Posted by Owie (3300 posts) - - Show Bio

I've noticed that on the "how old are you" thread and in other places, the old folks on the Vine (like me) often seem a little embarrassed about saying exactly how old they are. Usually they just describe themselves as "more than twice your age" or something like that. Sometimes it seems like there's only a few of us in an ocean of teenagers, which can make it feel like we're old fogeys crashing a youngster's game.

But hey, we like comics too. Nothing to be ashamed of, fellow ancient ones!

So, here's a thread for old folks to represent! Be proud! Come out of your old-age closet!

When did you start reading comics? How do you feel about being an old guy with all these youngsters around (what with their horseless carriages and all)?

Myself, I just turned 40 today, and I'm proud to be a firmly middle-aged man who loves comics. I've been reading off and on since the 80s, but I've probably never read as much as I do right now. I'm in a happy, comics-laden phase of my life, and I think it's actually a lot of fun to mix it up with people of all ages here.

How about you?

#1 Posted by FalconPuuunch (942 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday.

(not an oldster yet)

#2 Posted by Xanni15 (6758 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy birthday! :D

#3 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Would consider myself an oldster since I'm 33 and read my first comic book when I was 3 years old...so been reading comics for 30+ years now. But Happy 40, dude!

#4 Posted by stumpy49er (605 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy birthday. I'm 30. Been reading comics since I was about 10. My favorite era of comics are the 80's and 90's, though the bulk of my collection is from the past decade. I'll likely be a comic book fan my entire life. No shame. Love what you love.

#5 Posted by Owie (3300 posts) - - Show Bio

@FalconPuuunch said:

Happy Birthday.

(not an oldster yet)

@Xanni15 said:

Happy birthday! :D

Thanks, whether you're an oldster or not!

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Would consider myself an oldster since I'm 33 and read my first comic book when I was 3 years old...so been reading comics for 30+ years now. But Happy 40, dude!

Wow, since 3? Impressive! I guess I;ve been reading comics to my kids since around then, so maybe 30 years from now they can make the same claim. I started in my teens myself, other than Disney comics. And yes, I think 30 on up counts as old. Thanks.

@stumpy49er said:

Happy birthday. I'm 30. Been reading comics since I was about 10. My favorite era of comics are the 80's and 90's, though the bulk of my collection is from the past decade. I'll likely be a comic book fan my entire life. No shame. Love what you love.

There you go. And thanks. I actually have a similar pattern--I like mostly 70s/80s comics myself, but I've gotten so many recently, that the last decade is probably a third to half my collection now.

#6 Posted by Brazen_Intellect (1120 posts) - - Show Bio

I bequeath you my self-imposed title of Elder Sage of the Vine, you have me beat on the age front

#7 Posted by Blood1991 (8098 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope to one day be an oldster if that counts.

Oh and Happy Birthday!

#8 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy BdaY !

#9 Posted by ShootingNova (13137 posts) - - Show Bio

@Xanni15 said:

Happy birthday! :D

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#10 Posted by ssejllenrad (12783 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy birthday old dude!

#11 Posted by White Mage (18740 posts) - - Show Bio

Old people can be hot

Live your life

#12 Posted by 0n1zuka (3715 posts) - - Show Bio

From a fellow oldster... Happy Birthday!

#13 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19489 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday man! I guess you come to this website 40 comic book discussions.

Get it? 40? As in for the? Eh?

#14 Posted by turoksonofstone (13194 posts) - - Show Bio

@Owie: Happy Birthday!

#15 Posted by Owie (3300 posts) - - Show Bio

@Brazen_Intellect: @Blood1991: @Fuchsia_Nightingale: @ShootingNova: @ssejllenrad: @White Mage: @0n1zuka: @YourNeighborhoodComicGeek: @turoksonofstone: Thanks!

#16 Posted by YoungJustice (6387 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy B-Day. Despite being old(er), beatboks1 can still destroy anyone in a debate.

#17 Posted by PowerHerc (78172 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday!

In terms of age here on the Vine I am, indeed, an "Oldster." I'm 43 1/2 years old and I've been into comics since I was 5 or 6.

I couldn't even read yet when I started liking them.

#18 Posted by slacker the hacker (7775 posts) - - Show Bio

@Owie:

#19 Posted by Owie (3300 posts) - - Show Bio

@YoungJustice said:

Happy B-Day. Despite being old(er), beatboks1 can still destroy anyone in a debate.

@PowerHerc said:

Happy Birthday!

In terms of age here on the Vine I am, indeed, an "Oldster." I'm 43 1/2 years old and I've been into comics since I was 5 or 6.

I couldn't even read yet when I started liking them.

beatboks1 and PowerHerc are definitely two of our flagship Oldsters!

@slacker the hacker: Thanks. Although having teenage Japanese school girls singing to me makes me feel a little creepy!

#20 Posted by slacker the hacker (7775 posts) - - Show Bio

@Owie said:

@YoungJustice said:

Happy B-Day. Despite being old(er), beatboks1 can still destroy anyone in a debate.

@PowerHerc said:

Happy Birthday!

In terms of age here on the Vine I am, indeed, an "Oldster." I'm 43 1/2 years old and I've been into comics since I was 5 or 6.

I couldn't even read yet when I started liking them.

beatboks1 and PowerHerc are definitely two of our flagship Oldsters!

@slacker the hacker: Thanks. Although having teenage Japanese school girls singing to me makes me feel a little creepy!

That's what I was driving at!

#21 Posted by Owie (3300 posts) - - Show Bio

@Owie: Mission accomplished then, sir!

#22 Posted by KnightRise (4753 posts) - - Show Bio

Over 30? You've exceeded your usefullness--er, I mean...you've fullfilled your life services requirement. Please report to you local shipping dock and/or shopping mall and await relief. (Those men in matching black suits are NOT there to melt you down for recycled raw materials)