Last edited by slaine; 01-23-2012 at 08:55 AM. Reason: trying to make more sense (tired..)
Avoid premiere hardcovers at all costs
Buy OHC/Omnibus collections of my favorite books for rereading/shelf fun
It's a pretty good strategy i think, as long as Marvel delivers on the Omni/OHC output.
Currently recommending: Daredevil, Mudman ( it's back!), Hawkguy, and FF. Can't miss!
I think in your specific case the Simonson Thor is worth is, both because it's easier to read straight through and because it's been recolored. Other Omnibi, perhaps not so much.
I have every issue of Amazing Spider-Man from #17-the current issue so the Omnibus allowed me to read those early issues over and over without damaging my old comics.
Original Art Collection
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I still buy a few, but it's getting harder and harder to buy floppies when I hate the wait between issues and they are overpriced. I'd rather wait and buy them in tpb or HC. But, that said, I do try to support monthlies I know are struggling, such as when I used to buy Jonah Hex in multiples to help keep it alive.
here are Houchen's prices.
As far as it being a hassle, I think you need to remove your staples yourself (unless you send them to Single Bound Studios but they charge more for a basic book so theres a trade-off) and if you're doing glued or oversewn binding you'd probably want to tear out ads and back covers.
I've been culling my monthly buying lately, though, and switching over to trades and hardcovers. One of my New Year's resolutions was not to pick up any new monthly titles (which was hard when Scarlet Spider hit the shelves, and will be even harder when Winter Soldier comes around) and every month I've been knocking another 2 or three books off the monthly pull. One of the reasons I don't want to make the switch with some titles I've been collecting for a long time is that I hate the look of a group of HCs that starts at volume 4 or something like that, and I don't want to double-dip to collect the issues I've already got.
I gave Iris West -- the kiss of death!
When I still bought comics weekly from a local shop, I probably bought 20+ books a month and rarely bought hardcovers/omnibus/whatever. I started buying my books online a few months ago and now realize I'd rather trade-wait for most. Now, I buy maybe 5 or so monthlies and spend most of my money on hardcovers and such.
Today, I make no demands... no threats! But, one day, I shall voice demands -- and all shall obey them!
Anyone want to guess how soon before we get the first title that is only available in digital format and then goes Hardcover / TPB after a certain number of issues?
Last edited by Omnibus; 01-23-2012 at 10:29 AM.
Hmmm, I'm not sure how soon it will be though.
For example, I'd be (more) willing to spend 99 cents on a monthly book and then re-buy it in a hardcover or trade format, and that part of your post really resonated with me.
But how soon would the companies simply leave all that money on the table, when they know they can also still sell tens of thousands of issues of that very same monthly comic in paper form?
For comics, which has always been a somewhat collectors' market, I wonder how much digital will make a difference. Just like an MP3, technically you 'own it', and could legally tell your buddies, "I have all the issues of XYZ series" but you'd not have the physical property.
Being older, I have dabbled in itunes and am now leaning more towards buying digital music vs. physical CDs (although I still want the entire album and not just 1-2 songs), I don't think I could go the digital route with comics. I want to hold it in my hand, display it, show it off, etc... because of the collector's mentality. I suppose for both younger/newer comic readers who don't have that legacy 'collector' mentality, maybe it's not as much of an issue. I just think moving to digital will take more time in comics than in music and movies and other mediums (non-comic books, as an example).