Value of Comic Books

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Can you still recall the first time you ever owned or read a comic book? You probably read it from cover to cover then kept it away in some drawer and just plainly forgot about it. The value of comic books is relative to whether you have read it or not, right? If you already read it a few times then it isn’t worth anything anymore. Its very easy to assume that comic books loose their value after reading but this is not necessarily true.

The value of comic books can change depending on how long you have held on to it and at what quality you where able to preserve it. Comic books are in actuality novelty items that are significant icons of the time they where produced. In most cases comic books are even considered memorabilia, and these types of items increase in value as they age.

There are a lot of comic books out there that now would cost more than ten times the price they were worth when they were first put up on sale. Comic books can create massive appeal and popularity and this may bring up its initial value. Take the Bat Man franchise for example: No one really had any idea that the fictional protagonist of one of DC comics’ Detective comics issues would become an iconic figure in today’s society. Bat man has gone far beyond comics; it has been the theme of quite a lot of Hollywood’s most memorable action block busters and has made many television appearances as well. It is no doubt that the value of comic books that were printed during the early periods of the Bat Man franchise are now worth hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

Although it is true that comic books are like antiques that get more expensive with age, there are some factors to be considered when appraising or starting a comic book collection. Before you go and do some attic or garage treasure hunting keep in mind that not all comic books are worth a pretty penny. The value of comic books depends on several factors which cover quality in the sense of physical state and make.

If the comic book you have never gained any popularity, in other words a comic book flop, then it probably is not worth anything more than what you initially spent on buying it. If it was successful however like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and other iconic comic book titles then you may want to check on the issue number and the date it was published. The value of comic books rise to exponential levels if you have limited editions, or first prints (alpha editions) or signature publishes.

A comic book will also cost more if the quality is pristine. The fewer amounts of dog ears, folds, creases, and discoloration the higher the value, Some collectors do not even read their comic books to preserve the value, they just buy it and stow it away somewhere safe where it can increase in value without any threats.

How much the value of comic books can increase makes it an interesting item to collect and make a hobby of. It is a great way of entertaining yourself and having an item of value as well.

The Comic Golden Age Ancient Still Works

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Nowadays, most forms of superheroes are just recycled concepts trying to out-gimmick each other. Save the earth, save the damsel in distress, fend off aliens, and secret identities are just some examples of the tired and worn-out concepts plaguing modern comics. All they serve to do is give a couple of quirks that simply add a streak of silver to the same old core-concept found in almost every story out there.

Yet how come these classic formulas from the comic golden age still appeal to today’s readers?

Comic books that were introduced in the later 1930’s was the new format that appealed to both the young and young at heart, rather than the blocks of text that came before the advent of such comic books. Superman, Spiderman, Batman and any other superhero you could name, first appeared during the comic golden age, and they came with a fresh new concept: heroes who would battle against the various forces of evil to save the day! Being able to see and read these wonderful, colored paragons of justice was a “wow” factor for the people of the time. Of course, you have a spattering of politics and technology, like how World War II put Adolf Hitler and the Japanese against the superheroes while the threat of atomic war added a little ‘nuclear’ spice into the stories.

When you look back at the heroes of the comic golden age, they symbolize the hopes and dreams of the common person, as well as the innate desire for good within each person enamored by these heroes. It’s a fantasy that a mere mortal could never reach but be enthralled to witness: being able to witness and understand the situations in such a rich format allows readers to ‘experience’ the challenges that each hero must face in their adventures. This experience of being taken away from the mundane matters of life was a fresh breath of air for people, and this was a welcome diversion from the everyday proceedings of life.

Heroes reminiscent of the comic golden age are, surprisingly, still alive and kicking in today’s markets. More than half a decade later, you see these comic book legends reintroduced in new comic-book formats, banded together in cartoons, reborn into block-buster movies and even fully-controllable video game characters.

It basically boils down to repackaging the concept of superheroes to fit into the current technological trends of our time. The concept of super-powered beings that fight for the cause of good has transcended from ink on paper to the silver screen, wide screen and the PC screen. As long as these stories continue to keep pace with the way we work and live, they’ll always find themselves a place in society.

The comic golden age still has appealing lessons and stories to offer to us, no matter how much time passes. As long as we continue to be human beings, aspiring for something good in life, these long-time superheroes that have been with us for more than half a century will always have a place in our hearts.

Fancy Tales Related to Christmas

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Fancy Tales Related to Christmas
A lot of what is widely regarded as true about Christmas or held as a
tradition cannot or has not been verified, or, has changed through the years.
Even Christmas Day itself, Dec. 25, has been questioned about whether that is
the exact day on which Jesus was born. Skeptics have asked why would shepherds
be out in the cold watching their flocks by night during the winter. Those
skeptics have put forward the thought that Jesus may really have been born in
the spring instead. It is therefore little wonder that there are many fancy
stories and tales that are told about Christmas and the Christmas season.
The most common fancy tale that everyone tells, particularly to children,
is about Santa Claus, also called St. Nicholas. But even if it were accepted
that Santa Claus existed, where does he live and how is he able to get to all
the houses of good boys and girls on Christmas Eve?
In the United States, Santa Claus is said to have two homes. There is a
home in Torrington, Connecticut, which is used as a distribution point for Santa
and his many helpers, who are elves, to hand out gifts. And then, a second home
is said to be located in Wilmington, New York, and that is where Santa Claus and
his delivery reindeer crew are located.
But Santa can be visited in Cyberspace at anytime and what about the
widely held belief that Santa Claus really lives in a village at the North Pole?
The people of Finland also claim that their country is the official
residence of Santa Claus. That’s because in Finland, you can actually visit a
village any time during the year and see Santa’s workshop and observe Santa and
his elves hard at work as they prepare for their very important Christmas gift
delivery job on Christmas Eve. The only day when Santa’s workshop is closed to
visitors is of course, on Christmas Eve.
Maybe a very smart visitor could visit Santa’s workshop on the day before
Christmas Eve to see if there are any clues to how Santa and his reindeers plan
to make their trip the next day. That’s because as the tale goes, in Finland
Santa Claus and his reindeers do not reach their destinations around the globe
by flying.
Finland welcomes visitors to Santa’s workshop but there is nothing said
about whether visitors actually have any chance of having a word with the man
himself. While the chances of doing so are believed to be non-existent, among
the questions that inquiring minds could ask Santa is whether Rudolph is the son
of Donner (and to confirm the spelling – Donner or Donder) or whether Santa
spotted him in a different reindeer village one foggy Christmas Eve when he had
already started on his Christmas toy-delivery mission.
If mere mortals got a chance to question Santa, then he also would likely have
some questions for us humans. He may want to know whose idea was it to have
Christmas trees and for the gifts to be placed under them.
The tradition of Christmas tree as it exists today comes from Germany by
way of immigrants. But it isn’t clear how the tradition really gained a foothold
in Germany. One story is that Christians in Germany during the 16th century
started to bring trees that were decorated into their homes. Some of those
Christians would build pyramids for Christmas. The pyramids were made of wood
and would be decorated with evergreens and candles if wood was in short supply.
It is however Martin Luther, a Protestant reformer, who is said to have
been the first to add lighted candles as decoration to a tree based on his
inspiration from the brilliant light of twinkling stars that shone through
evergreen trees as he walked home one winter evening.
As the legend goes, Martin Luther placed a tree in a primary room of his
house and placed wires with small, lighted candles around the branches of the
tree. And that is how, as the tale goes, the Christmas tree as known today, was
started.

Santa and Christmas !!

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1. All About Rudolph and Santa’s Other Reindeers

Maybe it’s the undeniable alliterative appeal of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer
that makes him the most known or popular of all Santa’s nine flying reindeers.
It certainly doesn’t seem as easy to come up with a similar catchy description
for the others – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and
Blitzen – as named in the song.
The story of Rudolph whose glowing red nose made him a standout, first appeared
in 1939 when Montgomery Ward department stores distributed about 2.4 million
booklets with the poem in the form of a story about “Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer.” It was written by Robert L. May, who worked in the store’s
advertisement or marketing department, to be used to attract more people into
the store. When the booklet was reissued in 1939, sales soared to more than 3.5
million copies. But it wasn’t until a decade later, in 1949, that the story
really gained immense popularity when Gene Autry sang a musical version of the
fable. As a Christmas song, it is second only in popularity to ‘White
Christmas.’
Rudolph, the ninth reindeer whose lighted nose guides Santa’s sleigh through the
night, is now known worldwide as the song has been translated into more than 20
different languages and an animated television movie has also been based on the
story. Rudolph and his noticeable nose have also become the subject of jokes and
sparked more interest in reindeers which has led to much research into Santa and
the flying reindeers who pull his sleigh through the sky.
Along with the catchy rhythm of the lyrics, Rudolph’s story is also appealing
because of the moral lessons it contains. As the story goes, Rudolph was
ostracized by the other reindeers, which laughed and teased him about his shiny
red nose. But on a foggy night, when Santa must have been concerned that he may
not be able to deliver his Christmas gifts around the world, Santa spotted him
and kindly asked if he would step to the front as the leader to ‘guide my sleigh
tonight.’ His shiny red nose would after all be very useful in lighting the way,
Santa thought. From then on ‘all of the other reindeers loved him,” and rightly
predicted that he ‘would go down in history.’
Among the moral lessons the story can impart is that an attribute that is
perceived as negative or as a liability can be used for a positive purpose, or,
become an asset. It also makes the point that an individual should not let the
negative behavior of others define him or her and limit expectations of what can
be achieved. And it also illustrates how quickly opinions and attitudes about a
person can change.
The question still lingers however of where Rudolph came from. He is commonly
regarded as the son of Donner (or Donder), one of the original eight reindeers.
But the Snopes.com site rejects this however, saying that he dwelled in a
reindeer village elsewhere and it was there that he was seen by Santa who had
already started on his Christmas Eve journey to deliver gifts. And in a more
modern evolution of the story according to Wikipedia.com, an animation by the
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) introduced a son, named Robbie, of
Rudolph. That son has now become the tenth reindeer.
It’s also interesting to note that the idea of Santa’s sleigh being pulled by
reindeers was originated in the poem, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.’ That
poem tells the story of St. Nicholas, who is Santa, calling his eight tiny
reindeers by their names, as previously mentioned, just before he came down the
chimney of a house to start filling the stockings from a sack full of toys he
carried on his back.

Tips For A Property Stress Management Program For Busy-Bodies

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Everyone would agree that one of the sources of stress is your workplace. The seemingly impossible task assigned to you, noisy workmates, the pollution in and out of the office, as well as your state of mind can easily lead you to the throes of stress if you aren’t careful.

If you don’t take some time off from your busy schedule to address the problem, then stress will just keep piling up on you until such time that it will affect your work — which could prove to be a problem for your career or business.

It is very important for a workaholic or a busy-body to integrate proper stress management program into their daily routine to ensure that both their mind and body is up to the task of addressing the demand of work. If it’s your first time to try this out on yourself, then here are some tips that will help you get started.

One Small Step At A Time

It is impossible to remove all your stress with just one flick of a wrist, and we can safely say that your mind is not equipped or prepared to handle the effort of getting rid of your problems in one go.

If you are planning to apply stress management in your career then you need to keep in mind to take it slow. Don’t rush the process of self-improvement if you want to benefit from it. Start first by determining the source of your stress and note them down so you can take care of it one-by-one.

Instead of ranting and raving on your fellow workmates due to your problems, you might want to take a short break from your task and take some time off to relax a little bit. Get some fresh air or make yourself some coffee to help you calm down.

Know Your Limits

If you think that you can do anything in one sitting, then you might want to reconsider this if you want to properly implement your stress management program. Keep in mind that our body has it own limits, even if our mind can cope with the demands.

You need to realize that your mind is linked with your body and both can break down if you’re not careful. If you think that you are getting stressed with work then its fine time to take a break and relax. Do some easy breathing exercises to help you calm down or you can try out a simple meditation trick to push worrisome thoughts out of your mind to improve your focus.

Pamper Yourself Once In A While

We can safely say that a workaholic or a busy-body will not have any free time to indulge in pampering as a stress-relief. If you are one of them then you better rethink your options if you don’t want your body to break down on you.

You might want to start pampering yourself once in a while to help you relax when the demands of work are starting to take its toll on you. Start your pampering session by getting a massage to help loosen those tight muscles that causes aches and pains to appear in different parts of your body. Feel free to enjoy the services of a health and fitness spa near you to make your career more bearable.

A Simple Guide To Meditation To Help You Deal With Stress

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Meditation is one of the techniques used in stress management. A person who is riddled with problems often finds it hard to focus; which often leads to more problems cropping up due to their mistakes. Meditation techniques helps a person achieve a calm state of mind without having to resort to drugs or relaxation tools and implements. Every step to meditation is done in the mind.

Remember that meditation is not a one shot deal. It is almost impossible to attain a calm state of mind in just a matter of minutes, especially if it’s your first time at it. It is essential that you keep on practicing meditation until you have conditioned your mind to instantaneously achieve the state just by thinking it.

Here are some steps for a beginner to start with meditation as their Stress Management strategy.

Step 1: Find A Quiet Corner To Start Your Meditation

Distraction is a hindrance to those who are still starting out with meditation. When you close your eyes, your sense of hearing will be twice as good so it is quite possible to hear almost anything in your surroundings that will make it hard for you to concentrate.

For beginners, it is important to start out in a quiet place in your home where noise is non-existent. Close your windows and lock your door. If possible, you can tell everyone in your home to minimize their noise so that you won’t get distracted.

Step 2: Ready Your Position

It is advisable for beginners to avoid lying down when practicing meditation. The aim here is not to sleep, and it is a guarantee that you will immediately fall off to sleep if your mind reaches a relaxed state. To stop this from happening, you can start your meditation in a lotus position or you can find a chair you can sit on. Make sure that your back is straight and your hands are relaxed on the armrest or on your lap.

Step 3: Begin Your Meditation With Proper Breathing

A good way to start meditation is to do the proper breathing exercise. You inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This way, you can come up with a rhythm that you can easily focus on. Also, the amount of oxygen in your body will be enough to keep you relaxed. Keep practicing your breathing until you can do it easily without having to think about it.

Step 4: Focus On Your Mind

While you are busy with your breathing, you will achieve a state wherein your mind will start throwing images at you. These are mostly in random — events of the day, future plans, problems and worries, fears and so on. It will be hard to ignore these thoughts and you are not supposed to ignore them. The gist here is to focus on these thoughts without really paying any attention to it.

This might sound hard but a here is a simple example to understand the concept. You know that you have furniture at home — you can see them clearly with your eyes but you are not really concentrating on it. Focusing on the furniture will usually make you think of its color, its material, how it looks in that part of your home, and more. You need to be able to look at these random thoughts in a detached state — seeing them clearly in your head but not focusing your attention on it.

There will come a time that these random thought will stop and you will notice that you are already in a blank space in your mind. This is the state you want to achieve during meditation. This is the place where you can think about your problems and focus on it till you can find a solution for it. With this, you have successfully mastered the basics of meditation for your stress management program.

 

Activities You Can Try Out For Stress Management

It is quite possible to easily cope with stress if you find the right activities to help you get your mind off the problem that’s bothering you. Even if having fun does not directly get rid of the source of the problem entirely, diverting your mind from it for a short period of time will calm you down and regain your composure before taking it on again.

You don’t have to go on an extended vacation just to get rid of stress. In fact, you can easily have fun while in the comforts of your own home to get your mind off it. You can indulge in word or board games, sports, music and art, and many others to fill up your time with something you like to do and forget your problems to help you relax.

Let Your Mind Have Some Fun

Since stress is centered on your mind, then it would only be plausible to divert it into something more productive and fun. Try to delve into games that require your mind to think. Chess is a great way to stop thinking about the problem and focus more on how to beat your partner. You can also try playing word or number games that will put your logical mind at work, like scrabble, Sudoku, word puzzles, crosswords, and the like. This will help divert your mind from stress to help you achieve a sense of relaxation.

Sweat Out Your Stress

One stress management technique is to engage in sports. Many would agree that a friendly bout of basketball or tennis with your friend will help you relax. This will help you focus your mind into winning, especially if you turn it into a competition. Consider this as an outlet for your anger or irritation with work and channel it in a positive way instead of venting it out at the office.

Also, stress can also affect your anatomy if left unchecked. Engaging in exercise or sports will help sweat out those toxins that accumulate due to stress that will surely grow on you. Moving around a lot will also help in muscle rejuvenation — which is often cramped and sore every time you are under the throes of stress.

Go To The Gym

If you want to channel all your stress to something productive and release it in one go then you might want to try coping with it at the local gym. Stress affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally; so it would only be best to address these three aspects in one sitting.

Going to the gym to help cope with your stress is a good idea. The instructor will help you divert your mind from your problems to the program he or she has in store for you. You will need to focus all your mind and effort to completing the workout routine. This way, you won’t have time to think about your problems at home or office; just focus on getting your body in shape for a better you.

Another benefit of going to the gym is to strengthen your heart from the effects of stress. Heart attack and stroke are health conditions commonly attributed to stress. By going into a cardiovascular workout, you are strengthening your anatomy for the future — this time, you will be physically equipped to deal with it.

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