The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life gets back into comics.
Hi, my name is Bob, and I’m getting back into comics.
Over a year ago I stopped buying comics. The horror! It was purely financial. It was a good jumping-off point. “Fear” was just starting for The Avengers. Ultimate Spider-Man was dead and Spider-Island was just getting started. I picked those storylines as jumping-off points because they were new arcs. Arcs that I always thought I could go back and read in trade form at a later date. Then I went and did something rash. I started Comicscape back up again here at Mania.
Being the news editor for Mania, a long time columnist, and fan of the site, I really missed Comicscape. When I approached Joel Rickenbach about writing the column I knew he would be perfect for the job. He is one of the few people I know who can not only talk at great lengths about comics but understands their place in Geek culture. I’m digressing and I’ll pat Joel on the back at the company retreat. What I didn’t expect was that bringing back Comicscape would effect my wallet again.
Now I find myself reading Comicscape and perusing my local comic shop (Earth2 Comics) for its latest suggestions. Thankfully Free Comic Book Day gave me a glimpse of what new stuff is out there. I looked at what’s going on in The Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man and had mixed emotions. The Avengers have not missed a beat. Ultimate Spidey is some new kid and, well, I honestly haven’t touched Amazing yet.
I didn’t go completely cold turkey when I stopped buying comics. Hey, nobody ever really does nor was there some help group out there supporting my decision. I still picked up my Walking Dead trade, finished Kick Ass, and by some miracle finished The Twelve. What I find so disturbing is the collection of first issues I am starting to accumulate. I guess I am willing to try anything as I have yet to get back completely in the game. I see it as a smorgasbord with new things to try and my favorites just waiting. Sure, I’ll go back to Amazing Spider-Man as it is my first love and the one book I have collected the most of. It’s just right now, I can try a few of Ed Brubaker’s noir books, relish in the brilliance of Brian K. Vaughn's Saga, and peruse the Millar World and its variety of stories. I can do all this without feeling the financial pinch.
I have also found getting back into comics a tad confusing. Not with story lines, the New 52, or even catching up. I seem to have no desire to bag and board my comics. The kid in me who used to believe they would one day be worth something screams out loud anytime I see one laying around. The adult that sits in his place only thinks about the long boxes that get heavier and heavier every time he moves. Will comics really be worth anything 20 years from now? Oh, the original gold and silver aged ones will be. Though with professional grading and digital comics I see little point in bagging and boarding Thief of Thieves #1, 3rd printing. Who I would I be saving this for? Will I ever part with it? I like that I can read a digital comic and be done with it. Yet I miss the paper in my hands and the looks I get when I sit in a coffee shop reading my comics.
Hi, my name is Bob, and I’m getting back into comics (damn you Joel Rickenbach and Mania).
Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.