Collectors flock to Comic Con


by Quita Culpepper/KVUE News

Posted on November 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 13 at 7:22 PM

Tens of thousands from across the country are in Austin this weekend, for one of the largest superhero conventions in the nation.

While many enjoy dressing up and meeting their heroes at Comic Con, others are there strictly for the comics.

At this pop culture fan-fest, you'll find costumes, legendary TV and movie characters and of course, plenty of comics.
 “We specialize in vintage comics from the 40's, 50's 60's,” vendor Scott Smithhart said. “We have newer stuff also but mostly the high end collector stuff.”
For Scott Smithhart and other venders, Comic Con is a gold mine -- with pristine first editions of X-Men, Fantastic Four and more -- collectors are willing to pay big bucks for hard-to-find copies.
 “I sold one yesterday for $600 and I've sold comics as high as $5,000 before,” Smithhart said.
Smithhart says the trend in comics these days is all about the big screen.
 “Currently it's movie driven,” he said. “Whatevercomes out on movie generally has a comic book, most times it started as a comic book, but that's what's brought a lot of people into comic collecting now.”
For Ricky Tindell, comics have provided a trip to a world of imagination and adventure -- and this is the perfect place to hunt down his childhood favorites.
“I've been a comic book collector since I was 6 or 7 years old,” Ricky Tindell said.
Comics are also a way to make some money.
“Hold on to it,” he said. “Because as the future goes, like everything it goes up in value it may take a while but you know, hold onto it.”
For one, 14-year-old Thomas Molina is just starting their collections.
“It has pictures to go along with it, so it's easier to understand than a novel,” Molina said.