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This is interesting reading.  A guy on the Quarter-to-Three forums apparently once ran his own comic shop and posted his experiences through the glut of the 90s into the collapse of speculator market that followed.  It makes for some interesting reading and illustrates a lot of the things that drove me away from comics in increasing degrees throughout the 90s and into the new century.  Financial strife drove me off nearly completely a few years into this decade, but the seeds laid during this period are what prevented me from coming back.  Unfortunately, he never finished the articles about the final time for his business, though he did post an epilogue of sorts.  He didn't disappear from their forums, he just never finished the tale, I guess.

It's kind of amusing to me to see what a backlash has been wrought from the Image days.  Image eventually became the comic company it should have been from the start (where things like Invincible would be born), but part of that involved drop-kicking Rob Liefeld from their roster.  This page pretty much sums up, in mockery, his many aggregate sins.  I warn you not to read to far, it might hurt your mind.

Here’s a game to play:  which one of those fingers is a thumb?  Give up?  So did Rob Liefeld! 
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Date:December 27th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Around '93 or so, I cataloged my entire collection and sold it in an effort to subsidize my purchase of a new PC.

I had some good stuff in there, as well as crap. Sometimes I bought stuff from the '60s in only fair condition, because that's all I could afford.

I got $100 for the entire thing. I wish that I'd kept it. As I said at the time, I felt like I sold my soul for a jelly doughnut. =(
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Date:December 27th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
See that's the thing: I'd never sell my stuff from the 70s and early 80s. Hell, I want to share that stuff with the kids. It's a lot of the darker, more adult themed stuff from the 90s and later to which I have little attachment.

My kids love the Fantastic Four, for example. Which do I offer them, the FF that fights Galactus and Blastaar (the Living Bomburst!) and has the witch Agatha Harkness as a nanny for their baby OR the Fantastic Four where Sue has a Miscarriage and later Child Welfare takes the FF's children for their own safety (only to nearly the foster homes destroyed)?
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Date:December 27th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Umm...definitely not something I'm interested in. There's gritty and real and then there's over-real.
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