Originally published on Hellions Magazine site November 21, 2008.
Sometime last week I went to my local comics store, Pegasus Hobbies, to buy some new comics. I had about $20-$25 of cool new stuff come in and I was excited to buy it. Now, I’ve been going to this store off and on for years, at least half my life. I didn’t go for a few years while I was in college and living elsewhere. Even when I was in Watertown there were periods where I just wasn’t as interested in comics and would spend money on other things. (Food mostly.) There was some comment made over whether or not I would still be around in a couple months to pick up some things I had ordered (if I have my way I’ll be buying stuff through my own store soon enough). I thought we were joking around, until the owner of the place moves a couple boxes behind the register and there are my comics from years ago. No exaggeration, years ago. I know because the books in the box came out in 2002. Lets examine a couple things here:
In 2002 I was working at TJ Maxx. I know where my money was going then, toApplebee’s, drinking at Kurt’s or on my porch, and trying to hook up with whoever I was interested in that week. I have some comics from that year, so I must have still been spending money there, and maybe these are titles I was waiting to pick up and then never did. These books are still sitting there. Six years later. Who’s fault is this?
Is it my fault, for requesting these comics and then never picking them up. Coming in and out of the store for years but, until the past 2-3 months, never buying anything on any regular schedule.
Or is it his fault for running a shitty store? The books could have been given to another customer, tossed in a dollar bin, put up on eBay, etc. But no, there they sit in my box 6 years later. Now bent because they were securely in the box.
I feel bad about it all and ask if we can make a deal for the lot. “Well, I don’t know, maybe.” If he thinks I’m spending $2-$4 each on old, bent comics (none of which are valuable issues) then he’s nuts. Maybe I’ll do a dollar each to call it even. Or not buy them at all. Many are collected in graphic novels. Yes, even us comics fans have our own debate akin to the “do I watch the episodes when they’re on or wait for the DVD box set?” There are pros and cons to both approaches.
Oh sure, I have tons of comics already but what’s a few dozen more? Especially when I’m viewing it as building up inventory now. Maybe a store, maybe online, but I know I can do it better than half the people who already have their own places.
By the way, if you have comics, toys, various other geeky things that you want out of your house, throw them my way.
Or maybe I should hold onto my comic book money and buy out Borders graphic novels when we eventually close. Stock closed at $1.37 today, I think the writing’s on the wall at this point.