Though not anytime soon, I can see floppies being moved to bi-monthly with maybe 10+ more pages before they become obsolete. Plus when that time comes I believe Marvel will be more conscience of what they put out as far as quality in story and art.
Also, what's a reasonable price on ASM vol. 1 currently? $150 on CGN is a steal compared to ebay listings right now.
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One of the other problems I have with the shop is that the owner doesn't stock many trade paperbacks at all. The owner only gets TPBs and HCs when people order them or if she gets them at BARGAIN prices. Even then, no discounts for customers.
I can go down the road to the next comic shop and the owner there gives discounts, the two shops in Huntington give discounts and the shop in Pikeville, Ky., gives discounts. Heck, one shop offered me a flat 40 percent off every trade, HC and omnibus if I'd buy them all there, so they have my loyalty for that and I have already placed my order for a few. They also give me my magazine and short boxes for $5 each, which is a heckuva lot cheaper than buying them at ANY of the other stores, which charge $8 for short boxes and $9 for long boxes.
For many years, I bought strictly from the LCS, but, having been buying online for a couple years now, I get most of the TPBs and HCs I really want by ordering them from Talesofwonder.com or on eBay.
I have bought so many more editions with the same amount of money I would have been spending at the comic shop on so few books that I honestly can't justify with any reasons why I shouldn't stop buying from the shop I currently frequent.
So, as I rethink my buying habits this year, I plan to look at cutting the current LCS totally out of my budget. Heck, I haven't bought an omnibus there since Secret Wars 1 and wouldn't because she charges full price and then you never know if she's actually ordered it or, as she has done me so many times in the past, she'll wait until the week of its release and then say "Oh, did you want that? I'll have to order you one and it'll be here next week," despite the fact that I order my books months in advance, including TPBs, HCs and Omnibuses.
I feel bad as the LCS is nice and will occassionally price match Amazon or CGN, but I just like the convience of getting off work and having a package waiting for me to crack open and read either comics or collected editions.
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Don't pay cover price for comics, I don't. Use DCBservice.com
It's an odd book. I certainly can't say I liked all of it and there's some iffy stuff in there (and the beginning made me uncertain before I'd even gotten started), but there's gold in there too. It weaves together lives and myths and religion and it's utterly entrancing. I'm certain I've missed a LOT in my first couple of read throughs - it's definitely one I'll return to. And the art is astounding - thoroughly impressive caligraphy. I can't even imagine how much work must have been put into its creation. It must have been a labour of love for the author, and to say I only purchased it because I was drawn in by the look and build of the book, it was absolutely one of my better blind buys.
The only "signed bookplate" type edition I ever had with A Drunken Dream from Fantagraphics. It was a loose leaf of paper that was signed, slipped inside the book. That's... really all I can say about it.Btw, did you know that there's a "signed bookplated edition" (whatever the hell bookplated is supposed to mean)?
I don't know if the one for Habibi would be different.
I know the newspaper where I worked used to do that with historical photo books. They'd print up 100 leatherbound editions, signed and numbered by the author/editor and would sell them for, like, $100 each. They probably only had $3 or $4 in each of those books, so they made a huge profit and it helped to make EVERYTHING else pure profit.
I went to my first LCS for the first time in years; couldn't find the Shade the Changing Man issues I needed, but I found an Absolute Planetary vol 1 for $100! Listed it on eBay/Amazon for $200, wonder if anyone would buy it at that price.
Or maybe trade me for two omniboo on mmw's forum.
Had a huge selection of hc's and tbps (no discounts though, no wonder they never sold), and a rows and rows of back issues, but no quarter bin; every floppie is $2-3 minimum, regardless of if it was even cheaper when it came out. So I guess that puts me back to buying lots off eBay, and filling in the gaps with what I can find at the LCS. I was the only person in the store and the guy practically ignored me too. :c
Its safe to say that most comic book stores are opened by comic book fans, and its very possible hat these fans know more about comics than they do about things like customer service and other basic stuff. They have the idea that they're the ones doing their customers a favour, not the other way around. This is combined with a general lack of social skills, particularly snarkiness. Their nature is to be a condescending smartass and the fact that they're in a position of power only amplifies that.
But thankfully that sort of thing should die off pretty soon. Between online retailers and digital distribution comic book stores are going to have to buck up and get on their best behaviour.