So you want to know about me, huh? Well, I’m not going to go into any boring details since that’s not why you’re here. I will, however, give you a quick background on the sorts of topics I plan on covering here on the Corner. This is what I’ve done, in general, in my long and semi-illustrious geeky life.
Action Figures: I’ve been a collector of action figures for many, many years, at least since the late 70s/early 80s. I started off with Transformers and Star Wars and moved on from there, picking up a wide variety of figures from shows, movies, comics and games that I enjoyed. I have never been an action figure completist, I buy what I want and I ignore the rest. I also never, ever open my figures for display, they all remain safely mint in package. For some reason, this tends to piss off a lot of my fellow collectors.
Books: I am an avid reader, mostly of science fiction, although I do delve into some mystery, along with other more boring topics. It takes a lot to make me read a fantasy book, I actively detest books about magic.
Comics: I’ve been reading comics since X-Men #90 in 1974, but to be honest, I just don’t have as much time to read them as I wish. In fact, I tend to let them pile up until I have a decent run, then make time to read through ten or so issues at once. That means that when I review comics, I tend to do an entire maxi-series or a long run of issues
Gaming: I’ve been an avid gamer for a very long time as well, also starting in 1974. That seems to have been a seminal year for a lot of the more geeky things in my life. I’ve done extensive tabletop roleplaying, video game playing and board gaming, although today, I do a lot more board gaming than anything else, at least in a group setting.
Movies: I love movies, I buy a ton of them on DVD/Bluray. I have over 2000 commercial DVD/Blurays at present and own many, many thousands of movies non-commercially and digitally as well, mostly because they haven’t been released. One thing about me, I never go to the theater. I see no point in it. I’m patient, I can wait until the DVD is released, so any reviews I do of movies are usually 2-3 months behind. Oh well.
Stamps: I’ve collected stamps for a long, long time, it was perhaps the first thing I ever collected as a child. I have done it on and off my entire life, starting with U.S. stamps, mostly because it was the easiest to acquire as a child. After more than 35 years of collecting, I realized that I was running out of things to get that didn’t cost an arm and a leg so I branched out into China and Australia as new collecting interests. I also collect a few topics: dogs, dinosaurs, cheetahs, parrots and I used to collect rabbits on stamps although I no longer actively do. I suppose I’m a bit odd in my collecting methods, I collect pre-1900 used stamps and post-1900 mint never hinged stamps. My topical collection, I pay no attention to used vs. mint, I’m after subject matter.
Television: I watch a lot of television these days, which is strange because I never used to. I have a truly massive collection of modern and classic TV programs, anime, American cartoons, etc. I tend to buy season boxed sets of most shows I enjoy, which tend to be science fiction and oddball detective dramas.
If there’s anything else geek-related that you want to know about me, please leave a comment below. I expect this to be updated from time to time as I think of more weird nerdy crap that I do. Thanks for reading.