At first I was just going to buy a couple of the books, because the prices were more in line with buying things to keep rather than sell. Besides, I already have or have read many of them.
Out of the blue, however, I decided to go for it and try to snag the whole lot. I counted them up, totaled the prices, and then decided on my number. I asked the sellers what they would do for all of them, which really surprised them. They thought a while, looked it all over, then quoted my exact number! I love it when that happens.
Some highlights from the box. This is less than half of what was in there, which also included several loose comics books. Think of this as a little crib notes section for comics--what makes some things special and/or worth picking up, at least in my opinion.
|A very nice, very pricey coffee table book with slip cover|
Did you know that both those movies were based on comics? Well for Watchmen it was probably a little more obvious. Both of these are perennial sellers and the kind of thing I like having in the booth, when I can get them. It's kind of hard to go into a bookstore with a graphic novel section and not find these titles.
My comic reading habits roughly break down into three categories these days: original work like this by creators with who make interesting stories, older comics and nostalgia (more on that in a minute), and comics with an educational or religious purpose. My buying habits consist of what I can get at store sales or second hand. New comics are too damned expensive. Even electronic versions of monthly titles are two bucks a throw. That's too much for a download that I'm only going to look at one or two times.
|Another modern classic|
|Contemporary fan favorite|
The Long Halloween is a book that has gotten a lot of acclaim since it was first published in the late 90's. I'm holding onto it long enough to read, as I have never done so before. It's pretty thick, so I might not read the whole thing. It depends on the story and the art. Right around the time this came out, the artwork in super-hero comics was entering a downward spiral from which, I think, it hasn't yet fully recovered. For the most part, the art in super-hero comics is atrocious these days--a factor that has played a huge part in my disinterest in the genre.
Tomorrow, stories from Saturday and the smalls.