I'm not a fan of hard covers mostly because I am not a fan of dust jackets. I'd be more inclined to get them if they printed directly on the hardback and not provide a dust jacket.
Pull List: None. Moving to trade-waiting.
Top 5 favorite current books (in no particular order): Batman Inc., Batman, Batman and Robin, Daredevil, Superior Spider-Man
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DC's hardcover process with the Bat books baffle me. Most of the recent ones are just straight black with titles embedded onto the HC, but they don't bother to put any foil or anything over the lettering. I believe its the Tony Daniels Batman HCs that have great wraparound art on the hardcover under the dust jacket. Almost no need for the dust jacket at that point! I think DC does similar with some of its Absolutes too. Dark Horse also seemed to have switched over to hardcovers without dust jackets and I also prefer those.
If you never experienced any wear whatsoever on your books, hey, congrats. But you honestly must not be handling them that much to begin with, because worn corners are a natural progression with TPBs - it just happens.
No I don't bag regular books, toys or clothes - but bagging these things isn't widely considered the go-to method of keeping them in good shape. I don't buy paperback books - if I buy a book its a hardcover. So that alone helps preserve those - hardcovers ARE easier to store on a shelf and keep in good shape. I'm talking strictly TPBs here. It's just common knowledge that the material used for the covers can get worn out and it's just obvious a bag would help this.
And I don't think you're giving your guests, who for some reason love rummaging through your comics, enough credit. If they can't have the patience to pull a plastic baggy off a book to flip through the pages that's a different problem of yours all on its own lol.
But you're kind of missing my point here. My bagging of my TPBs isn't to keep them in "mint condition" like you keep insisting - it's simply to keep them in decent enough shape. I don't buy them to "not read," and I often take them down to look through art. All that handling is bound to wear them out a bit, the bag just helps out.
Your uncle experience is cool though, I had plenty of those as a kid - finding old comics, learning to read with A Death in the Family, etc. However it doesn't really hold any water in this discussion - that's just your personal experience. It's lucky for you that your uncle didn't bag his books so you could flip through them, but like 70% of anyone else would have their books bagged up.
BUT ON TOPIC lol, speaking of ADITF, I just picked up a newer version of it. Like I said it was one of the books I learned to read with and having finally re-read it I can hardly imagine being a young kid and reading this book. I mean, Batman mentions "kiddie porn" on the first page! Lots of stuff over my head back then but I really enjoyed how they threw Jason through a very personal journey before it came to an end. The fact that it takes place in the middle east is a little out there though - kind of took me out of it a little bit.
I also nabbed the Robin Annual #1 from 1992 with a bunch of other Robin books. I'll get around to reading it soon hopefully!
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Actually, it's just the opposite - I give them enough credit to assume they want to be polite. I know that if I were a guest in someone's home, I would feel it was impolite for me to ask to open a bag that sealed something on their shelf. I'd probably think to myself "It's probably in that bag for a reason, so best to leave well enough alone."And I don't think you're giving your guests, who for some reason love rummaging through your comics, enough credit. If they can't have the patience to pull a plastic baggy off a book to flip through the pages that's a different problem of yours all on its own lol.
If a guest had a burning curiosity, sure, they might ask - but it's the people who are merely idly curious, and thus would stay silent given the small barrier that a bag presents, that I worry about. I bet there are at least some who would say nothing if there's a bag, but would still take it off the shelf if there wasn't a bag...
Right - but if he had bagged them, I wouldn't have flipped through them, is my point. So how many potential fans and readers aren't flipping through books and becoming interested, simply because their experiences are with friends/family that DO bag them? How many potential fans and readers are lost?Your uncle experience is cool though, I had plenty of those as a kid - finding old comics, learning to read with A Death in the Family, etc. However it doesn't really hold any water in this discussion - that's just your personal experience. It's lucky for you that your uncle didn't bag his books so you could flip through them, but like 70% of anyone else would have their books bagged up.
Just something to think about.
To change this up for fun. What are the next trades and/or hardcovers you plan on getting?
I plan on getting next, the last volume of knightfall and prey.
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In the last 6 months of the year, I generally hold off on buying comics. That way, it's easy to generate a Christmas list to give to my family - saves everyone a lot of trouble. Of course, it means my Batman reading gets starved for a good chunk of the year!
This Christmas, my list includes "Time and the Batman," "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice," "The Black Casebook," "Death by Design," "Batman Inc. vol 1," "Faces of Death" (as a leadup to the upcoming Snyder Joker storyline), and the last two No Man's Land trades.
I'll pick up anything I don't get on Christmas via Amazon, along with Batman Chronicles 11 (since it comes out a week after Christmas - D'oh!) and "Death and the Maidens." Then, at that point, aside from new releases (the Night of the Owls storyline, Gotham by Gaslight, Batman/Deathblow Deluxe edition, etc.), I think my Batman comic book collection will finally be pretty much complete. It spans almost three entire shelves now - will definitely post pics at that point.
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Looking to get Batman: Night Cries, Robin: Year One, Huntress: Year One
Pull List: None. Moving to trade-waiting.
* Birds of Prey (New 52, Vol. 1)
* Penguin: Pain and Prejudice
* I, Vampire (New 52, Vol. 1)
* Justice League Dark (New 52, Vol. 1)
and may get Demon Knights (New 52, Vol. 1) next.
I usually pass on hardcovers due to the cost vs. tpb collections.
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I plan on getting Absolute Batman and Robin, and Absolute Final Crisis.In Morrison I trust.Trades are All Star Western vol. 1, and Supergirl new 52 vol.1 which are must reads for me also.
Picked up Detective 14, Legends of the Dark Knight 2 and the Untold Legend of Batman 1-3
Currently reading: Animal Man vol 4