Editor's note: Christian Sager is the creator of "Think of the Children" and "Border Crossings". He has also written essays about the comics industry, punk subculture and national identity.
The physical pile of comics I am looking at is 3.5 inches high measured at the spines.
Together they weigh 5.5 pounds.
They are worth $205 in retail value.
Specifically I am describing every issue of DC Comics “New 52” re-launch. I just read them all in one sitting, in the order they were published. It took 6 hours, 37 minutes and 11 seconds.
For most comic book fans this is a dream come true.
I was highly anticipating the binge, reading stories about nuclear men, dark knights and space police. However, at about two hours and forty minutes in, it became less like fun and more like a competition. It was the pile versus me. I was Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, perilously close to falling into the chocolate river and getting stuck in a drainage pipe. But for you dear reader, I kept on. I drank that chocolate by the handful until there was nothing left.
"The Hunger Games," due in theaters on March 23, 2012 (and trust me, the fans are counting the days), is one of the most highly anticipated films of the next year.
Based on the popular series of books, the movie has come under a great deal of scrutiny.
For those not quite in the know, Celebuzz.com's Amber James explains why it's such a big deal:
Forget "Harry Potter" and "Twilight." In a few months, "The Hunger Games" phenomenon will be taking over the pop culture world.
Although it will be feeding off the tween demographic, this franchise will chew up those other guys and spit them out.
Read more here.
Like any passionate group of people who throw their entire body into what they do, you can tell an “orch dork” by their battle scars.
The imprints of bass, cello, violin or viola strings are almost permanently embedded in their fingertips. Streaks of rosin, used to keep their bows in working condition, end up on their clothing. And always look for that telltale hickey on the left side of a violin or viola player’s neck – the end button gets them every time.
But like a “band geek,” an orchestra dork is branded by association without any firm foundation for the moniker. What makes a person who plays a string instrument a dork … or not a dork? Is it the classical music? The shyness that evaporates when they perform? The tendency to stick together?