The Decision to Quit Comics
For the past few days, I’ve been haunted by the same thought over and over. Should I quit buying comics?
It all started when I was in a used bookstore on Saturday. This was one of those rare occasions when the children were with a babysitter and I could really take my time looking through the selection. As I took in all the various science fiction novels, I found myself wishing I had more time to read books. As it stands right now, the only books I really make time for are the occasional TV/movie tie-in, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who. When I was younger I used to read a much wider range of science fiction novels. Unfortunately, my free time has really diminished as I’ve gotten older and I’ve been forced to be very selective with that time. I started to wonder – in order to have more free time to read novels, what would I need to change about my life?
I’ve got several hobbies, each competing for my free time. Activities such as reading comic books, role-playing, reading a few novels, surfing the web, and blogging are what I focus on mostly. That is, of course, outside the time I spend with my wife, two children, doing my share of the housework, and at my job. In order to make more time for novel reading, I would need to cut back on another existing hobby. On Saturday, comics seemed like they might be a good choice to cut back on. After all, I’ve been complaining quite a bit about comics for a few years. I’ve got concerns with the price of single issues, as well as the direction DC has been following. Hmmm… that many concerns are worth thinking about.
If I were to quit buying new comics, I’d still hold onto my old comics. Anytime I got a hankerin’ for comics, I could just bust-out some back issues. Also, I’ve got tons of comics I’ve bought that I haven’t gotten the chance to read yet. Between reading novels and back issues, I wouldn’t be lacking for reading material for the rest of my life.
Would quitting new comics really give me enough time back? To be frank, blogging is what eats up the majority of my free time nowadays. While I enjoy it tremendously, it really is a time-sink. I love y’all, but if I quit blogging I’d get back a bunch of free time. Now the question is, would I have to give up both new comics and blogging in order to make time for more frequent novel reading?
Could I quit new comics if I wanted to? I’ve done it before, but obviously got dragged back in. Also, there are certain characters I don’t really want to lose touch with. For example, I’m really anxious to see what happens to Ronnie Raymond (Firestorm) during Blackest Night. So there are certain challenges for me with quitting.
Also, I really enjoy blogging. I like putting my thoughts down in pixels and sharing them with the world. I’ve made some new friends through blogging and I’ve reconnected with some old ones. I like my little corner of the blogosphere and would really miss it.
After great consideration, I’ve resolved to continue buying new comics and blogging for now. I’m just going to cut further back on the number of comics I get, so I’m only buying titles that I’m totally jazzed about. I’m also going to work on ways to streamline my blogging, so it doesn’t take as much time. I gotta say though, the idea of walking away from it all is pretty tempting. I’m sure I’ll be considering this again in the future.
By the way, that noise you hear is my wife cursing. I’m sure she started reading this blog entry and was over-the-moon happy about the prospect of me no longer buying comics. More than likely, she’d already formulated plans to redecorate my home office by the third paragraph. Sorry dear.