Pipeline - Jun 12, 2012
Augie looks ahead to three titles from Robert Kirkman's Image
imprint, as well as the collected editions DC Comics will release this fall, not the least of which is an Amanda Conner art book.
Full article here.
Remember that book that Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso were doing together, "Spaceman"? It came and it left pretty darn quick, but DC is nice enough to put all of the issues together as a hardcover for $25. It's also a November release.
That really does piss me off. I am enjoying SPACEMAN. Now the last issue, #9, comes out in August and in November it gets the deluxe edition or a hardcover....? What a load of crap. As much as I love the team of Azzarello and Risso, I don't think the story should get a hardcover because I hasn't stood the test of time. What a stupid method DC has to dope the consumer/reader.
Oh, and SPACEMAN was/is a mini in case anybody was wondering.
Crusader of Justice
I'm confused. Are you suggesting that only old books should get hardcovers?
Originally Posted by nightwing1982
"While everyone is distracted by which New 52 titles are coming and going, I'm jumping to the back of the listings to see which collected editions we're getting." This is why I like you, Augie.
Regarding DC and hardcovers, I tend to prefer hardcovers, but a lot of readers I encounter want paperbacks (more than I would expect) and are frustrated by the time it takes for DC to release a paperback after the hardcover. Apparently that doesn't play out in the sales numbers (as far as DC's statement, at least), but that's what I've seen anecdotally.
Personally, I'd entirely wait for Absolute or even a larger deluxe edition, across the board, if they came out in a timely manner (despite that my bookshelf would collapse under the weight). DC's policy, however, seems to be to release the hardcover or paperback and then "surprise" us with a larger format sometime down the road. I guess it's harmful to them to say "we're releasing this six-issue Batman collection now, but if you wait, there will be a twelve-issue collection later"; but for me usually by the time the bigger format comes out, I already have the smaller books and it's too much hassle to "trade up," so to speak.
I'm increasingly convinced that Absolute/deluxe books are "not for me" -- that is, they're meant for the casual reader who comes in after all the hype, not the dedicated monthly reader. Wish that weren't the case, but I can't see a way around it that makes sense for the publisher.
"And if you ask some people, they'll tell you the series died because people were buying "Before Watchmen" It's just that nuts out there."
How can someone be so incorrect? For one, Before Watchmen just came out last week, so how can people be buying that instead of Spaceman? And two, that mini-series isn't "dead" yet, it's still going. Please get your facts straight, or use hyperbole that has some basis in reality.
Last edited by thc-1138; 06-13-2012 at 01:24 PM.