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The information contained on this site is an unofficial reference for convention goers to plan ahead and make budgets for their convention visits. It is based solely on my personal convention experiences, and represents my conversations with the individual artists, their displayed signs at the time and what I actually paid to have my comics signed. I do not guarantee that the artist's prices or policies will be the same from one convention to the next, and each is free to change their policies at will. This site is not affiliated with any comic convention, publisher or artist.

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Are you an ‘Innie’ or and ‘Outtie’?

By Scott Hansen


February 19, 2017 – Standing in line waiting to enter the North Texas Comic Show this past January, I had a very pleasant conversation with a gentleman from Houston.  Among the topics we discussed was signed comics, and where each of us preferred to have the guests sign; on the cover or inside the comic. Here are the points we each put forward in defense of our preference.


     Mr. Houston, as I will call my friend, prefers to have his comics signed on the inside of the book. He feels that the signatures on the cover detract from the artwork and shifts the focus of attention from the book to the signatures. He also likes the ‘reveal’ aspect of opening the book and finding those autographs, almost like unwrapping a present on Christmas morning. He keeps his collection packed away, safe and sound until he feels like enjoying them.


     I, on the other hand, prefer to have the guests sign right on the cover. I don’t think the focus is shifted so much that I can’t enjoy the art, and I like to see all the signatures together without having to remove the book from its protective sleeve. I feel that this handling of the comic will add up over time, lowering the grade and opening up the book to accidents. It also allows me to display the comic in a prominent place, making it a talking point in my home, and giving me an opportunity to tell any anecdotes associated with the book and signatures.


     Our conversation ended as the doors to the show opened and we all filed into the convention hall. We parted with a smile, a handshake and a well wish for a good show. In the end, we both knew that there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the hobby. Whether you are an ‘Innie’ or and ‘Outtie’, it’s the fact that you are enjoying yourself that makes the hobby such a wonderful thing!