Doug: I've said from time-to-time around these parts that I was out of comic buying during my high school and very early college years. Preoccupations, didn't think girls thought it was cool, finances -- I suppose there were many reasons (excuses) why. When, in the spring of my freshman year of college (1985) I discovered comic shops while with some friends who collected, my mind just exploded and I was hooked right back into it. Trouble was, there was so much catching up to do! On the ride back to campus, and for literally days after I just dogged my friends for information to get myself back up to speed. And I can tell you -- from 1980-85, there had been a lot of change! From the goings-on in my favorite books to the arrivals and departures of creators, it was a different landscape.
So I'm out of comics again, so to speak -- I've bought literally only a handful of books (i.e. 5 or less) in the past five years. My excuse now is that Bendis and the mega-events drove me away -- my story and I'm sticking to it (unless of course you want to get me going on price)! So I wonder -- can you imagine getting someone who'd been out of the hobby since, say 2004, "caught up"?? Where would you begin? And what's more -- what are the improvements and "deprovements" since then?
Also, if you have a similar story about being out and getting back in, or your take on being out right now, go ahead and share. Thanks!
EDIT: Wow -- talk about a weird experience. About three hours after I typed this, I saw a post over on the Avengers Assemble message boards that perfectly dovetailed with my questions. You can check it out here.