In class we had an extensive discussion about the organization and accumulation of a collection of comic books. We also discussed on how a person may organize the collection either by author, artist, time-period or favorite characters. One thing that we did not really discuss further is the purpose or reason why we collect comics. What I wanted to know is what are the types of comics or graphic novels that you find appealing? collectors all have their own desire and reason to collect a certain comic but what is it about the comic book that makes you want to collect them. Is it the designs and artistic work or authors, genres?
When I buy a comic book I tend to gear towards the storyline, the idea of wanting to find out more, and finding out what happens next drives me to collect a comic or television series, the artwork I find is just as important as well. Just how a person may collect fine art, I like to collect comics that look appealing. The narrative and illustrative skills need to balance as well and it needs to look good for me to be interested. If it has these qualities I would consider purchasing them. Having the self-satisfaction in collecting not just one but all of them gives me a personal reminder of the feeling like I have accomplished something. Just how people collect stamps, dolls etc the whole aspect of finding, organizing and acquiring your own collection is fulfilling and part of the fun of collecting comics. Some people invest so much in comic books and graphic novels there is even a term for people who collect comic books thanks to Wikipedia“Pannapictagraphists”, As well as conventions dedicated to the collectors and fans of comic books.
When collecting comic books does it symbolize or remind you of anything, does it make you proud, give you bragging rights, does it make you happy or do you collect them simply for value. What is it about comic books that make you want to collect them and what type of comics or graphic novels do you collect?