Chances are, if you are a comic book fan you have had to do some variation of this in your lifetime: selling off tons of your old comics. Brooklyn filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski, 35, documented just such an experience -- liquidating his entire childhood stash of comics and graphic novels in the short film "Childhood Sale." The reason for getting rid of the collection in one shot? They were previously stored in the home of his parents, and their immanent move meant that the many boxes of colorful paper goods had to go.
Checking eBay, Zozkowski finds to his disappointment that the various comics are not worth as much on the open market as he thought they were going to be. While he priced some graphic novels between $5-15, most comics were offered at a stoop sale for a dollar or less. But while selling his collection -- which he refers to as "my childhood, frozen in carbonite" -- didn't exactly make Zozkowski a fortune, the comics went on to many children who will appreciate them and maybe even start on a lifetime of loving the medium. And in the end, isn't the magic of comic books all about the sense of wonder each new generation has as they discover their favorite hero or heroine -- not greedily hoarding them all, literally or metaphorically, for one's adult self?
As Nozkowski told Boing Boing: "Finally, confirmation that at 35 it’s good to get rid of childhood things and not bad to feel a little sad doing it."
Via Laughing Squid