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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans was selected as a Wanda Gág ‘Read Aloud’ Honor Book for 2014! This award is given out by the Curriculum Materials Center of the Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State Universuty, Moorehead, Minnesota.

Martha is a terrific read aloud book for story-times. I’ve seen the results! And that last page turn is always terrific. Congrats to Mr. LaRochelle again on penning such an inspired tale or goofiness!

 

OK. This isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. I am not promising to have found the key to buying yourself a Lamborghini and a third house in Florida.

And my comic ISN’T actually worth four thousand dollars and has never SOLD for four thousand dollars despite what the screen capture (shown below) from Amazon might say.

screenshot2_cenoSo a few weeks ago I noticed that an indy comic book I drew a few years back started to climb the pricing ladder at Amazon. (and yes…at times I do check my books on Amazon. I like to keep an eye on the reviews. But I never read too carefully for fear I’ll get bummed out) This Amazon Price Inflation isn’t that unusual (Ebay anyone?). But I have never seen it climb to this embarrassing level. This is the Mt. Everest of Amazon pricing weirdness.

Why does this happen? Isn’t online shopping the be-all-end-all of a free-market dream within a dream? Perfect low noise environments where pricing gets rational? Ah no…

I’ve asked around and emailed a few people. And it pays to recount this as we are currently in an era when Amazon’s practices are being looked at a little more closely. And even when it’s NOT Amazon pricing this, they are creating the marketplace.

Let’s start logically. The pricing on this comic is the result of either technical errors or human misunderstanding. I’ve talked to people who place it in both camps, or perhaps a combination of both.

Most likely at least two bidding bots got involved in a pricing war. This jacked up the price. Then a human probably saw a rise in value and adjusted their pricing on the item which resulted in the bots going at it again.

Eventually the one or two people holding this item (Hey, it wasn’t exactly printed in the tens of thousands) may well have taken the price they saw as a true market price.

A little chaos with our online markets please and thank you.

I used to work for Max Keiser and one of the things I picked up listening to him was an affirmation that markets are victims of irrationality and the manipulations produced by humans desires. All our human foibles – be they technical or greed induced – find their way in. The ideal free market environment is a dream. John Lennon may as well have been signing about it when he wrote Imagine.

Markets are as conducive to mistakes as any other human structure. And thus my $4,000 comic book.

BTW I still have a few in a box if anyone wants to buy them for three grand each…

 

What do I do with an extra 20 minutes of swim team practice for my daughter? Some quick bad guy designs.

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From the sketchbook.

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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans written by David LaRochelle has been named one of the finalists for the State of Wyoming’s Buckaroo Award.

That’s cool! I drove through Wyoming last September. Perhaps rolling my window down and yelling EVERYONE SHOULD READ HOW MARTHA SAVED HER PARENTS FROM GREEN BEANS worked.

And ‘Martha’ has also been named a Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education!

Very awesome accolades for a terrific book by Mr. LaRochelle!

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Some more art from cards and letters generated after school visits. Thanks to all the kids for the time and effort they put in on these cards!

 

From: Kora C.

Aliens and bad books. The story of my life!

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From: Edward B.

That’s a book that eats people!

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From: Erin S.

She captured so many of the characters from my books!

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From: Jacob V.

Another Earthling! Fan. The inside of the card was like a comic book page too!

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