This is just a selection from the budding comic collection the hubs and I have recently (like within the last two weeks) amassed. Well, it is mainly filled with my preferences, but that’s only because the hubs likes paper back trades and he’s waiting on the new 52 flash and volume 2 of green lantern/sinestro. It is a fine time to get back into the game though!
So we started collecting comics about five years ago after binge watching Batman the Animated Series (I bought it for a vday present when it was released in that magnificent black brick of a collection) when we realized that we are now adults with the freedom and income to support a steady comic habit. So we were doing that for about a year, but the shop we would frequent wasn’t really a good match and we had to move so the collection was boxed and we just stopped going.
While we were on vacation though we were hanging out with an uncle with a fantastic and varied collection when our interest was rekindled and we started visiting comic book shops again. At first I got the same reaction in comic shops as before, nothing comfortable, constantly feeling like I was being judged. I may not have a grasp on the entire marvel or dc universe, but I know what I likes and I know my crap, and I hate feeling like I have to defend myself/my interests. We went to one shop where I was looking for a very specific trade. I love the Batman universe and their prominent use of female heroes and villains with rich stories and lore, and before we discontinued our first attempt at comic book collecting I was really into the Kesel Harley Quinn series. I was late to it though so I only had access to the trade and at that time only the first volume had been released, so boy was I excited when I learned volume two had (finally) been released in June. The guy behind the counter tried to bs me though, saying it wasn’t released yet and how it was even volume two, it was the first volume of collected works. He could have simply leveled with me and said he didn’t know about it, or that they didn’t have it in stock, but whatever. I thought this was a sign of more things to come. When we got home though we found a new shop that provides a better shopping experience by far, they have that perfect mix of being helpful and leaving you to your own devices, as contradictory as that may sound, and the selection is great. So if you are in Southern CA visit a Shop Called Quest, they even have zines (nostalgia bomb)! Also I have spent so many hours today clicking on rabbit holes after rabbit holes on the site the Mary Sue, it is an amazing resource for the lady centric nerd and I will be eternally grateful to the hubs for clicking it in my direction.