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Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 11:42:13 am EST
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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.

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.

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 may get cancelled before the second trade is even set.

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