Remember When Issue #1 Meant Something?

There was a time when the first issue of a comic was a BIG DEAL.  Something new.  Something worth collecting.  Something a serious collector might buy in multiples because reading issue #1 could spoil its pristine nature.  Sadly, much of this is behind us now.  Big business wants bigger money.  If issue #1 sells more than any other issue, then logic states that more money … Continue reading Remember When Issue #1 Meant Something?

Road Trips and the Apocalypse 

I’m on the road for a bit, so some of the usual style for On the Shelf is being set aside — like a comic that you simply had to buy and then tossed aside onto your ever-growing stack of books to read.  An accumulation of various stories, thoughts, and ideas with the tenuous connection of being co-located in a pile.  A stockpile that is … Continue reading Road Trips and the Apocalypse 

January 2017 Previews

I thought I was ready to pre-order my comics and then I took another look at the January 2017 Previews catalog.  Some months there is nothing much and I desperately search for interesting and new.  Other months find me making choices about where to spend my money.  Dragons love adding comics to their hoard, but they are also reluctant to part with too many shiny … Continue reading January 2017 Previews