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Dave M.




For quite some time, I've been toying with the idea of moving to TPBs as opposed to going and buying single issues each and every month. I hate it when there are delays in the middle of an arc. But, even when there isn't an arc, I don't really enjoy reading one issue at a time -- I think I would prefer to have the whole arc there, where I could read as much or as little, at one time, as I would like. And I'm not even going to begin talking about the space issue with boxes of bags and boards! \:\-\)

Just wondering, has anyone here moved away from single issues to the point where they pretty much buy TPBs? Just wondering if this will be a workable strategy at all.


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Texcap




> Just wondering, has anyone here moved away from single issues to the point where they pretty much buy TPBs? Just wondering if this will be a workable strategy at all.

I've noticed that my mindset is changing in this area as well.

When I was younger, collecting the single issues was part of the excitement -- I had to wait from month to month to find out the outcome of a cliffhanger, or what not, and was then able to joyfully add those single issues to my collection after enjoying them -- but a good 17-18 years later and I'm finding that time really is at a premium and I'd much rather have the whole story in front of me (or at least a hefty portion of issues) to digest and mull over as there seems to be a little more impact in the immediacy. I'm not advocating decompressed storytelling by any means, I hate the stuff, but I do want to read a good, hefty, story in one sitting more often than not these days; which may be a part of my book reading self spilling over into the comics hobby. I also have to admit that I like the convenient and attractive collected format (both HC & TPB) that looks nice on my bookshelves, as well as the cheaper prices.

I do understand the argument that a lot of creative teams need the sales of the single issues to thrive so as to insure future issues of the title -- particularly newer titles and Indy publishers -- and I respect the validity of the argument but that's something I'm just going to have to tackle on a case by case basis depending on how much I enjoy a book and if it's necessary to do this. I'm certainly not going to feel guilty for being unable and unwilling to pay upwards of $3-3.50 for dozens of books. Something simply has to give and the TPB helps a lot in that regard.

I'm currently reading Annihilation, Dynamo 5, Mouse Guard, Nova, Invincible and Usagi Yojimbo in TPB format and am really enjoying it. I'm still thinking about the rest and whether or not I'll eventually just move to the collected format almost exclusively in the months to come.

Good question.




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Vintersorg




I moved over to trades only about 3 years ago and never been happier.
I collected so many titles and it was always a paint to go back and pull out certain issues and reopen them and then read it and put it back. With the trades it is nice because you pretty much get the whole storyline in one book so the flow is nicer. With the new trend of slower paced stories, this works better because you are getting a full story instead of the short bit of a bigger story each issue.

You may want to try it out on a few books and see if it works for you. The only downfall is you are always behind current storylines and you know any big twist for each title. Asides from that it is the way to go I think.

Also on the downside it kills any new series from lasting long. If everyone waits for the trade....it may get cancelled before the second trade is even set.


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tolsvar




> For quite some time, I've been toying with the idea of moving to TPBs as opposed to going and buying single issues each and every month. I hate it when there are delays in the middle of an arc. But, even when there isn't an arc, I don't really enjoy reading one issue at a time -- I think I would prefer to have the whole arc there, where I could read as much or as little, at one time, as I would like. And I'm not even going to begin talking about the space issue with boxes of bags and boards! \:\-\)
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> Just wondering, has anyone here moved away from single issues to the point where they pretty much buy TPBs? Just wondering if this will be a workable strategy at all.

For the last several years I've let issues of certain books pile-up so that I could read five to six issues at one time, so that if the story is good I can read the next issue right then and there, and I don't have to think back 30+ days to what happened last issue. Besides, I don't like sitting down to read comics when all I have is one comic to read.

There are certain books I only get TPBs for. Ultimate Spider-Man was (key word "was") one such book, and I didn't get any of those until they were about 60 issues in. Supreme Power was another title where I waited for Marvel to release a trade because I didn't want to waste $3.00 every month for one part of story that was being dragged-out forever.

On the other hand, there are books I won't wait for a TPB to be released, because I don't think the title is popular enough to demand it. THAT'S what you really need to think about: Will the title you enjoy reading actually be popular/good enough to be released as a trade? This obviously applies more to the Indy books, as some titles can simply disappear without notice (and without ending the story), but I'm sure there have been more than a few titles from both Marvel and DC where the respective company didn't feel the story/title/character would be worth the time and money.

So my suggestion is that you think carefully about this decision. Are you willing to wait 6 months to a year for the story to be collected? Is the title regularly collected in TPB format? If not, is the story getting enough of a postive response from fans that a TPB is nearly a sure-thing to happen? If the answer is "no" to any or all of those questions, then you better keep buying the book month-to-month, issue-by-issue so you don't miss anything.


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Punchdrunk




I'm finding that I pick up one issue of and arc and if I can live without it - picking up the trade is much more satisfying.

I did Civil War this way and was happy - I wish I had done the same with WWH.


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