I love creating lists. Don’t ask me why, but I love it. All through college I created To Do lists to keep my assignments in order, and I still do it today for my job. One of my favorite type of lists to make are Pull Lists. Now, I’m not talking about the short “What am I getting this week?” ones we do every Monday. The ones I’m talking about are my monthly pull lists. Every month after the publishers have released their solicitations, I study each one thoroughly. I look at things like plot description. Does the plot sound interesting? Are they finally ending a dull storyline? I also check out the creators. Did they switch up the crew and is that a good thing or not? Lastly, the cover. I know that the cover rarely adequately reflects what’s on the inside, but if it is a kick-ass cover, some times I’ll be swayed one way or the other.
After going through them once, I go through them again and write down every series which even somewhat interests me. It could be one I already know I’ll be buying (Batman) or one I’ve never heard of before (The Squidder). Usually I end up with about 70 titles or so. Here is where the hard part comes in. Of those 70 comics, I need to narrow my list down to a more realistic number. Sure, if I had unlimited funds I would buy them all. But that is just not possible. When I first began collecting, my monthly limit I set for myself was seven issues. Today, that number seems ridiculously low. And for the average comic collector, it probably is. I remember looking through the pull lists on iFanboy and just be astounded by the number of books everyone was pulling compared to me. People were buying double my monthly limit every week! Well, the years went on and my pull list went up. My current limit is much higher. For example, I sent Tryke my updated list yesterday, and there were 29 issues on it. It is currently comprised of DC, Marvel, Image, IDW, BOOM!, and Dark Horse. Adding the titles I borrow from friends, it maxes out at about 45-50. In about four years, my pull list has more than septupled in size. And I believe that without it, I’d be spending more every week.
And that is my reasoning. I know there are a few on this site boasting about not having pull lists. They would rather just make the decision in-store. My fear is that without a plan, I’d buy far too much. My pull list is, for the most part, my limit. Sure, I will break from it every once in a while if I hear good things about another series that week. But overall, that list is exactly what I’ll be reading. Maybe my comic collecting willpower is just lesser than others, but I can’t afford (literally) to take that chance.
Maybe one day I’ll free myself from my self-imposed pull list shackles. But like I said…I like making lists.