Thursday, January 29, 2009

Event Fatigue

A public service announcement from everyone here at Exfanding Your Horizons:

Do you find yourself confused by the gaps in logic and story when reading your comics?

Do you have trouble keeping money in your wallet?

Do you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night thinking about things like, why no one noticed the Skrull invasion years ago?

Do you walk into your LCS every Wednesday asking if the latest issue of Final Crisis is out, only to find, it isn't?

Well, if you've said yes to any or all of these symptoms, then you dear reader, may be suffering from "Event Fatigue." It's a common medical problem this time of year, when the major comics crossovers are "ending" and the hype machine for the "next biggest thing ever in the history of everything" is just beginning.

So, we here at Exfanding would like to remind you that, "Yes, Virginia, it is OK to NOT read every single issue of a comics event/crossover."

Seriously, it's not that big a deal. And yes, I understand that comics readers have a bit of an obsessive compulsion to buy...well, everything...but fight it people. Read the books you like from the big companies, and don't get suckered into buying 50 books a week, all with the same characters doing the same things!

Unless, of course, you truly enjoy all of them. If that's the case, then by all means carry on.

But, if you're just reading a title out of habit, or because the Leading Comics Magazine tells you the book is "hot," then we need to intervene. Because Event Fatigue is dangerous, and we care about you all.

So, in order to combat this vicious (and expensive!) disease, we suggest the following: Replace two to five of your regular, mainstream, event-y books with independent comics that you've never read before. Read the indie books,and trust us--you'll feel better in the morning.

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