I have been a fan of comic books for many years. Somewhere around 14, my cousin Mike got me an X-Men graphic novel (collected comics in book form) and I was hooked. I recall liking one character in particular: Wolverine. Not sure what drew me to the Canuck, the fact he can be hurt but not killed, the ability to heal quickly, sharp claws or mysterious past? I made a trip to the local comics store and found he had his own title. After reading it, and others, you learn Wolvy always takes up for the underdog and the lost cause he defends the weak and forgotten. I collected other titles, but Wolverine was my title.
Fast forward many years, I have sold off most of my collection but held on to this title. Being inspired by great organizers, thoughts on simpler living after much thought, I decided I wanted to lighten my load, get rid of things and replace them with meaningful objects and experiences. I had already decided to get rid of most of my Magic the Gathering cards when I went to my closet and saw the six short boxes of comics I had not opened in a while. I knew they all had to go. They were tying me down, holding me back, taking up a lot of valuable floor space.
What are my options. One person suggested I toss them outright. This person missed the fact I have been collecting them and the emotional attachment I have to them. I ma willing to let them go, but not seem them destroyed. I could send them to a great comic shop, Newkadia, but between the shipping and the fees, I’d get almost nothing. I have seriously considered giving them all to charity. I get a take write off of the fair market value (which I likely could not get if I sold them) and I can help a good cause. The trouble is finding an organization I like that will take the comics and the time to sell them and get the cash. There is always ebay and serendipitously, there is a comic show coming to Dallas in the next couple of weeks. $50 for a table and 9 hours of people looking for what I am trying to get rid of.
I think I will do a combo of all three. Go to the comic show and sell what I can of the MTG cards and comics. With a little luck an enterprising comic dealer will buy me out and I’ll be done. When that does not happen, I’ll take the comics and try selling them in lots on ebay. Whatever is left is going to charity. The whole thing requires a lot more effort (and some money out of pocket) but the chance for reward is greater. So if anyone out there has some comic related stuff dying to be sold, maybe you can make the trip with me.