I've been posting in my old-format journal for about 4 years and I finally decided to venture over here (if you're interested, my old journal -- with the same name -- is here: https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic/312873-n2wdws-comic-book-room/). I've moved over partly because I'm intrigued by this new journal format. And partly because of Photobucket's new ransomware policy of requiring you to pay $400 per year for 3rd party hosting. My old journal has not been affected yet, but it will be soon, and I'll lose the pictures from all my journal posts except recent ones where I directed loaded the pictures. In other words, my old journal will soon be ruined, as I will not pay $400/year to PB. If they offered 3rd party hosting at $100 or even $200 a year I might pay, but not at $400. To me -- as with many other people (just check the internet) -- that's tantamount to extortion and I won't support such a company. Even if PB changed their policy I might not go back to them. PB is essentially dead to me.
So here I am. A little information about me. I'm 55, married for 25 years, 4 kids ages 22, 20, 18 and 16 (by the end of the summer). Three of my kids are in college but I'm in, as they say, my prime earning years, so I'm spending more on comics now than I ever have. I've been collecting as long as I can remember. My favorite comic is Spider-Man, following closely by Cerebus and Strangers in Paradise. I started collecting as a completest, and I've completed most of the Marvel silver age titles and have long runs of many DC silver titles. Now though, I'm no longer a completest. Instead I primarily collect keys and good girl art. One of my main collecting pursuits at the moment is to get a copy of every comic with a cover by Matt Baker.
My wife and I plan to retire in about 6-10 years. We have a little beach cottage and we'll spend our golden years there. When we're not there we hope to travel the world. A couple years ago we did an addition to the house, and that included a comic room where I keep my stuff. This comic room is smaller than my old comic room (by more than half), so I have to be careful with what I buy. So, unfortunately, there will be no GI Joe USS Flagg aircraft carriers in my future. But I'm pretty sure I can keep collecting keys and GGA.
So anyway, here is the door into my comic book room. Come on in and look around. I hope you come back often.