Tuesday, December 18, 2007

File Cabinet Update and New Comic Day 12/19/07

I got the replacement for my faulty filing cabinet today, so I've been busy emptying the last of my Drawerboxes, and going through my assorted short-boxes to clear them out as well. The verdict is that I'm down to a single short box of stuff that I haven't put into the file cabinets yet.

Sixteen Drawerboxes and five short boxes put comics into 11 of my 12 drawers. One of them is still completely empty.

I've still got plenty of space in most of the drawers I'm using as well, which makes me happy. These things are definitely a step up in price from any kind of box, and I'm honestly not sure where I'd fit another one without some serious reorganizing.

It's been more of a project getting them loaded up as well, because of my ignorance at the beginning of my comic purchasing days. Before I understood about the differences in size between Golden, Silver, and Current age comics, my first bags and boards were comically mis-sized golden age supplies. A lot of boxes are designed to accomodate comics of that size though, so it wasn't an issue. Until the cabinets came. So I had to re-bag/board possibly a couple hundred books. The drawers are 18" wide, which can accomodate two rows of current-age books . But those golden-age bags and boards were just too wide.

On the whole, I'm pretty satisfied. I've noticed a tendency on the part of the books to try to shift over within the drawer. I'm going to need to get something to try to keep the rows orderly. I'd been contemplating cardboard after talking to some friends, but I'm starting to wonder if I might be looking for something a little thicker.

I bought a hundred title dividers from Heroes & Dragons, only to find that I didn't buy enough. (And I'm not just talking about the detritus that builds up, random scattered issues of things that didn't turn out to be worth buying more of... I've got a few titles that I'll have to dig a little more for.

If I can get the shifting sorted out, I don't think I'll have a single complaint with these things. They're:
  • Sturdy
  • Cat-proof
  • Lockable

I'm not going to be hauling them to conventions anytime soon, but for home use I'm pretty content.

Now, on to this week's planned purchases:

  • CHECKMATE #21 $2.99
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #839 (GHUL) $2.99
  • SHADOWPACT #20 $2.99
  • SUPERMAN #671 $2.99

  • CABLE DEADPOOL #48 $2.99
  • IMMORTAL IRON FIST #11 $2.99
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #112 $2.99
  • NEW X-MEN #45 MC $2.99
  • SHE-HULK 2 #24 $2.99
  • THE ORDER #6 $2.99

Looking at the list, there are definitely some titles that I'm on the fence about. Batman & The Outsiders is pretty decent... but Chuck Dixon could write a Batman title in his sleep. I'm giving it one more issue before I make a decision. She-Hulk is also one that is probably on the outs. What I loved about the title during Slott's run was the sheer insanity of the courtroom drama combined with the self-referential super-hero stuff. I almost always felt like the title was making fun of comics, and it worked. I haven't seen that in Peter David's run.

The one thing that's absolutely mandatory is the Marvel Holiday Special. I've been picking these up for a few years now, and they've never failed to entertain... whether putting J. Jonah Jameson in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge (Visited by Captain America, The Thing, and Spider-Man as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future), or casting Ultron in the role of Santa Claus, I've always gotten a good chuckle.

This is the last new comic day before Christmas, so if I fail to post again until next week, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Blessed Yule, or whatever ceremony, rite or eldritch ritual you subscribe to!


p said...

Looks good.

Jovial1 said...

They're even easier to use than the Drawerboxes. I could try to squeeze another few inches of depth out of them. There's a sliding plate that marks the end of the useable space. I've currently got it at about the point where the drawer meets the frame once the drawer's been fully extended. (That way, all of the comics in the drawer are out of the cabinet when the drawer is fully extended.)

I put away a few books last night. It was as easy as you please. I'll have a little time to get back to my backlog of books to file after tonight, but I'm going to be pretty busy for the next couple days. I've got a new Christmas present coming on the 22nd and I need to get ready for it.