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Why I Love Comic Book Conventions

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I love conventions because they bring the myths of out times alive. They are like modern rituals. Here is a quote and a video that represent what I am trying to say. First the quote:

A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.

Joseph Campbell, “The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell,” New Dimensions Radio Interview with Michael Toms, Tape I, Side 2*

Now the video:

*You can find more quotes like this one by liking the Joseph Campbell Foundation on Facebook. I found the quote in their page. Here is the link:


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July 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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My Stab at Economic Theory

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Lately, I have been reading a lot of books about economics. I know that reading a lot about something doesn’t make me an expert, but I’ve really been wondering about the value of things, and sometimes, I wonder if spending a certain amount of money on entertainment would be worth the amount of joy I’d derive from it, so the other day I came up with a formula to figure it out. Just for fun, I decided to take a stab at quantifying the whole thing, though I do not believe that it is a good idea to put numbers on everything. I did ejoy trying to think like an amateur economist though. Here is the result:

First, take your hourly wage, and figure out what percentage of it you would be willing to spend on entertainment. For example, if you made minimum wage, and you were willing to spend 10% of your income on entertainment, you would take $7.25, and multiply it by 0.1 (to figure 10%). You would get about $.72, then you would multiply that amount by the number of hours that you plan on spending with the book. If you were thinking about one of Brandon Sanderson’s books, you could look forward to about 20 hours of unadulterated, epic fantasy and joy, so you would multiply $.72 times 20. You should be willing to pay about $14.40 for the book. A variable on the formula allows you to multiply the ideal price of the book, by the number of people who are going to read it, so if your roommate, Joey, is going to read it, then you could pay $28.80 for the privilege of owning the material in question–assuming you like Joey.

This formula varies widely, specially when related to disposable income. Some people may make more money, but be unwilling to spend a lot of it on entertainment, others may make less, but be able to spend it more freely.

The other factor is that this works only for books you read for fun. Text books, or self-development books may be worth more for some people.

Here is the formula (I’m not a mathematician, so correct me if I expressed it wrong, and feel free to send the right one):

((HW*X) FT)) P=IP

HW = Hourly wage.

X = The percentage (in decimals) you are willing to spend on entertainment.

FT = Fun time the ride from the book.

P = the number of people, you like, who will have access to the book.

IP=Ideal price of item


What do you think?

I got the image from the Wikipedia and it is in the public domain.

Written by Hector

April 14, 2011 at 4:43 am

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I spent the weekend with my wife at the New York Comic Con. As far as comic book conventions are concerned, I usually attend the one in San Diego, but I have not been able to do so in the past few years for various reasons, so I was exited to finally get some well deserved geek time in New York.

The convention was a lot smaller than its San Diego counterpart, but you wouldn’t know it by way people were packed in the hallways of the Jarvit Center. Saturday was specially crazy, but it all comes with the territory.

NormaIy, I spend a lot of time buying stuff, but this time I actually focused my energy on the artist’ alley and on meeting some of my favorite authors, which will become my priority in every convention from now on. I also found it unusual that most of the authors I enjoy nowadays are independents, actually, the most mainstream comic I bought was a trade paperback of Astrocity. The rest of my acquisitions were published by small press creators.

I was pleased to see that the level of work put out by creator owned, or non mainstream labels brings up the standards for the industry as a whole. It was also very nice to talk to authors and to have them sign or sketch on my convention sketch book. I’m normally not a big fan of autographs, but I do enjoy drawings. The experience was akin to buying foods directly at the Farmer’s Market. I will be reviewing some of the indie comics I discovered or found at the convention, so stay tuned.

Overall, though packed, this convention was a lot more manageable than the one in San Diego. It was possible to go to panels without having to camp out in a room, or to stand in line for hours and hours. It was also truer to comic books. Though there were some sections dedicated to other things, it felt more like a comic book convention than other events. I think this might have had a lot to do with the huge artist’s alley.

I had a great time, and look forward to reviewing my new comics in The Zen of Comics. See you there!

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October 13, 2010 at 12:10 am

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