ComicTom101: Your new YouTube addiction
Written by Mikey Sutton
In the low-budget world of comic-book YouTube shows, ComicTom101 rates a Near Mint.
(Tom Garcia, the Golden Age Guru, and Fire Guy Ryan)
Professionally constructed with crisp, clear sound emanating from usually two microphones and well-placed cameras, ComicTom101 beams from somewhere in Seattle with youthful passion and infectious energy. A relative infant in having only debuted in 2017, ComicTom101 has quickly built a following with its often informative and somewhat addictive videos. What makes ComicTom101 often compelling entertainment is that the scripted videos are organized towards specific topics instead of a meandering free-for-all. Hosted by the affable Tom Garcia, bridging the gap between hipster cool and geek uniformity with his Morrissey hair, Plastic Man tattoos, and Peter Parker glasses, ComicTom101 stands out among the greatly expanding population of misfit toys with its devotion to teaching the younger generation about comic books that were published even before their parents were born. Don't be surprised to hear Garcia rave about Golden Age greats such as Matt Baker and L.B. Cole. Much of this is due to the influence and presence of the Golden Age Guru, veteran comics dealer and Overstreet Price Guide consultant Jeffrey Itkin. Itkin knows his stuff, and his enthusiasm for comic books from the '40s and '50s is like the hooks from the best pop songs: You just can't get enough listening to him, especially when he shows off those wonderfully grisly pre-Code horror titles.
(The Golden Age guru, yours truly, and Tom Garcia) While many YouTube programs are only focused on the new, Garcia and his co-pilots, rotating between Itkin, Fire Guy Ryan, and Russ Bright of Mill Geek Comics, travel back and forth in time repeatedly as if they received passports from Kang the Conqueror. Garcia has his eye on what's selling among collectors with data contributed by CBSI (https://comicbookinvest.com). With so many comic-book characters appearing on TV shows and films, the values of certain books are both rising and falling, and ComicTom101 has provided the most accurate updates that can be found on YouTube.
(The Golden Age Guru, comic-book collector Lance Gemmell, and Tom Garcia) Watch a single installment of ComicTom101, and don't be surprised by the need to see another. However, everything in moderation so geek responsibly.