Comic Book Collecting

So you want to become a pannapictagraphist?

Don’t freak out. That’s just a ridiculously big word that means “comic book collector.”

Never before has this nerd/geek pastime been more in vogue. With the smashing success of comic book movies, what used to be something for the outcasts of society has suddenly become a respected hobby.

Everyone knows the basics about Spider-Man and Batman, but it’s only been recently that the world at large has been introduced to characters like Cyborg, Ant-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

With new movies and TV shows coming out drawing heavily on their comic book origins, digging into the source material can be a fun and rewarding activity. Fun because the stories are always enjoyable. Rewarding because you’ll be able to explain to your bewildered friends exactly how Steve Trevor came back from the dead!

The problem is with nearly a hundred years of back issues, getting into comic book collecting can be extremely overwhelming! But never fear! Today I’m going to tell you exactly how you can get into comic book collecting the easy way!

Tip #1 – Figure Out Your ‘Why’

Comic book collecting has many different levels. Before you start, you need to know why you want to collect comics. If you’re a casual observer who just loves a good story, then your options are nearly limitless! But if you’re ready to go hardcore, then you need to know that money will be spent.

So if you’re looking to end up with a temperature controlled room with signed original copies of limited runs, chances are you’ll be going about it differently than if you just want some cool stories of your favorite heroes.

Understanding your ‘why’ will give you clarity going forward.

Tip #2 – A Time For Choosing

Marvel Comics has close to 15,000 characters in their universe. And that’s not to mention the over 10,000 in the DC universe.

And that’s only 2 of the big comic book publishers. There’s countless smaller guys out there too. And the train never stops!

So it’s time to choose! You can’t collect them all (sorry Pokemon). So what really grabs your interest? If you were a superhero, which would you be?

Tip #3 – Leave the Beaten Path

If you like the classics like Superman and Iron Man, but are burnt out on their stories, try going with some lesser known characters. Whether it’s Agents of H.A.T.E. or the Manhattan Projects, there are tons of comic book heroes and story lines you’ve probably never heard of.

Tip #4 – Talk to the Experts

Comic book fanatics like me never realistically thought our expertise would be of such high value. But here we are!

If you’re looking for where to start comic book collecting, talk to someone who has experience and can give some knowledgeable recommendations. If you don’t personally know someone, there are countless forums on the internet where dedicated fans would be more than happy to help you out!

Tip #5 Don’t Ignore the Discounts

Most comic book stores and/or book stores will have some kind of bargain area. Finding comic books here could either be a big mistake or it could be the door to your next obsession. Either way, worth a shot!

No matter what you decide to do, collecting comic books is a great hobby that will expand your imagination and make you your friend’s go-to information guy after you watch the next Marvel movie!