As you’ve probably noticed. Doing stuff for Halloween took up much of my time and put my reviews off schedule. I will finish my 21 year review project soon.

Buying comics for 21 years has taken me to lots of stores in lots of cities but I got my start back home in Quincy, California.

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No one remembers what made me pick up my first comic from the rack and ask someone to buy it for me. But my collection might have a clue: the first comics I got had everything I already loved as a seven year old.

Someone had given me a copy of “Batman & Other DC Classics” after the previous summer’s movie and I read it between repeat viewings of the film and VHS. I liked the sampler but the first comic I picked up on my own was Robocop #2 from Marvel in February of 1990.

Two months later I came back and got #4, but in May I changed up and got other things I liked such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Ghostbusters and somewhere I picked up a free Spider-Man about reading (probably the county fair or the library). In June I got another Turtles and Transformers, but July was only a Turtles, I was hooked at this point. August came and I got both Turtles and Transformers. I missed September and then October 1990 when I turned eight then in November got comics again and haven’t stopped.

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October 1990 was the last month I didn’t buy a comic book.

I turned eight years old that month and celebrated by having a picnic in Pioneer Park with my parents and the friends in our small town of Quincy, CA.

This weekend I turned 29 and celebrated with my wife, friends and hundreds of thousands of strangers during a free music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

And today I bought comics for my 252nd consecutive month. In these 21 years my life, the world, and comics have changed in innumerable ways but I keep coming back. This milestone seems like a good opportunity to look back at what comics I bought in my first and twenty-first years, why I bought them, and how and were I get them.

Next week I’ll look at the comics that came home with me between November 1990 and October 1991. The week after I’ll run through as many comic shops as I can remember going to. To wrap up the month I’ll look at what came out this year that I had to own. Then before it’s all over, I’ll see what sense I can make of my relationship with comics.

I’m not sure why I bothered but I decided to look at the Feather River Bulletin’s website today. It’s as poorly designed and inessential as you’d expect a small multi-town news organization t’s site to be. But against my better judgment I read three articles and was shocked by each one. I never really read the paper while we lived there, but I have to wonder if it was always at this quality (after my Mom stopped classing the joint up that is).
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Well, my year of Friday’s Five Favorites is over. It was fun but I’m glad it’s done. It was a lot of work and pressure. Throughout the year I did actually try to get a head of myself and have a few lists waiting in the can. Some didn’t get finished and I might have only had a title or a few options. But rather than have those linger in my GoogleDocs, I thought I’d share what I had in mind but never finished…

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  1. Traveled to Banff with Colleen in June
  2. Brought my Dad out for a weekend of Padres @ Giants baseball with help from my Mom and Colleen in August
  3. Celebrated 10 years living in San Francisco with Eric, Lauren and Katrina in August
  4. Created an Adam Warlock Halloween costume that included a light up Infinity Gauntlet with help from my Dad in August-October
  5. Rescued a little dog named “Niner” running in the rain alongside the 101 and returned him to his owner with Colleen in December
  1. Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons & John Higgins
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  3. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
  4. All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant & Phil Balsman
  5. Calvin & Hobbes (all of it!) by Bill Watterson

I liked Tron: Legacy. The dialogue was cheesy and it tried to be too self important at times, but it gave me what I wanted, a fun ride with neat visuals and sound. Of course as I watched it there were lots of things that jumped out at me and made me think, I’ve seen these scenes and images before in Batman and in Iron Man. Am I making it up? Some of these are kind of specific…

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  1. Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie
  2. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
  3. A Day in The Life by The Beatles
  4. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  5. Freebird by Lynryd Skynyrd
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