The Wife and I moved this summer. For the first time in my entire married life, my clothes get to live in a closet in our bedroom, and all my comics get to reside in one location, my ManCave.
Collecting since 1975 and with the exception of a few small sell-offs along the way, I still have every comic.
It is a shameful amount of comic books. Putting them all together after the move I just felt decadent. There are illiterate kids in China with nothing to read, right? It would be one thing if I ever planned on reading most of them again, but I don’t. Thus, I have resolved to liquidate a large portion of my collection.
But how do you determine what stays and what goes? Whattya’ keep?
I really enjoy the trades. I like that they are readily accessible on my bookshelf. I dig their sturdiness. So, an early decision for me was that if I could get it in the trades – it’d go. For instance, I have all of the Tomb of Dracula Essentials books. My ToD floppies – a complete collection, BTW – can go.
I’ll keep those things that I know I want to read again but will most likely never be released in trade.
I’ll keep the very first supers comic I ever read.
All my Elseworlds books are staying. The What Ifs are on their way out.
Some have sentimental value like the annual sized $1 comic Superman Family and Batman Family books my Dad would buy me at the newsstand on Sunday mornings. Those stay.
But all those danged 2099 books go.
Justice League Task Force stays.
I’m just scratching the surface. It’s a lot of books. I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts – particularly if you’ve done something similar.
Ain’t it great how I can turn the blog into my own self-help forum?