Storage, Organization & Culling

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Storage, Organization & Culling

Postby brucewayne619sd » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:31 am

Hey Guys,

I was wondering how you guys organize and store your comics. As well as, what you do to limit PC buys and long term holds. I started collecting again when the new 52 launched and started with 5 books monthly. I am now up to anywhere from 60-100 books a month. The weekly/twice monthly shipping, the multiple covers and all the spin offs are killing me. How do you guys cut down on your books for your PC collection?

My problem is that I pretty much get anything Batman and Star Wars. By the time I get TEC, Batman and Batman Beyond I have ten books, throw in Star Wars, Darth Vadar, Dr. Afra and Thrawn and usually a variant or two, I'm at 15 books and that isn't even counting the marriage tie-ins for Batman. Once I add in books that I enjoy reading, Kill or Be Killed, The Fix, Injustice and about 10-20 other books plus any spec books, I have an expensive habit that I am running out of room for.

My collection is now up to about 40 short boxes or 6-7k comics. My Closets are full and I am going to have to get a storage unit if I keep this up. What do you guys do with so many books? How do you guys organize your books? Keeping everything together requires a lot of work and shifting. I have started having 3 short boxes at a time, 1 for DC, 1 for Marvel and 1 for indies. Once a box is full organize by title and put it away, but this isn't that efficient and it is hard to find runs when I want to read them again.

I have thought about culling it down to just stuff I love like the Matt Fraction Hawkeye run and the Snyder Batman run and getting rid of stuff that was not great like Batman Eternal 2 or Futures End, but who would even buy stuff like that. I was thinking about donating it, but really some of it barely makes sense when you have the whole run, let alone if they broke it up.

I think my goal is to cut down to 5 books a week and 5 specs a month. With the money I am going to be saving I can start buying keys and start doing trades for some of the PC books. The problem with that is that I love the single issue reads and the whole aspect of collecting. Do you guys have similar problems? What do you do?

Sorry this kind of turned into a rant. Thanks for taking to time to read.
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Re: Storage, Organization & Culling

Postby Vhoorlian » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:29 pm

I've been in the situation a few times, and I know how stressful it can be, so I feel for you. In fact, I just purged again after watching a lot of Hoarders episodes, and I'm getting ride of 5 short boxes. I'll tell you what I personally do, and you can see if any of it would work for you too.

1. It's a process, so don't feel like you have to cull everything all at once. You can start by putting your favorite stuff together in one closet. You can always go back and reevaluate it all afterwards too--I like to look through my comic periodically anyway. I find that sorting things into keep/sell/give-away few times, I end up shifting more stuff into the sell/give-away category than I would have if I had just sorted once.

2. To limit my pull-lists, I try to follow writers instead of characters or titles. I found that I end up with a lot of forgettable mediocre comics if I'm just following the title. Don't feel locked into a series (remember the good ol' days when you didn't have to have every issue of Uncanny X-men leading up to the current story-line to buy it and enjoy it).

3. My rule for what I keep in my pc: prioritize things I may re-read. If I know I'm not going to read it again and there aren't a lot of key issues in the run, I'll probably sell it. I also try to focus on Morrison superhero stuff, key Batman issues and runs, and other long-term spec

4. I also found that I hold onto spec comics too long sometimes before realizing I don't really care about them, and I missed out on the best time to sell them, so I remind myself of the rule above. Try to remember, did you originally buy it to sell it...if so, remember to sell it when you're able to make some money on it.

5. If you aren't going to read it again and it's not going to sell, just give it away. I try to give it to my cousin first because he likes reading comics, but doesn't stay up on things, so he enjoys having free reading material. I teach, so I'll give a lot to my students too. Lastly, I just give stuff back to my LCS a lot. Don't feel bad about giving stuff you paid for away, because you've already gotten a lot of value out of reading it (think of it like going to the paid to see the movie, but you don't get to keep anything).

6. I don't like to feel obligated to read stuff either, so when I feel burdened by my pull list, I put it all on hold until i catch up on reading. I'm doing that now until I read through a couple of long runs of back issues.
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Re: Storage, Organization & Culling

Postby Dracowolf » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:19 am

Consider switching to a digital service to help fill the need to read tons every month which is what got my monthly issue count up as high as yours. I use Marvel Unlimited, Comixology, and pre-ordered DC Universe. None of them are perfect and you have to be willing to stop reading for a while till the online issues catch up to you but its better than having full runs of comics that will never really be worth anything. And as you said you can then focus on buying key issues, graded variants, first appearances, etc that will actually go up in price.
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