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CGC launches the CGC Comics Academy

CGC Comics Academy

CGC has announced the inaugural CGC Comics Academy. This free, one-day seminar is an opportunity to learn comic book grading from CGC experts, test knowledge, win prizes, submit collectibles, and more. Plus, attendees will have a chance to receive a job offer! Space is limited, so apply today

CGC Comics Academy will take place July 9-10, 2022, in Tampa, Florida, at the Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center. The two-day seminar is free, with snacks, beverages, lunch and a happy hour included. 

The deadline to apply is May 27 at 2 p.m. ET. The CGC team will immediately begin reviewing applications to determine who will be accepted to attend the seminar. This is not only an incredible opportunity to see what it means to be a comic book grader, but also to become one! 

The King Spawn #1 Signed 1:250 Retailer Incentive Variant Will Include a CGC Certificate of Authenticity

CGC is teaming up with Todd McFarlane for an exclusive Signature Series graded option for the highly anticipated King Spawn #1 limited quantity Signed 1:250 Retailer Incentive variant cover. Each individual ultra limited-edition King Spawn #1 variant comic book will now receive a certificate of authenticity granted by CGC with each signed copy when customers submit their enclosed CGC coupon to have it graded and sent back to them with a yellow CGC SIGNATURE SERIES LABEL included (any fees associated with grading remains the responsibility of the customer). CGC will have an authorized witness at the signing with McFarlane and to further protect the authenticity and security of each signature, advanced measures have been taken so the COA cannot be replicated. Also, in order to receive a Signature Series grade the following instructions MUST be followed.

  1. Become a CGC member if you are currently not.
  2. Email the Signature Series team that you will be submitting your signed King Spawn #1 with COA to CGC. They will supply you with a simple form to fill out.
  3. Get your book ready for shipment. IMPORTANT: keep the COA and the signed King Spawn #1 together. The COA MUSTbe present to receive a CGC Signature Series grade. Don’t forget to add the form, from the Signature Series team!
  4. On the outside of your shipping box put the initials T M on all sides.
  5. Ship directly to the Signature Series team’s attention.

ATTN: Signature Series
CGC
5501 Communications Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34240

Each copy of the King Spawn #1 limited quantity Signed 1:250 Retailer Incentive variant will be bagged and boarded and individually signed and numbered by McFarlane. Todd will be flying out to the Diamond headquarters in Baltimore prior to the release to the book and will personally select the best-of-the-best condition comic for each customer to be signed.

Image will be shipping these variants as close to the release date of the regular King Spawn book as possible and will be packing them with additional care that they arrive at stores without damage. Because Image cannot guarantee that shipping damages will not occur in transit, there will be an opportunity for retailers to submit photo evidence of significantly damaged copies to their Diamond Customer Service representative at which point, Todd McFarlane will make every attempt to make sure that every retailer is satisfied with their book. Note that Image does not guarantee any specific condition or minimum grade on the comics received. Damaged copies will also need to be sent back in order to qualify for a replacement.

Todd McFarlane’s King Spawn #1 Signed 1:250 Retailer Incentive variant will be the lowest print run ever released by Todd McFarlane Productions. Additionally, each book will be hand-signed by legendary Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and each book will have its own unique number on it. This is the only time McFarlane will sign the King Spawn #1 McFarlane retailer incentive issue. This incentive cover is exclusively offered to retailers that order 250 copies of King Spawn #1.

The release of King Spawn #1 is nearly three decades in the making and marks the first time a #1 Spawn issue has been available, in monthly form, in over 28 years. Issue #1 is a massive 56 pages thick with stunning art and action-packed storytelling.

King Spawn #1 continues the dramatic events from the recent blockbuster Spawn’s Universe #1 comic book. King Spawn is projected to have even higher sales than the record-setting Spawn’s Universe #1.

King Spawn #1 McFarlane signature and unique numbering will vary in placement on the actual books from the example revealed. The exact print run number will be available after FOC on Monday, August 2. 

King Spawn #1 will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, August 25.  SRP $5.99.

CGC Promotes Matt Nelson to President

CGC, a division of the CCG, is pleased to announce that Matt Nelson, one of the most renowned comic book experts in the industry, has been promoted to President. CGC is the world’s leading third-party grading service for comic books, trading cards, magazines and other pop culture-related collectibles.

Nelson joined CGC in 2013 when it purchased Nelson’s company, Classics Incorporated, and reorganized it as CCS. Nelson became President of CCS, which provides industry-leading comic book pressing, restoration, and restoration removal services. Indeed, he is a comic book restoration innovator and authority, having introduced the revolutionary process of leaf casting to comic book restoration, and legitimizing and evolving comic book pressing throughout the early 2000s.

In 2016, Nelson transitioned from CCS President to CGC Primary Grader. In this role, he has handled hundreds of thousands of comics, including the most valuable comics ever sold, such as the Action Comics #1 that sold for $3.25 million and the Batman #1 that realized $2.22 million. Nelson also has an encyclopedic knowledge of comic book history and pedigrees.

Now as President of CGC, Nelson will lead the CGC team as it continues to grow in numbers and services. The expansion of CGC has been extraordinary since the company was founded in 2000. With Nelson at the helm, CGC will introduce even more exciting initiatives, while always adhering to the founding principles of accuracy, consistency and integrity.

Matt Nelson

CGC Returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2018 for On-Site Grading

The Baltimore Comic-Con will return to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2018 on September 28. The convention has announced that one of their most asked-about and requested exhibitors, Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC), will return again to the show to conduct on-site grading.

As they did last year, CGC will be accepting submission for all tiers of service (with the exception of magazines) on a first-come, first-serve basis for the entire weekend.

CGC to Offer Limited-Time Signature Series Grading for Secret Weapons #1 Valiant Validated Signature Series Edition

Valiant has announced that the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC) will now accept and certify all copies of the Secret Weapons #1 Valiant Validated Signature Series (VVSS) edition with the official CGC Signature Series label if they are received within 90 days of the issue’s June 28th, 2017 on-sale date!

Featuring virgin cover art by series artist Raul Allen, a hand-written signature in gold ink from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer, and an official VVSS embossed seal, all copies of the Secret Weapons #1 Valiant Validated Signature Series edition must be received by CGC by September 27th, 2017 in order to qualify for official CGC Signature Series certification. Collectors and fans, please note: the signed Valiant Certificate of Authenticity included with each copy will not be encased with the graded comic and can remain with its owner. Copies received after September 27th, 2017 are ineligible for a CGC Signature Series label and will be graded at CGC’s discretion. This follows a precedent set by CGC for the Walking Dead #100 Retailer Appreciation Lucille Variant Cover signed by Robert Kirkman.

The Secret Weapons #1 Valiant Validated Signature Series edition will be strictly limited to the number of qualifying retailer orders. Contact your local retailer today to reserve your copy.

CGC and Valiant Unveil “The Future of Valiant” Custom Label – Debuting at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

The Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) and Valiant Entertainment have teamed up to create Valiant’s first-ever custom art CGC label, spotlighting the slate of characters behind the award-winning publisher’s upcoming “Future of Valiant” wave of new series and prestige-format projects. Featuring artwork by Valiant-exclusive artist Diego Bernard and strictly limited to just 500 pieces, this limited-edition certification label will make its debut on site at Baltimore Comic-Con on September 2nd and will be made available for encapsulation as an add-on feature when grading any Valiant title past or present during Baltimore Comic-Con.

Customers will be able to purchase “The Future of Valiant” custom label in CGC’s Blue Universal Designation for an additional $5 fee at CGC’s Baltimore Comic-Con booth (#901) or online while supplies last.

Featuring long-time Valiant icons, including Faith, the Harbinger Renegades, and Bloodshot alongside the publisher’s next ascendant superhero stars, like Generation Zero, Savage, and Divinity, Valiant’s first-ever CGC label is the latest celebration of the upcoming “Future of Valiant” publishing slate, which was first announced with an exclusive live broadcast from New York’s renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in May.

Spanning seven series in total, “The Future of Valiant” is an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects, and standalone events from a star-studded roster of some of comics’ most visionary talents – each introducing an innovative array of new concepts and characters…and firmly establishing Valiant’s place as the premier publisher of creative storytelling in comics today:

  • Faith #1 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez & Marguerite Sauvage in July
  • Generation Zero #1 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela in August
  • Britannia #1 (of 4) by Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp in September
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in October
  • Harbinger Renegades #1 by Rafer Roberts & Darick Roberston in November
  • Savage #1 (of 4) by B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa in November
  • Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in December

“The Future of Valiant” custom label marks the second collaboration between Valiant Entertainment and CGC, following on from the success of the VALIANT x CGC REPLICA VARIANT SERIES – a first-of-its-kind line of shelf covers spotlighting the heroes of the Valiant Universe in printed reproductions of CGC’s trademark grading cases with artwork by acclaimed artists Clayton Henry and Pere Perez.

Plus, only at Baltimore Comic-Con: Visit Valiant at booth #2008 to join the celebration of the 1,000,000th copy of X-O MANOWAR sold since the series’ 2012 debut with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th Copy Commemorative Seal! Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge!

Valiant, CGC and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Celebrate 1 million copies of X-O Manowar

XO_ONE-MILLION_CGC-COPYValiant Entertainment, the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum head to Cadmus publishing plant in Richmond, VA to celebrate the 1,000,000th copy of X-O Manowar sold since the series’ 2012 debut. The 1,000,000th copy will be removed directly from the presses today at Cadmus by Valiant representatives during the printing of the upcoming X-O Manowar #49 and subsequently entrusted to CGC’s renowned team of preservation experts for grading and encapsulation. The one-of-a-kind, 1,000,000th copy – totaling all copies of X-O Manowar sold across print and digital in the United States and abroad since 2012 – will then be placed on display at Baltimore Comic Con 2016 before entering the permanent collection of the Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD alongside the world’s rarest and most valuable comic books.

Valiant will also be offering fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 the chance to join in the celebration of X-O Manowar’s 1,000,000th copy sold with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th Copy Commemorative Seal. Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth (#2008) will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge.

XO_ONE MILLION_BALTIMORE SEAL

CGC Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con in 2016 for On-Site Grading

CGCThe Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on September 24, 2016. We are thrilled to announce that one of our most popular exhibitors, Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC), will return again to the show to conduct on-site grading.

As they did last year, CGC will be accepting submission for all tiers of service (with the exception of magazines) on a first-come, first-serve basis for the entire weekend.

Founded in 2000, CGC is the first independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. A proven and respected commitment to integrity, accuracy, consistency and impartiality has made CGC the leader in its field. In fact, in 2007, CGC crossed the million-book mark and has now graded over 2 million comic books.

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces On-Site CGC Grading for 2015

CGCThe Baltimore Comic-Con has announced that Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC) will be on-hand to conduct on-site grading at this year’s show. The show will take place the weekend of September 2527, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

According to Harshen Patel, Director of Operations for CGC, they will be accepting submission for all tiers of service – with the exception of Magazines – on a first-come, first-serve basis for all three days of the show.

Pricing information for on-site services will be available as we approach the show date.

Founded in 2000, CGC is the first independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. A proven and respected commitment to integrity, accuracy, consistency and impartiality has made CGC the leader in its field. In fact, in 2007, CGC crossed the million-book mark and has now graded over 2 million comic books.

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