Lately, I’ve been wondering if I can really consider myself a comic collector anymore. It isn’t something new, but something that’s been lingering for a while now. But I have been noticing a growing shift in my interests away from comics to other interests, like board games. In thinking about this, I realize there are a number of reasons why I might not consider myself a collector anymore.
- Expense – Granted, the costs of comics has been relatively stable lately (as opposed to the massive inflation in the 1980s and 1990s). But, comics are still running roughly three to four dollars a book, and that doesn’t include annuals, mini-series, and special expanded issues which generally run much higher than the usual fare.
- Quality – I will admit this is strictly subjective, but the comics that have been coming out just have not been thrilling me. There are fewer and fewer books that just have me eager to read the next issue… consistently. Over the course of the previous year, I have seen the number of books I pick up each month drop more and more to the point that I now pick up one Marvel title (Silver Surfer, which knowing my luck will be cancelled sometime in the next year). I will still check out newer titles, but usually do not stay with them past the second or third issue.
- Event Fatigue – I’m just getting tired of all the event books that the publishers have been putting out. I was not entirely thrilled with Convergence, especially since it was coming off Multiversity, which was coming off Forever Evil, which was… well you get the point. And I’m not trying to single out DC Comics here, because I’ve been event fatigued from Marvel much longer. Secret Wars is the only Marvel event in the last two years that I have picked up more than the first issue. And, to be completely honest, I get the feeling that because I’m not reading all the spawned titles for Secret Wars, I am completely lost. Sadly, that’s been par for the course for me with the Marvel events, which is probably why the Marvel titles have been the ones that have gone by the wayside first.
- Lack of Rereadability – This ties into quality, but there are not a lot of titles that I want to reread once, let alone multiple times. I look at it this way: why should I buy a bunch of comics that I will read once and say, “Meh,” when I could pick up one board or card game and get a ton of replay out of it. There is also the social aspect that board games provide, something which I admit I need help with.
So, is this just me growing out of the hobby? Or has this happened to other people? Please leave your comments below.