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How to Window Bag Prep Comic Books for Comic Conventions! A Step by Step Guide.

Greetings! I'm here to tell you how to prep your comic books for comicons like San Diego Comicon or MegaCon or even the big New York Comicon as well! This is recommended if you use convention facilitator service companies like Trinity Comics Convention Facilitator Services. Here we go:

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter's tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

First you need a few tools:  

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. BCW works, but I suggest otherwise. Do not use Ultro Pro.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. I do not personally like Ultra Pro because they bubble and wrinkle a lot. This can cause problems possibly during the handling of your book. This is only a personal preference however, do not let me scare you away from Ultra Pro.

Now you will need to place the fullback inside the mylite2 and slide the cutting board inside the bag/board:

Cut a hole where you want the signature to go:

Slide the cutting board out of the bag/board. Place skinny blue painter's tape around the window you cut.

Place painters tape around the hole, creating a visible border for the signer.

Double wrap the corners with 1" pieces of skinny blue painter's tape:

When placing blue painter's tape at the top corners, be sure to place the tape below the flap line so it doesn't get stuck when the grader is trying to remove the comic!

Write on the window box who you want to sign the comic book. In this example, Stan "The man" Lee:

When you slide the comic book in the bag/board, be sure to watch the bottom of the window against the bottom edge of your comic book:

On the opposite side, type or write on the backer board your name, address, phone number, email address. Seal the bag/board with only 1 peice of skinny blue painters tape for easy removal for the grader. Tape or write your details sheet to the backer board that is slid inside the mylite2.

In the space provided below, write the year, title, publisher, and name of the comic book along with issue number. Write who you want to sign the book, and instruct what services you want provide. This includes any additional instructions, and fast pass, yellow label authorized signature witness, pressing, etc.

Of course, there are other artists, and other creators. Sometimes I feel the placement is just as important. This is how I prep all my J Scott Campbell books for his sweet Amazing Spider-man variants:

Stan Lee is getting older, and I’ve been told by some he needs more room to see where he signs. I frequently have asked for Stan Lee’s signature right on top of the THOR or SPIDER-MAN logos here:

One thing to mind is if you have tape overlapping the sides, protect the book behind it! It might not even be your book!

So use an extra piece of tape and wrap that bad boy all the way around the sides so there is NO TAPE STICKINESS on the opposite site of your book:

Sketch covers. What if you want a sketch? Or, better yet: What if you have like 5 people you want to sign your book? Make a BIG WINDOW!

There are drawbacks, however. If you make the window too big it can bend outwards and defeat the purpose of protecting the edges of your book. Try not to make it too big. If so, double tape it with overlapping strips:

Watch for making the window too big or it will want to flap out on the sides. Try to make the window smaller or use double tape for the window frame.

You have now finished prepping your book. Good luck!

If you want to maintain a 9.6 or 9.8 or even a higher grade on your book, but you want to get it signed by a super famous movie star celebrity or hot shot reclusive artist, you need to prep that comic book! Window bag your comics. It's the safest and most reliable way to prevent as much handling of the comic before and after signing. Most facilitators require it these days. Some creators such as Jim Starlin and a few others are against this practice so you should definitely research the person who is signing first to make sure they are okay with it. Most creators are fine with it, and use it as a basis for additional income. Here is page shows you a detailed step-by-step guide that will walk you through the process.

If you want to maintain a 9.6 or 9.8 or even a higher grade on your book, but you want to get it signed by a super famous movie star celebrity or hot shot reclusive artist, you need to prep that comic book before you ship it to your facilitators. Well, now you need to ship it safely across the United States! Here is a detailed step-by-step guide that will walk you through the process: HOW TO SHIP COMIC BOOKS SAFELY THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICES. This can also be a great guide for ebay sellers as well.

Thank you!



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