I have been collecting comics for over ten years now.
And I have enjoyed nearly every minute of it. As a collector, I was enriched when I joined comicspriceguide.com, where I met great fellow collectors who turned me on to other wonderful genres of comics (I used to be strictly a capes and spandex guy), the value of cataloguing your comics and their grades, and some of them gave me an in to comics creating - a glimpse at the inner workings of the industry I love so much. I have even brokered the use of a picture of Dick Giordano between Gary Groth and a prominent CPG member for Roy Thomas' fanzine, Alter Ego:
It felt good to be able to correspond with some heroes and legends of the comics world. I have corresponded with Steve Mannion, Steve Niles, Tony Isabella, Tom Peyer, Jonathan Maberry, Jay Piscopo, Qing Pin Mui, Arturo Said, Kelley Jones, Nat Jones, J.M. DeMatteis, Jay Faerber, and I've even gotten a "thank you" note from the office of Stan Lee. Back in 2010, when Atlas Comics (Atlas/Seaboard) rebooted, I met and became friends with the grandson of the founder of Marvel Comics, Jason Goodman, and his partner, Brendan Deneen. Two amazing people. In fact, all of the people that I mentioned above (and some I've forgotten to mention) were very kind and very gracious. Just recently, Ales Kot, one of my favorite modern comics writers, sent me a very kind note thanking the for the review I did for his AMAZING tour de force, WOLF.
Reading comics, learning comics history, writing about comics, meeting other wonderful collectors, and meeting amazing comics creators are all things that have made my comics experience deep, wide and rich.
So, good or bad, what are some of your experiences with comics creators? Please share.