Letting the Geek Out
I totally geeked out today. It was so much damn fun. For days, weeks even, I had been thinking about digging out all of my old comic-book boxes and reorganizing them. It’s been years since I’ve taken stock of all of the crap I have. For those of you who don’t know, I was a comic-book nut from around 1990 all the way through college. I still pick up books every once in a while but not nearly as much as I used to. Going through my old books brings back so many memories. I have seven long boxes worth of comics and I can’t ever see getting rid of them.
Does that mean there’s something wrong with me?
I certainly hope not because I really enjoy comics. Call me a dork, a geek, whatever you will… Comics are cool. I love the idea of a story that just keeps going and going, month after month… There’s all this drama and suspense. They’re literature without pretentiousness. A great deal of them are crap but some of them are flat out brilliant.
There were thousands of comic-books sprawled out across my living room floor today. I even took pictures just to proove how nuts it looked. While the VCR played X-Men the movie, I split all of my books into alphabetical piles. That took the whole movie to do. When that was done I put my DVD copies of the anime series Bubblegum Crisis in one at a time until I was through putting all of the books back into alphabetical order inside the seven long boxes around 4:30 in the afternoon.
If ever there were a day to chide myself for not getting anything useful done, today was the day. The truth is though, that I really enjoyed myself and I don’t feel bad for spending my waking hours the way I did. It was fun to go back and look at all the great books I have to read if ever I get the inclination. It was fun to look at all the shitty stuff I bought when I was in one period or another… the times when I was obsessed with one series or one creator… the times when I was picking up any small press book I could find in hopes that there might be an ad looking for new creators so that I could get my own stuff out there…
I let the geek out. I should do it more often.