Thursday, May 25, 2006

Creative titles are overrated

So. I haven't written in a very long time. And there's a very important reason why.

First off, I didn't want to come in here after Franny has written some very well-composed, articulate pieces about very good indie comics and sound like "that guy" on comics forums, the asshole who rants about the most inane shit:

But that feeling quickly passed. I'm passionate about comics. When I'm passionate about something, I tend to swear like a sailor. And I still think dumb shit like the O RLY? owl is really, really funny. So fuck trying to be "academic" and "safe for work."

So the real reason I've been silent for so long? I got tired. I got really, really fucking tired of new comics. I'm tired of One Year Later, I'm tired of Infinite Crisis, and saddest of all, I'm really tired of 52 and I haven't even read a damn page of the thing.

That's what made me realize it. After I graduated from MSU earlier this month, I moved away from my beloved comics shop back to my parents' place in Saginaw. So I haven't read any new comics for over three weeks.

And, amazingly, I don't miss them at all. I've missed the first three issues of 52 and I couldn't care less.

I had way more fun reading old issues of Action Comics Weekly than I did reading most of what's come out in the past four months. And that's sad.

Seriously, people. In ten years 52 will be in exactly the same position Action Comics Weekly is now. Some of it is pretty good, some of it is eye-gougingly bad... and all of it will be in the quarter bin. So why freak out about it? I have so many other things I'd rather spend my energy on. Like playing World of Warcraft and doodling little pictures of Art Spiegelman getting sexually harassed by furries.

So! Here's to the old ones, the bad ones, the cracktastic ones. Here's to the issues in your longbox you'll love long after the latest crossover has been retconned out of existence.

For the first time in my life, I'm without my precious, mile-long pull list.

And it feels pretty good.


Blogger Ferrous Buller said...

There is something liberating about going without one's regular fix, isn't there? :-)

Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get sucked back in...stupid addictive tendencies!

11:58 AM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Chawunky said...

I'm away visiting relatives for a few months, and have been without a daily dose of MST3k for most of it. Surprisingly I didn't notice. Then YouTube came along, and well...anyway.

Kudos for finding a calm spot beyond. John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" springs to mind: "No longer riding on the merry-go-round/I just had to let it go..."

11:53 AM, June 04, 2006  
Blogger R2K said...

Love silver

7:43 AM, June 29, 2006  
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1:08 PM, July 01, 2006  
Blogger Ormondroyd's Encyclopedia Esoterica said...

This is like an AA meeting. I "outgrew" my comics addiction after high school, got pulled back in by "Love and Rockets", then "Sandman" and anything by Alan Moore, until five years ago I'd built my habit back up to junior high levels, hanging out with sleazy artist-writer wannabes, you know the whole sad destructive story...
Thank God the trailer-trashing of the Marvel pantheon and the Infinite Infinite Infinite INFINITE crises-es-es-es at DC have knocked me back down to 1980s spending levels, with a couple of Vertigos ("Y" and "Fables". Toujours los Bros Hernandez, a couple of independents, catching up with the ABC trade paperbacks)... I'm almost Marvel free now, as DC is putting out better books these days-- but "52"???? THIS is going to get comics back into the hands of occasional readers?
I still get the urge-- I know you know that urge-- from time to time, but my pull box is under control, I'm down to every other week instead of every other day, and i've earned this chip!

10:35 AM, July 02, 2006  

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