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Comics Anonymous: Knowing Your Addiction

How addicted to comics are you?


Before I found C.A., This was a normal Monday afternoon for me.
Hello, welcome to the very first meeting of Comics Anonymous (C.A.). I'm so glad all of you could make it. Wow, we have quite a full room here. Let me introduce myself. My name is Mat "InferiorEgo" Elfring and I am a comicholic. I first realized this when my whole bookshelf was covered with Blackest Night action figures, and immediately after it was overloaded, I got a Green Lantern tattoo. However, there were more tell-tale signs of this. They were all around me, and I just couldn't see them. It wasn't until G-Man, Babs, Tom, and Red L.A.M.P. approached me at my house and gave me an intervention letting me know that I had gone too far. Nevertheless, I've come to terms with it, and I am now ready to help anyone else that needs it. Now, let's get this started.

We all love comic books and almost everything about them; otherwise, you wouldn't be on this website. But how much do we love comics? And when does said love become way too much? Through my personal trials and tribulations, I have figured out 5 areas in your personal life you can take a closer look at to determine whether or not you too may be addicted to the world of comic books. Some of these things may be things you've done in your past or thought about doing. I can tell all of you with confidence and regret that I've actually done or tried a few of these things mentioned below.
== TEASER ==

Your Decor

Sure, there's nothing wrong with a poster of Wolverine here or there. You'd expect any comic book fan to have that. Sure, an action figure on your desk is pretty cool. But what about when that's all you see? Is your room covered with comic related posters? That may not be a sign of a problem; however, is one wall only covered with posters of Maverick? How did you find that many? I didn't even know there was one poster of Maverick. How about your action figures? Do you have enough to make a bookcase over-flow? More importantly, do you have every Force Works character in action figure form on your bookcase? Not only is that highly impressive, but it's also a sign that you're addicted to all things comic books.
 

Naming Things

Many people will tell you that they named their precious little pet after something in their life: a relative, someone they admire, a food they eat daily, but on smaller occasions you'll hear an animal named after a super-hero. And just because you named your Pug " Ted Kord" doesn't necessarily mean you have a problem. This could lead to other problems though. Did you go out of your way to by a blue Volkswagen Beetle, just so you could name your car Ted Kord? Did you buy a English Bulldog and name him Kilowog? Did you try naming your first born son Ras Al Ghul? It all makes sense now, doesn't it?
 

Clothing

You are what you wear. (Or was that eat?) We all most likely own a piece of clothing or two that displays a character or two from our shared passion. Many of us may even own a hat or wallet that has the Green Lantern symbol on it. Think about this: How many days a week do you wear something comic related, and how many items at the same time are you wearing? Do you have a Spider-Man shirt, Captain America hat, Iron Man pants, and Brother Voodoo socks on at the same time? Do you plan on wearing your Silver Surfer shirt, purple Hulk pants, Dr Strange cape, and Namor shoes (with the wings) tomorrow? Do you plan on calling yourself a Defender all day? You may have to admit you have a problem.

Your Dialogue

As you may have noticed, throughout this article, many characters names are scattered about, with links back to their sections. Why? Well, mainly because some of these characters aren't A-List, and some of them aren't even B-List characters. When speaking to others who love comic books, this can be acceptable; however, when speaking to those who don't read comics, this is atrocious. (Not Atrocitus) Referencing the horrors of what happened in Sector 666 out-of-context is confusing enough to people, but referencing that in-context is a hour long lecture on Green Lantern, and the people around you will not appreciate it. Just try and remember, although many people have seen the Watchmen film, only a few of us understand the complexities of the giant female organ shaped monster at the end of the book. Most people don't know of its existence. I assure you of that. If you can't go a hour without mentioning something comic related in any situation, you have a problem.
 

Your Life Plans

It's no secret that many of us want to work in the industry someday, or when we grow up, depending on your age, but sometimes, it goes a little too far. Sure, we may have all wanted to be Galactus when we were 4, but what about when you're 28? Do you still want to be Galactus? (yes) How about at the end of your life? How do you want to be buried? In a cemetery? Cremated and have your ashes spread across the Great Plains? Or would you rather have your body shoved into a refrigerator for your loved one to find? Do you want to have your funeral with two giant Black Lantern logo banners flowing beside your casket? If so, it's time to admit what you already know. 
 
Now that I've opened your minds to what took me so long to realize, I implore you to look within yourself and question: Am I a comicholic?
 
 
~Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring is a comedian, teacher, comic book writer, and comicholic.~
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Posted by goldenkey

You know if you want to stop with comic books you could try something like cocaine or chrystal meth.
Posted by ninjadude853

no
 
no i'm not

Posted by ldg220

I am a functioning comicholic...so I dont think I have a problem

Posted by goldenkey

you just made me feel worse then a crack head.  Now im gonna break in my mother house and steal her microwave so I can sell it and keep up with my monthy subscription of .......................................
Posted by Caligula

I want some brother voodoo socks

Posted by inferiorego
@Caligula said:
" I want some brother voodoo socks "
As soon as I wrote that, I got excited for socks that don't exist... I know now I have a problem.
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Posted by reaper2923

Hey hey I think we can all agree that buying all those comic build a figures was necassary, I mean doesn't it bother you when you just have this random queen brood head lying on your table? Plus that walmart exclusive 6 inch war machine was so worth it and the comic series X men Deadpool and the not so good articulation but awesome detail Venom was worth it too....my god I have a problem eehhh beats something that could kill me.

Posted by emerald_lamp_2814

No I am not a comicholic I thought I was for a while but then I read this article
Posted by Namor1987

 Hell yeah I'm one. I've got a whole wall dedicated to all my Marvel posters/pin-up. My Marvel dvd's & comic related dvd's are all chronologically organized by release date & in a separate stack from my other dvd's. As far as terminology goes it depends on who I'm conversing with. If it's a comic fan then I use more comic term's like retcon & stuff like that. If it's a wrestling fan then I use wrestling terms such as kayfabe, babyface, heel, etc. I own 2 shirts a Captain America 1 & Spider-Man vs Doctor Octopus 1 but I've got like 4 or 5 TNA Impact shirts & countless WWE shirts

Posted by Caligula
@inferiorego said:
" @Caligula said:
" I want some brother voodoo socks "
As soon as I wrote that, I got excited for socks that don't exist... I know now I have a problem. "
I am going to have my fiancee sew me some now, and tell her it's your fault lol
Posted by frogger
@goldenkey: You know if you want to stop with comic books you could try something like cocaine or chrystal meth. 
 
Great point and people who do that stuff get laid alot more often that comic addicts
Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Until I took all the posters down to reorganize them my wall was ceiling to floor with posters.  But that was on purpose, it was a giant collage art project to me.  I have so many comics shirts I can wear nothing but them.  They are cool too, how could I not get them.
And i am a comic artist.  So Its OK.  Really, I can quite anytime I want.  I just don't want to.
I actually did quite for a few years I think it was, but Earth X brought me right back.  Now I buy 7-whatever comics a week.  Now that's a problem.  Because I don't have unlimited funds.

Posted by SuperGamera

concidering I have 4 comic  related posters on my wall, alot of comic shirts, tons of heroclix, marvel heroscape, marvel attacktix, tranformers attacktix, star wars attacktix, quite a few comic related video games, lots of comic movies, know far too much about Watchmen, order loads of comics from the library, own Marvel Scene It,  keep an Iron Man 2 movie ticket in my wallet, and where a Green Lantern ring. I might be a comicholic
Posted by Vortex13

...............That refrigerator thing is so going in my will now.... I don't have a will, but I also have no kids or money so it doesn't matter! Yay!

Posted by aZuLPiNoY

Thanks for sharing, InferiorEgo!  Hi, my name is Aerock, a.k.a. "aZuLPiNoY," and I'm a... a... a comicholic.  I've been hooked on comics since I was 7, and over 20 years later, I still have a comic habit.  This is my first Comics Anonymous meeting.  I used to say, "Comics are my anti-drug."  How ironic... I am powerless over comics and my life has become unmanageable!  I just... can't.... stop!
 
^_^

Posted by Phantim555

This should be an ongoing thing lol. I think we could all use a weekly meeting
Posted by The_Martian

I think I have a problem...

Posted by courtney12490

I have a legit problem with comic book addiction to the point where I spend anywhere from 80-200 dollars on trades every two weeks. 
My name is Courtney and I have a problem. 
@inferiorego: Great article!

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

Oh, also I can't go to long without talking about comics and superheroes, but its hard when that is your living and all you know.  Takes the majority of your time.
But Gene Colan said that comic artists live in a bubble.  And my family said, thats you.

Posted by inferiorego
@aZuLPiNoY said:
"Thanks for sharing, InferiorEgo!  Hi, my name is Aerock, a.k.a. "aZuLPiNoY," and I'm a... a... a comicholic.  I've been hooked on comics since I was 7, and over 20 years later, I still have a comic habit.  This is my first Comics Anonymous meeting.  I used to say, "Comics are my anti-drug."  How ironic... I am powerless over comics and my life has become unmanageable!  I just... can't.... stop!  ^_^ "

Hi Aerock.
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Posted by Mutant X

Hi everybody. My name is Ryan, and I, am a comicholic.

Posted by War Killer

I'm 16 and I want to be superhero, I don't think that's an addiction because who doesn't want help make the world a better place? But I do have a good number of Marvel/DC t-shirts, plus my epic Cap jacket xD My desk does have a good number of action figures on it, but that's because it a freakin' small desk :P And my friends stopped my from talking about comic book related things because ever time I did, they just stared at me with that "Oh pleas shutup" look xD And I have wondered about naming my kids (if I ever have any) after a comic books character <_<
 
Hi, my name is Charles Jaeger, aka War Killer, and I am a comicholic.
 

Posted by CaptainGenisVell

Hello, My name is Kyle, a.k.a CaptainGenisVell, I've read comics since I can actually remember though I would have said a year ago I was a 'casual' reader but it seems that my addiction has sneaked up on me as I now find myself craving my next comicbook delivery; a perfect example of this would be today where I received 'Avengers' #1 in the post, I ran to get it nearly foaming at the mouth and after reading it came down from a high.
I don't see the problem with this drug as it's educational......of sorts lol

Posted by Preacherl2k

Great Article HAHAHAHAHA!! I feel much better after reading it. 
Thank you

Posted by Dracade102

Black Lantern Banners at my Funeral?! Never Gonna Happen!! ...As long as I Still have the Lazarus Pit handy! :P
Posted by jamdown

Jamdown:Hi my name is jamdown and i am a comicaholic Group: Hi jamdown
Posted by JD907

I wouldn't mind a Black Lantern symbol on my grave. 
 
...Either that, or a carving of DeForest Kelly saying "He's dead, Jim!"
Edited by Roninidas

Crap in a hat, My name is Ron "Roninidas" and  I think I have a problem.  This is my office decor. 
 

 

That's just half of my office.  I am an Active Duty member of the Coast Guard.  I utilize Comics in my everyday dialouge and do stop to give the quick and  necessary backstory for those persons not Comicly inforlmed or in the know like me.  I often times wear my Captain America T-Shirt twice a week and all my boxers... are... are... Superhero Related, **sniff** Sniff**.   
 
I am not married, but I tried to talk my last serious girlfriend into naming our hypothetical child Steve, Middle name Rogers.  I often compare Leaders in my organization too Captain America and tell them what I think Cap would ahve done in that given situation.   
 
I too hope to one day undergo The Super Coastie Serum when it coomes avaialble, I am hoping that my knowledge of Captain America will put me as a shoe in as the Test Subject.   
  
I don't want a funeral.  Instead, I plan to be cremated.  I want my ashed put into a paper mixer; for I intend to chronicle my life into a Graphic Novel Format and have my ashes used as the pages with my lifes story, then ahve them issued accordingly with a Variant Number 1 Cover and distributed amongst my friends and loved ones.  Everyone has told me this was a sick and twisted idea, I still think it is awesome.  I'm just saying.

This is the top shelf at my work where I have all my important manuals. 
 

 

My name is Roninidas and I am Comicholic.      I'm powerless. 
Edited by SoA

i was thinking i couldnt be that bad then i looked down and saw im wearing my secret wars shirt  :: hangs head down in shame ::

Posted by Mutant X
@Roninidas said:
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Crap in a hat, My name is Ron "Roninidas" and  I think I have a problem.  This is my office decor. 
 


That's just half of my office.  I am an Active Duty member of the Coast Guard.  I utilize Comics in my everyday dialouge and do stop to give the quick and  necessary backstory for those persons not Comicly inforlmed or in the know like me.  I often times wear my Captain America T-Shirt twice a week and all my boxers... are... are... Superhero Related, **sniff** Sniff**.   
 
I am not married, but I tried to talk my last serious girlfriend into naming our hypothetical child Steve, Middle name Rogers.  I often compare Leaders in my organization too Captain America and tell them what I think Cap would ahve done in that given situation.   
 
I too hope to one day undergo The Super Coastie Serum when it coomes avaialble, I am hoping that my knowledge of Captain America will put me as a shoe in as the Test Subject.   
  
I don't want a funeral.  Instead, I plan to be cremated.  I want my ashed put into a paper mixer; for I intend to chronicle my life into a Graphic Novel Format and have my ashes used as the pages with my lifes story, then ahve them issued accordingly with a Variant Number 1 Cover and distributed amongst my friends and loved ones.  Everyone has told me this was a sick and twisted idea, I still think it is awesome.  I'm just saying.

This is the top shelf at my work where I have all my important manuals. 
 

My name is Roninidas and I am Comicholic.      I'm powerless.  "
That.... well that, is a kickass setup you have there. And is that a Captain America #100 I see?
Posted by Comiclove5

I go through withdrawls if I don't get to the comicbook store or by a comic every week.
Posted by spiderguylll
@emerald lamp 2814 said:
" No I am not a comicholic I thought I was for a while but then I read this article "
that goes 4 me 2
Posted by TheMess1428

My name is Jessie aka The Mess1428. I'm not sure if I am truly considered a comicholic besides the part where I talk about it a lot. But I say that I am more of a businessman than a regular comicholic because I created JG Comics and have a giant blog about my idea for the DC Universe Movies. I do have over 200 comic books. And I did create a History of the DC Universe class. I only have one student, who incidentally was my teacher in high school (and a woman). I have another student (my girlfriend) who doesn't do much of the work... I actually made a reading list of major books so that they could understand everything. As for the problem of getting laid... It's easy if you lose your virginity BEFORE you become a comic book nerd. Or the other way is to find a girl who just happens to be into Batman. (Like my girlfriend). I don't wish to be a specific hero but I do have my idols. (Nightwing). I could possibly take the Batman route and be my own hero in my own town, but I'm not rich. I do plan, however, to become a comic book writer for DC Comics in the future. I do already have a son, and it just so happens, his name is Damian. His mother named him before I knew he was born so that wasn't my fault. I do have a friend whose brother named his son: Thor Vanilla Brogan. He's not even a comic book nerd... I think he's just crazy. I call the TV. It actually led me and a friend to make up baby names like Hulk Mint and Batman Chocolate. It was just a joke, by the way. So am I a comicholic? You decide. 
 
If you want to know what's in the reading list for the History of the DC Universe class, PM me for it.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

This is how I know I am addicted: 
 
In my room on my desk I have: 
An X-men movie cell 
Smallville pictures 
Stack of Comics 
2 Fantastic Four Movie Cells 
A lou Ferringo Autograph 
 
In my room on my shelves: 
 
Jimmy Olsen ID 
Claire Bennet ID 
A Mr. Fantastic comic cell 
A spider-man globe 
An Invincible Woman Cell 
An X-men Kitty Pryde Post Card 
Silver Surfer Key Chain 
Resident Evil Dog Tag 
Heroes Helix Necklas 
Supergirl Lead figure 
Wonder Woman Statue 
Wonder girl statue 
Super girl statue 
Invincible Woman Statue 
Chris Redfield Action Figure 
Mini Mights 
About 100 heroclix 
Marvel Post Stamps 
Fantastic Four Picture 
 
Side of my room I have: 
Boxes of Comic books 
 
In My room on the wall I have: 
 
Heroes 2010 Calender 
Smallville 2010 Calender 
Incredible Hulk Wolverine Poster 
70 years of marvel Poster 
Poster of Spidey and Mj's wedding  
Wolverine and the X-men poster 
Spider-man No More Poster 
Claire Bennet poster 
Peter Petrelli poster 
Sailor Moon Poster 
2 Heroes Cast Posters 
Heroes Cast Poster Signed 
Big Claire Bennet Poster 
Season 7 DVD Smallville Poster 
Spider Man 3 Poster 
X-men Forever poster 
Smallville Season 4 poster 
Fantastic Four Movie Poster 
Spider-girl Poster 
Original Spook Action figure 
Heroes HRG Action Figure 
Heroes Niki Action Figure 
Heroes Peter Action Figure 
15 Heroes Pins in the Package 
Spider Man Action Figure/Key Chain 
Wolverine Action Figure/Key Chain 
Heroes Sylar Action Figure 
Spook Action Figure 
 
Clothes : 
Superman pants 
Fantastic Four Comic Shirt 
Spook shirt 
3 heroes shirts 
Wolverine Shirt 
Iron Man shirt 
Batman Shirt 
Super man shirt 
(and probably more but, that is all I can think of for clothes)

Edited by Bruce Vain

If I have ever have a son I plan on naming him Bruce.  
  
My gf doesn't like it but I don't care he's being named Bruce damn it !! LOL
Posted by FoxxFireArt

Well, my status.
 
Decor:
1 Batman poster
1 Spider-man poster
1 Superman poster
1 Hulk poster
 
Naming Things:
I would name a pet after a comic character. I have a plant named after a character from Detective Conan. I would never name a child after a comic book.
 
Clothes:
2 Spider-man shirts
1 Batman shirt
2 Dragon Ball Z shirts
 
Dialog:
I'm pretty clear there. I tend to talk more about mystery novels. Though I do talk about Detective Conan manga.

Posted by Primmaster64

Nope.

Posted by kerukun878

I am NOT addicted to comics! XD
 
I have one thing of comic memorabilia. O_O And that's a pair of pajama pants. >_>

Posted by Archetype

Anyone suffering from this horrible...horrible disease should enter my rehab clinic The Infinity Center.Enjoy our lavish facility by making your bed and settling into our X-Suites,Entertain and express yourself in our arts&crafts center The Baxter Building,and keep yourself in shape by participating in our physical activities at the Paradise Island Center.We will treat you and your disease with our patented 52 step program which goes as follows:
 
1.Enter program at facility
2.-51.Read comics at the facility
52.Continue reading comics as much as you want because they are awesome and so are you and thanks for your money because now I can buy more comics.
 
and remember Comic Addiction is a disease.Somebody bring me back some money please.

Posted by Theodore

definitely addicted.

Posted by Dr. Maxwell

The fact that you wrote this article or the fact that we respond to it makes us comicholics I think

Posted by JEdThing

urmmmm, I can stop any time i want?...I just don't want to?

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

 "People think it's an obsession. A compulsion. As if there were an irresistible impulse to act. It's never been like that. I chose this life. I know what I'm doing. And on any given day, I could stop doing it. Today, however, isn't that day. And tomorrow won't be either."

Posted by NightFang
@Nobody said:
" I think I have a problem... "
             You and everyone here, dude.
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Posted by aZuLPiNoY
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
"  "People think it's an obsession. A compulsion. As if there were an irresistible impulse to act. It's never been like that. I chose this life. I know what I'm doing. And on any given day, I could stop doing it. Today, however, isn't that day. And tomorrow won't be either." "
Thanks for sharing, FadeToBlackBolt!  My name's aZuLPiNoY and I'm a comicholic.  Tomorrow is Wednesday, which is normally new comic book day at the local shops.  I just remembered, however, that due to the 3 day holiday weekend we just had, everything's been pushed back a day, right?  That means that I have to wait till... till... THURSDAY?!  I can't take it!  I'm already jonezing bad & It's only 1 AM on Wednesday!  I have to wait till the truck to ship it on THURSDAY?!  AHHHHHH!!!  I need help!
Posted by EternalBiker
I am addicted to comic's so bad i collect every picture of every hero and villian i can find i went threw five computer's to prove it   I been a comic man since i was 6 yrs old and im 28 yrs old now and still collecting and keeping up with every hero and villian today......and i will continue to do so till i die !!! thas how much i love comic's from marvel,dc,darkhorse,topcow !!!!  Comic's are apart of me and no one or anything can change that.....I love this site thank you to everyone who runs this god bless you all !!!!
Posted by Thor'sHammer

Since 5yrs old,  fanatic at 10, and guru at almost 30.  I only buy the Superhero shirts that look like the costumes (you know what I mean).  I have a full zip red and blue spidey hoody and a venom hoodie, a black batman hoody with ears, oh and I bought that ridiculous Captain America hoodie.  
When I tell my friends that I plan to sell half of my 6,000 comics, they just laugh and laugh.  
oh yeah and once I took my girlfriend to Superman Returns, on HER birthday!  That was unforgivable.

Posted by GraveSp

Okay I admit it I named my cat Constantine.  

Posted by Aspenite

Ok, I admit it...I´m a  comicholic, too!

Posted by EdwardWindsor

my name is ryan " lazystudent" blackman and iam a comicholic i have quite a few items of comic related clothing , my text messgae tone is the 90s xmen theme played on guitar. Also the dude in my local shop knows me by my face, i never even have to ask for my list anymore he just collects it when i walk in.

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