Ukiah wrote:... What do you get out of your collection, what 'value' does it bring to your life?
Their value I like to read comic.
Most of the comics I buy are because I want to read them.
I buy some comics because I doubt they are at comicbookdb and I want to add them to the comicbookdb.
I buy some other comics because I want to donate them to a furry archive. (waiting for them to catalog the items that have already been donated to them)
Ukiah wrote: Are there any limitations that give you pause in buying comics - whether it be storage concerns or your collection just hitting too large a level?
Definitely storage concerns. Currently renting a storage locker and about half of the contents are comics.
I'm hoping a comic book archive will be set up in my region that I can donate about 90% of my collection (so I no longer have to rent that storage locker).
I tried to donate some comics to the comic collection at MSU ( http://comics.lib.msu.edu/
but the comics were returned with about half the comics missing. There was a standard "We regret the damage" note from United States Postal Service included in the package (one cover was ripped and another was returned coverLESS). I'm guessing someone at the border opened the sturdy envelope and did not reseal it properly. Luckily I included note with my address inside one of the comic bags and so they knew who to return it to.
Next time I plan to include a note with TO and FROM addresses inside each comic bag.
Ukiah wrote: I've been buying comics, and by buying I mean doing the whole consistent weekly purchases, for about ten years now. ... really starts to dawn on me how much I've spent over those years ..."
Haven't spent much per comic because most of my comics are from 25cents bargain bins.
Thanks to the economic recession, I've had to reduce the amount of cover-price comics I buy. The comics I subscribe to come out sporadically. (Example: Latest issue of Castle Waiting was published two and ½ years ago. I hope Linda Medley is ok.)
Ukiah wrote: ... how do you see your collection? ... Do you keep it cut down to remove comics that no longer interest your or you originally bought on a whim?
I see it mostly as stories to be read.
My tastes do change, but keeping most of the comics to donate them to any local archive of comic books.
Occasionally I'll read a comic that bought from a bargain bin, and I don't enjoy enough to keep, but is good enough that I'll donate it back to a shop.
Ukiah wrote: Is there any conscious limit you place on the size of your collection? In the history of owning your collection, have you ever had to lose/expel a large portion of your comics because of what was going on in your life? ....
I think the only limit I've set is that I'm hoping a local archive of comic book get set up so start donating my comics to them.
At one point, I was living with my parents and my mother asked me to sell my comic collection. I lugged around 3 boxes of comics, and the only shop that was interested in buying cherry-picked about 100 comics and didn't pay much ($30?). I didn't enjoy losing some of those issues, so I ended up renting a small storage locker and telling my mother that I'd sold the whole collection.