BURNING QUESTION: What Kind of Comics Fan Are You?

PODCAST ALERT: If you’re as obsessed as Batman is here, we can help …

Oh, no! Someone wrote on the cover!

Oh, no! Someone wrote on the cover!

I sometimes divide my comics-loving life in two: pre-Great Hiatus and post-Great Hiatus.

See, about 25 years ago, I quit comics — and I assumed it was for good. I was burned out. My stacks of books kept growing in inverse proportion to my desire to read them.

I was an obsessive, unable to delineate what I wanted from what I thought I needed. And so, as obsessives often do, I picked the all-or-nothing route — and chose nothing.

I started coming back about 10 years later but didn’t really return in full until around 2006. And I’ve made a concerted effort to be a much different reader and collector than I was. Have I always been successful? No. Have I mostly been successful? Absolutely.

Anthony Desiato invited me on to talk about the nature of being a comics obsessive on his excellent podcast My Comic Shop History. (Click here.) Another fan who’s struggled with being a completist, Sean McInerney, who is a school psychologist, was also a guest. We recorded it at Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, N.Y. You know, one of the stores run by Franco, Art Baltazar, Mark Waid, Christy Blanch and Marc Hammond.

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The three of us really got into those issues that seem to be universal among fans. For example:

— Do I want that or am I just getting that because I think I should?

— Do I have to have a complete run?

— When should I quit that book I don’t like anymore?

— Should I keep that or toss it?

— Do I have to bag and board everything?

We don’t have all the answers, obviously, but we cover a lot of ground.

The podcast is available here. You can also download it on iTunes. Check it out. And let us know what you think.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Sounds interesting, I’ll check it out.

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