A Word on Comic Book Pricing

The going worth of individual comic books can range all over the board. Some issues

have been know to bring in monetary value of six figures, while other issues aren’t even

worth the price you paid for them. Action Comics #1 (the introduction of Superman) in

mint condition has been quoted at being worth $650,000. A pretty tidy piece of change.

Then Weird Science, issue #13, in near mint condition can command a respectable price

tag of $5,750. There are also multitudes of back issues purchased at a newsstand price of

around 5 bucks, that are now worth even less than that.

So how does one go about determining the actual value of their individual collections?

This is not an easy task or one to be taken lightly. Comic book worth is a highly

perceived value and will vary quite greatly, depending on which opinion you choose to

follow. By all means, if there is a reputable comic book dealer in your local area that you

are comfortable dealing with, get his or her opinion. But in all my research so far, it

seems that “The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide” is the bible of most active comic

book collectors.

I have my copy in electronic format, reachable from my desktop. It is very handy. If you

truly want to understand what your magazines are worth, the first thing you need to do is

to determine the physical condition of each comic book. Is it raggady ass poor with pages

missing and in need of a paper clip to hold it together or has it never been opened since

purchased and appears to be in mint condition? Even brand new comic books may not

make the grade of mint or perfect condition.

Overstreet gives a very detailed description of all the grades and sub-grades used in the

0.5 to 10.0 scale, generally acceptable by all comic book aficionados. If you follow his

physical condition explanations and grading scale, you will get a pretty good feel for the

conditions of your own collection.

The next step in your pricing exercise is to then go through the myriad of pages to find

your particular issues. Along with your now determined physical and grade conditions,

you can find your issue’s current assumed value.

This guide also has tips on collecting, preserving and storing your comic books. And it

defines the various ages (Golden Age, Silver Age, etc.) that comic book history has

moved through.

I guess if I had to mention a drawback to this guide, it would be the fact that there is soo

much information to go through, it could take you quit a while to devour the whole book.

Once you get well acquainted and comfortable with the guide though, you could consider

yourself an expert in your own right and help your friends out with their collecting and

pricing questions.

I do believe this guide to be an invaluable and inexpensive resource to have and I don’t

think you will be disappointed with it. You can visit Heritage Comics at

http://www.comic-book-collection-made-easy.com/CBPG to learn more about the guide.

While you are there, you may want to surf around Heritage’s site. There are some very

interesting subjects there. If you have never seen Heritage Comics’ site before and you

really enjoy it, just remember where you heard about it at (ha, ha). Of course if you

would rather have a hard copy of the Overstreet Guide, I an sure your local comic book

store would have a copy and I hope this little review has helped you with your pricing questions.



The Havana Book Fair Has a Wonderful Story to Tell

For bibliophiles, readers, and writers, a large  book   fair  can be a very exciting event. These  fairs  tend to bring together some of the most renowned authors, publishers, and figures in the publishing world, and to offer the reading public the chance to hear new stories, learn new things about treasured authors, and even enjoy dialogue with famed writers. Of course, not all  book   fairs  are created equal, and the Havana  Book   Fair  has worked hard to establish itself as anything but your average  fair .

What Makes It So Unique?

What really helps to set the Havana  Book   Fair  apart is that it is as much a cultural experience as it is an educational one. In fact, the fair is considered to be Cuba’s premier cultural event and is the event with the highest attendance each year. The event features concerts, dance, and art in addition to many other cultural events and activities without ever losing the primary focus on literature. Visitors will find that the event brings in millions of people and over 100 different publishing houses from all over the world. Political officials, publishers, and authors all attend the  fair , which takes place in some of Havana’s best libraries while the central hub is the San Carlos de la Cabana fortification that overlooks the beautiful Havana harbor.

The History of the  Fair 

The Havana  Book   Fair  was started in 1982 at the Havana Fine Arts Museum. It moved to a number of locations over the years until 2000, when it was moved to San Carlos de la Cabana fortress. It was also this year that the festival became an annual event. Each year celebrates a different theme or author as the main focus, and past focuses have ranged from Mexico to medicine at the disposal of mankind and Galician culture. The event has grown in size from a rather small gathering to an even that sees millions of attendees and visits multiple locations annually.

The 2013 Havana  Book   Fair 

In February of 2013, the Havana  Book   Fair  will take place yet again. Under the theme To Read Is to Grow, the 2013 event will celebrate the Republic of Angola. The country has had strong ties to Cuba since the Cuban Revolution, and their Culture Minister praised the invitation to the event. This event is certain to be the biggest yet, drawing in academics and intellectuals from across the globe. With recent loosening of travel restrictions for US travelers, the 2013 Havana  Book   Fair  presents a unique opportunity to American librarians, writers, and academics, and with so little certainty regarding future democratic relations, this event is one that many will find too good to pass up!



Book Review: Explosive Eighteen

Stephanie Plum was a lingerie purchaser but when she lost her job, she was desperate. There were bills to pay and she couldn’t seem to find a job that was suitable. So, she went to see her cousin Vinnie who was running a bond enforcement agency and blackmailed him in order to get work. He agreed to pay her a percentage of the bail money he had paid for individuals who had skipped their Court date, if she found them and turned them into the police.

Stephanie is not very good at her job but the commission she makes is enough to finance her sparse lifestyle.

Stephanie is usually just focusses on paying her rent but was surprised and pleased to have an opportunity to visit Hawaii. She hoped that she would have a nice, relaxing holiday. It ended up, however, that her two love interests came to Hawaii and had a horrible fight with each other.

Joe Morelli is a Trenton, New Jersey police officer who Stephanie has been attracted to since her childhood. The problem with their relationship is that they sometimes want to commit to each other – but never at the same time so over the years, it has been “on-again and off-again”.

Ranger, a security expert, who has been Stephanie’s career mentor, is also extremely attractive to Stephanie. He, however, has an air of mystery about him and just doesn’t seen to be interested in more than a few romantic encounters. He’s just not the type that she would expect to commit to her – or anyone.

After the fight, Stephanie took both of her lovers to a Hawaiian hospital and then headed back home without them.

Matters got worse after the man seated next to her on the plane disappeared during a layover. Then the FBI and a motley group of thugs began chasing Stephanie in hopes of recovering a photograph that they believed the man on the plane had been carrying.

While Stephanie is being hounded for the photo, she still has to make a living by finding individuals who skipped their Court date after her cousin Vinnie posted bail for them. His office, however, was recently destroyed and even the temporary headquarters went up in smoke so his staff have to be flexible.

Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur, the teen-aged thinking senior, thinks that Stephanie needs some help in securing a man so she has a friend make up a love potion. Lulu, the former prostitute who sometimes helps Stephanie with her work, drinks it instead of Stephanie and immediately falls in love with the man who they have been trying to turn in to the authorities.

Even Joyce Barnhardt, an enemy of Stephanie’s causes problems. She is in hiding and decides that she should be staying in Stephanie’s apartment.

So, Stephanie is facing problems in her career and in personal life. She doesn’t even have the ability to go home in order to get away from problems because Joyce is there. Joe and Ranger are awkward around her because of the incident in Hawaii and neither of them want to talk about it to find any resolution.

It’s just one problem after another in “Explosive Eighteen” but Janet Evanovich is able to add enough humour and creativity that the reader is captivated.



How to Select a Business Book

It must have happened to most of us; standing in the business section corner of a bookstore, not sure which book to pick up for a good read. Being able to choose the right books which provide a good insight into the world of business is a herculean task. With so many different kinds of books available, it is sometimes difficult to make the right choice.

The problem is, business books are not story books, which can simply be bought for the fun of reading. Business books on one hand give inputs towards various business nuances, supported by hard facts and cases and on the other, establishes ways and means to inculcate skills to enhance your business acumen. So how does one get to select the right book? We hope that the following steps would help you avoid needless expenses towards run-of-the-mill books.

Ask yourself the following questions:

•What is the reason you are looking for a business book? If you know the reason you may want to ask yourself the next question.

•Do you want to read a book related to your business / field of work or you want to read something else?

•Do you want to read time tested authors or want to try something new?

Do a Content review: Every book has a small review on its jacket. The title may not be able to describe its content.

Check the Credibility of the Author: You may prefer an author who writes based on his experiences from his field of work (which in your case is the chosen trade), or even like books from academicians.

Check who is the target audience: A book for “everybody” may not appeal to you, as it may not contain field specific examples.

Do the chapter titles tell the story?: Check the chapter titles; do they reveal the context of the book. Intriguing titles increase curiosity to read further.

Check some part of the contents: E.g. The introduction is usually a summary of the entire book. Read the foreword to check whether the content is what you are looking for.

Check whether the book has real world examples: Flip the pages of the book, check out some of the case studies, do they depict a real world scenario?

Check the writing style: Though you may have selected the author(s) you want to read, but not all authors’ writing style may appeal to you. Just skiff through or read a random page to see if the writing style is appealing.

Is it the right time to buy the book?: Timeliness is Godliness here! Do you really require the book right now, or is it going to end up being a wasteful expenditure which you may make in order to read the book later. The book of the bookstore shelf may also end up being in your own house shelf without reading even a page. So first, be sure that you want that book.

Consult with peer group and internet reviews: Friends, colleagues, seniors and others, help a lot in getting you to make a purchase decision. So consult them, just in case they may have read a particular genre of book that you are seeking. Also connect to the internet for reviews of the business books or management books or other non fiction books that you intend to buy.



How to Get Fair Skin Naturally

Enhance your complexion with natural remedies and hence get a fairer and glossy skin.

1) Keep washing your face and neck once in three hours with soft and cold water without using any soap or lotion.

2) Take bath twice a day.

3) Cut lemon into two pieces and keep brushing it on your face and neck in the mornings and evenings before bath.

4) Mix a few drops of gingelly oil with water vigorously and when it becomes white rub it on your face and

leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. Now wash your face. Do this once a day.

5) Pick tender neem leaves and grind it well to make a smooth paste and apply the same on your face and leave it for 15 minutes and then wash your face with soft water.

6) Make a semisolid paste of sandal wood powder by adding water. Collect the same in a bowl and apply it on your face daily twice. Allow your face to dry for few hours and then wash your face. The paste once made can be preserved in a refrigerator for a few days.

7) Apply unpeeled green gram flour on the face and body regularly as a substitute for soaps continuously for three months to achieve fairer skin and a glossy look.

8) For women use of raw turmeric powder prepared at home will produce extraordinarily good results in both maintaining the quality of the skin as well as improving the colour.

9) Apply coconut milk or two days old curd regularly for a period of 30 days for a brighter skin.

10) Each one of the above remedies/preventive cares is not only to enhance your complexion but also to keep your skin bright and spotless when used for months continuously.



Tips So You Can Generate Income On Real Estate Investment

Property is a profitable means of earnings for experienced people for quite a long time. Nevertheless, since a lot of the country is definitely filled up with residences, buyers currently have to choose their investments much more thoroughly. The good news is, there are many particular techniques a new trader will take to be sure the house they choose is probably going to go up in value. The first thing just about all knowledgeable investors do is establish a budget. Realizing just how much you must dedicate to a home will guarantee you never commit far too much and minimize and even wipe out your potential for income. Housing buyers must be cognizant of the positioning of the homes they choose. The best assets have been in up and coming areas where the property prices are little by little growing and may also peak in the next few years. Taking the time to do this investigation may be sure you make your highest income in your investment while not having to hold out decades to the the location of appreciate in value. Real Estate agencies are great sources for this data. Web sites like Address Properties can be a fantastic base of knowledge for any individual trying to find recent rates and properties for sale. By far the most lucrative properties possess clear defects. Knowledgeable investors understand just how much it will charge to fix individuals defects for them to market your property for a profit. It is important for the investor to Learn More details on the fixes in comparison to the seller so they can work out a positive deal. Customers are inclined to look at the kitchen and bath rooms initially. Improving these spaces features the very best opportunity for income. Buyers will find properties on address.properties that want unique fittings from the the kitchen and washrooms and then make a deal for them. People who have associates in the home improvement industry and can take full advantage of savings are able to improve their revenue when they offer the home. Real estate investing is not really a thing that a fresh buyer need to hurry into without having done any a great deal of research. Should this be an area you wish to explore, you may Learn More by visiting this website and searching the posts.

Bread Mold Science Fair Projects Ideas

If you’re looking for an interesting science fair project, then you may want to read more about bread mold science fair projects that you can do. They are easy and inexpensive to do but also allow you to follow all the steps of the scientific method.

It helps to first understand a little about mold. Mold is another word for fungi whose bodies gather and congeal together to form cottony vegetative bodies. Not all mold is cottony, however. Types of slimy mold are more like amoeba than their cottony cousins and leave a moister, slicker mass on the molded surface. However when it comes to bread, you will most always see the drier, threadlike mold.

Mold commonly grows on bread faster in warm, dark, moist conditions. However, mold can grow in light, and some molds can even grow on frozen foods. Molds grow in varying conditions, at varying speeds, in every color you can think of.

Not just a disgusting addition to old food, mold can be beneficial in many ways. One of the most common ways mold is used positively is to make antibiotics such as penicillin. In 1928, Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin when he found mold growing on a discarded petri dish. The mold itself was not the miracle. Fleming discovered that the mold that had grown had killed the Staphylococcus aureus that he’d been growing in that particular petri dish. The rest is history!

Now that you know a little more about bread mold, you can use the ideas below to help you find potential bread mold science fair projects.

Does sodium have an effect on the growth of bread mold?

How and why does mold form on bread?

Is bread mold harmful to the human body if consumed? Why?

What are the optimal conditions for growing bread mold? Why?

Does light have an effect on the growth of bread mold? If so, what kind?

Do certain types of breads mold faster than others?

How to grow bread mold…

Take a cotton swab and collect some dust. Wipe the dust over the bread slices you want to experiment with. Place them in a bag with a few drops of water and seal the bag so the slices don’t dry out.

Now you know a little more about bread mold and the types of experiments you can do. You may have an idea of what you would like to try as a project. Simply by asking questions about things that interest you, you can come up with great bread mold science fair projects that can be fun to do!



Islamic Art And Its True Meaning!

The  Islamic  art has been manifested in all its glory in all the countries wherein Islam was seen as a prominent religion. The  Islamic  wings is said to be spread all across Spain to the land of Persia, from Africa to Egypt. It has gained all the substance and strength needed. The artistic and rich flavor that it has comes from the Arab heritage as several types of art were used so as to express the unique features of Islam with no pictorial depiction.

A rare blend of several arts combined together form the crux of the Islam art. These forms are a blend of the Copts, the Persians, the Byzantines, and the Romans. In this lies the best asset of their skill, their ability to fuse up native designs with that of the imported ones so as to achieve a rare final result. The abstract designs and embellishments are unique to this form of art.

Most have made use of the interlacing and curves with vibrant and bright colors so as to enhance the several styles. The best pieces of this architecture all around the world are seen to be clearly distinguishable owing to the spirited floral prints and designs.

The present form of art is said to have come up during the Umayyad caliphate rule (in 661 – 750). Thereon, several divergent phases of the  Islamic  architecture transpired. Thus, it is very commonly classified as being a part of the reigning empire owing to the creation of its art. There are several Muslim galleries and museums which have their collections categorized by various Muslim dynasties that include Abbasid, Umayyad, Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid.

Islam is a very diverse religion which consists of people from several ethnic backgrounds. The art from Islam too is much diversified so as to accommodate its follower’s ethnicity. It has the capability of unification of several elements blended together into a master piece which depicts the several facets of an artist. It prevents any kind of animal or human representation, the sole rationale being that Allah cannot be represented by any living creature. It is no wonder that this skill is more of an abstract form that depicts floral shapes, abstract, geometric shapes, etc.

There are many collectors across the globe that has an eye for such masterpieces. They are even ready to pay a handsome price for acquiring them. Moreover, there are several  books  which are available that can catch the interest of anyone with an eye for cultural mystique creations. These  books  can even help to display the current market price of these artistic items.



A Summary of the Novel "The Green Mile"

Any summary of the novel “The Green Mile” by Stephen King has to include a bit about the famous horror novelist, himself. He published this novel in 1996 as a serial novel, and the first edition actually came out in six small, paperbacks, which were later made into one novel. King is most well known for his horror novels, so as this summary of the novel “The Green Mile” shows, this book, set in the 1930s, is a departure from some of his other works.

Plot

The summary of the novel “The Green Mile” includes the plot and setting. The story takes place in 1932 on the E Block (Death Row) in Cold Mountain Penitentiary in Georgia. It is narrated by the main character, Paul, who is the captain of the prison guards who preside over E Block. “The Green Mile” of the title is the corridor between the cells of the cell block that leads to the execution room. The corridor is covered in green linoleum, hence, the “last” or green mile the inmates take to their death.

The story follows John Coffey, a large, black inmate convicted of raping and murdering two young white girls, and the other two inmates on death row, along with the guards who watch over them. Coffey is special, as Paul discovers, and he has magical healing abilities that become apparent. He befriends a small white mouse, who he names Mr. Jingles, and heals the mouse when the brutal guard Percy Wetmore tried to kill it. He also heals Paul’s kidney infection, and later, Paul spirits him out of the prison to heal the warden’s wife’s brain tumor. Coffey “transfers” this brain disease to Wetmore, the sadistic guard who the inmates and staff dislike. Wetmore never recovers and spends the rest of his life in a mental institution.

Eventually, Paul discovers that Coffey is exceptional in many areas. It turns out he did not murder the two girls, another inmate (William Wharton) did. Coffey does not want to be pardoned, and dies in the electric chair because he cannot bear the cruelties of real life. After his death, Paul discovers that each of the people Coffey has healed live extraordinarily long lives. Paul is 108 at the end of the book, and Mr. Jingles is 64. They have no idea how long they will live, and the novel ends.

Characters

A summary of the novel “The Green Mile” includes the characters in the novel.

Paul Edgecombe – Paul is the main character of the novel. A prison guard, by the end of the story he is an old man narrating this part of his life to a friend who is writing his memoir.

John Coffey – A nearly 7-foot-tall black man, a convicted murderer awaiting his death sentence on death row in the prison. He befriends a white mouse and heals people of their diseases.

Percy Wetmore – A sadistic prison guard who everyone dislikes. He torments the prisoners, tries to kill Mr. Jingles, the mouse, and deliberately botches an execution where the inmate suffers terribly. He keeps his job because he is related to the governor.

Eduard Delacroix – A Cajun man convicted of arson, he is essentially a coward. He is the man who dies a horrible death at the hands of Wetmore.

William Wharton – Another convict, it turns out he is the one who actually committed the murder attributed to John Coffey. He is wild and frightening, and attempts to disrupt the prison as much as he can before he dies.

Mr. Jingles – The white mouse that lives to be 64 and is befriended by John Coffey.



Texas State Fair and the Cotton Bowl

Dallas is the proud host of the Lone Star State’s own State Fair. You can find this fair each year during October in Fair Park, a city park that is two miles east of downtown. Visitors to the fair will be happy to know that there is plenty of convenient parking and even valet parking is offered for those who don’t feel like hoofing it in from the parking lot.

Football lovers will also be happy to know that the fairgrounds include the Cotton Bowl and yes, there are football games held during the fair. Those who have tickets to the game can get into the fair for free on the day of, and enjoy both the competition and the fun.

The Chevrolet Main Stage hosts free concerts to visitors at the fair, and usually a few big name stars hang out there. There is standing room only though, so don’t come to the concerts if you can’t stand for long periods of time.

Staying to check out the Starlight Parade is a great way to end your day at the fair. Each night at 7:15 colorful floats, costumed volunteers and life-sized puppets wind their way through the park.

Food lovers will be interested to know that the fair claims the first Corny Dogs were invented in 1942 by concessionaires Carl and Neil Fletcher. You can also get lots of other kinds of Carnival food on the Midway.

Entertainment at the fair comes in the form of Pig Races, a Backyard Circus, and even an Auto Show. The pig races are run three times daily in the Pan American Arena. The Backyard Circus is great fun to watch with the family and you just might be chosen for some audience participation. The Auto Show has been held every year since 1904. This show encompasses two buildings and still requires and outdoor truck area to contain all the vehicles on display.