I have been collecting comic books since G.I.Joe #2
came out in 1982 and now have a complete collection. And my love of the media soon blossomed. I began collecting X-Men
a few years later. I now have a complete run of Uncanny X-Men
from issue 163
up (I have a few below 163, but the run is perfect from 163 to present) as well as every single X-Men spin off comic ever published
. I have all of the Wolverines
(even the four issue mini series
), All of the New Mutants
, even the crappy limited series' like Storm
, as well as all of the new(er) series' like Cable
and the excellent Exiles
. But I'm not just an X-Men freak
, I collect many many different books
, I have every book Warren Ellis
has ever made, complete runs of Transmetropolitan
and The Authority
and all of his short run
and independent work
, I even have his novel
. I also have all of Brian Michael Bendis'
work, from Jinx
up to Powers
. I have everything by David Mack
if you haven't, you will not be disappointed). I have complete runs of 100 Bullets
and Y: The Last Man
and The Losers
as well as many others
Which is all well and good and explains why I'm so poor. But as soon as I read this task, I stopped going to the comic book store. Actually I hadn't picked up any books all winter, and there's a box of books waiting for me at my comic store right now, and I was all excited to go get my books and geek out with them for a few days as soon as I had a day off of work, but I read this task before I got a day off of work. And if there is any addiction I could kick, this would be it. So I have. And this written up praxis has been sitting in my very large queue for a very long time. It had been sitting in there for so long because I didn't want to post it right away and say that I kicked the habit, because who knows how long it takes to kick a habit? So I just figured I'd wait a very long time. And the events of this task
made me submit this task today (because they kinda go hand in hand). So it's been six months of no comics for me, and it has been very very difficult. Here listen to this:
It wasn't until after I'd recorded and listened back to that phone message that I realized I completed both halves of this task. I hadn't meant to get addicted to anything. But I think my tasking history shows that I have.
Update - July 2009
It has been over fifteen months since the posting of this task, which means twenty one months of not buying any comics. That's almost two years now. I have gone two years without buying any comics. I sometimes cannot believe it. Going to the comic book store was a weekly routine for me for a very long time. A very long time.
I have updated this task today, because I just bought two new filing cabinets so all of my books that have been living in boxes for the past many many years can now have a proper home. But before I put them in their cabinets I have to reorganize. So I have spent my 4th of July weekend sitting amongst piles and piles of comic books, organizing and sorting and on occasion reading through some old forgotten gems.
I'm reminded again about how much I miss my friends. I went into a comic book shop in San Francisco a week ago and looked around, but it wasn't as hard as this going through all of my books and seeing how every line stops somewhere in the middle of 2007. I miss my fictional friends.
Update - February 2011
It has now been three years since I have bought a comic book. In that time I have had a few good friends who are comic book geeks and who identify with me solely on the grounds of being a comic book geek "How long is this abstinence supposed to last? When can you get back to reading comics again?" And I always answer that I'm not sure. Maybe forever.