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Porcelain38

dINGO

Postby Porcelain38 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:58 pm

The Marvel price increase to $4.99 on some of their comics is astounding to me. :shock: So it got me thinking....

I stopped doing print around the time I went to college. Four years later, I have made the switch to trades and some digital stuff.

How many of you still buy physical single issues? And if so, does the $4.99 increase bother you?

How many of you download books (paid or downloaded for free)?

I've been a little out of touch with the comic community, so I was interested in what today's comic fan does.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:13 pm

All digital through a private site that I have invites to once a month and have no problem sharing with people here. All digital like this for at least.....3 years at this point.
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Newtype

Mad Hatter

Postby Newtype » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:21 pm

I only buy trade paperbacks. The only single issue I bought was Amazing Spider-man #1, mostly because Peter Parker is my favorite superhero and I got really enthusiastic about his return and there was a comic shop near my college campus.

It's also way easier for me to buy trades considering the nearest comic book shop is a 40 minute drive from my house now that I'm on my summer break, so I just order the trades online. Plus I'm a minimally employed college student, so I really need to get the most I can per dollar spent.
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GLX

Outhouse Editor

Postby GLX » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:26 pm

Porcelain38 wrote:The Marvel price increase to $4.99 on some of their comics is astounding to me. :shock: So it got me thinking....

I stopped doing print around the time I went to college. Four years later, I have made the switch to trades and some digital stuff.

How many of you still buy physical single issues? And if so, does the $4.99 increase bother you?

How many of you download books (paid or downloaded for free)?

I've been a little out of touch with the comic community, so I was interested in what today's comic fan does.


I buy physical single issues on an irregular basis. For me to drop $5 on a comic, it's either a guaranteed* good read. In the case of back issues, rarity would also factor into it.

Mainly, I catch up through whatever my local library has. Occasionally, I dabble in whatever I can get on Comixology via iOS apps.

*or as close to guaranteed as one can get with creative teams/premises/etc.
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GiveWarAChance

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Postby GiveWarAChance » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:30 pm

All of my new stuff I still read single issues on. I've been getting a 40% discount through mail order for the past nine years. I haven't been keeping up with the news on the $4.99 price increase. As far as I know it's only on that death of Wolverine gimmick event. If Marvel was crazy enough to have that cover price for all of their issues then I would have to make some big cuts.
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IvCNuB4

Staff Writer

Postby IvCNuB4 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:30 pm

I still buy single issues, DC and an occasional indie, so it's inconsequential to me that Marvel is so callously raping their fan-base. :P
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:49 pm

GiveWarAChance wrote:All of my new stuff I still read single issues on. I've been getting a 40% discount through mail order for the past nine years. I haven't been keeping up with the news on the $4.99 price increase. As far as I know it's only on that death of Wolverine gimmick event. If Marvel was crazy enough to have that cover price for all of their issues then I would have to make some big cuts.


It's on septembers Thor God of Thunder too. If not others.
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GiveWarAChance

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Postby GiveWarAChance » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:58 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:
It's on septembers Thor God of Thunder too. If not others.

Yeah, I just checked up on this. It appears quiet a few issues are $4.99 for that month. All of them are listed as being 40-48 pages though. In the case of Deadpool the next issue is back down to $3.99. A lot of them are annuals too. Annuals have always been more expensive. Marvels double shipping policy has already been hurting me, I don't need to be paying an extra $1 for all the issues too. This wouldn't be a problem if Marvels books just sucked.
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pastajoe

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Postby pastajoe » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:05 pm

I buy singles, mostly DC, some indies, couple of Marvel. But I refuse to buy any with a cover price over $3.99, and I get a 20% discount on what I buy.
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avengingtitan

Rain Partier

Postby avengingtitan » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:56 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:All digital through a private site that I have invites to once a month and have no problem sharing with people here. All digital like this for at least.....3 years at this point.

Me too sadly. I hate reading them that way but I just don't have the excess cash. I'll pick a trade if its worth it or $1 comics if its something I'm looking for.
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Pink_Orchid

The Virgin Connie Swail

Postby Pink_Orchid » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:42 pm

New books, sadly not in a long time. Just digital, and then if I really like it I'll pick the trade in print. I've been buying old issues or trades through various websites.

I don't subscribe to enough series to be worth a pull list with either a LCS or mail service.
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Chessack

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby Chessack » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:05 pm

I buy print singles of new series that I start collecting on #1 (e.g. Velvet, Alex+Ada) because I can get them all as they come out, and I (slightly) prefer print to digital, still.

I will always buy print copies of Supergirl because I have all her stuff going back to 1982 and then some, so I want to keep it all in the same format.

I buy digitals of most older stuff. For instance, I just started reading Fatale, so I got that digitally (no need to buy it on paper). If not digitals, I get trades when available (I'm doing Fables as trades instead of digital).
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:11 pm

avengingtitan wrote:Me too sadly. I hate reading them that way but I just don't have the excess cash. I'll pick a trade if its worth it or $1 comics if its something I'm looking for.


I started on my laptop and then got a Kindle Fire. I read them all on my fire now and it's great.
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The Shadow

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby The Shadow » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:12 pm

100% single issues for all new stuff. No interest in digital.

90% of my trades are older, more expensive (ie. cost prohibitive stuff like Fantastic Four #1-10 that I get in Marvel Masterworks or the original Batman and Superman stuff that I get in the Chronicles).

The other 10% of my trades is a mix of sort of older stuff like Sandman, Preacher or Invaders to newer stuff like Fables that I've only ever got in trades.
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alaska1125

dINGO

Postby alaska1125 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:22 pm

GiveWarAChance wrote:All of my new stuff I still read single issues on. I've been getting a 40% discount through mail order for the past nine years. I haven't been keeping up with the news on the $4.99 price increase. As far as I know it's only on that death of Wolverine gimmick event. If Marvel was crazy enough to have that cover price for all of their issues then I would have to make some big cuts.

It's on at least 8-10 Marvel Now books that I'm aware of. But I honestly am almost exclusively digital now. I've got a family, and prices on single issues just aren't fiscally smart. I'm with ESF...it may be time for me to just gracefully retire from comics. I

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