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The Black Guardian

Location: Paragon City, RI
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Subj: Re: Kids Income
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 at 07:28:10 am EDT (Viewed 183 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Kids Income
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 at 03:16:26 pm EDT (Viewed 8 times)

    I can't comment on US, I'm UK based.

    I used to get £5 every two weeks, and for that I used to buy a comic for 10p down at the local book exchange (David's Books in Brighton if anyone is interested, used to be a whole selection from new comics to back issues of Dazzler, Rom, Spider-Woman, Marvel Triple Action, Marvel Illustrated. Hunting through the back issue trays searching for that missing all important issue).

It was $20(£30)/week for me (circa late-70s/1980). And I could buy almost everything Marvel printed for that $20, and probably have leftover.

    But nowadays with the average comic ranging from £2 - £4, I can't see kids taking it as a hobby. But it's not only price but where you can buy them from. I started buying as I saw them in my local Newsagents, nowadays you have to hunt to find a comic shop, and all my non geek friends wouldn't even know where to start looking for one of those, so they're kids take up sport.

I do agree that there was something special about the price of a comic book being close to that of candy. Since the 70s, comics have drifted further and further away from that, and with that, they've become more and more niche. Unfortunately, I don't think it's possible to return to those days, regardless of what the publishers change.

New Orleans has never had a problem when it comes to comics shops. At one time, before digital came about, there were as many as 12 comic shops (metro area is about 1 million people). These days, there are 4, 2 of which are within walking/biking distance of my home.

I'll just repeat one word: Digital. This is the only way to get kids reading comics again. Things like Marvel Unlimited are a kid's dream.

    This whole argument over long runs being off putting to kids I also think is a misnomer, as a kid I loved the idea I was starting at issue 191 as there was all this history I could learn. And when you're a kid what's really the difference between 191 issues and 500. Yes you get up spikes from new #1s, but I just see this as providing a jumping off point for old collectors, rather than new jumping on points for new readers.

I pretty much agree, here, although I can't say that I cared one way or another. I barely even thought about it as a kid. But yes, I loved delving into the histories. That said, a close friend of mine back then outright refused to "enter a story in middle," as he would say. He wasn't interested unless the cover read, "#1."

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