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Subj: Re: Have you been dropping comics, lately?
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 08:35:34 pm EDT (Viewed 88 times)
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I already posted this at the DCU MB.
Here's an interesting article at Newsarama's blog:
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?

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 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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