Although the real world is not even in December yet, the comic book world has already entered 2016!
Happy New Year and let me explain.
Comic books have always been a few months ahead of the 'real world'. When I was a younger reader in the 1970's and 1980's, comics were always three even four months ahead of the cover date. A perfect example is the fact that I got NEW TEEN TITANS # 1 for my 12th birthday and the cover date said November! Now as the comics are beginning to get the January print month, i use this time to evaluate my pull list and prepare for the coming year.
I know this sounds horribly geeky and OCD (guilty of both) but it is part of my filing system. In my comic book room I have an old school spinner rack. In the rack I store (or place) all the comics I buy each month. There are 50 spaces so I figure I will get between 35 and 40 regular monthly books, and round it out with mini series and the like.
When the particular series hits it December issue, I take them all, reorder them and put them into their corresponding box in the shelves. In the spinner they are alphabetical by title. bagged (number ones are boarded) with the latest issue facing you. As the rack gets emptied I wait to put the January issues in to see who and what will make the cut. This is done as soon as I get 35 to 40 issues. It is a ceremony i like to call 'Filling In The Rack'!
So over the next few weeks i will be posting about the books that will be making the cut and some that I will bit a goodbye to. That ceremony is called 'Saving Money!'