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Kudos From Lord Vader

Comic Booked Guest Writer 08/06/2011 Features

How is it that twenty some years ago comic books were some harsh secret to harbor? I know I wasn’t very forward to my friends about this. Only one of them collected comics because I did,  and I collected because I liked the story. I never understood how through my youth I hated reading, but these four color books seemed to just call me. When that one book eventually came out hooking me, I was gone. I never made it known to the girls I was dating that I collected, but they eventually found out when they came over. It is not easy to impress them when you have comic books hanging in mylar bags displayed around the upper part of the room.

This wasn’t a cause for a break up because they mainly sat in their boxes, with the only real evidence of any comic geekdom hanging on my walls. I remember the Bill Sienkiewicz poster directly next to the girls in thong bikinis getting ready to ride bicycles and of course the multiple pictures of Alyssa Milano.  I had the typical guys’ room. As I grew older I still collected, and even if my other half in the relationship never understood, she never objected. I condensed my collection down a little over five years ago. This was done for a few reasons, all of which sucked.

I collect differently now. I even started to place pictures from certain cosplay sites on my hard drive and am thinking of dressing up in a steam-punk style next year for con season. I already tried the cosplay scene once when I dressed up as The Doctor at Wizard World 2010. As I was walking around and passed Lord Vader, even he gave me kudos and lowered his head saying “Doctor”.  I mean seriously? Darth Vader bowing his head to me? How cool is that!

I do enjoy how more women are into the comic scene then there were years ago. Maybe just maybe I might find one that is a tad bit worse than me.  We all have our vices, dreams, ambitions, and desires but isn’t it nice when you can combine all of those and talk about it freely. Just look at Stan Lee! He is an 84 year old kid. What part of your collection did you hide as a kid and are proud of now. Was it comic books? Action figures (they aren’t dolls!), maybe even shot glasses?

 

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  1. Andy Kirby 08/06/2011 at 5:03 pm

    I started collecting as a senior in high school, after all my friends were over it…so I wasn't all that "cool" anymore..LOL

  2. The Crimson Blur 08/06/2011 at 11:13 pm

    We are all looking for a geeky girl to fall in love with. :)

  3. Skott of Fables 08/07/2011 at 11:10 am

    I've always been very open about my comics collecting. The only time I was ashamed, or even close to it, when when I saw Ghost Rider on the big screen. So embarrassing.

    I've managed to be around people who don't look down on me for my love of comicbooks. Mostly because they know what I really couldn't care less if they thought my collection was silly.

    Of the people I dated, only one hated my comics. She just didn't like the fact that ONE DAY A WEEK, Wednesday, I wanted to be left alone to enjoy my comics. Eventually she said either lose the comics or lose me. Well, as I told her, I can always find another relationship, one with someone who actually cares about me. But my 1954 Haunt Of Fear is a little more difficult to replace.

    I'm still collecting comics and don't talk to her anymore.

  4. Axekek 08/07/2011 at 7:18 pm

    I've been collecting comics for a while and the only problems that come around when people make a comment about them is that some are considered ok for adults to still be collecting and some just get laughs. This is why I just gave up on explaining and just started saying "Batman" when ever someone makes a comment about my collection. It has actually worked to the point that many of my friends now started reading Batman as well (Because somehow thats the one set of comics that still can be talked about with everyone without embarassment)

  5. Nick Furious 08/08/2011 at 3:28 pm

    I have collected Disney figures for a very long time…since I was 5…I used to be very ashamed. But now? I just say "They OWN Marvel!" haha Great article as always sir!

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