She Has No Head! – The Pull
One of my favorite things about comics when I first developed a weekly habit more than 20 years ago, was learning about the idea of a PULL.
The idea that I could put titles on a list and people would modify order numbers of books, and assure that I got a copy of something pulled aside before it ever went on a shelf made me pretty excited. It also probably made me feel kind of powerful and in control – at a time (16!) when I was anything but.
Over the years, especially since I started writing this column, a lot of people have asked me what’s on my pull and I’m never really shared it. Maybe it seemed just a shade too intimate? Like going through my underwear drawer or something? Silly, I know, considering I’ve talked about way more personal things here over the years, including recently admitting that I have sometimes watched soap operas.
Anyway, I closed my pull last week and it was almost physically painful to do it – saying goodby to so many years of having a pull. There has never been a time in my life when I was actively reading comics that I didn’t have a pull, so this is new ground for me. And mostly I don’t like it! I did it simply because I live in Manhattan and there just isn’t room in my apartment for a weekly pull of print comics to fill up every nook and cranny of space. So I’ve moved to digital for most of my books and then double-buying the stuff I really cannot live without having when the trades come out.
So, in honor of the too-painful closing of my pull last week, here is what was on it — by publisher and alphabetically — as well as a list at the bottom of things removed in the last few months — enjoy the peek into my now closed underwear drawer! A strikethrough simply means the title was canceled (or ended) while I was pulling it.
Angel & Faith
Buffy Season 9
Conan The Barbarian
Justice League Dark
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Mara (limited series)
The Walking Dead
Daredevil: Dark Nights (limited series)
Journey Into Mystery
Powers/Powers: Bureau (Icon)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
Ultimate Comics X-Men
The Wake (limited series)
Bandette (Monkey Brain)
Princeless (Action Lab)
Quantum & Woody (Valiant)
Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)
DROPPED IN 2013:
Avengers Arena, Batman Inc., Batman & Robin, Batwoman, Birds of Prey, Demon Knights, Gambit, Red She-Hulk, Uncanny X-Force, X-Men Legacy, and many others that are escaping me at the moment. There were also of course dozens of books that I tried over the last year (<cough>Katana<cough>), and would have liked to add to my pull, but that never quite made the cut.
Looking back over this list I’m reminded of what a reversal I’m seeing on the Marvel/DC part of the pull. Pre-New 52, I was pulling about four DC books for every Marvel, now the reverse is closer to true. But what I’m struck most by I suppose is the fact that not only do I find myself happiest (at a glance) in both the quantity and quality of the Image books on my list, but the fact that the non Marvel/DC books actually make up more than 50% of my pull. That’s kinda cool, and something the teenage me never would have imagined.
So what about you? Do you love having a pull? Will you ever give it up? Even if you go digital you don’t HAVE to as they have subscription services, so if you move to digital someday will you get a “digital pull.” What’s on your pull? What helps keep it there? How often do you take a good hard look at exactly what’s on it? Sound off in the comments!