I’m a comic collector, and have been since 2008. I have stacks upon stacks of them, not to mention the ones that I’ve actually managed to put away in long boxes (boxes designed for the express purpose of storing comics). The things involved with collecting comics are things I enjoy. Spending time hunting down that one issue to complete an entire run or series is relaxing to me, and rewarding. Bagging and boarding comics also lends itself well for watching movies or catching up on a TV show (I watched the first three seasons of Entourage this way).
However, I’ve slowly come upon the realization that collecting comics is a consuming process; both to my wallet and to my space. Comics aren’t the most expensive thing ever, however buying new issues at 2.99-4.99 a pop adds up quickly. Even with the discount I receive at my comics shop, I’m still looking at a purchase of anywhere from 30-60 dollars if I’ve let comics slide for a while. Now, I don’t mind paying this money, but if it’s something you’re not sure about and you want the whole story, you’d be better off just buying trades. The pricing systems for back issues fluctuate depending on age and rarity, so you should also look at the pricing before you jump into collecting old issues.
Read more: An Opinion Thing: Collecting Comics