1)I haven't read anything I felt strongly about (I'm through 3 issues, and Fear Itself is not doing it for me, sorry)
2) A realization hit me when I was filling out my October pre-order form, read on if you dare...
I read too many comics.
I know this now.
A decision has been made.
Now comes the reckoning.
The great comics purge of 2011 hath commenced.
Well, the last part's debatable, but no, I'm not walking away from comics. Just taking a little step sideways to avoid getting crushed by the ever-present, oncoming train that is monthly comics. This is a decision that was made both with heavy heart, but lightly at the same time (huh?). The heavy heart part comes from knowing in the back of my mind, and yes, heart, that I was gonna have to slow down sooner or later on monthly issues of comics. The light part of the decision comes from the fact that I looked at my comics pre-order form (yes, I am that hardcore, and yes, you should have known this already), and realized that in the face of an impending job loss (which I knew was coming and had time to prepare for, no worries) and the fact that literally half of the free space currently on my bedroom floor is taken up with comics, a lot of them unread, made me realize that it was high time to step away, catch up, and recharge.
I have a ton of comics that I buy month in and month out. In any given month, I probably only get to reading roughly half of them. This has been going on for the last couple of years, and while its awesome to get a bunch of comics, its not so awesome to not being able to get around to reading a lot of them. It just comes down to the simple fact that I like to do too many other things, and while my comics reading is one of my favorite things to do, I'm not wired in a way that I can sit down and read 30 comics in one sitting (Mr. Rosa, I applaud you).
So today I'm making a stand, and adopting a new mindset.
And that mindset is, I am going to (as much as possible) move away from single issues, and go to a mix of trades and digital. I had already moved over to trades for a significant portion of my reading, but Marvel and DC were the holdouts, and to a degree, in Marvel's case, still is. I'll admit, I'm pretty much a Marvel reader for most of the stuff out of the big two, and there are some series that I've been reading for years, and I will continue picking up in single paper issues probably as long as they come out in paper issues (Spidey and Fantastic Four, I'm looking at you). Others I can't bear to drop in singles yet are the (now greatly-lessened) Marvel Cosmic line, Avengers, Thunderbolts, and yes, Daredevil (but you already knew that).
- if there ever was a time to jump on the digital train, this was it.
I don't know what its been in the last few days, but for some reason, the idea of reading these things on an iPad or iPad-like device is really starting to appeal to me, moreso than it ever has in the past.
I know I'm not exactly breaking ground here, but in my mind, its settling into place. For better or worse, I'm gonna try this…
You understand, right?