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And That’s Done It

I received confirmation late this afternoon from my comic shop that my drop request was received and has been processed.

While there may be some lingering issues already ordered for me and such (that I’ve asked still be passed to me, I’m not interested in making the comic shop absorb extra costs on top of what Valiant has already “cost” them), this officially leaves me with 4 titles I’m “officially” sticking with: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT: Current Mini-series (right now, Casey and April), TMNT Color Classics, the tie-in book based on the current TMNT animated series, and Letter 44.

No DC.

No Marvel (though I’m happily enjoying the Digital Comics Unlimited to READ a lot!).

and now, No Valiant.

Plenty of back issues for DC. A number of collected volumes of classic stuff. The Digital stuff from Marvel, to READ (but NOT own) stuff. and for now, despite my ire over the Legends of the Geomancer thing…I’m interested yet in the Deluxe Edition hardcovers from Valiant, and will be sticking to those, if anything from the publisher (for the foreseeable future).

I don’t know that I was 100% convinced myself on dropping the singles. But I hit “send” on the email last night.

And then part of me contemplated whether or not the shop had received the email or if it got lost in the busy-ness of stuff…and would I have to bring the matter up again?

In the next week or so, I’m expecting a handful of collected volumes from a recent Marvel blow-out.

After that, perhaps I’ll try some Image vol. 1s for a few weeks–the cost being a bit less yet on par with what I was spending most weeks on Valiant. Maybe I’ll buy a game or few–a number of Munchkin expansions I’m interested in, as well as several other games.

I want to read the Alan Moore Saga of the Swamp Thing volumes at long last. Maybe finally take the full plunge on Transmetropolitan after a couple of “false starts.” Maybe finally catch up on some of the TMNT Adventures paperbacks.

Maybe just actually SAVE some money.

Time will tell, I suppose.

I expect some doubt and reconsideration, maybe even a hint of “regret” in the near future. But I’m glad I opted to run with my “principle.” That I “pulled the trigger.” Yeah, life will go on. Does go on. Is going on. It will take some getting used to, not having Valiant stuff in my stack most weeks.

But I really, truly DO need to ENJOY what I’m buying. To be happy to be paying what I am. To be looking forward to what I’m gonna read, and not feel like I’m wasting money or harboring negative feelings over stuff.

Plenty yet to read. Loads to re-read.

Gimme a few weeks, and it probably won’t phase me. Angry as I am NOW, maybe in a month or few I’ll genuinely wish Valiant the best of luck. Right now, I don’t give a crap, though I dislike the sense of schadenfreude I’d take satisfaction in at the moment.

Regardless of crap with this publisher, a number of other elements in play right now, a part of my life. One day at a time…

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A little on a lot: 90s Bat-books, buying runs, pull-list pruning

As I’ve not been blogging regularly lately, there are a number of things I’ve been thinking about, had thoughts about, and generally considered blogging about/retreading, but haven’t. I sat down Saturday morning for awhile and typed a lot more than I intended. So I’ve broken that into several posts (this is one of those posts).

BATMAN: FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS

batmanshadowofthebat001Though I’ve had it on my mind for a couple years now, I think this year may be my “Year of the Bat” in terms of back-issue focus. A few weeks back, I acquired a near-complete (missing 1 issue) run of Batman: Shadow of the Bat. This week I acquired near-complete runs of Batman: Gotham Knights and the ongoing (original) Birds of Prey. I already have (scattered through dozens of longboxes over the years) a complete run of Robin. With the acquisitions this year, that already puts me a long way toward the goal of having the complete ongoing series of Bat-books for the “From Crisis to Crisis” era, and I may just add a few years and aim for the “From Crisis to Flashpoint” era in general.

1990s DC COMPLETE SERIES

I’ve also acquired several other runs this year: 3 complete JSA minis from the 1990s, Blue Beetle (Post-Infinite Crisis) 1-20, a complete run of The Power of Shazam!, and a complete run of Hawkworld. Which means I have LOADS to read even before I’d even be in position to dig in on a lengthy Batman reading project.

PULL-LIST MAINTENANCE

I’ve been pruning my pull-list, and about to prune even further. I’m dropping Batman as of #6, though I’m interested enough I plan to pick up the Mr. Freeze Annual (Batman Annual #1). I’m just not buying into the hype over the Court of Owls. Had it been a single arc, it would’ve been good. But the fact that Batman #6 (spoiler alert! I’m about to spoil the end of #6!) ends with a kick-off into an “event” just REALLY turns me off. I imagine I’ll eventually read the story–whether grabbing issues later in the year from bargain bins or such, or a year from now whenever DC actually puts out a collected volume. I just don’t feel inclined to pay $2.99 (soon $3.99!) an issue for monthly installments, nor do I feel like buying multiple other series to get a COMPLETE story. (I’m not buying into the hype, and I’m not buying into reading only one title when this thing’s being pushed as an event rather than just characters showing up in other tiles).

I’m also dropping Superman after #6. I’ve given it an arc; but the whole new creative team makes for essentially a new title, and again, I’m just not interested in paying $2.99 for monthly installments of bigger stories right now. I loved the first issue, but I never read 3 & 4 until a couple weeks ago after #5 had come out, and that was a conscious decision to “force” myself to “catch up.” So, I’ll wait to catch up on even buying the issues when there are a few out I can get in one go, ideally from a bargain bin, or perhaps a collected volume next year.

Cutting the Pull List

pulllistIt’s been at least a year since I did an official, full pull list at my local comic shop. In that time, I’ve found myself buying a number of other titles–several that I just never “got around to” officially adding to the list, and some that I’ve really been going issue by issue on, consciously not wanting to put on the pull list.

After several “holy $#!^!” weeks, it’s time to really cut what I’m buying. Again.

So, here’s the list of what I’ve been buying, and what I’m cutting.

Including the DC New 52s that I had JUST emailed to my shop Tuesday morning.

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Pull lists

For the first time since I was a teenager, I have started an actual pull list.

Back then, when I was heading off to college and knew I wouldn’t have regular access to a comic shop, it was Capp’s Comics, in Mentor, OH. I’d been going to the shop for over 7 years at that point, and it was a simple matter. Gave my list to the owner, and he pulled those titles for me, and periodically I would get a phone call telling me it was time to come in an pick up my books.

I had that pull list/box for several years…truthfully, I don’t remember now if I ever specifically pulled the plug, or if that one went out of existence during the 7 or so months from when I moved out on my own for the first time a few months after graduation and didn’t make it back in to visit the shop. (It was also during this time that I would occasionally mail-order some comics…which got me on an email list that led to my being a reviewer over at Comixtreme).

A few years back, I started a single-title pull list at my then-main LCS for The Thing. The title was struggling, and there was a push to support it, and I was convinced to try the book. By adding the title to one’s pull list, arguably, one was showing one’s support….the comic shop would know they’d have a “guaranteed sale” and order at least that many more copies, if not that “plus one” for the shelf. (Two months later, the book WAS cancelled, and with it, my pull list faded to nothingness).

A couple years ago, after growing ever more frustrated at only being able to get issues of Tales of the TMNT when I visited a friend in Michigan and went to his LCS or ordering online…it dawned on me. Just start a pull list for the TMNT books. My comic shop may not order the title for the shelf, but there was no problem with ordering a copy for a specific customer.

So for the last couple years, Tales of the TMNT and related TMNT books were ordered and kept for me, and all was good.

A couple months ago, I discovered that my LCS was only getting 1 copy of any given Boom! Kids title–the singles don’t sell well, though the collections do. So I re-opened my pull list for Darkwing Duck and Uncle Scrooge. Yet, at only two titles, and buying a number of other titles, I never truly considered that–nor the TMNT stuff–a real, actual pull list.

I’ve been planning for weeks now to throw in with this LCS I’ve been going to for nearly 3 years now. One reason or another kept putting me off as I procrastinated. I knew I was forgetting a title, and wanted to turn in a complete pull list. This, That, Whatever.

Even this afternoon, as I took an early lunch to make it to the LCS shortly after 1 while most of the comics would still be on the shelf…I realized how “old” it’s gotten, wondering if a book I was interested in would still be there. Calling across town to another shop if something was, and stopping in there, an added side-trip. Both possibly being out, and having to hope that yet another store in my OLD stomping grounds had something still in stock on Friday.

So today, after work, I swung by the comic shop for the 3rd time in 2 days (they’re closed on Tuesdays? I never GO on Tuesdays, so I did not recall that little factoid…and this afternoon I forgot my list when I took an early lunch and left my book with the list tucked into it on my desk at work).

The owner took a quick look at my list–possibly surprised at my organization (for good or ill, I’m not sure), and commented that yeah, he’d better start pulling these, as they’re books he orders pretty light on. As I left, he said he’d be pulling these for me moving forward, and I thanked him, and was on my way.

Excepting the obvious…the comics (and a magazine) that I’m getting are all now being pulled at this LCS…now officially–more than ever–my HOME comic shop. The pull list–full, actual, real–now renders any other comic shop that of “other” or “backup.”

And y’know what?

It’s kinda cool having a “home” comic shop once more.
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ARCHIE COMICS
– Life with Archie: The Married Life

BOOM STUDIOS
– Darkwing Duck
– Uncle Scrooge

DARK HORSE COMICS
– Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom
– Magnus, Robot Fighter
– Usagi Yojimbo

IDW COMICS
– GI Joe: A Real American Hero

IMAGE COMICS
– Invincible
– Savage Dragon

MARVEL COMICS
– Invincible Iron Man
– X-Men

PRIVATEER PRESS
– No Quarter Magazine

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