I, for one, am glad for Marvel's "overprinting", though. It has kept after market prices reasonable for many books and prevented sharks on eBay from asking $600 for books like ASM vol 1 omnibus.....recently that is. I don't think "overprinting" Squadron Supreme Omnibus has been delaying the reprinting of books like Alias, though.
Good old Amazon. They've just raised price for Alias Omnibus from 61 to 75. I'll just wait and get it from marketplace seller for 40.
If I ever had to pay anything near cover price on comics I probably wouldn't even bother getting into the hobby. It's just way to damn expensive. I'll just consider myself lucky that sites like IST, CGN etc are available to me. I don't even know how overseas buyers deal with it. God bless you for being that committed to what you love.
Quick question I hope someone can help me out with. I made a list of all releases that interested me that spans until the end of this year. I just used CGN's "Coming Soon" section since it was the easiest and longest outlook I can find that was convenient, but some releases keep changing dates. Can anyone recommend a site that always has an accurate release listing of everything coming out in a 1-2 week period?
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How about Previewsworld.com?
Once in a while I go to IST or CGN and just cry myself to sleep while looking at the prices.
The direct market is still important because single issues help fund trades. At least that's what I read somewhere. If it weren't for the single issues, the implication is books would be more expensive if companies had to gamble going straight to a graphic novel book approach for releases if the direct market for singles didn't exist. Although I do wish companies would re-evaluate their financing procedures to enable more direct to GN/Book format and let the single issue DM die.
Despite my wishes, I don't think that will happen with the availability of digital. DM stores might very well die or at least have to re-evaluate their core sales and become more like specialized book stores (meaning no new single issues) and try to make their nut on other things like toys/statues/collectibles/etc. Comic companies can easily cut out the middle men of the direct market (stores and Diamond) with digital, especially if they own/control their own digital marketplace (as opposed to a new middleman like Comixology).
My point being - the DM is what brought comics to this point for better or for worse. But the physical DM isn't going to last forever. It'll eventually go digital. I think trades/GNs are the way of the future if you want something physical. While the printed world is having problems of its own, it's not quite on its death bed yet. So there's definitely room for physical book collections. But again, there's only so much room for books which limits what gets a physical reprint.
To take my thoughts to even more of an extreme, I'd prefer comics publishing to go digital and lose the single issue/chapter format all together and take a full trade arc or GN release approach. I think that has the potential to eliminate this insane decompression and the lack of full story arcs within even a trade or two worth of material. Release those longer collections/stories first digitally, then the ones that are worthy of being printed on paper because of quality/critical reviews/very high sales, print those in deluxe/OSHC editions for collectors.
The MMW's are a thing of beauty but they're starting to get up there in price. I'm collecting Daredevil and I think the most recent one was $75, although I did get the CGN 50 percent discount. Still . . .