After once again attempting a reshuffle of my numerous comic boxes (not even counting the 10 or so still at my parents' house), I have just about had it. Mark has saved me some grief by allowing me to dump comix on him ('cause he's got a huge basement) with the promise that someday I'll take them back from him. (uh huh, that Mark kid ain't too bright...) Nevertheless, I've really (no really) reached that point where I simply can't go beyond a certain number of comics/boxes without buying a new house. But I also see that I have no intention to stop buying; and I still have a problem getting rid of anything.Parenthetically, in an attempt to purge, I just re-read SCOUT (thanks loads for getting me into that series, John). And, without turning this piece into a review (that's the next rant), here is yet another series that was reasonably decent, but could probably be distilled down to about 10 issues instead of 45 (or roughly 25% of the space). I have long since passed the point where every comic needs a bag and (what the hell was I thinking) a backer board. That alone has ""saved"" me hundreds of dollars and considerable amount of space. (You can fit roughly 5-10 more unbagged comics in a box than bagged ones; and don't get me started on backer boards and wasted space.)Now don't get me wrong, there are a few comics that NEED protection (like my old Spideys); and there's no point in trying to destroy a perfectly good comic by not taking reasonable care. But let's face it, there are very few comics published after 1970 that I can't replace for a reasonable price (and probably much much less).I've heard a few "miracle" stories about how bags and boards saved someone's precious OMEGA MEN. But my response to those stories is much the same as what I have to any "angels saved me" story. Let's face it: most of your collection is replaceable (especially if you have homeowners insurance); but more importantly, most of your collection SHOULD NOT be replaced if it is inadvertantly destroyed.
But even if you MUST for some reason replace it, think of all the fun you'd have re-collecting that SPIDER-WOMAN series. Oh the hours of enjoyment! No, really, you know what I mean if you're a true collector. In fact, I don't understand why there aren't more comic ""accidents."" A destroyed collection means that you not only get to collect it all over again, but now that there are fewer copies out there--they are actually worth MORE. What more could a geek want?Okay, so I can't really bring myself to torch my collection. And I can only send Mark so many at a time. So one answer to limited space has been TPBs. Trade Paperbacks have really come down in price (or maybe the individual issues are just so expensive that the Trades SEEM less expensive). And with no ads, you get a lot more story per horizontal inch. So those save me some space. Sorta. I guess you could argue that I buy more of them now, so maybe it's a wash.The next answer was that I really would just start selling off whole series on eBay. That way I get rid of whole sets at a time; (maybe) make a little cash (not much of course); and I could always go back and re-get them if I ever absolutely had to.Then I came across this: http://www.sequentialswap.com/. It's a site where people swap comics. Like we used to do when we were kids! So maybe I'll try that for awhile. One nice thing about this site is that no one worries about "value" other than entertainment value. "What the hell is that?" you ask. Now you have pinpointed the reason why comics are a dying market.