I've been going through my floppy comics today, partly from a desire to try again at putting them into order, partly to single out some issues to read and partly to set aside short runs to practice binding.
Custom binding, in this case sewing or gluing together several single issues to make your own collected edition, is something I've been interested in for some time. Budgeting such a project was one of my bingo card squares a few months ago, even. While there are a few titles that I'm looking to bind specifically into large hardcovers, I'd like to try my hand at a few smaller books first to get the hang of things. I had a few miniseries in mind when I went digging around and I've got them beside me now. Two are four-issue runs and one is a six-issue run. I'm intending to start with one of the former, as it looks like it'll be the easiest to get set up. The other two I think I may do some playing around with, if I do even decide to bind them after all.
The main drawback of a custom bind versus a commercially-released collection, at least for my money, is the presence of ads. In some books-- such as Power Girl
, the mini I want to start with-- all the ads can be removed. There are a total of four two-sided ads in each issue and they're all connected to another ad rather than a page with story content. To do a bind without them, I just have to slide them out after I remove the stables from the issues to sew them together. Then there are books like the other two minis I'm looking to work on, which have no or almost no ads that can be removed even if I decide to perfect bind (that is, cut everything into individual pages and glue them at the spine rather than sewing) because most of them are single-side. Even that wouldn't be so bad if in some cases there weren't ads, occasionally mood whiplash ads, literally every other page. On the bright side, the two instances of four-page ads-- count 'em, four straight pages of ad
-- are in the very middle of their respective issues and will be easy to remove. Still, though, yikes.
Probably I won't get started right away; there are still a few decisions to make about and things to get set up for later parts of the process. But since binding these minis aren't going to be super intensive projects, I think I'll probably be starting soon. Look forward to me possibly crying about mutilating my books and trying to figure out title pages and covers XD
Other fun things that came up as I was sorting my stuff:
* I have so many more DC than Marvel books. Like i knew it was unbalanced but not that much.
* Similarly, I have both a heck of a lot less non-Big Two stuff in general and a heck of a lot more IDW stuff specifically than I thought.
One series I thought I had a full run of? Yeah, I don't.
See below edit!
Another series I know I have a full run of? Yeah, I don't know where it is.
See below edit!
* There was so much misordering of my Justice League
books due largely to the title changes I complained about before
So, not actually very long after making this post, I had a thought and went back to my boxes. This time, I checked a box that I'd left alone because I could've sworn that it was full of just two runs of comics. In short, I was wrong! Quite wrong. Not only did I find the missing full run mentioned in the fourth point, I found two full runs of the series mentioned in the third point. I'm not sure how or why I ended up with so many excess issues of that one, but whatever!