My Not So Secret Origin…
I have been collecting comics for almost 30 years now. I dabbled as a kid, riding my bike to the local 7-11, and occasionally seeing Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes comics on the spinner rack. I bought maybe three or four comics. I was mildly interested, but I was not bitten by the bug…yet.
Flash forward to 1986, my first year of college. I was taking a film-making course, and my college professor mentioned comic books in one of his lectures as a comparison to film. I was intrigued. There was a local comic book store close to the university (there are always comic books stores close to university and colleges!). I went there to check it out. There was something about the bright four-color adventures. I picked up a few comics that interested me. The clerk told me that new comics come out every week, and he handed me a flyer detailing the weekly schedule of new comics. A whole new world opened up to me, I was hooked!
Flash forward to 1989. I had the unique opportunity to work as an assistant inker on DC Comic’s Batman comic, probably my favorite comic character of all time! I would do the menial task of inking backgrounds, filling in blacks, erasing pages once fully inked. Sure the job didn’t pay well and had long tedious hours to make the deadline but I didn’t care I was part of the process of creating comics, how cool was that!
A year later, in 1991, I bought an existing Comic Book store. Boy was I in for a rude awakening! One of the hardest and most stressful jobs I have ever had, PERIOD! I had a couple of stores for about 5 years during a crazy era of comics. It was the best of times (highest sales week during the infamous “Death of Superman” comic), and the worst of times (Marvel’s bankruptcy/variants/speculators craze!). I met some wonderful people, including lifelong friends that I still have today, and learned some important hard life lessons.
Today, I am a software engineer, creating software applications used by banks. All these years, I have continued collecting comics. In fact, my love of comics and the art-form have continued to grow.
I will post entries about some of my collecting adventures along the way.
This website is dedicated to my wife, who supports my crazy habit, and the constant hunt of great comics, finding those wonderful “unique” key issues, and my continuing adventures and love of comic collecting. I aim to post something weekly. And if I get better and faster at posting, hopefully more frequently than that. Feel free to drop me a line or email, I would love to hear about your collecting interests and adventures.