|Cloud 9 Comics is based in Portland, OR,
and has been a web-based vintage comic book store since 2009, founded by Ken Dyber. Starting in
February 2015, Cloud 9 is excited to announce several very important changes... longtime collector
Jeff Itkin (Seattle) is joining the company as an equal partner with Dyber, and, Cloud 9 will be opening it's first retail storefront open to the public at 2621 SE Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202! Be sure to come by in person at say hello!
Cloud 9 can be found setting up at shows in the Pacific Northwest, as well as an increasing amount of shows in the midweest and east coast, as well as trips to purchases books or collections throughout the United States. Please feel free to contact Cloud 9
if you are interested in selling your collection or a portion of your
books (Cloud 9 is always buying!) or if you have any questions about purchasing
from Cloud 9.
Ken Dyber began collecting
comics in the early 1980's in CT, and started as a dealer at the ripe age
of 14. That's right, too early to even drive to comic shows. Dyber and his
school buddy Larry Chaves started setting up tables at shows in CT before
either could drive, so Larry's mother used to them in her van.
Their childhood store was The
Eye Opener in Newington, CT which still exists to this day! Stop in
and say hi to owner Art, he's a great guy. Days of biking 5 miles, and
the next town over to The Eye Opener soon vanished.
Dyber moved to Chicago in 1997, launched his record label Aesthetics,
which to date has released over 40 releases, from artists in England,
Germany, Brazil, and the U.S. While in Chicago, artists like Chris Ware,
Daniel Clowes, and R. Crumb became house-hold words, or legends in the
case of Crumb.
After five years, it was on to Portland in 2003. An exciting scene is
brewing here with great stores like Excaliber
Monkey, the Portland
Comic Book Show, and Stumptown
Comics Fest, creators like Bendis, Sakai & Wagner, as well as
Dark Horse Comics
just 10 minutes south of downtown in Milwaukee either. In 2011 WonderNW
debuted, in 2012 Rose
City Comicon debuted (which was purchased by Emerald City in 2012),
and in 2013 Wizard
World Portland debuted, which makes for 5comic book shows. Yes, Portland
scene seems quite strong.
2006 was another interesting year, as GPAnalysis
was discovered (which launched in 2003), an Australian based website that
reports the sales of CGC comic books sold on Ebay, major auction houses,
and select comic dealers. Key sales are reported on their homepage, and
for a small monthly fee you can access their annual sales reports, which
basically function as the "Wall Street Journal" for the comic
industry. This service is highly recomended for serious collectors and
In 2009, Dyber was accepted as an Overstreet Advisor to the Overstreet
Price Guide, a prestigious honor for a select few dealers, collectors,
and industry employees. That year, Cloud 9 became a CGC
Authorized Dealer, allowing customers the opportunity to submit their
comics and magazines to CGC for 10% off their submission price.
2010 brought one new aspect to things, Cloud 9 is now reporting sales
of any CGC books to GPAnalysis, to help keep sales figures accurate.
2012 Marked Cloud 9's jump into traveling to larger shows around the country,
setting up at the U.S.'s 3 largest comic book shows: San
Diego Comicon, NY
Comicon & Wizard
In 2013 owner Ken Dyber began buying & selling comics on a full time basis.
I have been involved with comics for almost 30 years, from as early as the age of 8 years old. My interests in comics came from my passion for drawing which is my earliest memory and first love. I was always fascinated with comic art and the ability to create a powerful visual on an amazing cover or interior splash page or even as small as a 2" frame. Though I collected and grew up with comics in the mid 80's I was always intrigued with and loved the work from the 60's and 70's. The one artist that stood out the most for me was Romita Sr. and his work on Amazing Spiderman. My first really memorable comic was a Romita Sr. piece which really got me to take a second and focus on it and just be wowed at the imagery of it. It was an Amazing Spiderman 40. A great fiery cover with Spiderman standing over a hunched over Green Goblin. It came in a lot of 50 comics by mail that I ordered in a comic book ad and when I laid them all out on the floor to check out my score it clearly stood out as something special.
My local comics shop at the time was Golden Apple Comics in West Hollywood. Which for me was a great store. It was a magical place as a kid. Every time I walked in, whether it was in my own head or actually present there was this exciting energy at this store. A place that had great comics going up to the ceiling, ones which I only wished at the time I could have, shelves filled with comic memorabilia, a life size alien statue, posters, awesome detailed vinyl statues and just stuff upon stuff. Many great memories in my child hood were surrounded by comics in one way or another.
When I was twelve I moved to Bellevue, WA. The first day I arrived I did the typical running around of the rooms and halls of the new home I would be living in to claim which would be my bedroom over my siblings, but the next most important thing was to check if my comics made it safely, which to my relief they did. The next few years I continued collecting and became a regular at the local Comic Shops and attended all local comics shows threw the year. I still have my ASM 122 and Series 1 Marvel Universe Comic Card of Stan Lee(the one that has him smiling but also montaged with about 8 different super hero characters) that I had autographed by Stan Lee at a local show. When you didn't have to pay anything and could have an actual conversation with the man the myth the legend. It was a big deal, even restored my ASM 122 with a sharpie as a kid because I felt Stan needed to have his signature on a better looking copy.
I am going to Fast forward a bit to 2004 where I now have a career and a decent income. This is where I began to collect more aggressively and start to buy and sell comics. I did my first convention after buying my first big collection of 50 long Boxes, which I found on craigslist. It was a show at a local high school auditorium which had been promoted really well and had great attendance. I was instantly hooked. It was exciting to talk to buyers and peers. It was a great show and I knew that I could actually make money surrounding myself with and doing something I love. In this next year I had acquired 500 long boxes of comics and started selling key books and dollar books at as many shows as I could. After about two years of back breaking box moving conventions I decided to start focusing on Quality over Quantity. Really work on the key books. My passion for comics was always very strong, but now I had to educate myself about everything comics. I started to expand my Bronze Age and Silver Age Knowledge which was pretty easy and exciting to do as I already had a good grasp of those time frames. I had to figure out market values, work with-in Margins, become a little business, but I still a collector as I did not want to sacrifice that. I had the excitement of doing shows and finding collections, but also adding pieces to my personal collection.
In about 2010 I had hit my groove and stride and with my inventory of comics, knowledge base and ability to interact with people I would always have a good show, but I felt it was time to expand my knowledge and grow. Comics had more to offer. There were areas in comics I still had to learn and did not want to ignore or brush off. I felt it was important to be as informed as possible about as many facets of the industry as able. I knew that I needed to learn all I could about Comic Art, Golden Age Era and to not ignore Modern books and try to stay as current as possible. I will tell you that Comic Art for me is very exciting and modern books are interesting and really fun to read, but in turn very volatile. But of the three things I mentioned I have to say Golden Age Era Comic Collecting is by far for me the most exciting, rewarding and interesting era and branch of Comic collecting and selling. I have focused so much on learning and exposing myself to as many Golden age books of all genres as possible. I can honestly say that at this point after several years of focusing to truly get a solid grasp of the Golden Age Era and all it has to offer with it's many genres and rich history that I truly feel I have a deep passion, knowledge base and love for it.
I have for the last 5 years really focused on developing my bonds with people that I have met, worked with, trust, look up to and appreciate. I have met many great people in this industry and have developed what I feel will be life long friendships. To name a few would be Vincent Zurzolo from Metropolis, who really has been a huge supporter of mine and have worked on many deals with, Terry O’neal from Terry’s Comics and Ken Dyber from cloud 9 comics. I have also built a decent client base as well as spent a good part of the last year on the CGC boards reading about my peers, trends and really trying to integrate into a community of collectors and dealers. This is an exciting year up ahead as I will be doing and attending more shows then I have ever done in the past as well as opening a store front in the next few weeks.