Hendersonville, TN, November 22, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- What happens when a comic book enthusiast mixes the joy of reading comics with his internet business? The answer may surprise you.
Joe Butler, CEO of MidTen Media, Inc. has been a Spiderman fan from issue number one. But he, like many comic book lovers, was always dissatisfied with using a spreadsheet or writing information on index cards. So he decided to create what industry insiders now consider the ultimate comic book system.
“I have been blessed with the ability to develop software and decided to design a system with as many features as possible to satisfy the cravings of comic book fans,” said Butler. “With ComicCollectorLive.com we went nuts. We built an entire comic book database complete with all the cover art, and added a place for people to set up their own comic book shops so fans could browse, buy, and sell, as well as keep track of their entire collection.”
What also separates Butler’s system from others aside from the many features that include grading, cataloging, and access to the huge database, is the fact that the software is free. “I wanted ComicCollectorLive.com to be available to everyone who enjoys reading and collecting comics,” he said. “It’s always been my philosophy that anything that gets more people involved in the fun of comics books helps the industry grow and stay strong.”
Before developing the web site and software, Butler had never been to a comic book convention. He and some of the crew recently exhibited at Wizard World Texas (Arlington) where he was swamped with fans who are using the software and by comic book store owners eager to add their shop to the growing number of comic retailers online at Comic Collector Live. Over 255 stores have joined CCL and have listed over 130,000 items for sale since July of this year. The wish list of issues sought by nearly 50,000 members is approaching the 1 Million mark.
Butler is excited about being part of the industry and believes that his small contribution to comic books will encourage others to get involved in the hobby. Comic Collector Live has also developed partnerships with independent publishers such as Big City, Markosia, Moonstone, and Top Cow, and partners with CGC and ComicsPro.