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Glossary

Apparel sizes are abbreviated using the following:

  • S=Small
  • M=Medium
  • L=Large
  • XL=Extra Large
  • XXL=Double Extra Large

B&W - Black and White. Refers to comics that have black and white interior pages. Example: Dark Horse Presents.

Cold Cast Statue - A statue that is produced by pouring a mixture of plastics and organic materials into a mold. Since the material doesn't have to be heated to do this, it is called "cold casting."

FC - Full Color. Refers to comics that have colored interior pages.

GSA - Graphic Story Album. Basically this is much like a traditional book, but with dozens of full page illustrations. Example: Dark Forces: Jedi Knight.

HC - Hard Cover book.

GN - Graphic Novel. These are original works, not reprints like most trade paperbacks.

Ltd. Ed. - Limited Edition. Limited editions are usually signed and numbered by one or more of the creators. They are limited to a specific print run. There will be no reprint with a signature.

DM Ed. - Direct Market Edition. An item intended to be sold primarily through comic specialty stores. Content of the item is typically identical to the normal item, but may have a variant cover.

Nick & Dent - Nick & Dent refers to the less-than-mint-condition items we have for sale. These items have been handled and may have minor dings, scratches, etc. Sorry, no returns or replacements on Nick & Dent items.

PVC - Poly Vinyl Chloride. Generally a solid plastic figure with no articulation.

Resin Model Kit - A kit which is assembled and painted by the purchaser. Resin refers to the material which the model as made of. Similar to Cold Cast Statues, the resin is poured into a mold while cold.

SC - Soft Cover book.

Tip-In Plate - In a limited edition book, a page which is signed by a creator and inserted into the interior of the book prior to bindery. This process is called "tipping in." Example: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Ltd. Ed. HC.

TPB - Trade PaperBack. In the comic industry, a TPB is a reprint collection of a comic series bound together as one volume. For example, "Star Wars: Crimson Empire" numbers 1-6 were collected into a single volume called "Star Wars: Crimson Empire TPB." Example: Star Wars: Crimson Empire TPB.

Vinyl Model Kit - Like the resin model kit, this is a kit that is assembeld and painted by the purchaser. The difference is in the material it is made of and the process by which it is molded. In this case, PVC, or plastic, is melted and injected into metal molds to produce the finished product.

Glossary

Apparel sizes are abbreviated using the following:

  • S=Small
  • M=Medium
  • L=Large
  • XL=Extra Large
  • XXL=Double Extra Large

B&W - Black and White. Refers to comics that have black and white interior pages. Example: Dark Horse Presents.

Cold Cast Statue - A statue that is produced by pouring a mixture of plastics and organic materials into a mold. Since the material doesn't have to be heated to do this, it is called "cold casting."

FC - Full Color. Refers to comics that have colored interior pages.

GSA - Graphic Story Album. Basically this is much like a traditional book, but with dozens of full page illustrations. Example: Dark Forces: Jedi Knight.

HC - Hard Cover book.

GN - Graphic Novel. These are original works, not reprints like most trade paperbacks.

Ltd. Ed. - Limited Edition. Limited editions are usually signed and numbered by one or more of the creators. They are limited to a specific print run. There will be no reprint with a signature.

DM Ed. - Direct Market Edition. An item intended to be sold primarily through comic specialty stores. Content of the item is typically identical to the normal item, but may have a variant cover.

Nick & Dent - Nick & Dent refers to the less-than-mint-condition items we have for sale. These items have been handled and may have minor dings, scratches, etc. Sorry, no returns or replacements on Nick & Dent items.

PVC - Poly Vinyl Chloride. Generally a solid plastic figure with no articulation.

Resin Model Kit - A kit which is assembled and painted by the purchaser. Resin refers to the material which the model as made of. Similar to Cold Cast Statues, the resin is poured into a mold while cold.

SC - Soft Cover book.

Tip-In Plate - In a limited edition book, a page which is signed by a creator and inserted into the interior of the book prior to bindery. This process is called "tipping in." Example: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Ltd. Ed. HC.

TPB - Trade PaperBack. In the comic industry, a TPB is a reprint collection of a comic series bound together as one volume. For example, "Star Wars: Crimson Empire" numbers 1-6 were collected into a single volume called "Star Wars: Crimson Empire TPB." Example: Star Wars: Crimson Empire TPB.

Vinyl Model Kit - Like the resin model kit, this is a kit that is assembeld and painted by the purchaser. The difference is in the material it is made of and the process by which it is molded. In this case, PVC, or plastic, is melted and injected into metal molds to produce the finished product.