April 16th, 2015

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The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a first edition, first printing hardcover of The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld by Terry Pratchett, compiled by Stephen Briggs. Donated by HarperCollins.


A flat planet traveling through space carried by four elephants balancing on the back of a giant turtle; a world populated by (mostly inept) wizards, dwarfs, despots, policemen, assassins, aged barbarians, vampires, thieves, witches, and civil servants; a place where technology, per se, is nonexistent but magic works . . . except when it doesn’t.


Gleaned from more than two decades’ worth of Discworld tales, here is an essential compendium of insightful musings, witty commentary, and sagacious observations by New York Times bestselling author Terry Pratchett, compiled by Pratchett expert Stephen Briggs.


Starting Bid: $5.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore, with fancy half-size dust jacket.


Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacré Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacré Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.


Kirkus said this “arty comedy also captures the courage and rebellion of the Impressionists with an exultant joie de vivre”, while Booklist called Moore’s prose “fresh and engaging.”


Starting Bid: $5.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The Child Thief and Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: two hardcover novels by Brom, The Child Thief and Krampus: The Yule Lord. Both are first editions; The Child Thief is a second printing, Krampus is a first printing.


Description of The Child Thief:


The acclaimed artist Brom brilliantly displays his multiple extraordinary talents in The Child Thief—a spellbinding re-imagining of the beloved Peter Pan story that carries readers through the perilous mist separating our world from the realm of Faerie. As Gregory Maguire did with his New York Times bestselling Wicked novels, Brom takes a classic children’s tale and turns it inside-out, painting a Neverland that, like Maguire’s Oz, is darker, richer, more complex than innocent world J.M. Barrie originally conceived. An ingeniously executed literary feat, illustrated with Brom’s sumptuous artwork, The Child Thief is contemporary fantasy at its finest—casting Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, even Captain Hook and his crew in a breathtaking new light.


Some of the illustrations can be seen at the author’s website.


book coverDescription of Krampus: The Yule Lord:


Acclaimed author and artist Brom raised eyebrows and pulse rates with The Child Thief, his grim, brilliantly audacious, gorgeously illustrated reimagining of the Peter Pan legend. So what does this innovative fantasist do for an encore? He tinkers darkly with the beloved mythology of Santa Claus. Set in Appalachia,Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Krampus the Yule Lord is Gregory Maguire (Wicked) meets Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) in the realm of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as Clive Barker (Mr. B. Gone) works his dark sorcery from the shadows. Once again featuring Brom’s chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd.


Illustrations from this book can also seen at the author’s website.


Starting Bid: $7.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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BODY WORK (Issue 1) Signed by the writers!

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Ben Aaronovitch. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: BODY WORK Issue 1 (the Rivers of London comic) signed by writers Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel.


Starting Bid: $20


Notes: you will have to wait until late May early June because the issue hasn’t been printed yet.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The System of the World by Neal Stephenson (signed first edition)

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a signed first edition, first printing of The System of the World by Neal Stephenson, volume three of the Baroque Cycle. Donated by HarperCollins. Two copies available.


Description:


England, 1714. London has long been home to a secret war between the brilliant, enigmatic Master of the Mint and closet alchemist, Isaac Newton, and his archnemesis, the insidious counterfeiter Jack the Coiner. Hostilities are suddenly moving to a new and more volatile level as Half-Cocked Jack hatches a daring plan, aiming for the total corruption of Britain’s newborn monetary system.


Enter Daniel Waterhouse: Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, Daniel has been on a long and harrowing quest to help mend the rift between adversarial geniuses. As Daniel combs city and country for clues to the identity of the blackguard who is attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers, political factions jockey for position while awaiting the impending death of the ailing queen, and the “holy grail” of alchemy, the key to life eternal, tantalizes and continues to elude Isaac Newton.


As Newton, Waterhouse, and Shaftoe each circle closer to the object of Daniel’s quest, everything that was will be changed forever …


Starting Bid: $10. Two copies available, top two bids win; consecutive bids must increase.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. Donated by Diana Pho.


Description:


Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist — and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.


A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.


Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.


Publishers Weekly said, “Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.”


Starting Bid: $5.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Epic fantasy grab bag from Orbit

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: a grab bag of epic fantasy novels donated by Orbit. It contains:



  • The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller (first in the Tarnished Crown series);

  • The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes (first in the Bring Down Heaven trilogy);

  • The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin (first in the completed Dreamblood duology); and

  • Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (first in the just-completed Powder Mage trilogy).


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Starting Bid: $10.


Notes: Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, because of publishing rights.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (signed first edition)

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: a signed first edition, first printing hardcover of NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Donated by HarperCollins.


Description:


NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.


Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.


Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”


Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.


Exclusive to the print editions of NOS4A2 are more than 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez.


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Starting Bid: $10.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant, Signed & Numbered Hardcover

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Sara Glassman. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: Signed, numbered hardcover of Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. Published by Subterranean Press.


This copy is #290/1,000.


Starting Bid: $35.


Notes: Free International shipping. Out-of-country deliveries (Canada included) can take as much as 2-3 weeks longer to reach their recipients.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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administrative note on auction submissions

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Dear all,


If you’ve submitted an auction through the online form and you have not gotten an email confirming its publication or seen it go live, please email me (knepveu@steelypips.org)? As of now, all auction offers received through the form have been published, so if you don’t see yours, you must’ve been another unlucky person who tried submitting while I was debugging the applicable plugin.


(If you’re a publisher who’s sent me a big list of stuff to post on your behalf, and it’s not all up yet, don’t worry, it’s coming. This is only for people using the online form.)


Thanks very much.

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Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction by Motoko Tanaka

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction by Motoko Tanaka. Donated by Diana Pho.


Description:


Starting with the history of apocalyptic tradition in the West and focusing on modern Japanese apocalyptic science fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction shows how science fiction reflected and coped with the devastation in Japanese national identity after 1945. The structure of apocalyptic science fiction reveals what is at stake in Japanese society – cultural continuity, tradition, politics, ideology, reality, communities, and interpersonal relationships – and suggests ways to cope with these crises and visions for the future, both positive and negative. By looking at the postwar period, Motoko Tanaka observes how Japanese apocalyptic discourse has changed in its role as a tool according to the zeitgeists of various decades.


Starting Bid: $10.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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And Now We Are Going to Have a Party by Nicola Griffith

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

boxed setItem Name & Description: the limited-edition, signed boxed set memoir titled And Now We Are Going to Have a Party by Nicola Griffith. Donated by HarperCollins.


Description:


Award-winning author Nicola Griffith tells her life story up until the time she moved from England to the U.S. This is no ordinary memoir. Nicola is candid and unflinching in telling the ups and downs of her youth. Drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll are just the beginning. To commemorate this extraordinary work, Payseur & Schmidt is issuing a boxed set that includes the memoir bound in five volumes (including diary entries, photographs, poetry, and early fiction). The box also contains a facsimile of Nicola’s first book (created age 4), a CD of songs by Nicola and her early-’80s punk band, Janes Plane, as well as three scratch-n-sniff cards, a fold-out poster, a letterpressed preface by Dorothy Allison, and a numbered signing sheet. This is a limited edition of 450 signed and numbered box sets.


This memoir won a Lambda Literary Award in 2008.


Starting Bid: $35.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Black and Red Russian Spiral Bracelet

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Madeleine Robins. All comments must be made there.

Black and Red Spiral Bead Bracelet Item Name & Description: Handmade black and red seed bead bracelet in Russian Spiral stitch. 7 1/2 inch length.


Starting Bid: $20


Notes: Ready to ship anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Black and Red Spiral Weave Necklace

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Madeleine Robins. All comments must be made there.

Black and Red Spiral Weave NecklaceItem Name & Description: Handmade spiral-stitch black and red bead necklace: bugle beads and seed beads, 20 inches long.


Starting Bid: $35


Notes: Ready to ship anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Handmade Seed and Crystal Bead Cuff

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Madeleine Robins. All comments must be made there.

Orange and brown-tone bead cuffItem Name & Description: Hand-made 7-inch beaded cuff in herringbone stitch. Brown, gold, and peach delicas, green agate faceted ovals, and amber faceted crystals. Handmade toggle closure.


Starting Bid: $35.00


Notes: Ready to ship. Will ship anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, the just-published first book of a new series. Donated by Tor Books.


Description:


Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.


There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.


Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.


Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.


Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it an “imaginative, well-crafted fantasy” and “an exhilarating adventure”; NPR called it “compulsively readable.”


Starting Bid: $5.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Paul Stevens. All comments must be made there.

book cover Item Name & Description: All three books in Ben H. Winters’s The Last Policeman series. Donated by Quirk Books.



  1. The Last Policeman, winner of the Edgar Award
  2. Countdown City, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award
  3. World of Trouble, finalist for the Edgar Award

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.


The Last Policeman series offers a story we’ve never read before: A police procedural set on the brink of an apocalypse. What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?


Starting Bid: $10


Notes: Ships anywhere.


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Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Rigg

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Paul Stevens. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Hardcover editions of New York Times Best-sellers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City. Donated by Quirk Books.


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Description:


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.


It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography. These books will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Starting Bid: $20


Notes: Ships anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Paul Stevens. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: Horrorstör, a novel by Grady Hendrix, in trade paperback. Donated by Quirk Books.


Description:


Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination.


Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!


Starting Bid: $10


Notes: Ships anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror by John Clute

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: A signed, limited edition hardcover (number 496 of 500) of The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror by John Clute. Donated by HarperCollins.


This set of definitional essays by noted critic Clute was published by the now-defunct small press Payseur & Schmidt, and is now extremely hard to find. It contains thirty illustrations, each by a different artist. Learn more in an interview with the author.


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Starting Bid: $100.


Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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DC Comics -- The 75th Anniversary Poster Book

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Paul Stevens. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: DC Comics — The 75th Anniversary Poster Book — includes 100 ready-to-frame covers, with commentary from Robert Schnackenberg. Donated by Quirk Books.


Here are 100 of the most important, most incredible, and most bizarre comic-book covers from DC’s incredible archives-all perforated and ready to display in your apartment, dorm room, or cubicle. From Action Comics #1 and Batman #1 to lesser-known heroes like Mister District Attorney, this oversized compilation features every major milestone in DC’s extraordinary history: Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Fables, 100 Bullets, and much more.


Starting Bid: $25


Notes: Ships anywhere.


Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).