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Issue #213: Overpriced Comics and Discussing the Best of 2015

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Is the price of comics poisoning the industry? The crew discusses the $4.99 price point and how it has affected their buying habits.

Additionally in the latter half of the show, we begin discussing some of the titles that will come up for our Best Of 2015 lists, so take a listen to be in the know.

Lightning Round:

Paper Girls #2, Robin War #1, Lazarus, Daredevil #1, Totally Awesome Hulk #1, ANAD Avengers #2, Doctor Strange #3, Howard the Duck #2, Rocket Girl #7, Harley Quinn’s Little Black Book #1, Death Vigil Vol. 1, Batgirl Vol. 2, Saga #31, Deadly Class Vol. 2, Rat Queens #11-13.

Book of the Week:

Plutona, Sensation Comics #17, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952

Shared Book of the Week:

Mystery Girl #1 by Paul Tobin and Alberto Alburquerque

Next week’s #TCBOTW is: The Violent #1 by Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham

FYI: the crew have gone all superhero on the world, thanks to the wonderful Hanie Mohd. Like them? Make sure to follow her and let us know what you think of our superhero pictures.

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4 Responses

  1. BackIssueBacklog

    Really appreciated the discussion about the rising cost of comic books this week, it has me second guessing a lot of the books I was picking up, probably only out of habit.

    Have any of you given either of two released Aftershock Comics a try? I was really impressed with Replica #1 last week, excited to crack open Insexts #1 tonight.

    • Bobby Shortle

      In one of the most recent shows Bob praises Insexts. They seem like a very interesting company. I’m only digital right now though so I haven’t had the chance to jump on that train.

  2. Chad Terry

    Is Marvel “killing it”?
    After listening to this podcast I sat back and thought about my own comic buying habits. I was shocked with the results. I have a (modest) comic book budget of $200 a month. I have never actually spent $200 but I have the budget set so I know when I am getting out of control. I looked at my orders since July. From July to December my cost has gone from $111-$195. That is quite an increase. I then looked at percentages and found that Marvel has a 58% share of my book total. Marvel is finding it’s limit. I am ordering more books now because all the characters have their own books, many teams have multiple books and they are all beginning at #1 so I am buying a lot of stuff I normally wouldn’t to see what’s good. It’s rather exhausting. I have to pre order 3 months out so once I am done with a series I have a few more issues to pick up, sometimes I forget I didn’t want to continue a book and reorder it (New Avengers specifically).

    I also believe comic fans are the most abused. I think it is because we have heart. We love these characters and want them to succeed so we (I) buy all the titles with “Avengers” in it, we (I) buy all the individual Avenger character books, we get involved in events and crossovers even when they are delayed and changed and added upon. We buy extras like bags and boards, long boxes, short boxes, hard cases, CGC, etc… We do all these things with no accountability on the producers end. Delayed books (as I mentioned), comic shops being shorted on orders from Diamond, some shops outrageous prices, the variant cover market, lack of attention to the errors in dialogue (I need to start taking pics and sharing those) the list goes on and on.

    So what am I trying to say with all this, (God I hope someone is still reading) $4.99 a book is too much but it seems like they are all the #1’s coming out and then it goes back to $3.99, The industry doesn’t care about fans, We as fans will never quit, And I need to do some serious Marvel reevaluation.

    Thanks guys,
    Chad

    • Bobby Shortle

      Chad,

      Really interesting to get hard facts on actual buying numbers. I don’t track my budget that closely and so I can’t see the rise myself.

      I absolutely agree that comic fans are very abused and we mostly do it to ourselves.

      Thank you for the well thought out comment!

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