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Monday, May 12, 2008

Tom Spurgeon on Comics Pricing -- As someone who frequently quotes Tom's "The only comics that cost too much are shitty comics," truism, I feel compelled to link to Spurgeon's think-piece on whether comics are becoming too expensive.

My feeling is, look at the cover prices of Acme Novelty Library, Love and Rockets and Eightball now versus when they debuted as floppy, serial comics. I'm just as happy paying $9.99 or $16.99 or whatever they charge for them as I was when they were two or three bucks. Because they're great comics, not because it's more pages or a better format.

The only Marvel comic not currently overpriced is Criminal, which I would still buy as-is at $9.99 and be perfectly content. The average Marvel Universe title, though, would be a screw-job at fifty cents. Look at it this way: Thanks to BitTorrent technology, I can read any Marvel or DC title for free the day after it comes out. And 99 times out of 100, I don't bother even then, for free.

How about you?


Blogger kenny said...

How about this? I gave up on torrenting comics because I was tired of downloading gigs of shitty books I was completely unenthusiastic to read. The vast majority of mainstream comics aren't even worth "stealing!" I'd *much* rather go buy some manga books than read Marvel and DC books for free.

13 May, 2008 09:56  

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