$890
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
17
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 14 2013 4:00 PM UTC +00:00
$890
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
17
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 14 2013 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Thank you for looking at my project.

Collection Armor Logo
Collection Armor Logo

Inception

When I finally decided to take the plunge and make Collection Armor I started discussing it with friends and relatives. Some people "got it" and others had a hard time grasping the concept. When I was finally ready to start creating prototypes it was very difficult to get samples of what I was looking for.

After doing countless drawings and concept sketches I spent many evenings in my workshop (using flooring paper) making mock-ups of my designs so I could demonstrate exactly what I was looking to produce. This was much harder than I anticipated but very worth the time and energy spent doing it. Once I was done I had several paper prototypes that perfectly demonstrated my idea for long and short boxes.

My paper prototypes
My paper prototypes

What is Collection Armor?

Collection Armor is the next step in the evolution of comic book storage, that will actually protect your comic books from potential damage.

What does it do?

With Collection Armor, your comics and long (or short) boxes will experience a level of safety and security that has never before been available, at a price that just makes sense. Collection Armor creates a barrier between your box full of comics and the dangers of; harmful light, water, moisture and humidity, atmospheric pollutants (like smoke), mildew, mold, paper eating insects, and rodents.

Collection Armor is made from a Foil Barrier film. This film formed into a 3-D pouch that is sealed at to top with a heavy duty zipper to create an  internal environment that is water/vapor proof, grease proof, and flexible. This foil barrier film is typically used in military applications for moisture/oxygen sensitive items. 

To protect your comics from any moisture that gets "sealed in", a desiccant packet will be included for you to use if your conditions require it. 

Material Specs
Material Specs

Why do I need Armor?

"I already have my comics bagged, boarded, and boxed; why do I need armor?"

Traditional comic storage; bags, boards, and boxes (the “triple B method”) only protect your comics from normal handling. They do very little to protect your comics from any real danger.

In the time I have lived in my house I have had several close calls with my comics and water damage. Not to mention less than ideal storage conditions in the apartments I lived in.

1.Hot Water Heater Burst - Least damaging but a good wake-up call.

2.Hot Water Line to the Kitchen sink broke (this caused the most damage and concern because there was no indication that there was a problem from upstairs) I found out there was a problem by accident. I have no idea how long it was leaking but the rug (and just about everything on it) was completely soaked and ruined. Some comics included.

3.My daughter flooded the kitchen with the sink sprayer, and most of that water ran down into the basement and damaged things. Not sure what made her think this was a good idea, but none the less it happened.

So what do these situations have in common?

There was no way to plan for them, or prevent them from happening!

Every one of these situations caused damage in my basement and we lost some personal belongings. I was just lucky that most of my comics were not among the casualties. After these unfortunate incidents and watching the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Super-storm Sandy, I decided to take my concept for Collection Armor and make it a reality.

Introducing Collection Armor
Introducing Collection Armor
Long Box full of Amazing Spider-Man Comics in Armor
Long Box full of Amazing Spider-Man Comics in Armor
Here are some comics I picked up after reading the Brokers Report on InvestComics. It was a lot of fun tracking these books down, and I got quite a deal on them because I bought early.
Here are some comics I picked up after reading the Brokers Report on InvestComics. It was a lot of fun tracking these books down, and I got quite a deal on them because I bought early.

What drove my thinking and creation process?

I don’t want my comics to get damaged or ruined but I also can’t worry about them 24-7. Collection Armor is a 99% “set and forget” solution.

For argument's sake let’s say a short box holds ~150 comics and a long box holds ~300 comics. Currently at $2.99 an issue a full short box has $448.50 worth of comics in it. Using this same scenario a full Long Box (300 comics) would have $897 worth of comics in it. Not to mention that many comics sell for $3.99 (and some titles sell for more than that). So now we have an approximate value of a full short and long box, but this just takes the cover price into account. As any comic lover knows there is that “occasional” issue that is worth more than its cover price in the aftermarket.

At cover price alone I don't want to lose any comics. Nor do I want to lose any of the books that actually have a higher after market value. Not to mention a lot of my comics have sentimental value, and these books mean more to me than the cover price or aftermarket value.

I also have acquired some comics that would be extremely difficult and costly to replace. I am a huge fan of indie comics and self-published stuff. Some of these books had really low print runs, and most of them are signed by the artists and or writers.

Signed books I wouldn't want to lose!
Signed books I wouldn't want to lose!
A few modern "gems" from my collection
A few modern "gems" from my collection

Collection Armor’s Performance

We have tested Collection Armor and compared its performance against traditional storage methods. As you can see from the picture below comics stored in Collection Armor fare much better than comics stored without armor. In a side-by-side comparison it is relatively easy to tell which comic was protected with Armor and which one was not.

Covers Comparison
Covers Comparison
Close-up
Close-up
Top Edge
Top Edge
Backer Boards Comparison
Backer Boards Comparison

Why I need your help

With your help Collection Armor will be available to collectors everywhere, and should be, because everyone should have the best protection available for their comics. The initial costs needed to produce Collection Armor in quantity are high, but with your support, Collection Armor can begin production and start shipping to backers by the end of September or early October. Please spread the word and share this project with your friends. Everyone knows at least one comic book collector!

Thank you!

It is extremely important to me that Collection Armor is made in the USA. Collection Armor will be manufactured in the Rochester, NY area.

------------------

Ian Churchill was kind enough to share Collection Armor on his Facebook timeline! 

Marineman by Ian Churchill Protected with Collection Armor
Marineman by Ian Churchill Protected with Collection Armor

Collection Armor in the news!

We have been featured on 

http://investcomics.com/market-talk/whats-worth-protecting

https://www.facebook.com/pages/InvestComics/115838731787580?fref=ts

http://www.stashmycomics.com/blog/crowd-funding-flash-projects-creator-collector-fan/

Risks and challenges

Like standard seat belts and daytime running lights on automobiles, the adoption of Collection Armor by the comic community will be the major challenge. Proper advertising and educating will be essential to the success of this project.

Proper material and quality testing were my main challenges. I worked with several suppliers to make sure that Collection Armor will do everything that I want it to do. I have spent over 2 years researching archiving best practices and developing the prototypes that are in my pictures here. Plus I am continually researching and testing new materials. The next challenge here will be developing the proper quality tests for a full production run of Collection Armor.

Figuring out the best method of packing Collection Armor for shipping is another challenge I am currently working on.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Every dollar counts. Your dollar will help make collection armor a reality! If I'm funded you will be able to purchase Collection Armor online, at trade shows and conventions, and even at your local comic shop. Be a part of making an awesome product that will keep comics safer than ever (even in undesired storage conditions). Plus you are enabling one guy to produce an idea for a product that has been in the back of his mind since he started collecting comics.You will get a link to download a series of Collection Armor wallpapers for your PC and mobile devices.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You will receive a limited edition print of the first Collection Armor advertisement, that will appear in an independent comic book. This ad will be in comic page format and drawn by me. Artist signature included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You will receive a 5"x 5" Collection Armor Logo Sticker, plus a limited edition print of the first Collection Armor advertisement, that will appear in an independent comic book. This ad will be in comic page format and drawn by me. Artist signature included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    You are pre-ordering and will receive one Collection Armor Bag designed to perfectly fit a Short Box.
    Plus a print of the ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You are pre-ordering and will receive one Collection Armor Bag designed to perfectly fit a Long Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    You are pre-ordering and will receive three (3) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a Short Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    You are pre-ordering and will receive three (3) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a Long Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    You are pre-ordering and will receive five (5) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a Short Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $95 or more About $95

    You are pre-ordering and will receive five (5) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a Long Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    You are pre-ordering and will receive ten (10) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a Short Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    You are pre-ordering and will receive ten (10) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a Long Box. Plus Print of ad and Logo Sticker.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    You are pre-ordering and will receive ten (10) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a long or short box (your choice).
    In addition you get your likeness included as one of the characters in the first Collection Armor Ad.
    10 Collection Armor Logo stickers. One copy of the comic book the ad will appear in, and a signed limited edition print of the ad.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Local Comic Shop Owner Special: You are pre-ordering and will receive 10 Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a long or short box. In addition the first half of the ad will take place in your Comic Shop, and you will be behind the counter as one of the characters in the first Collection Armor Ad. 10 Collection Armor Logo stickers. 10 copies of the comic book the ad will appear in, and a signed limited edition print of the ad. Contact me for more details.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $450 or more About $450

    You are pre-ordering and will receive ten (10) Collection Armor Bags designed to perfectly fit a long or short box (your choice).
    In addition you get your likeness included as the main character in the first Collection Armor Ad.
    A copy of the comic book the ad will appear in, and a signed limited edition print of the ad. And the original artwork

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (36 days)