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Any Comic Collectors Here?

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As I mentioned in my introduction post, I'm a huge comic collector. I've always just kind of been into them, probably because my oldest brother collected them so he always had one on hand that I could read growing up. I didn't start seriously collecting until high school, and even though my brother mainly had Spider-man books, I got heavily into X-men; I suppose it's because there were more characters to be interested in, but I probably couldn't list all the reasons that I love them now.

My collection is pretty impressive for a guy in his early-mid twenties. I have about thirty long-boxes (for those not in the know, they each fit about 300 bagged and boarded comics), and half of them are X-men related. I plan on going all the way back to the beginning with X-men #1 (1963), the first appearance of the team and Magneto. Right now, my collection of X-men Proper runs from #19-66, a spattering of the reprint issues, and Giant-Size/X-men #94- present day. I also have most of the spin-off titles, though with so much material published since the X-men debuted 55 years ago it's hard to keep track of sometimes! I have a lot of first-appearances and key issues in my collection, but by and far the most valuable would be X-men #94 (long-time writer Chris Claremont's first issue on the title), Giant-Size X-men #1 (first appearance Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus, and second appearance Wolverine), and New Mutants #98 (first appearance Deadpool).

The remaining long boxes contain mostly DC comics; Batman/Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Justice League, etc. And current indie titles I'm pulling, like Scales and Scoundrels, Snot Girl, Paper Girls, etc etc.

*(I'm also collecting the IDW My Little Pony series, naturally, but seeing as I was a little late to the game, it's the only thing I will allow myself to collect in trade)

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I never caught the collector bug, but had an older brother that dabbled in it for a while back in the 90s.

I'm not a collector, but I like to have books so I gravitate towards trades for dead-tree stuff. I have a few trades of the IDW MLP series, the one-volume black and white edition of Bone (because the colorized version of the comics is an affront to my nostalgic prejudices!), and The Watchmen. To be honest, most of my comic reading is digital these days and a huge chunk of them are Humble Bundle sales.

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I've never read Bone (it's so massive) but I've paged through it, and I definitely appreciate your sentiments in preferring the classic B&W to the colored edition. Watchmen is an absolute classic, so even with what little you have, it sounds like the start of a good collection.

What are you reading digitally?

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IDW's The Transformers has been mostly good. So was their Ghostbusters, if a little uneven in places.

I've got Lumberjanes but haven't started on them yet.

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IDW usually does well with licensed properties, it seems; their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series is the longest running of any TMNT volume now. I love that they're doing stuff with Rocketeer (one of my all-time favorites) and they're making stories for us American fans of Judge Dredd. 

Lumberjanes sounds like something I could be interested in, but as with My Little Pony I'm a little too late on it now. Maybe I'll see if I can rent the first volume at my local library, as I've heard a lot of hype for it. I think it was optioned recently for a live-action treatment, like a TV show or movie, but I could be mistaken. So many comic books are being adapted now, it's just insane.

Is there any comic-book related TV or movies you're watching? I try to catch all of the MCU films in theaters, but I'm hopelessly behind on any of DC's TV series ( I think I watched the first maybe six episodes of Arrow). I avoid the Fox X-men movies like the plague, because I'm just too much of a purist I think, and they really are awful.

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I've just started a few days ago. I got 4 separate starting issues of the Sonic IDW comics. I have gotten volumes of the MLP comic as well as issue 66 (which is lost as of this post...)

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Nice dude! #5 of Sonic should be out by now, so it sounds like you don't have too much catching up to do. Where are you getting your comics/trades from? There are several small comic shops in my city, and I have a pull-list at two of them (one for my mainstream stuff, one for my indie stuff).

I sometimes keep my eye out for the original, Archie Comics Sonic series, but only because they ran a Streets of Rage back-up strip in some of the earlier issues, and it was written interestingly enough by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar!

Hopefully you find that issue, man! It always sucks when I displace one of mine (very easy to do, since every month I make new purchases that usually accumulate into several small piles all around my boxes that still need to be sorted).

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