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CollectionsYour library (1,515), To read (202), All collections (1,515)

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Tagsfantasy (324), history (240), tbr (235), humour (232), SF (206), religion (156), feminism (142), memoir (140), nostalgia (119), lbgtpdq (100) — see all tags

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About meMy LJ talks about me. Do I need *another* profile?

(OK, fine, I'm a student and small-time reporter in the Boston area.)

I use a lot of tags per book, because I like the personal and quirky cross-referencing it provides. (The tags aren't all that organized yet.)

I'm basically using this as an excuse to organize my library, which is All Over The Place, physically. (And to finally make sure I don't buy Another Damned Copy of the same book.)

I also use the 'comments' section of the database (as opposed to the comments section of the profile page...) quite a bit, mostly to comment on condition of the book. Or where I got it. Or to snark about the book. Or any number of things! So anyway, style D'll work with that.

About my libraryIt's not actually that big, first of all.

SF & Fantasy, mostly. Also, religious stuff. (The UU flavor is because I'm a Unitarian Universalist with an interest in denominational history.) Also, feminist stuff. Also, humour. And so on.

I live near a sort-of consignment store that has an incredibly literate donor population, I go to library booksales, etc, so I have a lot of really random books.

I used to be an obsessive completist on some SF/fantasy series. But Piers Anthony cured me of that. (Mind you, I still have stuff (like pretty much anything Heinlein ever wrote) which are... really not to my taste anymore. But that's mostly just not wanting to throw things out.)

I also use the 'tbr' tag for some things I want to re-read, so it's not entirely indicative of the sad state of my to-be-read piles.

The 'history' tag is full of a lot of books that aren't technically history books, but I tend to figure history is made up of both the searching examinations of a time period, and the surface elements that contribute flavor.

Groups(Dis)ability Politics, Combiners!, FantasyFans, Feminist SF, Feminist Theory, genderqueer, Science Fiction Fans, SlashThing, Unitarian Universalist Readers

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I recognize the JULIAN street sign. Is it in San Francisco?

VJ
Thanks for the message. I’ve been collecting comics for qute a number of years. At one point, my individual issue count was over 50,000 issues. Now it’s down around 5,000. The comics I enter on LibraryThing are not individual issues; the comics I enter are collections (hardcovers, paperbacks and trade paperbacks). There are comic book equilivants of LibraryThing out there, like comicbookdb.com.

In the 70s and early 80s, Marvel Comics collected older issues in standard paperback format. During this period and for the next decade, comics published as hardcovers or trade paperbacks tended to be either histories of the field or books that focused on a specific topic (horror comics of the 1950s, comic books and American culture, etc.).

In the early 90s, the comic book industry imploded as the cost of publishing rose and the potential younger audience moved to videogames and the Internet. Drugstores and supermarkets stopped carrying comics, and most bookstores dropped them too. If you wanted to buy a comic book, you had to go to a comic book store.

What the comic publishers found was if they could publish a group of issues as a trade paperback, then bookstores were willing to stock them. Many comic book companies had their writers do storylines of four to six issues for a title -– just the right size for a trade paperback. Former readers picked them up for nostalgia. Newer readers came in when they could read six issues back-to-back without advertising. Now, trade paperback comics are a mix of recent issues as well as DC’s collections of comics from the 1960s & 1970s, printed in black and white to keep the cost down.

The 2000AD Annuals from the UK are odd creations. During the period I collected them, British comics were published in a black & white tabloid format. Once a year, Fleetway Comics would publish a “best of the year” collection for 2000AD and for Judge Dredd. What is unusual is that the hardcover collections shrank the tabloid issues down to the size of a standard American comic book, and then colored the collection.
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