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So, it is the new year.

And I'm sick. I have a cold. How does one get a cold when one hasn't left the house? Really...who knows? Anyway, I'm sick. So off I went to the store today to get some cold medicine. Airborne and Zicam...take my illness away. I have work to get to work on.

In my sickness, I finished watching the first season of Torchwood...which I really liked...though I wouldn't have been so fast to forgive Owen. And I've played quite a bit of Assassin's Creed. A good solid B+ title. It does get a bit repetitive...and the beggars and drunk people get really, really annoying.

Lastly, a pal of mine lent me the trade paperback...return of Hal Jordan...and it was well written...and well drawn...it's just...I don't think I'm that big of a fan of 4 color superheroes....at least, not as such. I mean, I've read comic books all my life...and I have boxes and boxes of books in bags in a closet in my ancestral home (i.e. the house in Oakland).

So what are my comic habits? What did I grow up reading? What did I like?

First and foremost...the groupings I was first really invested in? -- The Horror Books:
The Witching Hour, House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella.
Those were the ones I was really invested in.

Dark/Pulpy Heroes: The Shadow, Ghost Rider (before the Chain thing...old school)

Sword and Sorcery/Fantasy: Arion Lord of Atlantis, Warlord, Amethyst Princess of Gemworld, Fables

Crime, Real World and Such: Ms. Tree, 100 Bullets, Midnight Nation, Love and Rockets

Weird Stuff: Shade the Changing Man

So...what heroes books comics did I actually read? (Of course I loved The Watchmen)...
I loved, loved, loved Alan Moore's run of Captain Britain from Marvel UK. I enjoyed the run of Teen Titans from back in the 80s (When Terra was having an affair with Slaymaster). I was basically a DC type of person (mostly because they produced a lot of horror titles in the 70s80s). I would read Wonder Woman a bit. I'd pick up Superman whenever he was up against Mxytleplik...or however you spell his name...I'd pick up Bat Man every once in a while...but...while I have a couple of the major hero books here and there, I never collected X-Men (though I did pick up Excalibur just for my love of Captain Britain...though I didn't like what they did with him...he just lost lots of his Alan Moore punch), never really collected Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, all of that...the closest I ever came really was a run of Wonder Woman for a while. And the death of Captain America? Whatever. Not only was he one of the mainstream heroes...he was also a Marvel hero. The Green Lantern story? Eh. And the Batman worship gets old.

So my comic collection is never going to be worth as much as all those people who collected X-Men from the beginning. Cuz I was collecting Arion (who? yeah...I know). But I like my collection...and I think it speaks to my particular sort of self.

I'm a geek....and I swim in geek circles...but in an odd way.

I read Shade, but I have never read Sandman. I read Captain Marvel UK, but I've never read X-Man. I've read Ursula K. LeGuin, but I've never read Asimov. I've read the Hobbit, but I've never read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I think Captain Kirk is a terrible, terrible commander...and don't really like the Original Series so much....but I love the new Battlestar Galactica. I loved loved loved V, but I never watched Babylon 5.

Yeah...I'm funky.

All this comes about because I'm currently playing in a Heroes game...I'm playing a Shadow type called the Thin Man. I'm more pulp, and the game is more 4 color. It's okay...but I'm not the target market for the big powered heroes.

I wonder what that means?

I think further on it, but my head is congested, I'm going to bed.
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