto the back issue market. Examples of other Pedigree collections include The Mile High (also known as the Edgar Church) Collection from the 1970’s, The William Gaines File Copies of E.C. Comics, and the Stan Lee File copies of early Marvel Comics.

 

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Seems to mean Sim has potentially 10 hi-grade Cerebus #1's & 10 vg copies to flood the market with.

 

I think it was Peter or Doug who told me about this weeks ago, but I didnt realize the scope....

 

 

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Seems to mean Sim has potentially 10 hi-grade Cerebus #1's & 10 vg copies to flood the market with.

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I think it was Peter or Doug who told me about this weeks ago, but I didnt realize the scope....

 

I'm sure that they will be sold gradually, not all at once.

 

Only Dave has seen the books, so it's hard to predict what kind of grades they are in until the actual signing in March, but he says they are the nicest he could get.

 

Kev

 

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Aside from the #1's of which there are 10, Dave has 20 high grade copies of each issue in his files.

 

It would be impossible to do all 5,990 books in his files at this time. So the intial signing will be for a specific number of books (which I'm not privvy to at this time). Most likely the books being concentrated on in the first batch will be from the first 25 issues, with a couple of notable exceptions (Wolveroach issues, first few Pope issues, etc.). There was some discussion of doing at least one full set of all 300.

 

If there is sufficient interest in the first round, there will be additional batches done over the next few years.

 

Books won't be sold all at once, but gradually over time on a schedule. But all of the first batch will be on display at the Toronto Comicon on June 18-20 with the art from issue 300 (and probably more).

 

Kev

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The highest graded one(s) will be uncontestably the best copy(s) of Cerebus #1 that will EVER be available.

 

Since Dave has agreed to donate all profits from the sale of the highest graded #1 to ACTOR, I hope it does very well.

 

Kev

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If DD #131 in CGC NM/MT 9.8 can get $3,300, then the Cerebus file copy will do a lot more than $6,000. I will guess more like $10-15K, especially with all of the publicity and hype that will be generated.

 

Which is why I think $6k+ will be doable... one thing is for sure it will break records.
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All of us who are involved with this project are very excited about how well this book may do. We were extremely honored by Dave's generousity with donating the best #1 for auction with proceeds going to ACTOR and his willingness to tie it in with the other charity aspects of the Toronto Comicon.

 

I thought his comments were very moving when discussing support of veteran creators.

 

Kev

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Not just that -- if this is a charity auction where the winning bidder can get a tax deduction for the amount of the bid over FMV . . . there could be some serious cash raised. Maybe they ought to (assuming they haven't already done so) structure the auction so that Sims donates the book to ACTOR with a stated FMV of say $5-10K (or whatever reasonable estimate he decides is appropriate). The buyer gets a charitable contribution receipt and a deduction for what he pays for the book over what Sims claims is the FMV. Sims then gets a $5-10K tax deduction for donating the book to ACTOR. If the bidding does not hit the stated FMV, then Sims still gets the write-off for the FMV and the buyer doesn't get a deduction. That could bring out some serious bidding because of the inherent tax deduction discount for bids over $5-10K (or whatever is established as FMV).

 

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Well, I believe that the way the auction is structured, Dave is giving the book to Paradise Comics to sell with proceeds going to ACTOR, as opposed to giving the book to ACTOR directly. I believe we will be talking with eBay again about waiving fees as they did back in November.

 

Since Dave is a Canadian citizen I'm not sure whether or not a donation to a US-based registered charity is tax-deductable for him, and as I mentioned above, in this case he isn't donating the book to ACTOR - he's donating the book for auction to Paradise with the proceeds going to ACTOR. Paradise can't write off a donation to ACTOR (ACTOR will give a receipt), so it's not likely that Dave will be able to either.

 

We will need to discuss charitable donation receipts with ACTOR for purchases made thru a third party - like Paradise. Their rules for donating may be slightly different than what we have found in Canada - which is unless the charity is actually administering the auction, Canadian charities will not issue receipts.

 

There is still the chance that ACTOR will be present at the TORONTO COMICON, if they are, then instead of Paradise collecting and sending them a check, they could probably accept the money from the buyer directly by Paypal or credit card and then issue the receipt to the buyer thru the mail.

 

These are details that have to be worked out between now and June, all of this will be made very clear in the auction when it goes live in June.

 

Kev

 

 

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Oops, I completely forgot we were talking about Canada here, what with the talk of US dollars and all.

 

Sounds like you guys have things well in hand. I just wanted to raise the issue of how the charitable contributions are structured to make sure that both buyer, seller, Dave Sims and ACTOR all get the maximum possible benefit. Good luck with the auction, guys.

 

Well, I believe that the way the auction is structured, Dave is giving the book to Paradise Comics to sell with proceeds going to ACTOR, as opposed to giving the book to ACTOR directly. I believe we will be talking with eBay again about waiving fees as they did back in November.

 

Since Dave is a Canadian citizen I'm not sure whether or not a donation to a US-based registered charity is tax-deductable for him, and as I mentioned above, in this case he isn't donating the book to ACTOR - he's donating the book for auction to Paradise with the proceeds going to ACTOR. Paradise can't write off a donation to ACTOR (ACTOR will give a receipt), so it's not likely that Dave will be able to either.

 

We will need to discuss charitable donation receipts with ACTOR for purchases made thru a third party - like Paradise. Their rules for donating may be slightly different than what we have found in Canada - which is unless the charity is actually administering the auction, Canadian charities will not issue receipts.

 

There is still the chance that ACTOR will be present at the TORONTO COMICON, if they are, then instead of Paradise collecting and sending them a check, they could probably accept the money from the buyer directly by Paypal or credit card and then issue the receipt to the buyer thru the mail.

 

These are details that have to be worked out between now and June, all of this will be made very clear in the auction when it goes live in June.

 

Kev

 

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