Y’know, sometimes I have this problem…if on a significantly smaller scale. So, after counting my pennies, here’s what I ordered for May 2008:
– Captain America #40
– Captain America: White #0
– Green Lantern #33
– Justice Society of America Annual #1
– Madman Atomic Comics #11
– Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts
– Uncle Scrooge #380
– Usagi Yojimbo #113
– Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #695
The total came to $39.07 for the  books, plus the cost of a couple of others I’ll pick up at the shop to try, and the random TPB I’ve been anticipating. So, more or less I’m spending between $50-60 dollars a month on comics. That’s not too bad, but with gas prices being what they are, and costs going up elsewhere every time I turn around (comics included) I’ve got to bring that total down a little, which either means a) dropping a title or two, b) speeding up my decision to purchase TPB collections almost exclusively, or c) both.
Mike Allred’s Madman and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo are a must on a monthly basis as I want to make sure I do my part to support those books from month to month, in addition to the collected material I pick up. Likewise the Gemstone offerings are already prestige collections of classic Disney material so there’s no change necessary there, but the time does seem right to really consider letting the Marvel and DC material go where the monthly “floppy” is concerned and to just pick up the TPB collections of my favorite titles. At least for the foreseeable future. I’m already doing so with Nova, have planned to do so for a couple of recently announced titles (e.g. Guardians of the Galaxy) and have been buying reprint material in TPB form for years now so it won’t be a complete shock to the system to make the change.
I’ll keep mulling it over, but that seems to be the way to go.