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The Black Guardian

Location: Paragon City, RI
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Subj: Re: Kids Income
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 at 08:03:04 am EDT (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Kids Income
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 at 07:28:10 am EDT (Viewed 172 times)

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    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."

I think digital is just another thing to blame, when price point and availability is the answer.

I work in publishing and I've seen senior management kill themselves and their business by trying to take things digital as THE solution. It's not the answer, but agree that it's part of the answer. I don't know about the US but hardback books are increasing in sales in the UK.

Purely circumstantial evidence here, but in the tube into work I see less people on kindles and IPads than there were a few years ago. I would guesstimate, of the people reading, 70% of those are reading the Metro which is a free morning newspaper here and is available to pick up at all stations. So availability and you don't get much cheaper than free. But as I said no hard facts to back up my spurious claim.

Here's an idea, just write comics off as a loss leader, but use them as a way to try out new concepts and to keep brands alive for the next billion dollar blockbuster?

Still won't make happy, but at least it can keep the medium alive.