Wednesday Comics or Months Later Comics
Comic buyers always debate which to buy; floppies or trades. There are pros and cons for both, which I’ll attempt to enumerate quickly right now.
Floppies – the monthly comics
-due to the publishing schedule this means you get to go to the comic store every week to pick up at least one title
-you get the story as soon as it comes out, and you have the anticipatory moments as you hit cliffhangers along the way
-you can try out a new title with a small purchase of the first issue
-you support the comic industry by giving them sales figures
-certain comics offer entries only available within the single issues (I’m looking at Criminal and Casanova)
-floppy prices seem to be on the rise, with nearly all titles set to hit $3.99 each very soon into this new decade
-floppies are a tad more difficult to store, bagging and boarding can be laborious
-advertisements abound amongst the pages
Trades – the collections of the monthly comics, maybe one every six months
-you no longer have to go into the store every week to get your titles
-you get the story all at once, not being left with a month, or more, to wait to see what happens
-you can try out a new story with the entire first arc to see if you like it
-trades are easier to store on bookshelves
-you can more likely give a trade to someone to see if they’ll like it, many will not try single issues if you give them to them
-some trades offer concept sketches, intros and forwards, and proposal examples
-trades can often be cheaper than the floppies, especially with Internet discount on such sites as Amazon
-there are no advertisements in trades to break up the story
-you have to wait months for your continuation of the story
These are just a few examples off the top of my head, by no means an exhaustive list. Now, in saying all of these I will admit that I buy floppies and trades. I buy trades on certain series’ that I got in too late for and have to catch up, or which have been and gone and can only be found, affordably and easily, in collected editions. These include, but are not limited to, The Walking Dead, Scalped, Proof, and Northlanders. I now buy plenty of floppies, including, Daredevil, Iron Fist (when it publishes), Spider-Woman, Fantastic Four, Criminal/Incognito, The Boys, Resurrection, Viking, Cowboy Ninja Viking, and Stumptown.
I buy a lot more in floppies now and I have the secret reason why all fanboys should switch to the monthly format. Here goes, and stick with me people I’ll be moving pretty fast:
Trade collections can, sometimes, be slightly cheaper than the floppies, I agree, but it still involves me having to order those trades, usually shipped from the States, and this adds up to a large sum of money going out in one time. I have to beg and plead with the lady to make this happen, not a fun position.
I am allowed a monthly budget for certain titles which I collect pretty much weekly. With $10 or $20 bucks going out in each little top-up trip it doesn’t seem like much. It’s much better than $200 going out, even if that number is not as frequent it is still too jarring. You see, it’s all about perspective. I can sneak in an extra title or two every few months and no one needs to know. But sneaking in those trades would make some serious difference. I don’t miss one extra comic a week, that’s a coffee, or a juice, or another drink. And I mostly drink tap-water, so I’m saving big time.
Perspective people. What $5 a week? It’s nothing, that’s what it is.
I slotted Wednesday Comics into my weekly budget at the start of the year. People complained about the price but I loved the format so much, and I don’t even dig on DC (as you can tell by my pull list above) but this thing won me over big time. I added that price in each week and never really noticed the hit. I absorbed it easily over 12 weeks. Now they’re collecting the series, in what looks to be a lovely and large format, but it’ll cost roughly the same cost as the weekly floppies set me back. So, when does that price hurt more, spread out or in one lump sum? Sure, there’ll be a discount on Amazon, while it’s in print there, but is that a reason to wait?
Some people didn’t like the newspaper format, and will prefer the bound and easier to store edition found above. I can’t call those people fools, but I can say that getting the comic weekly, having those natural cliffhangers sit within me, percolating, for a week was a spectacle I haven’t had in a long time. Feeling that newspaper open up in front of me each week was a giddy little treat. It was fun and you don’t get that by waiting a month and then getting it all at once on glossy paper. If you like that, fine, run with it, but me. I’m going to sneak in my extra few dollars each month, keep the missus happy, and get my story on time.
But it’s our little secret, each and every week.
Posted on January 12th, 2010 by ryan
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