LUMBERTON — Comic book fans from across the state are expected to turn out for the fourth annual Comic Book, Sports Card and Toy Show at Biggs Park Mall on Saturday and Dec. 22.
Michael Chaudhuri was inspired to organize the show in 2009 after relocating from Nevada.
“We moved into the area and found there were no comic book stores or anything like that nearby,” he said.
Chaudhuri, who claims the event is the only one of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina, said the show has grown considerably over the years and is well-attended.
“This one is going to be the biggest yet and I think any collector will be impressed by the show,” said Chaudhuri, who partly attributes the ongoing success of the convention to the proliferation of hit films based on comic book characters.
“Pretty much all the local fans come out because it’s the only event like this in the area,” he said.
In addition to the thousands of comic books, action figures and trading cards on display, this year’s convention will host appearances by comic book artists Chris McJunkin and Lyle Pollard.
Chaudhuri will also offer appraisals to people who bring in their collections, though collectors who suspect they might be sitting on a fortune may leave the mall disappointed.
A recent piece in Bloomberg Businessweek cautioned collectors against getting too optimistic about the presumptive value of their books. The magazine cited readily available reprints and Internet piracy as factors that have led to a widespread depreciation in the value of comics.
“In the 1990s, companies were producing comics in the millions. Those titles can still bring joy to a collector, but they’re not worth much,” Chaudhuri said.
“The value of an object is based on supply and demand, and the condition of an item affects the value of it considerably.”
However, Chaudhuri said it’s still possible for collectors to be pleasantly surprised by the value of their stash.
“We always dream for people to come in with something big,” he said. “There could be a collection worth a lot of money sitting in a barn in Fairmont. You never know.”
The show will run from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 22.
For information, call 910-316-7251.