I've got somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 longboxes. Maybe 50. So many comics, purchased over 40 years.

And I remember thinking that there'd be a point, sometime in the future, that I'd want to go back and reread those books -- the good and the bad, just long runs, one after the other. 

And it's suddenly occurring to me that the time to do that is running out. And I'm not much of a re-reader -- not when there's so much new stuff that's engaging me in the present, whether it's a comic or a novel or a movie. 

And I wonder... is it time to sell these? Most of them? I think the answer is probably yes. I've got three, maybe four boxes of New 52 books. How much of that will I reread? Very little, I think -- it doesn't hit the nostalgia button for me, and a lot of it isn't that great. There's a lot of untapped potential there. 

So I think that will be my first project. Condense 4 boxes of New 52 material into 1, and bring the rest to my comic shop (that *does* seem to buy back issues, even fairly recent ones -- which is rare these days). I doubt I'll get much for them. But some store credit, and 10 cubic feet of my house back... and maybe the inspiration to try it again with some older books. Cutting four boxes down to one, once a month. 

Thinking about the New 52, what would I keep? The first things that come to mind are:

The Manapul run of Flash
The Azzarello/Chiang Wonder Woman
Starfire
OMAC
Maybe the DCYou Batgirl
Some Harley Quinn, maybe?
All-Star Western, perhaps
Demon Knights
The Morrison'/Morales Action Comics run
Legion of Superheroes. (The New 52 Legion Lost can safely be forgotten.)
Frankenstein? I, Vampire? Both unusual titles that I bailed on, but might have more to offer in posterity than that era's Justice League.

Batman and Swamp Thing were both good, but I don't think they'll make the cut. Snyder is less appealing to me lately, and I'll always be able to find that stuff if the mood strikes (and Snyder's Batman is currently being reprinted in the Walmart Giants). Maybe I'll keep the Soule/Sais Swamp Thing -- I liked them, and it was more interested in doing new things than being a tribute to older creators (much as I loved the Paquette art).


I'm not sure what else. It'll be interesting to try this out next week, and see what I rediscover. And what fits.

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I used to think physio and exercise was the only was to go, but now I am wondering about chiropractic medicine, despite my traditional skepticism.

Oh, wait....

Sorry, my mistake.

Yeah, I have to go through my collection sometime soon.

What drives me nuts is when they use some kind of fancy lettering, like some Thor books in which all the Asgardians speak in Gothic font. It ... hurts me.

I also grow frustrated with when they have long pages of someone's journal entry in cursive.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I'm starting to really appreciate digital...especially as lettering on some books is smaller and smaller. I recently read Crowded, a fun sci-fi assassination comic, and have pretty much decided that future purchases will be digital; it's just too hard to read otherwise.

Unfortunately, I feel like I'm often rushing through the digital comics -- even though sometimes I actually spend more time on the page. It feels more ephemeral to me, like pretty much all writing on a screen. I'm not sure what I can do about that. It might be a generational thing.

Ha!

JD DeLuzio said:

I used to think physio and exercise was the only was to go, but now I am wondering about chiropractic medicine, despite my traditional skepticism.

Oh, wait....

Sorry, my mistake.

Yeah, I have to go through my collection sometime soon.

Brilliant, JD! Even as someone who does work for a chiropractic magazine, I never even considered another meaning to what I wrote. 

And yea, Fraser, those custom fonts can be really annoying. The scratchy "Batman Who Laughs" one in particular, especially when it's white or red on black. UGH.

Oh, white/red on black is intolerable.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Brilliant, JD! Even as someone who does work for a chiropractic magazine, I never even considered another meaning to what I wrote. 

And yea, Fraser, those custom fonts can be really annoying. The scratchy "Batman Who Laughs" one in particular, especially when it's white or red on black. UGH.

I think my changing relationship with back issues comes down to the fact that I am looking for reader copies of stuff that I want to read—either digitally or floppy. Then everything that I really want to keep and preserve, I want to do so in the form of what I’ve heard called “shelf porn”. Those nice hardbacks or nice thick TPBs that just look fantastic on the shelf, but can be pulled down and read.

Yep, my buying of back issues has largely been confined to dollar bins and cheaper these days. At conventions, I'll allow myself one "splurge" if I see an old Flash or Legion issue that I need for my collection, but between Archives and Omnibuses, the desire for even those has largely worn off. 

I mean, I have the Kamandi Omnibus now... is there any good reason why I should have my original Jack Kirby Kamandi issues? And at the very least, there's no reason why I should be trying to fill in any gaps.

As for the New Gods, though, any of those issues are going to stay with me until the movie comes out. 

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