Interested in collecting comic books, but don’t know where to begin?
Drew Van Huss, a comic book collector for over thirty years, offers his insightful tips to beginning a collection alongside entertaining anecdotes about his time spent collecting comic books that will appeal to new and old collectors alike.
Previously featured in USA Today for his love of all things Batman, Drew Van Huss captures the heart and soul of the comic book collector and shows why this hobby can help you create your own near-mint memories.
A Brief History:
While talking books with one of the workers at my local comic shop (Hi Jason!), he mentioned the short book Near-Mint Memories: Tips and Stories from a Lifetime of Comic Book Collecting by Drew Van Huss.
Jason told me it was a very quick read, but a highly enjoyable one. And since one of the items on my 2017 book challenge is to read a book recommended by someone with great taste, I figured this book was right up my alley.
For long time comic book readers, the sections on how to get into collecting comics, and where to find them will be pointless, but they will be helpful for newer fans. But what made this book worth reading were the personal stories by Drew Van Huss. Like the time he waited in line for a John Romita Jr. sketch, only to lose out my a mere two minutes.
Drew Van Huss also discusses his favorite comic shop in his Tennessee hometown, and how a trip to that store helped him start healing after his father’s passing. Having gone through similar situations, I was able to relate to Huss’ story that proves comics are always there for us.
Final word and Score:
As I mentioned earlier, Near-Mint Memories: Tips and Stories from a Lifetime of Comic Book Collecting is one short book. I read the whole thing in under an hour, but that doesn’t take away from the great stories within.
Near-Mint Memories: Tips and Stories from a Lifetime of Comic Book Collecting by Drew Van Huss gets a: B.
And just like that, another item is crossed off the 2017 reading challenge: