Comic Book Pressing

I have been playing around with comic pressing for a few months now. If you are not familiar with comic pressing, it is a process where you attempt to remove some of the minor defects of a comic book and improve its condition prior to resale or sending the book off to be graded. Many companies are offering a “clean and press” service as an option when you send in comics to have them graded. Many of your pressing companies are very tight-lipped about the process they use to clean and press. And, if you find an article online about the “clean and press” process, the “pros” will generally add a comment that the article has no idea what they are talking about and the process they are using will damage the book. Of course, they say this, and offer no additional insights into the pressing process.

I thought I would share some photos of a couple of comics I recently pressed. These two books are both low grade comics and really not worth the time, but I thought they would make great examples of what pressing can and cannot do to improve the grade of a comic. These comics were only pressed, and no cleaning was performed on the books. This process takes about two days for me to complete for each book. The goal of day one is to get as much of the spine roll out of the comic as possible. Day two is used to press the book as a whole. You could see some additional improvement to the comic if you press for a longer period of time, but additional gains are going to be minimal.

Book one is the Challengers of the Unknown issue 74. This book has numerous problems as you can see from the following images. The flaws include a spine roll and a hard crease down the upper left edge of the book. The comic does not lay flat, has tears around the staples. However, the cover is still attached at both staples and the centerfold is also attached at both staples. You can check the following images to get an idea of how the book looked prior to the press.

The biggest change to the book after the press was the significant improvement of the spine of the comic and getting it close to back to laying flat. I realize now I should have taken better pictures of the cover to show some of the creases that were not easily visible. So, in this example, what does pressing NOT fix. Any crease that breaks the color of the book will still be visible. Tears and missing pieces will also not be magically restored either. Pressing will also not remove aging of the paper.

The second book in this pressing example is Strange Tales issue 150. This book also has numerous problems including a 1/4″ spine roll, missing piece from the upper left corner of the cover, red ink stain on the price, red ink stain on the back cover, a missing centerfold page, along with many creases and fold.

After the press, the majority of the spine roll has been removed. Again, a press is not going to make missing pieces and pages magically again, but the overall presentation of the book has improved.

Another thing to keep in mind about comic pressing, especially when you are attempting to remove spine roll, you are putting the book under a certain amount of stress. There are cases were comics have been graded and the owner decided to resubmit through a service that cleans and presses prior to re-submission. There are cases where the comic came back from the second grade with a significantly lower grade, because damage occurred to the comic during the clean and press process. Damage can include tears to the cover and the cover become split or detached from the comic. So keep this in mind when submitting a higher value book for pressing.

Overall, I was please with the improvement I saw in these books, and I will continue to practice pressing books.

If you have experience with comic pressing, I would love to hear your comments, both positive and negative.

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Schedule

Convention Schedule

Schedule for August 31, 2019
The gaming schedule is available here.

  • 10:00 AM – Doors Open
  • 10:00 AM – Silent Charity Auction begins
  • 10:00 AM – Gaming Events begin, managed by Greyhawke Gamers Guild
  • 11:30 AM – Turning Pro: Start Your Writing Career in Comics and Books hosted by Brian K. Morris, Cathy Jackson, and Amy Hale
  • 12:45 PM – Jack Kirby – The King of Comics Presentation by Ted Haycraft
  • 03:15 PM – Burg Comics Con 2019 Costume Contest hosted by Costumers for Christ
  • 04:15 PM – Silent Charity Auction ends
  • 04:30 PM – Working with Worbla by Marz Stardust Cosplay
  • 05:00 PM – Burg Comics Con 2019 ends

Additional Panels and events to be added.

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Charity

At Burg Comics Con 2019 we will once again be raising money for the Saline County 4Cs (Christian Community Compassion Center). Everyone who brings in a non-perishable food item or toiletry donation will receive 10 free comics. We will also be holding a silent auction to raise money for the 4Cs as well. If you are unable or forget to bring a donation, do not worry. Make a $1 cash donation the 4Cs and receive 10 free comics. There will be several 1000 comics to choose from. Over the past five years, Burg Comics has given away over 13500 comics to raise money for the 4Cs. And if helping a good cause is not enough, you will also get free comics just for showing up.

There will also be a silent charity auction for the Saline County 4Cs beginning at 10:00 AM and running until 4:30 PM. If you would like to donate an item to the charity auction, please contact me at admin@burgcomics.com. Some of the items currently in the silent auction include:

  1. Wonder Woman print signed by Don Kramer
  2. Amazing Spider-man comic signed by inker Scott Hanna

More items are being added!

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Gaming

Tentative Gaming Schedule as of 8/4/2019:

10am-12pm

Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 (3-6 Players/ Ages 12+/ 60-90 min)

Monty Python Fluxx (2-6 players/Ages 13+/40 min)

Cthulhu Fluxx (2-6 players/Ages 8+/5-30 min)

Star Fluxx (2-6 players/Ages 8+/10 min)

Lords of Waterdeep (2-5 players/Ages 12+/60 min – 120 min)

Red Dragon Inn (2-8 players/Ages 13+/45 min – 120 min)

12pm-2pm

Fallout:The Board Game (1-4 Players/Ages 14+/120 – 180 min)

Marvel Legendary (1-5 players/Ages 14+/45 min)

1pm-????

Magic: The Gathering tournament (Modern Format – Swiss Style with single elimination bracket)

2pm-4pm

Doxie Dash (2-6 Players/ Ages 6+/ 15-30min)

Settlers of Catan (3-4 players/Ages 10+/60 min – 120 min)

Liguria (3-4 Players/Ages 12+/60 min)

2pm-6pm

Tales of Arabian Nights (1-6 players/Ages 12+/120 min)

Star Wars: Outer Rim (1-4 players/Ages 14+/60 min – 180 min)

Pathfinder Society 2nd Edition Demos

Starfinder Society 2nd Edition Demos

4pm-6pm

Sheriff of Nottingham (3-5 players/Ages 14+/60 min)

Cave Troll (2-4 Players/Ages 10+/20-60 min)

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Vendors

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Cosplay

The costume contest is returning to Burg Comics Con 2019. Categories for the costume contest will be Boys (Ages 0 to 13), Girls (Ages 0 to 13), Best Overall Costume, Best Superhero Costume, and Best Overall Costume Runner-Up.
Costume Contest Rules:

  1. Any prop, item or activity that presents the possibility of damage to the entrants, their costumes, the audience, or the facility is prohibited.
  2. Good taste must be used in the creation and presentation of costumes. Gore, violence, nudity, profanity and other objectionable elements are prohibited. Burg Comics Con is a family oriented event so please use common sense in the selection of your costume.
  3. Failure to abide by any of the costume contest rules may result in disqualification from the contest and possible removal from the convention site.
  4. Most genres of costumes are welcome for the contest. Preference in prizes will be given to handmade designs.
  5. If you have any questions about costume contest rules, please contact Burg Comics at admin@burgcomics.com.

The winner of the Best Overall Costume category will receive a $75 gift certificate to spend at the convention. The winners of the Best Superhero Costume will receive a $50 gift certificate and Best Overall Costume Runner-Up will receive $25 convention gift certificates. The winner of the Boys and Girls category will each receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at the convention. We will also have a photographer specializing in cosplay on site for the convention!

Cosplay Event Schedule

  • 03:15 PM – Burg Comics Con 2019 Costume Contest hosted/judged by Costumers for Christ and Marz Stardust Cosplay

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Artisans

Burg Comics Con 2019 – Writers

Burg Comics 2019 – Artists

Burg Comics Con 2019

Saturday August 31st, 2019
10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Bonan Business Center
540 N Commercial St
Harrisburg, IL 62946

The 10th annual Burg Comics Con will take place on Saturday August 31, 2019 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Bonan Business Center in Harrisburg, IL. Please start passing the word along to your friends and encourage them to become a fan of our page on Facebook to keep up with the latest news. Admission to the convention is FREE, but we are requesting a charitable donation to the Saline County 4Cs. As additional details become available, they will be posted here and on the Burg Comics Facebook page.

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