White Gloves

A semi-autobiographical strip today. I recently picked-up the collector’s edition of Volo’s Guide to Monsters which is cool and shiny – in both a figurative and literal sense – but I’m terrified to use it. I paid $60 for a lovely piece of shelf decoration.  If it were just a variant cover I’d be careful but feel willing to risk using the book, but the cover is a mix of gloss and matte black with metallic silver highlights. It’s very lovely, but I’m terrified of damaging it and reducing its value as a collective… even if I’m never likely to sell it.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been paranoid. I purchased the collector’s edition of Rise of the Runelords for Pathfinder. But that was just faux leather (harder for grubby fingers to damage) and a higher price, which paradoxically made it easier to justify using: more money to have wasted on the book not to use it.