Today I was going to announce that I was planning on giving up comic book collecting. It had simply proven to be too expensive a hobby. Let’s face it, if you want the most bang for your entertainment buck, buy a book. Even at hardcover prices, they provide hours of entertainment (at least at the pace I read). The next best value, as far as I’m concerned, are television seasons on DVD (I know, I know – for the cost of one season of the great HBO shows (Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire) I could get two seasons of Gilmore Girls, but you get my point). Next, I guess, would be movies, magazines, whatever, with comic books pulling up near the rear. We’re talking $2-5 a pop for maybe ten minutes of reading time. Even factoring in the collectible value of comic books, it just didn’t seem worth it.

Plus, I have no self-control. I limit myself to a handful of comic book writers (Brian Michael Bendis, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David, Christopher Priest, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Alan Moore), but Bendis and Ellis alone can break a brotha.

Of course, then I got word that my story “In the Shadows of Meido” (which received an honorable mention in the 2002 World Horror Convention Short Story Contest) was released in some of IDW Publishing’s titles this month. The information that I have is that the story is in

Fallen Angel #1 (written by Peter David)

The Keep #3 (written by F. Paul Wilson)

Silent Hill: Dead/Alive #1

Masters of Horror #1 (cover art by Caniglia)

And possibly:

Shadowplay #4
Metal Gear Solid #3

Obviously, I’m a happy, happy man. Granted, I had to go to the comic book store, which was like sending a crack head to a crack house. No, a crack mall. The money I made on the story was immediately spent on arrival. I always hate it when I come home and my wife looks at me as if she sent me grocery shopping with the last of our money and I come home with magic beans. It never stops me, but I hate it.

“Every time I try to get out, they keep pulling me back in!”

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