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I already posted this at the DCU MB.
Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog: http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/04/24/line-by-line-trimming-the-pull-list/
Reading through all the replies to the article, it's noticeable how much the price increase has influenced on so many readers to start being more selective in what they buy, and start dropping titles.
In my own case, I always made sure to be careful as to spend too much on comics, so if I drop a title it's mostly based on how entertained I'm being by it, rather than how it costs. I preffer paying more for a title I enjoy rather than paying anything for a title I don't care for. But that's me. How about you?



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The GoldenAger





    Quote:
    I already posted this at the DCU MB.
    Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog: http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/04/24/line-by-line-trimming-the-pull-list/
    Reading through all the replies to the article, it's noticeable how much the price increase has influenced on so many readers to start being more selective in what they buy, and start dropping titles.
    In my own case, I always made sure to be careful as to spend too much on comics, so if I drop a title it's mostly based on how entertained I'm being by it, rather than how it costs. I preffer paying more for a title I enjoy rather than paying anything for a title I don't care for. But that's me. How about you?


So far I've dropped at least 10 titles and I'm not adding any more to my pull list unless I absolutely love the character.  It's the same for all the mini-series.  The only Dark Reign one I'm getting is Young Avengers - I'm not bothering with the rest.
The way things are going, I'm going to have to drop more.
The GoldenAger



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The Black Guardian

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    Quote:
    I already posted this at the DCU MB.
    Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog: http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/04/24/line-by-line-trimming-the-pull-list/
    Reading through all the replies to the article, it's noticeable how much the price increase has influenced on so many readers to start being more selective in what they buy, and start dropping titles.
    In my own case, I always made sure to be careful as to spend too much on comics, so if I drop a title it's mostly based on how entertained I'm being by it, rather than how it costs. I preffer paying more for a title I enjoy rather than paying anything for a title I don't care for. But that's me. How about you?

I'll spend no more than $20 a week on comics, regardless of their individual price.

I have been dropping comics lately, but only because I'm not enjoying them.




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jwmccay3




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Yes.  Part of it is real-life situations (trying to get credit cards paid off, mortgage paid off, save for my kid's college, and put away so that the wife and I can afford to have a second kid), but the other part of it is that I have not been as entertained by comics over the last couple of years.  For example, my core character for most of my life has been Spider-Man.  I have not picked up a Spider-Man comic for nearly three years since I allowed my subscription to lapse.  I hated Romita's art, the creators simply were not that creative (c'mon, a Spider cult?--would rather see another clone story), and it was becoming too convoluted.  It just wasn't as fun anymore...there was little humor in the book and what was there simply was not funny or witty, like the Spidey of the past.  Don't get me wrong...there should be some darkness in Spidey's life, but it has been getting ridiculous lately.
I also have been finding that some of the "NAME" talent from Hollywood aren't living up to the hype.  I think that part of it is because they seem to view comic books as a side job, not as their passion.  Want proof...how many series have been delayed (Kevin Smith, J. Michael Straczynski) or put on the shelf after a couple of issues because "they got busy" (Kevin Smith, The Twelve)...that's ridiculous and it is occurring much more often.  Who the heck wants to invest their time and money into reading a series that will not see its final issue (damned limited series).  Say what you want about Mark Millar, Peter David, and Brian Michael Bendis (and they do deserve criticism), they at least complete the job they set out to do and their stories are somewhat entertaining.
Another problem is that there is a glut of titles out there (including limited, one-shot, and regular series) that makes it difficult, nay, impossible to pick up everything that you want.  Take the Dark Reign situation.  Now I know that there are some on this board that loathe the storyline, but I know that I would like to pick up a couple of these books myself because I have always loved Marvel's villains...they are what makes the main difference with the crap that is the Distinguished Competition.  However, there are just too many titles with Dark Reign that if I add them to my regular buying list, I would be spending close to $125 each month...just too much.
Anyways, enough with my ranting.


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Innfected




Yep, I'm way down on my books. $3.99 killed that option of occasionally spoiling myself. I was a 15-20 books a month person. I stick with: 

Amazing Spiderman, (I have a feeling after issue 600 there will be a $3.99 but perhaps not if they keep the 3x a month)

Daredevil 

New Avengers (as long as Spiderman is on the team) Would like to buy Mighty and Dark but alas.

I skipped a lot I would have bought or tried (the Noir series.) Dropped Punisher Max, and all the Batman stuff immediately after the RIP.

I even skipped on the last issues of Ultimate FF and Ultimate X-Men which were jacked up to the $3.99 (for one issue? Why?? not even double sized)

Glad and sorry to see I'm not alone.

Inn






I already posted this at the DCU MB.
Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog: http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/04/24/line-by-line-trimming-the-pull-list/
Reading through all the replies to the article, it's noticeable how much the price increase has influenced on so many readers to start being more selective in what they buy, and start dropping titles.
In my own case, I always made sure to be careful as to spend too much on comics, so if I drop a title it's mostly based on how entertained I'm being by it, rather than how it costs. I preffer paying more for a title I enjoy rather than paying anything for a title I don't care for. But that's me. How about you?





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Unstable Molecule


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I've dropped:
Dark Reign and associated minis
New Avengers
Fantastic Four
Astonishing X-Men
Uncanny X-Men
Amazing Spider-man
Iron Man
Hulk
Captain America
All Ultimate titles
Thunderbolts
... and most mini-series.
 
Price didn't really enter in to the equation for any of these except the minis.  Generally the rationale to drop a title is because I don't like the direction the characters are going, or I don't like the creative team.
 

    Quote:
    I already posted this at the DCU MB.
    Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog: http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/04/24/line-by-line-trimming-the-pull-list/
    Reading through all the replies to the article, it's noticeable how much the price increase has influenced on so many readers to start being more selective in what they buy, and start dropping titles.
    In my own case, I always made sure to be careful as to spend too much on comics, so if I drop a title it's mostly based on how entertained I'm being by it, rather than how it costs. I preffer paying more for a title I enjoy rather than paying anything for a title I don't care for. But that's me. How about you?







"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." – Albus Dumbledore
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Pennyforth




Most of the titles that I'm not buying anymore were fringe character/low-selling books that were cancelled because of low sales, casualties of "character group" shake-ups/resets (such as Cable & Deadpool and Birds of Prey), or were mini-series and simply ended.
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The only series that I've voluntarily dropped in the last few years was Thunderbolts--twice, and both times because someone at Marvel decided to flush the concept and characters that I liked straight out of the book.  Fightbolts was the first time, the current "Norman's Pet Black Ops Team" was the second--though in the later case, I merely dropped T-Bolts in favor of its spiritual successor, Dark Avengers.
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There are some that are on the cusp right now....for example, the All Ages Power Pack minis.  I've been picking those up to show support for the characters, primarily because back when they started, there were rumblings about the Pack showing up again in the mainstream MU if the minis did well.  It's now a few years later, all I've seen is a shallow and kinda bimbo-ish Julie Power in Runaways & Loners, and those books are talking down even to the age group they're aimed at, much less someone like me in his mid-30s.  I'm fairly certain that I'm going to let the next mini (if there even is one) slide.
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The bottom line for me is that I much prefer the "fringe" characters over the mainstream, because writers tend to take more risks, and thusly write more interesting stories, with the characters that usually aren't on lunchboxes and Trapper Keeper folders.  And sadly, those interesting but lesser-known characters don't sell books like the big names, so they tend to get cancelled out from under me more often than I abandon them.
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Chuck


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Menshevik


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    Quote:
    I already posted this at the DCU MB.
    Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog: http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/04/24/line-by-line-trimming-the-pull-list/
    Reading through all the replies to the article, it's noticeable how much the price increase has influenced on so many readers to start being more selective in what they buy, and start dropping titles.
    In my own case, I always made sure to be careful as to spend too much on comics, so if I drop a title it's mostly based on how entertained I'm being by it, rather than how it costs. I preffer paying more for a title I enjoy rather than paying anything for a title I don't care for. But that's me. How about you?


For me the price hike does not make that much of a difference because due to One More Day I not only took ASM off my sub list, but also cut down the list to its bare minimum (losing e.g. the Avengers titles and most X-Books). In the intervening year I've added a couple of titles to the list again - Amazing Spider-Man Family, X-Men Forever - and I pre-order a few more on a month-to-month basis, but that was rather much offset by Marvel cancelling a number of titles I was still buying (most notably Amazing Spider-Girl).




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The Anti-Rob Liefeld




For me, mostly if it is not entertaining then I drop it. However, occasionally the price of a title does play a part in it unless I get something for my money. Unfortuately with the hikes on some books going to $3.99, it is a factor.

The books I have recently dropped ......

Thor - will be getting the HCs; don't like the pace and the hike
Dark Avengers - just plain stupid
Iron Man - getting the HCs
Black Panther - bored, left at the end of SI
Hulk - YUCK! left at #6
Uncanny X-Men - left at #504




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CyberCoyote-=^..^-=

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The prices really just helped push me into the TPB world. My two favorite books, Nova nad GoG I only get in trade form. I really enjoyed the Slott MA start but will get those in trade. The only floppy books I'm getting are the monthly FF and the Dark Reign FF books. Although I miss out on some stuff here and there I find that the short pull list for monthlies lets me collect all types of interesting things in trade form (and using an on-line vendor you can pick them up at half the price of the retail stores)

The only thing that HURTS is waiting for the trade, particularly for things like the War of King story etc. And even though I get the FF books as they come out I'm still collecting them in trade also (except the Millar issues.. just had to say that) because I'm so enamored with the format.






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SEHS66




My monthly reading list is at an all time low.  Green Lantern is about the only monthly book I buy anymore.  I was getting Hercules but since it is crossing over with another marvel cross-over that I could care less about I have removed it from my list.
With the high prices and lack of enjoyment I have basically quit buying new books. 
I have been buying up back issues from the 1970's that I missed the first time around.  These books come at a better price and I am enjoying them so much more than today's books.
Also I am enjoying the Essential, Classic and Showcase Presents volumes.  A lot of good reading at a good price. 




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