Wednesday, June 11, 2008
No seriously -- what's the most you would do to a comic book you hated?
The gentleman at this link hated the old Uncanny X-Men comics so much, he set the omnibus on fire. Or rather, did after many dangerous attempts. I think it's the slick ultra-white archival paper that was the problem.
Then there is the matter of the actual butt-wiping. I've heard many an angry fanboy state their intention to do the deed with this or that comic he disliked, but never have seen much in the way of follow-through.
You could always send the book back to the publisher and ask for your money back. This has actually happened before. It's not too extreme. It might actually get you your money back. If you tear it up into little pieces first, you might not be as successful in getting the money back.
Then there are books that I didn't want to tear up, but I felt uncomfortable about keeping physically in my house. Such was the case with Titans East Special. Maybe it was the guilt over paying money for it, I'm not sure. But, I also felt that way about Dave Sim's Glamourpuss #1. There was nothing in the book that offended me in the least; it just had this...aura around it. I can't explain it. It bothered me. It bothered me to keep it physically in my house.
I'm also shy sometimes about keeping books I myself have edited, because I look back on them and get all perfectionistic (not an actual word, but apropos) about them. I see little flaws. And some books give me bad memories and I've thrown all my comps in the garbage; I don't even keep a "file" copy. I must believe that these things happen with some editors regarding their books. Space is also a factor. You feel you must hold on to every book, in multiple copies, that you have worked on. That can add up. I mean, do I really need 15 copies of Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #3 on my bookshelf?
Yes. Yes, I do.