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davidh777
03-19-11, 10:40 PM
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resinrats
03-21-11, 11:20 PM
They should call it cheapskate day. Look at the line of people just waiting for free comics. You really think those people would be going to a comic store otherwise? Didn't think so. The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if so many people were regular buyers. "Gimme the free thing but I'm never paying for one."

Boba Fett
03-21-11, 11:32 PM
They should call it cheapskate day. Look at the line of people just waiting for free comics. You really think those people would be going to a comic store otherwise? Didn't think so. The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if so many people were regular buyers. "Gimme the free thing but I'm never paying for one."

Well, it doesn't help the "free thing" is often crap and leaves those people thinking, "people pay for this stuff?"

starman9000
03-22-11, 07:15 AM
Cool, always a fun day.

Groucho
03-22-11, 07:56 AM
They should call it cheapskate day. Look at the line of people just waiting for free comics. You really think those people would be going to a comic store otherwise? Didn't think so. The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if so many people were regular buyers. "Gimme the free thing but I'm never paying for one."Damn those cheapskates. DAMN THEM TO HELL!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to drive 50 miles to the next town. There's a store there that sells new BD releases for $1.00 less than any local place...

starman9000
03-22-11, 08:47 AM
The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if it weren't in the crapper.

Josh-da-man
03-22-11, 11:17 AM
Well, it doesn't help the "free thing" is often crap and leaves those people thinking, "people pay for this stuff?"

The dross that the publishers release for FCBD astounds me.

DC and Marvel will release incomprehensible previews for their upcoming events. The smaller publishers will put out books that have three-four page previews of all of their upcoming titles that amounts to a ten minute red of mind-numbing mediocrity.

This crap is not going to spark any interest in someone who doesn't already read the damned things.

kgrogers1979
03-22-11, 11:27 AM
The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if they hadn't shot themselves in the foot in the 90s when they started alienating all their hardcore fans with the EXXXTREME phase and catering to the spectaculars. Many of the actual readers abandoned the industry and have never returned. I was one such reader, but unlike most, I did return several years later. The industry has never truly recovered from the 90s bust.

MrTerrific
03-22-11, 04:55 PM
They should call it cheapskate day. Look at the line of people just waiting for free comics. You really think those people would be going to a comic store otherwise? Didn't think so. The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if so many people were regular buyers. "Gimme the free thing but I'm never paying for one."

Agreed. And it's not just comics...it's everything. But for small comic book shops, it really hurts.

And I don't think that any of the comics suck for what you pay for them...

Vlyger
03-22-11, 05:55 PM
You know what independent comic book stores remind me of? They remind me of places like FYE, Tower Records, Virgin Megastore, Borders, etc. In other words, places that sell the majority of their stuff at MSRP.

The last time I browsed through my local comic book shop in 2007, the graphic novels were being sold at list price. I for one would never pay anything at list price. Over the years, I have bought graphic novels on Amazon and have saved A LOT. Why pay $19.99 for something when I could get it for $13.99 or less? I wish I could support these independent comic book establishments, but at the same time I don't want to be ripped off.

fujishig
03-22-11, 06:11 PM
They should call it cheapskate day. Look at the line of people just waiting for free comics. You really think those people would be going to a comic store otherwise? Didn't think so. The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if so many people were regular buyers. "Gimme the free thing but I'm never paying for one."

Instead all the regular customers should get all the free comics! Yeah! And limit it to one per new customer, but only after all the regular customers get them in their pull lists. And make sure to give them dirty stares and make them as uncomfortable as possible when they come in. Those cheapskates!

You know what independent comic book stores remind me of? They remind me of places like FYE, Tower Records, Virgin Megastore, Borders, etc. In other words, places that sell the majority of their stuff at MSRP.

The last time I browsed through my local comic book shop in 2007, the graphic novels were being sold at list price. I for one would never pay anything at list price. Over the years, I have bought graphic novels on Amazon and have saved A LOT. Why pay $19.99 for something when I could get it for $13.99 or less? I wish I could support these independent comic book establishments, but at the same time I don't want to be ripped off.

I understand you, I really do, and I do the same thing by primarily buying from mailordercomics. But if stores like Borders can't compete with Amazon, no way your local comic shop will. I really feel for comic store owners, they are pushing what is at this point a niche product with declining sales; they need to order books months in advance, trying to find a balance of having enough stock to sell through to the walk-ins and have some backissues available and not getting reamed by overordering and having to penny the overstock out; and now that nearly everything is being collected in trade, backissue sales must be in the crapper as well. It's a tough business to be in, which is probably why some stay afloat by selling action figures and especially cards.

Vlyger
03-22-11, 06:46 PM
I understand you, I really do, and I do the same thing by primarily buying from mailordercomics. But if stores like Borders can't compete with Amazon, no way your local comic shop will. I really feel for comic store owners, they are pushing what is at this point a niche product with declining sales; they need to order books months in advance, trying to find a balance of having enough stock to sell through to the walk-ins and have some backissues available and not getting reamed by overordering and having to penny the overstock out; and now that nearly everything is being collected in trade, backissue sales must be in the crapper as well. It's a tough business to be in, which is probably why some stay afloat by selling action figures and especially cards.

I understand your point. I know a guy has got to make a living somehow, but if his business is at a decline and the seller is 'desperate' to get rid of some stock in order to make a sale, then he should throw in some form of discount/sale in order to attract business --- to gain first-time customers and keep current customers satisfied so they will return and continue to do business. That way the seller would get at least some form of business from me. It's just nice to see sales every now and then and not having to pay full price.

davidh777
03-23-11, 02:57 AM
I don't think there's any question that the event is aimed at bringing in non-regulars. And sure, people do funny things for free stuff. I like going and getting free issues, but I probably don't get around to reading them all (usually get 4+ each year). But I'll go again this year.

Don't want to make this another discussion on LCS, but yeah, it's tough. My LCS makes FCBD an event with discounts on everything in the store so I usually pick up a couple trades while I'm there. I've tried to follow some floppies but they get scattered and when I want to actually read them they're out of order. My LCS also has a frequent buyer card with I think 50% off every fifth trade, which still doesn't match online discounts. What I've started picking up is the little issues that are kind of the equivalent of 100-page Super Spectaculars, midway between floppies and trades and around $5-7 each. Those may be harder to find online or not worth waiting for the small discount.

Damn those cheapskates. DAMN THEM TO HELL!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to drive 50 miles to the next town. There's a store there that sells new BD releases for $1.00 less than any local place...

:lol: That about sums it up

vmars
03-23-11, 07:50 AM
The dross that the publishers release for FCBD astounds me.

DC and Marvel will release incomprehensible previews for their upcoming events. The smaller publishers will put out books that have three-four page previews of all of their upcoming titles that amounts to a ten minute red of mind-numbing mediocrity.

This crap is not going to spark any interest in someone who doesn't already read the damned things.

DC is cheaping out this year by just printing a reprint of some Green Lantern issue with a preview of Flashpoint.

Marvel is at least giving 2 completely original comics away. One is a Spider-man story drawn by Ramos which will most likely look fantastic. The other is a Captain America/Thor story drawn by Samnee that I know will look great and be an entertaining read.

Don't write this event off, It's a great one to take the kids to because there are all sorts of All Ages comics being given away.

Vlyger
03-23-11, 05:09 PM
Free Comic Book Day = ComicCon for cheapskates. :lol:

Never been to Four Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
May check out the place to see what they have in store this year.

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The Valeyard
03-23-11, 05:30 PM
Free Comic Book Day = ComicCon for cheapskates. :lol:

Never been to Four Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
May check out the place to see what they have in store this year.

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I didn't know this store existed! I'm in Upland which is about 15 minutes away. I may have to visit it this year.
Thanks!

Vlyger
03-23-11, 07:04 PM
I didn't know this store existed! I'm in Upland which is about 15 minutes away. I may have to visit it this year.
Thanks!

I live about 20 miles from this place and stumbled upon it while searching for participating locations. It looks like a cool, organized establishment. It's like a REAL mini-ComicCon with special guests that actually contribute to the comic book industry, unlike the major conventions that shove all that mainstream Hollywood entertainment BS down our throats that have nothing to do with comics. And it's free too! Free comics and free hot dogs. Yes!!!!!

bluetoast
03-23-11, 11:37 PM
The comic industry wouldn't be in the crapper if they hadn't shot themselves in the foot in the 90s when they started alienating all their hardcore fans with the EXXXTREME phase and catering to the spectaculars. Many of the actual readers abandoned the industry and have never returned. I was one such reader, but unlike most, I did return several years later. The industry has never truly recovered from the 90s bust.

And to cap it off, Marvel tried to branch out with the Ultimate line, except somehow it wasn't pushed in Grocery Stores and 7-11's, and as a result, it seems only the regular readers were on board.

davidh777
05-05-11, 10:43 AM
Bumping for this weekend

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Groucho
05-05-11, 10:46 AM
Dammit. I accidentally bought Thor tickets for Saturday morning. By the time I get to the store the line will be around the block.

davidh777
05-07-11, 02:23 PM
Got Super Dinosaur, Locke & Key, Green Lantern, and Elric. Kid got Geronimo Stilton, Pep, John Stanley, and Darkwing Duck (they had a limit of four per person but probably wouldn't have gotten more than one or two others anyway). Just realized that they didn't have Floyd Gottfredson.

My LCS has 35% off everything in the store as part of the event so I grabbed a bunch of TPBs while I was at it. :up:

Travis McClain
05-07-11, 04:57 PM
I was always wary of venturing near Louisville on FCBD because the first Saturday in May is also the Kentucky Derby. (I've hated for years that the industry chose this day for their annual event!) Anyway, my wife and I took the chance two years ago, went early and had nary a problem getting in and out so I decided I'd keep going. Last year I felt like hell so we passed, but we did go this afternoon. The place was packed so tightly I couldn't even concentrate long enough to even explore any given section of the place.

Of the freebies, we snagged:

Green Lantern
The Tick
The Mis-Adventures of Adam West
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Civil War Adventure
The Amazing Spider-Man
Captain America/Thor
The Darkness II: Confession
Young Justice/Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Baltimore
Atomic Robo

Like I said, it was packed and I had a hard time trying to rummage through the back issues, but I did find several issues of Marvel's Deep Space Nine run from the late 90s at $0.95 apiece. I also picked up Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness #1 on a whim. It promises to be entertaining. I let my wife pick which cover we bought, and she opted for the Paul Renaud cover:

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On our way back we stopped at Half Price Books. I had a bag full of paperbacks and such to trade in, and they had a 20% off comics sale going on to partake in FCBD (even though they don't carry new releases and aren't an official participant). They had two boxes of comics set aside where you could select one issue to have free. There was some guy hovering around them taking his time so I gave up on those. But I did find several things that interested me, including:

Batman #213 (30th anniversary special issue)
The Brave and the Bold #160 (Batman & Supergirl) and #175 (Batman and Lois Lane)
DC Comics Presents #19 (Superman & Batgirl)
Superman #344 (Superman vs. Frankenstein's Monster & Dracula!)
Danger Girl: The Dangerous Collection #2

My trade-in covered these so I was happy. Putting today in the "Win" column, even though I have been too miserable to attend our friends's Derby party.

starman9000
05-08-11, 09:34 AM
I missed out for the first time in a few years. Only really wanted Baltimore, but I love grabbing stuff for the kiddos at these, as my store usually has a bunch of 10/$1 older books.

Travis McClain
05-08-11, 09:41 AM
I missed out for the first time in a few years. Only really wanted Baltimore, but I love grabbing stuff for the kiddos at these, as my store usually has a bunch of 10/$1 older books.

You may want to pop in on your local store on the off-chance there were Baltimore leftovers.

Groucho
05-08-11, 09:43 AM
You guys were lucky. Only one book per customer at my store.

Travis McClain
05-08-11, 09:45 AM
You guys were lucky. Only one book per customer at my store.

When I went in 2009 they were unlimited. This year, there was a limit of five free comics per customer but that's because they're rationing the freebies to last through the week. To accompany drawing out the distribution of freebies, they're running a 20% off sale on all comics throughout the week. (For anyone in the Louisville area, I'm talking about The Great Escape on Bardstown Road.)

starman9000
05-08-11, 09:57 AM
You may want to pop in on your local store on the off-chance there were Baltimore leftovers.

Yeah, I'll probably swing by. We have two stores, one is usually unlimited, so I'm sure it got sucked dry by 11 by people who don't even want the stuff.

The other limits it, but I think they must hold for people, because they are usually out of stuff fast too.

davidh777
05-08-11, 10:03 AM
When I went in 2009 they were unlimited. This year, there was a limit of five free comics per customer but that's because they're rationing the freebies to last through the week. To accompany drawing out the distribution of freebies, they're running a 20% off sale on all comics throughout the week. (For anyone in the Louisville area, I'm talking about The Great Escape on Bardstown Road.)

I thought stores could only distribute these on FCBD itself? I don't know the official rules but I don't think I've seen my LCS offer the issues offered on other days, though I'm pretty sure some of the ones yesterday were left over from last year.

Travis McClain
05-08-11, 10:07 AM
I thought stores could only distribute these on FCBD itself? I don't know the official rules but I don't think I've seen my LCS offer the issues offered on other days, though I'm pretty sure some of the ones yesterday were left over from last year.

I dunno. They've got an official-looking FCBD banner outside announcing that their promotion is running all week. Maybe the industry realizes that local shops may not get the boost they need on just one day. Maybe it was an allowance for a shop in a city dominated by the Kentucky Derby on FCBD. Maybe this shop just went rogue. I have no idea!

starman9000
05-08-11, 03:19 PM
I got lucky, mine still had everything I wanted, and big piles of all of them actually.

Travis McClain
05-08-11, 03:26 PM
Since the idea has been raised about people just showing up for the freebies, show of hands: who actually bought anything? Any unexpected finds? For that matter, did anyone see any actual children in their comic shop?

starman9000
05-08-11, 03:36 PM
I didn't buy today, but did look around. I'll be back on Thursday for my pickup. The worker said there were kids in yesterday though, so that's good. I'll probably bring my daughter next year, but not my son. The store is just too small for me to have a 3 and 4 year old to keep an eye on.

Patman
05-08-11, 08:21 PM
Since the idea has been raised about people just showing up for the freebies, show of hands: who actually bought anything? Any unexpected finds? For that matter, did anyone see any actual children in their comic shop?

I took photos for my LCS on FCBD, and, yes, there were lots of kids that showed up with their parents to the event (plus having 10 cent comics helped bringing people to the store, as well as the free comic titles):

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I also checked out another store that allows for 1 of each free comic, so I picked up one of each free comic title (about 20 titles), and also bought 1 comic at cover price just so I wouldn't feel too terrible about doing so.

Trevor
05-08-11, 09:53 PM
I think I've been working the first Saturday in May for at least the last 5 years, but finally had this one off and decided to venture into a comic store for the first time in quite awhile.

I wandered into Beyond Comics in Frederick MD and picked up a couple freebies (limit of 3). Was wandering the mass of people looking at what new titles look like now, and walked by an artist table. No one else was near, and I felt like I had to say something, even though I'm pretty much "out" of comics. I said hi, and that I'm sorry that I couldn't say much more as I was out of comics for most of the last 10 years and wouldn't know who he was.

As I finished that sentence my eyes glanced to the name placard on the table and saw that it was Mark Wheatley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wheatley_%28comics%29). I think I literally gasped and said, "Holy Crap, I do know you!" I think I recovered from my embarrassing opening to properly thank him for the work of his I've loved over the years. Bought a hardcover Fables book with a sketch by him, and he added another little sketch inside for me as well.

His often collaborator, Marc Hempel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Hempel), was also there, most famous for his run on Sandman I imagine. These two were huge back in the early mid eighties as independent companies emerged, and I've always loved their stuff.

I think I stammered through conversations with both that weren't too horrible for them, but I wish I could do them over again, properly prepared. I was absolutely shocked to be able to meet two artists that I actually knew and loved at such a small store (actually, quite nice for a current comic shop I guess) in a not huge town.

starman9000
05-08-11, 10:04 PM
That's awesome Trevor! I haven't read those yet, but they are next on my list.

PhantomStranger
05-09-11, 12:34 AM
FCBD is a weirdly executed event for the industry. As someone that rarely shops anymore at a comic book store, a lot of the free comics are pretty mediocre. This year's lot were particularly suspect, as even the covers were not that enticing. If some of those comics had been my first and only exposure as a kid, the industry likely would not have had me as a fan growing up.

It is also strange how shops approach the day. Some offer big discounts and have artists on site, while others barely do anything. Three of the four shops I attended had no actual sale on anything, except for the free comics.

Josh-da-man
05-09-11, 01:27 AM
You guys were lucky. Only one book per customer at my store.

That sucks.

Weren't quite a few of these original stories? Pretty sure the Elric one from BOOM! was, as was the "Locke and Key" book from IDW.

I'd be pretty pissed if I was a regular customer and reader of a title and couldn't get an original FCBD book from a title I followed because of a store policy.

Seems to sort of defeat the purpose of FCBD, where people are supposed to be able to sample upcoming titles.

Trevor
05-09-11, 08:04 AM
That sucks.

Weren't quite a few of these original stories? Pretty sure the Elric one from BOOM! was, as was the "Locke and Key" book from IDW.

I'd be pretty pissed if I was a regular customer and reader of a title and couldn't get an original FCBD book from a title I followed because of a store policy.

Seems to sort of defeat the purpose of FCBD, where people are supposed to be able to sample upcoming titles.

I think a lot of it stems from the fact that they aren't really free. The shops pay for each freebie, and I guess they think that the benefit of allowing each person to grab a dozen or two titles, costing them several dollars total, isn't worthwhile.

One store owner told me they pay about 40 cents per freebie. Not sure if that is true, but I remember hearing over the years that none of them are really free.

The Valeyard
05-09-11, 08:29 AM
My usual store had a limit of 2 comics per customer and yes, each store pays for the free comics. My local guy said "they" (don't know if he meant the companies or Diamond) steadily raise the prices each year.

I hit a bigger store in Pasadena and they had a limit of 10 comics per person. I ended up just picking a few titles and the kids running the store started recommending stuff and packed my bag with more comics. Not going to complain tho neither store had the Tick comic. :(

Both stores had more traffic than previous years. And there were noticeably more mothers and kids running around inquiring about comics. It brought a smile to my cynical fanboy face to see youngsters racing back and forth looking for other comics to buy ("Mom! They make Teen Titan comics!")

starman9000
05-09-11, 08:32 AM
Sadly, those same kids probably got crushed when their parents saw that they charge $4 for a comic now and told them to put it back on the shelf.

Travis McClain
05-09-11, 08:50 AM
...walked by an artist table. No one else was near, and I felt like I had to say something, even though I'm pretty much "out" of comics. I said hi, and that I'm sorry that I couldn't say much more as I was out of comics for most of the last 10 years and wouldn't know who he was.

The Great Escape in Louisville had Steven Bowman, creator of Astonishing Tales. I overheard parts of his conversations with a couple of guys who seemed as though their whole purpose for being in the store was to converse with him. Seemed like a nice enough guy, friendly and indulging their desire to speak with a pro, but I had never heard of him or his work. In fact, the only thing I cared about was that his table was put up in front of the 25 bins, which I had intended to raid.

If some of those comics had been my first and only exposure as a kid, the industry likely would not have had me as a fan growing up.

I can appreciate what you're saying about underwhelming titles, but I can't wrap my head around rejecting comic books altogether on their basis. The majority of us became fans without free comics (unless they were gifts from someone). I remember simply being curious one day, staring at a spindle of comics at a gas station or pharmacy and discovering there were comic books based on G.I. Joe and Transformers, and pleading with my mom to buy me one of each. That was that for me.

Which brings me to another point: How aware are non-readers of FCBD in the first place, except through word of mouth from friends, family or co-workers/classmates? The reason I ask is that I can only even think of two classmates I had from Kindergarten through graduating high school who would have even known about FCBD (had there been one). My mom wouldn't have had a clue about it to even take me to one.

It is also strange how shops approach the day. Some offer big discounts and have artists on site, while others barely do anything. Three of the four shops I attended had no actual sale on anything, except for the free comics.

Not really "strange." Many comic shops don't have artists or writers living in the area to bring in, or can't afford them if they do. As for sales, you've got to remember that the whole point of FCBD is that the freebies are the lure.

The only real place for a lot of stores right now to run discounts is on back issues. It does seem to me that a shop should at least designate a selection of back issues to be on sale. Maybe pull some dust collectors that connect with the freebies. "Oh, I see you picked up the free Green Lantern. Did you see the box of GL comics on sale today?"

There's always two philosophies to economic down times: cut prices, and raise them. I personally favor cutting whenever possible, and back issues are already owned by the shop so those seem like a sensible place to cut prices to me, but then I've never owned a comic book shop. (My family did own a consignment shop for 20 years and I helped run it for the last seven, and we periodically had comics there.)

Speaking of the free Green Lantern issue, I liked the Hal Jordan origin story. Nothing new to me, of course, but I thought it was one of the better re-tellings I've seen. The "Flashpoint" teaser was kind of interesting, but then I saw the massive checklist and decided I'll pass outright. Those kinds of 20+ issue epics are what chased me out of comics in the mid-90s.

I also read the free Tick issue and adored it. The majority of it are character profiles, which were comprehensive (especially the one of The Tick himself). I loved the animated series, wasn't big on the live action series originally but liked it when I streamed it last year from Netflix. The funny thing is, I only recently bought my first ever Tick comics when I found an assortment at Half Price Books on a night I had just traded in some DVDs and had some credit to spend. I still haven't read them because there are lots of gaps in each series I'll want to complete first, so this was actually the first Tick comic I've ever read.

stingermck
05-09-11, 09:00 AM
We could get 4 issues each at one of my LCS, and also some posters and the GL Hero Clix. Lots of kids at my store, and they had people dressed up as Batman, Spider-Man, Storm Trooper, etc which was a hit with the kids. They also did free face painting. Sales were 50% off recent singles, 30% off Silver Age, and 10% off toys. The store has a $1/3/5 toy box and lots of kids were buying out of it. I saw several parents buying comics for themselves after seeing the free ones. Overall a good event.

Trevor
05-09-11, 09:03 AM
Haven't read any of the free books yet, but did take advantage of the sales to pick up a few back issues and a couple of complete series bundles. One I'm hopeful about is a Vertigo Un-Men series, as I was a huge Swamp Thing fan from his 1970s origins through the Alan Moore and Rick Veitch years.

musick
05-09-11, 09:37 AM
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davidh777
05-09-11, 10:56 AM
Since the idea has been raised about people just showing up for the freebies, show of hands: who actually bought anything? Any unexpected finds? For that matter, did anyone see any actual children in their comic shop?

:wave::wave:

I took my kid and she picked out a couple freebies (and I used her allocation to get a couple more, heh) and some TPBs at 35% off (everything in the store was discounted). I also bought some TPBs and 100-page Super Spectaculars, around $85 total. So I wasn't a complete loss for them, though I'm sure they didn't make much margin.

There were a number of other kids there too.

There's another LCS within easy driving distance of me and they don't really do an event. They put out the free stuff and that's about it. I often drop by there too to get the ones I didn't get at my usual store but didn't really have the time or motivation Saturday, especially since I didn't figure I'd be picking up anything else there. Drive 10 minutes each way for 2 or 3 freebies? I didn't need the Floyd Gottfredson freebie that badly--I'll save the gas and pick up the actual book instead.

Groucho
05-09-11, 11:00 AM
I took my kids, and they had fun. But we didn't buy anything -- it was too crowded to browse. But I told them we'd come back another day and let them shop around.

Trevor
05-09-11, 11:47 AM
I also bought some TPBs and 100-page Super Spectaculars, around $85 total.
Man how I loved those things back in their day. New stories, first exposures to classic Golden Age stuff, humor pages and text pieces; couldn't get enough of them. If I truly am "back into comics", and get myself organized, I'm going to try to collect every DC 100-page Super Spectacular.

davidh777
05-09-11, 12:09 PM
Man how I loved those things back in their day. New stories, first exposures to classic Golden Age stuff, humor pages and text pieces; couldn't get enough of them. If I truly am "back into comics", and get myself organized, I'm going to try to collect every DC 100-page Super Spectacular.

I loved them too! The ones I got are new "DC Presents" Supers--a couple Batman things, some Gene Colan thing--that use the same branding but appear to be new self-contained stories for a price tag of $7.99. I admit I'm a pretty big sucker for these under-$10 books they've been putting out. Some of them follow the classic format of a new story plus some older material. One I picked up recently was all THUNDER Agents reprints. And they're cheaper than TPBs with material that might never appear in that format. (I know that TPB discounting probably brings them pretty close, but I also feel like these support my LCS without having to store and deal with floppies.)

Since everything was on sale, I probably should have checked out some "classic" Super Spectaculars as well, but there was a huge line right in front of the back issues I would have wanted (like Legion of Super Heroes) so I probably wouldn't have spent too much time digging anyway.

Thanks for the story on meeting those authors!

fujishig
05-09-11, 01:08 PM
My usual store had a limit of 2 comics per customer and yes, each store pays for the free comics. My local guy said "they" (don't know if he meant the companies or Diamond) steadily raise the prices each year.

I hit a bigger store in Pasadena and they had a limit of 10 comics per person. I ended up just picking a few titles and the kids running the store started recommending stuff and packed my bag with more comics. Not going to complain tho neither store had the Tick comic. :(

Both stores had more traffic than previous years. And there were noticeably more mothers and kids running around inquiring about comics. It brought a smile to my cynical fanboy face to see youngsters racing back and forth looking for other comics to buy ("Mom! They make Teen Titan comics!")

Since you're in my general area, which LCS's do you recommend/did you go to?

The Valeyard
05-09-11, 05:00 PM
Since you're in my general area, which LCS's do you recommend/did you go to?

My usual haunt is DJ's Universal Comics (http://www.yelp.com/biz/djs-universal-comics-studio-city) in Studio City. I've been going to Cat's place for 20 years now. He's a great guy and the store is so much better now that he's moved to an upstairs location. Biggest plus - 30% off of new comics.

When I can't find something specific at Cat's (like an Indie title), I hit The Comics Factory (http://www.yelp.com/biz/comics-factory-pasadena) in Pasadena. It has a great section of smaller independent titles and hardcover/paperbacks. The staff is really friendly and happy to find a title for you if they don't have it in stock.

There are plenty of others but these are the two I stick to on a weekly basis.

WinterIsComing
05-10-11, 01:44 AM
American comics are mostly crap. Just buy European comics like The Scorpion or Quetzalcoatl.

Travis McClain
05-10-11, 08:11 AM
American comics are mostly crap. Just buy European comics like The Scorpion or Quetzalcoatl.

Reductive much?

Navinabob
05-10-11, 06:07 PM
American comics are mostly crap. Just buy European comics like The Scorpion or Quetzalcoatl.

Unless they are "free" your point was more thread-crappy then on-point. But you are cool, new and a member so I'll let it slide.

Travis McClain
05-10-11, 06:53 PM
Earlier I read the Young Justice/Batman: The Brave and the Bold Super Sampler issue. The YJ story was pretty perfunctory, but likable enough. The Batman story was nice; Bruce Wayne is absent from a charity fundraiser, provoking some nasty gossip while he's in Central City helping The Flash rescue kids from a burning building. I always enjoyed the "How Does Gotham View Bruce Wayne/Batman" stories, and this was one of the nicer ones I've come across in a while.

davidh777
05-11-11, 12:07 PM
Earlier I read the Young Justice/Batman: The Brave and the Bold Super Sampler issue. The YJ story was pretty perfunctory, but likable enough. The Batman story was nice; Bruce Wayne is absent from a charity fundraiser, provoking some nasty gossip while he's in Central City helping The Flash rescue kids from a burning building. I always enjoyed the "How Does Gotham View Bruce Wayne/Batman" stories, and this was one of the nicer ones I've come across in a while.

i missed the flipsides because I just glanced around the table. :( I might have picked up Young Justice if I'd known BBB was on there too. I also read later that the Avatar Last Airbender issue also had a flipside preview of the new Richie Rich. The RR ad I saw looked pretty craptacular, but since I was a fan of the Harvey character I would have taken a look at it.

Travis McClain
05-11-11, 12:24 PM
i missed the flipsides because I just glanced around the table. :( I might have picked up Young Justice if I'd known BBB was on there too. I also read later that the Avatar Last Airbender issue also had a flipside preview of the new Richie Rich. The RR ad I saw looked pretty craptacular, but since I was a fan of the Harvey character I would have taken a look at it.

Young Justice/Batman wasn't a flipper, actually. The cover features both titles and characters, and the stories are published normally, not requiring you to hold the comic a different way to read through them. Also, Avatar was paired with Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

davidh777
05-11-11, 02:46 PM
I guess Richie Rich must have been mentioned as the pairing for another title. I was probably remembering it as an Avatar pairing because I read about that too and would have been interested, though after watching the Clone Wars series for 2+ years and reading a lot of the TV-styled comics, I'm not sure if that would have really offered me much.

Travis McClain
05-11-11, 02:54 PM
I guess Richie Rich must have been mentioned as the pairing for another title. I was probably remembering it as an Avatar pairing because I read about that too and would have been interested, though after watching the Clone Wars series for 2+ years and reading a lot of the TV-styled comics, I'm not sure if that would have really offered me much.

I picked it up, but haven't read it yet. In any event, I've only seen about 1/3 of the show and haven't read any of the comics (except the FCBD 2009 issue, which I don't really remember all that well) so even when I do read it, I won't be qualified to say whether it would offer you anything.

davidh777
05-12-11, 02:13 AM
These were the 100-Page Super Spectaculars I picked up ($7.99 each, plus 35% off sale):

http://www.midtowncomics.com/images/PRODUCT/FUL/1112481_ful.jpg

http://www.midtowncomics.com/images/PRODUCT/FUL/1116800_ful.jpg

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