Dave Galanter
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tolsvar

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Dave M.

Subj: Re: TPBs vs. Single Issues
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 12:03:38 pm EST
Reply Subj: TPBs vs. Single Issues
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 09:05:16 am EST

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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.

> 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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