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    Hi all,

    Spent the day in Toronto today at the Toronto Comic Con. While I did pick up a few comics, I couldn't help but be a little puzzled at how little Alpha Flight stuff is available at the conventions I go to. Ive been to the TO con as mentioned, as well as Niagara and Fan Expo and it always like finding a rare gem when I stumble upon anything Alpha related. I find even locating just the comics to be quite the exercise which is weird because the one place I would think you would be able o find Alpha Flight merchandise is at a Canadian convention.

    Is this just me?

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    No I went to the convention today too and saw nothing. Only Alpha related stuff was the commission pieces I got from some artists.

    Craig Yeung was selling his pencils of Puck from UXF but that's all I saw. It was just one page, and he was mostly covered by Psylocke so I didn't get it.

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    AF just isn't a draw these days unfortunately.
    When faced with limited table space a dealer has to pick something that has universal appeal and is guaranteed to sell.

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    I find the exact opposite. I have no problem finding tons of Alpha Flight stuff at conventions. It's the reason I go to them. I have nearly everything there is to have that's Alpha Flight related and I still find stuff to buy without much fuss. Last show I went to I could barely carry all the stuff I got home on the 1st day and had to go back a 2nd day to pick everything else up.

    Part of it might be a threshhold of how much of a completist you are: I'll buy an art book by Mark Brooks for a Wild Child illustration; others might not consider that an Alpha Flight item.

    I'll buy a 2nd or 3rd printing of a tpb I already have just because it's neato.

    And some are more willing to invest in a high end item like original comic art than others.

    So you've got to know what you're looking for, be prepared with a well-researched want list and these cons can be a treasure trove of Alpha Flight items.
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    Oh I get what you mean Rob; I never come away empty-handed or disappointed, but they're Alpha Flight related, or connected as opposed to actual branded/themed AF merchandise, which I think is what Wildcard meant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rplass View Post
    I'll buy a 2nd or 3rd printing of a tpb I already have just because it's neato.
    Hmm.. I have a copy with the white/pink logo but it says First Printing inside...

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    Yeah they all say 1st printing. So on Ebay when you see a listing for a 1st printing, it's technically correct... the seller probably just sees "1st printing" inside the book and puts that in the description. But there were 3 printings of the Asgardian Wars tpb. Check the back cover for the price. What we would call the first printing has a blue/yellow title and says $14.95. 2nd printing has a white/pink title and says $15.95 and the 3rd printing also has a white/pink title but says $18.95.
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    Hmm... going by that I have the 2nd Print then. Damn.

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    Yes, I was referring to branded/official merchandise - toys, action figures, busts, shirts etc. And I do understand that Alpha isn't a big name anymore but with the multitude of comic fans and comic merchandise sellers, and it being a Canadian con and all that I would find something more than just comics. I didn't think of your point about limited table space and filling it with items that can move easier.

    Its shame though as Im always on the lookout and always leave feeling a little disappointed

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    I haven't been to a comic convention for years. I have to drive up to Sydney for them, and there hasn't been a big one specifically about comics in a long time.
    (There've been general sci-fi ones, but they're too big. Read: I can't afford them. Yes, I'd love to meet half of Joss Whedon's cast and all those Star Trek actors, but I'm not a millionaire.)

    Quote Originally Posted by rplass View Post
    What we would call the first printing has a blue/yellow title and says $14.95.
    That would make mine a first printing!
    Then again, I also have the hard cover. And the floppies.

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    Ah yes...I miss floppies.
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    Oh god yeah, I've got the storyline 6 times now all in all.

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    I found a better link to the aforementioned art book by Mark Brooks:

    http://brandstudiopress.myshopify.co...ts/groundworks

    Brand new for $24.99 - it has original art from Uncanny X-Force #11 and #12 featuring AoA Wild Child
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
    Oh god yeah, I've got the storyline 6 times now all in all.
    Seven times now if you count the TPB which came out today. I didn't get it... yet .... but I'm wondering if there's anything new included.
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    Found another non-disappointment today: a copy volume 3 of the Marvel Bound Set from 1992 which was a retailer giveaway at the 1992 Diamond Summit . It contains Alpha Flight issue #110. It's very hard to find and even harder to find as a singleton because usually they are found in sets of all 3 volumes. It's an amazing book very thick and bound together with no covers, but all the ads. It is 1/3 of the titles that came out in Jun/Jul 1992.
    Reprints The Adventures of the Thing # 3; Wonder Man #10; Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book # 7; Alpha Flight #110; Ghost Rider Vol. 2, # 26; The Pirates of Dark Water #7; The Punisher: War Zone #4; Silver Sable and The Wild Pack #1; Silver Surfer Vol. 3, # 66; Moon Knight: Divided We Fall # 1; Marvel Age #113; The Avengers # 348; Clive Barkers Nigh Breed # 16; Conan The Barbarian #257; Marvel Tales Featuring Spider-Mam # 262; Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #42; Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.Vol.2 #37; Epic # 1; Defenders of Dynatron City #5; Terror Inc. # 1; The Original Ghost Rider #1; Cage # 4, The Punisher War Journal # 44.
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