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2013-12-20 06:17:17 AM
LOL. No.

I'm an adult. I read the Economist.
 
2013-12-20 06:40:25 AM
i.newsarama.com
i liked this....
 
2013-12-20 09:38:06 AM
I didn't know the Hyperbole and a Half book was actually published. I'm so going to go buy that.
 
2013-12-20 09:41:53 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm an adult. I read the Economist.


I feel the Economist insists upon itself. I prefer more enlightened fare, but I can understand the appeal of such doggerel to one such as yourself.
 
2013-12-20 09:42:45 AM
I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.
 
2013-12-20 09:43:33 AM
I started buying Berserk, does that count?
20 volumes, ~$220. Quite the investment
 
2013-12-20 10:00:01 AM

phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.


Funny you mention that. I think I collected at around the same time and read an article (maybe here on Fark) that the market for the books that came out over that time frame is very limited -- there were simply too many comic books in print to make them a worthwhile investment (saturation, I guess.)

When I went home recently, I simply went through them and pulled the ones I remember liking or the ones that I knew still had value -- mostly ones that are pre-1980 -- and left the rest boxed and ready for donation or bonfire.

It's too bad. I spent way too much time thinking I was making an investment, but it was a pipe dream.

Maybe someone else here can speak to this -- where is the market these days? Print counts must be down at this point, right?
 
2013-12-20 10:00:01 AM

phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.


I did that.  I had mostly books from the late 80s through the pure suckitude of the 90s.  Maybe had seven or eight boxes of them.  Sold them all for around $300.
 
2013-12-20 10:04:42 AM
Wasn't 2013 the end of The Silver Age and the beginning of the Iron Oxide Age.
 
2013-12-20 10:05:58 AM

phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.


What? I did the same thing. Are you saying I won't be able to retire early?
 
2013-12-20 10:20:20 AM

phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment


And that's why they're not.

If you had just bought them thinking "Ooh, comics." eventually they'd be valuable as all other copies were lost or destroyed.
 
2013-12-20 10:38:08 AM

Mateorocks: Maybe someone else here can speak to this -- where is the market these days? Print counts must be down at this point, right?


Not enough to make a damn, and with the prices at 3.99 or above for many books, you've probably lost money upon purchase.  The only way you can bring in big bucks is if the book becomes a once-in-a-decade phenomenon, or if you pick up an indie comic in which the artist/writer does something else important with their career.
 
2013-12-20 10:39:28 AM

phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.


Sadly, that's what happened to baseball cards starting in the 80s. Everyone thought they'd be a great investment, so the market was flooded and, naturally, supply outstripped demand.

/still trying to decide where to sell mine
 
2013-12-20 10:56:55 AM

some_beer_drinker: [i.newsarama.com image 575x884]
i liked this....


You should feel ashamed of yourself.
 
2013-12-20 11:05:15 AM
Ok enough sobbing in our beers. Who's reading good comics?

In no particular order:
+ The Walking Dead - emotional reactions are sometimes a little overdrawn (Rick gets to be like Bruce Banner/the Hulk) but good story. Collecting it in compendium form. Book #3 is a year away at least :( .

+ Fables
+ Fairest (spinoff of Fables)
Both sometimes get bogged down in mediocre story lines but, overall, great stories of fabled characters living within the modern world.

+ Saga - wow, just a really creative and beautifully inked series. Sort of Romeo&Juliet meets BladeRunner meets, I dunno, something fantasy that isn't Tolkein. The creator, Brian K. Vaughn, is known for unexpectedly dark endings, so I'm not looking forward to that. It's like he gets tired of the characters or goes off his meds or something. See: Ex Machina and Y: the Last Man, both good series but dark endings. His Pride of Baghdad, an imagining of the animals of the Baghdad Zoo during the Gulf War, was amazing... although I'll never forgive him for the giraffe that takes an RPG to the neck.

+ Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight" Batman series, which I picked up in book compendium form. Amazing Batman vs Superman imagining.
 
2013-12-20 11:21:58 AM
My two cents:

Unwritten by Mike Carey
                The premise of the story is what if Harry Potter was based on an actual person?  Tom Taylor is the son of a famous and missing author who penned the most read book series of all time the Tommy Taylor novels.  Tom, when questioned about his past can't seem to recall the specifics of his childhood.  Elements from the Tommy Taylor novels start to show up in his life, like a magic tattoo that Tommy had in the novels now suddenly appears on Tom's hand.

ScalpedA Native American FBI agent has to go undercover back to the reservation that he fled so many years ago to stop a criminal indian chief.  A great story told through different characters perspectives.

Lucifer by Mike Carey
                 Again, a great story by Carey.  Taking the Lucifer character from the Sandman series, it follows the adventures of the first of the fallen after he gives up his dominion over hell.  Angels and demons harass Lucifer who only wants to be left alone.
 
2013-12-20 11:24:39 AM

phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.


www.home-for-the-holidays.com
I'll trade you some!
 
2013-12-20 11:25:59 AM

Mateorocks: phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.

Funny you mention that. I think I collected at around the same time and read an article (maybe here on Fark) that the market for the books that came out over that time frame is very limited -- there were simply too many comic books in print to make them a worthwhile investment (saturation, I guess.)

When I went home recently, I simply went through them and pulled the ones I remember liking or the ones that I knew still had value -- mostly ones that are pre-1980 -- and left the rest boxed and ready for donation or bonfire.

It's too bad. I spent way too much time thinking I was making an investment, but it was a pipe dream.

Maybe someone else here can speak to this -- where is the market these days? Print counts must be down at this point, right?


Yeah, you don't really have much in the '80s and '90s comicbooks that are worth anything unless they are first issues or first appearances.  Too many comics were printed, too much supply means little value.  But who knows maybe in another 20-50 years Hipsters will want to collect awful comic book runs and then they will be worth something.
 
2013-12-20 11:37:40 AM

brimed03: See: Ex Machina and Y: the Last Man, both good series but dark endings.


I didn't think Y's ending was terribly dark. I mean, the series was itself incredibly dark, as a series about the sudden demise of half the human population is likely to be, but Y ends on a very optimistic note. "Ex Machina" on the other hand, oh yeah, totally dark.

"Saga" isn't going to go well for anyone, I don't think. The most recent issue demonstrates that pretty clearly.
 
2013-12-20 11:39:37 AM
i am another dum kid who thought his comics were going to be worth something someday.

advertising to children should be tightly regulated.
 
2013-12-20 11:45:37 AM
Let's see. I've started in on modern DC stuff. I'm a fan of Smallville Season 11. I'm not quite caught up on Smallville: Alien, though. I've started reading Justice League 3000 and I'm interested in seeing where that goes. The whole Forever Evil storyline has been hit and miss, so I'm waiting for it to end so I can finish reading it all at once. Justice League Dark is terrible. And I've recently started reading Earth 2. I kind of like it so far. After I catch up, I'm probably going to read World's Finest. And maybe give Batman/Superman a peek.
 
2013-12-20 12:04:41 PM
Favorites book I have read in 2013:

Saga- Finally read Volume 1 and can not wait to pick up the next few volumes. This could be one of the books, like Invincible, that I caught up on via TPB's just so I could follow it monthly. Or as monthly as it can be.

Prophet- Like Saga I have only read the first volume. Very creative scifi using Liefeld characters from the Extrememe days.

Wonder Woman- I was never a fan. I heard good things about the first issue of the New52 run, so I picked it up and have contiued to read it monthly.

Batman- Scott Snyder has put together one great arc after another. Greg Cappulo has been one of my favorite artists since his days on Spawn.

Batman & Robin- Gleason and Tomasi are an awesome team. I am a fan of their Green Lantern Corps work and was glad when they started working together on a Batman title.

Earth 2- Liked it during James Robinson's run, but might enjoy it more with new writer Tom Taylor. I'm also a fan of artist Nicola Scott from her work on Secret Six (which is a book I miss very much).
 
2013-12-20 12:19:55 PM

optimus_grime: i am another dum kid who thought his comics were going to be worth something someday.

advertising to children should be tightly regulated.


It was. Until the 80's, which is when...
restlesspilgrim.net

www.watchcartoononline.com
 
2013-12-20 12:21:34 PM
Sex Criminals is my favorite new book of the year. What was really unexpected for me was how the book is at its core a really sweet love story, and the sex grows out of the relationship between the two quirky leads. The art and the writing are just perfect.
 
2013-12-20 12:27:52 PM

Mateorocks: phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.

Funny you mention that. I think I collected at around the same time and read an article (maybe here on Fark) that the market for the books that came out over that time frame is very limited -- there were simply too many comic books in print to make them a worthwhile investment (saturation, I guess.)

When I went home recently, I simply went through them and pulled the ones I remember liking or the ones that I knew still had value -- mostly ones that are pre-1980 -- and left the rest boxed and ready for donation or bonfire.

It's too bad. I spent way too much time thinking I was making an investment, but it was a pipe dream.

Maybe someone else here can speak to this -- where is the market these days? Print counts must be down at this point, right?


Image is pretty consistent about putting out well-received series that have first printings that sell out quickly, so they are a pretty safe bet. Saga, Revival, The Manhattan Projects, Chew, and Sex Criminals all sold out their first printings quickly over the last few years, and the #1s became really valuable. Unlike the bad old days of the 90s, they are creating demand with quality writing and art, so their model is actually really sustainable.
 
2013-12-20 12:33:00 PM
I also thought Locke and Key ended really strong. It was a short series of only 45 issues, so it is a must-read for anyone who is looking for a great comic. If you don't mind digital, Comixology actually has a half-price sale going on right now if anyone wants to check it out.
 
2013-12-20 12:40:29 PM
2014 may be a better year.

Stray Bullets returns from Image in March, with issue #41 finally finishing up the original series after 9 years, and the new series, Stray Bullets: Killers launching with a new #1.

Oh, and a bigass omnibus reprinting all 41 original series issues for only 60 bucks.

And let's not forget all 40 issues now being available on Comixoligy (IIRC), with issues 1-4 available for free.
 
2013-12-20 12:47:49 PM
Injustice Gods Among us, easily my favorite comic book series this year
 
2013-12-20 01:06:15 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: LOL. No.

I'm an adult. I read the Economist.


i once got into a twitter argument with Neil Gaiman about an article in The Economist.  He reads it so therefore all comics are just as good.

/not a bad list
//gonna have to check a few of those out
 
2013-12-20 01:14:29 PM
Really enjoyed Gillen and McKelvie's Young Avengers. Very much in the same vein as Gillen's run on Journey into Mystery.

Missed a couple of issues of East of West, so I'm planning to trade wait it.

All Star Western has been really fun. Palmiotti and Gray have such a good grasp on Hex and Mortitat's art gets better each issue. Francavilla's Black Beetle has been a blast as well. Eagerly awaiting new issues of Velvet by Brubaker and Lazarus by Rucka.
 
2013-12-20 01:30:00 PM
I agree, this year has been a good year for books.

Saga
Fatale
Thief of Thieves
East of West
Sex
Walking Dead
Wake

The list goes on - but these really stood out for me as great reads this year.
 
2013-12-20 01:32:18 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Mateorocks: phillydrifter: I bought comics from '85-'90 thinking they'd be an investment I could sell later in the future.

Now I don't know what to do with them. If i were to sell them, I'd want someone to buy them ALL.

Funny you mention that. I think I collected at around the same time and read an article (maybe here on Fark) that the market for the books that came out over that time frame is very limited -- there were simply too many comic books in print to make them a worthwhile investment (saturation, I guess.)

When I went home recently, I simply went through them and pulled the ones I remember liking or the ones that I knew still had value -- mostly ones that are pre-1980 -- and left the rest boxed and ready for donation or bonfire.

It's too bad. I spent way too much time thinking I was making an investment, but it was a pipe dream.

Maybe someone else here can speak to this -- where is the market these days? Print counts must be down at this point, right?

Yeah, you don't really have much in the '80s and '90s comicbooks that are worth anything unless they are first issues or first appearances.  Too many comics were printed, too much supply means little value.  But who knows maybe in another 20-50 years Hipsters will want to collect awful comic book runs and then they will be worth something.


I have Nth Man the Ultimate Ninja #1 at the ready
 
2013-12-20 01:44:10 PM
I collected comics {ahem} years ago, now my kids read them. I figure that's as good a return on my money as I'm going to get.

I'll add to the growing list:

Fiction: Girl Genius and Gunnerkrigg Court.

Nonfiction: Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
 
2013-12-20 01:53:22 PM
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals imagines a man and a woman with superpowers: They can stop time for everyone but themselves... but only when they're having sex.

This is the dumbest premise for a comic I have ever encountered.
 
2013-12-20 02:14:18 PM

lamecomedian: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals imagines a man and a woman with superpowers: They can stop time for everyone but themselves... but only when they're having sex.

This is the dumbest premise for a comic I have ever encountered.


It sounds dumb on paper, but when you actually read it works on all sorts of metaphorical levels (time stopping when you're with that special someone, finally finding someone perfect for you, etc).
 
2013-12-20 02:52:34 PM

lamecomedian: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals imagines a man and a woman with superpowers: They can stop time for everyone but themselves... but only when they're having sex.

This is the dumbest premise for a comic I have ever encountered.


No, the Thanos Rising mini from Jason Aaron (who else) was absolutely horrible.  He took a galactic villain that was evil and turned him into a guy with mommy issues.  It was, quite possibly, the stupidest arc I've read since the 90s.
 
2013-12-20 03:03:27 PM
m5.paperblog.com

www.imagecomics.com

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

These are really what caught my eye this year...

/Yeah, Manhattan Projects started in 2012, whatever.
 
2013-12-20 03:13:20 PM

lamecomedian: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals imagines a man and a woman with superpowers: They can stop time for everyone but themselves... but only when they're having sex.

This is the dumbest premise for a comic I have ever encountered.


This would have gotten Druuna out of a lot of jams.
 
2013-12-20 05:09:54 PM

Trocadero: optimus_grime: i am another dum kid who thought his comics were going to be worth something someday.

advertising to children should be tightly regulated.

It was. Until the 80's, which is when...
[restlesspilgrim.net image 400x306]

[www.watchcartoononline.com image 400x300]


Even so, those merch-based shows were pretty much all that was keeping TV animation alive in America until The Simpsons came along.
 
2013-12-20 05:48:58 PM
I worked at a comic book store for 3 weeks. I quit when I realized the owner was bilking people out of their savings. It left such a bad taste in my mouth I quit reading comics. I only read the ones with no pictures now.
 
2013-12-20 07:21:43 PM

Devo: I worked at a comic book store for 3 weeks. I quit when I realized the owner was bilking people out of their savings. It left such a bad taste in my mouth I quit reading comics. I only read the ones with no pictures now.


I don't know if our LCBS "bilks" people, but I never did understand those who buy so many comics each week.  Every week, I go to our LCBS and there's someone there who has apparently ordered almost every book that was produced that week (this week, one guy spent $145 alone).  I never did understand that; I feel bad if I spend more than fifty a month.  I rarely buy individual issues, but instead wait for the TPB if I'm so interested.
 
2013-12-20 07:35:01 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Devo: I worked at a comic book store for 3 weeks. I quit when I realized the owner was bilking people out of their savings. It left such a bad taste in my mouth I quit reading comics. I only read the ones with no pictures now.

I don't know if our LCBS "bilks" people, but I never did understand those who buy so many comics each week.  Every week, I go to our LCBS and there's someone there who has apparently ordered almost every book that was produced that week (this week, one guy spent $145 alone).  I never did understand that; I feel bad if I spend more than fifty a month.  I rarely buy individual issues, but instead wait for the TPB if I'm so interested.


Yeah, I wouldn't call it bilking as much as taking advantage of the people who GOTTA HAVE IT NOW as soon as it comes out instead of looking for good bargains.

I broke the weekly habit in 2011. Came back to buying new stuff here in 2013. My main source of comics now is In Stock Trades, which has a release day discount of between 46 and 50% off cover price for stuff from the big 4. The huge $125 Cover Price Marvel Omnibuses don't look so bad when you're paying $60 bucks for 1,200 pages. And the regular stuff is under 10 bucks for the equivalent of 5 or 6 issues.

So, yeah, if you look around and don't need it the day it is released, you can get great deals.
 
2013-12-20 07:36:56 PM
Girl Genius Vol 12 just came out in print (after having been online) and it's amazing.  The Mechanicsburg arc reaches its crescendo, we have a massive plot twist, and lots of character development. *applauds*
 
2013-12-20 09:51:58 PM
Can we just agree that the whole "remove Peter Parker from every universe" plan sucks ass and go back to the way things should be?

I fricking HATE Otto-Parker. HATE HATE HATE. I used to defend Dan Slott, but this Superior Spider-Man crap is just plain farking annoying. He turned Spider-Man into a super villain who only BARELY pretends to be a hero. He catches criminals, but he commits plenty of crimes, acts like a megalomaniac, and treats people like crap. HE IS NOT FUN TO READ ABOUT.

So SCREW YOU Dan Slott. You've destroyed my favorite character. Brand New Day was good. Big Time was good. Spider Island was... Not as bad as One More Day... But Superior Spider-Man is AWFUL, and yet I keep reading it (not buying it; just reading it and leaving it on the rack) to see if things will get better. They don't. They just keep getting worse.

And now he's farking Superior Venom? Man, I hate this shiat.
 
2013-12-20 10:42:38 PM
For no particular reason at all, it bugs the hell out of me to see the term "Indy" applied to comics written by guys who write X-Men and Batman.

/Indy Comic Book writer
 
2013-12-20 10:45:36 PM
I've kept up with the Walking Dead trades, but it feels so pointless.
 
2013-12-20 11:29:21 PM
I tried getting into MP, but it lost its allure after the sixth volume.
 
2013-12-21 12:43:37 AM
Used to read comics as a kid, but got bored of the bad writing and realized investing any emotion into it was worthless the 20th time they brought back SuperdudeX from the dead to fight on again.

Pleasantly surprised to find the best "comics" are on the web for free. Suggesting folks have a look at Unsounded and Gunnerkrig Court as a start if they are tired of paying for pointless books about pointless characters.
 
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