Scrooge I’m not! Well, kinda…
Like the famous Duckburg tycoon, I’m becoming more of a penny pincher. With gas prices rocketing I’ve had to make some cuts elsewhere, and sadly, that means a few comics have had to go until things start to simmer down a little. So here’s what I’m down to in April’s pre-orders:
|– CAPTAIN AMERICA #39|
|– CLANDESTINE #5|
|– GREEN LANTERN #32|
|– JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #17|
|– MOUSE GUARD WINTER 1152 #4|
|– TRINITY #1|
|– UNCLE SCROOGE #379|
|– WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #694|
Now, I’ll be picking up a few TPB’s when they’re released so it’s not quite as few as it may seem but at a grand total of $30.99 that’s a significant change from months past. I’m also still contemplating that switch to collected editions exclusively here in the next few months, save for back issues and stories that’ll never see that treatment.
As I mentioned previously, 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 and was then able to joyfully add those single issues to my collection after enjoying them — but a good 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 formats (both HC & TPB) that look nice on my bookshelves as well as the fact that the collected editions are simply more affordable. In the current economic climate, that’s mighty attractive.
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 support it in the pamphlet format to ensure its survival. But 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 collected editions simply help a lot in that regard.