Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish
Over the weekend, I decided it was time to integrate the huge stack of new comics next to my desk into my permanent collection. When I started, I had ten boxes of comics. When I finished, I had eight. Belive it or not, it's not hard to trash two boxes full of comics. Once you've gone through the new stuff and purged the awful comics (Avengers Disassembled, Fraction), the mediocre comics (Bloodhound, The Intimates) and the stuff you've already got in trades (Ghost in the Shell 2)1, you've already thrown out about 1/3 of a box.
The hard part is going through the permanent collection and deciding who's time is up — after all, you have history with these comics. The trick is learning to set aside nostalgia. Once you can do that, you can start asking yourself the tough questions: Pascal Ferry's art is beautiful, but do you need twelve issues of Heroes for Hire and six issues of Warlock? Is Chainsaw Vigilante really a lost gem from Zander Cannon's formative period? Is there more to Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja than Larry Hama's jacked-up Cold War paranoia? Are those issues of Cyberfrog worth something now that Ethan van Sciver is pencilling Green Lantern? Is it really worth holding onto forty issues of Ninja High School or a complete run of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Deluxe Edition? Why do you have a copy of Fred Hembeck Kills the Marvel Universe, anyway?2
- I never hold on to a comic I've got the trade of. Two exceptions: I'm still holding on to Multiverse #1-12 (because I prefer the original chapter order to the order used in the trade) and Strange Tales #150-168 (because I hate the coloring job in the trade).
- Answers: no and no, no, yes (but not much more), surely you must be joking, no, hell yes, and because it seemed like a good idea at the time.