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2014-05-06 01:21:55 AM  
The only thing that would help sales, if they make them cheaper.

In 1986, the minimum wage was $3.35. Comics were 75¢. That means you could buy 3 comics.

In 2014 minimum wage was $7.25. Comics are $4.99. . That neans you can buy 1

That's what happens when you go to price point buisness.
 
2014-05-06 02:12:05 AM  
Conventional wisdom is that first issues sell best

So make every issue #1!

Seriously, it just sounds like they're trying to dupe speculators.
 
2014-05-06 02:22:18 AM  

fusillade762: Conventional wisdom is that first issues sell best

So make every issue #1!

Seriously, it just sounds like they're trying to dupe speculators.


No, it's a temporary bump in sales.

There haven't been speculators since 1990s

Instead of making good books and keeping the price down, they are just trying to get as much as they can.
 
2014-05-06 04:05:30 AM  
So much for my plan of a dark and gritty reboot of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic.
 
2014-05-06 04:50:04 AM  
They still make comic books? Huh.
 
2014-05-06 05:13:14 AM  
Simple way to get profits up: offer a digital version through a web portal. For a subscription fee, a user can read the latest and and of the older stuff in your library (<$10 per month) For a free service, you place ads every fifth page to make the money and delay the issues to a month or 2 behind and only offer the last 5 issues. And all ways advertise that the user can get a physical copy of the latest issue at their local shop or by subscription to that book.

Now, this only pays for the bandwidth and writing costs. You make your real money in merchandise, advertised on the portal page and in the comics as the free users read them and at the end of the issue for the subscription readers. Hell, have the portal page have a storefront!

To keep the shops open, let people order through the shops for a discount or for lower shipping. Give the shop a small cut to handle the hassle and realize that they are a form of advertisement too.

And you might want to republish collection books in paperback of popular story arcs. I have seen Darkhorse do this with the old Conan and a few others. Japanese Manga does this and they sell both the new material and tonnes of the older stuff. Use on demand publishing to lower the cost and place ads at the right places in the new comics to let readers go and discover older stories that explain parts of what is going on.

\Guess that they don't like money
\\I want a cut if you guys do this, btw
 
2014-05-06 05:24:31 AM  

Ghastly: So much for my plan of a dark and gritty reboot of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic.


nooooooooooooooo.com
 
2014-05-06 05:26:40 AM  

Ghastly: So much for my plan of a dark and gritty reboot of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic.


I loved that comic so much.
 
2014-05-06 05:29:29 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: The only thing that would help sales, if they make them cheaper.

In 1986, the minimum wage was $3.35. Comics were 75¢. That means you could buy 3 comics.

In 2014 minimum wage was $7.25. Comics are $4.99. . That neans you can buy 1

That's what happens when you go to price point buisness.


I'm gonna stop you there - the problem isn't with the pricing of the comic book, but rather the wage. Comics have kept up with inflation, wages haven't.
That aside, relaunching a title - unless you have significant story reason to do so, such as "death" of a character (eg: spiderman to superior spiderman, the reincarnation of doc ock) is more likely to piss off current readers than attract new ones. The readership grows very slowly, and relaunching your lineup every few years isn't the way to get new readers.
 
2014-05-06 05:30:17 AM  

Ghastly: So much for my plan of a dark and gritty reboot of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic.


Your username always reminds me of EC artist Ghastly Graham Ingels.
 
2014-05-06 05:35:58 AM  
These reboots try to be jumping points but they don't make the stories any more accessible.  The storylines are still just as convoluted, with arcs touching upon years of back continuity and spanning multiple titles.  There's a reason why most superhero fans prefer the movies and TV shows.  The comic books are too geared towards the hardcore reader who has been reading for years.  They don't really accommodate the newbie.
 
2014-05-06 05:49:58 AM  

starsrift: I'm gonna stop you there - the problem isn't with the pricing of the comic book, but rather the wage. Comics have kept up with inflation, wages haven't.


So the comic book guys should lobby to increase minimum wage?  Or you know, they could understand their audience and bring the price down to match the current minimum wage.  One of the two is significantly easier for them to accomplish.
 
2014-05-06 05:55:39 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Simple way to get profits up: offer a digital version through a web portal. For a subscription fee, a user can read the latest and and of the older stuff in your library (<$10 per month) For a free service, you place ads every fifth page to make the money and delay the issues to a month or 2 behind and only offer the last 5 issues. And all ways advertise that the user can get a physical copy of the latest issue at their local shop or by subscription to that book.

Now, this only pays for the bandwidth and writing costs. You make your real money in merchandise, advertised on the portal page and in the comics as the free users read them and at the end of the issue for the subscription readers. Hell, have the portal page have a storefront!

To keep the shops open, let people order through the shops for a discount or for lower shipping. Give the shop a small cut to handle the hassle and realize that they are a form of advertisement too.

And you might want to republish collection books in paperback of popular story arcs. I have seen Darkhorse do this with the old Conan and a few others. Japanese Manga does this and they sell both the new material and tonnes of the older stuff. Use on demand publishing to lower the cost and place ads at the right places in the new comics to let readers go and discover older stories that explain parts of what is going on.

\Guess that they don't like money
\\I want a cut if you guys do this, btw


You should probably grab the Marvel Comics iOS app and have a look.
 
2014-05-06 06:02:38 AM  

Ghastly: So much for my plan of a dark and gritty reboot of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic.


Please go back to writing.... The drones miss you. They look up to you.
 
2014-05-06 06:10:40 AM  

bifford: These reboots try to be jumping points but they don't make the stories any more accessible.  The storylines are still just as convoluted, with arcs touching upon years of back continuity and spanning multiple titles.  There's a reason why most superhero fans prefer the movies and TV shows.  The comic books are too geared towards the hardcore reader who has been reading for years.  They don't really accommodate the newbie.


Having 5-6 titles a month for a character plus whatever superhero teams he/she participates in doesn't help. I could see maybe two at most plus one team and you'll still have a shiatload of material to read each month.
 
2014-05-06 06:13:49 AM  
All I care about is the new Elektra book.

Issue 1 sells well, no surprise. There are only 70 variants for them, and there are still many out there with a collector mindset. Drops over the next few issues are to be expected in this model.
 
2014-05-06 06:28:26 AM  
They need to figure out that print is dead and come up with a better plan for viewing content online, something like Netflix for comics. Yeah i know they currently have "Something" that something is crap.
 
2014-05-06 06:49:56 AM  

Luven: They need to figure out that print is dead and come up with a better plan for viewing content online, something like Netflix for comics. Yeah i know they currently have "Something" that something is crap.


If it were possible, I'd love to see the monthly issues digital only, with a Print TPB released collecting 6 to 12 issues or after a story is done.

The problem there is that it's the monthly issues that pay for the creation of the material, which is why TPBs are relatively cheap.
 
2014-05-06 06:50:32 AM  

ekdikeo4: gozar_the_destroyer: Simple way to get profits up: offer a digital version through a web portal. For a subscription fee, a user can read the latest and and of the older stuff in your library (<$10 per month) For a free service, you place ads every fifth page to make the money and delay the issues to a month or 2 behind and only offer the last 5 issues. And all ways advertise that the user can get a physical copy of the latest issue at their local shop or by subscription to that book.

Now, this only pays for the bandwidth and writing costs. You make your real money in merchandise, advertised on the portal page and in the comics as the free users read them and at the end of the issue for the subscription readers. Hell, have the portal page have a storefront!

To keep the shops open, let people order through the shops for a discount or for lower shipping. Give the shop a small cut to handle the hassle and realize that they are a form of advertisement too.

And you might want to republish collection books in paperback of popular story arcs. I have seen Darkhorse do this with the old Conan and a few others. Japanese Manga does this and they sell both the new material and tonnes of the older stuff. Use on demand publishing to lower the cost and place ads at the right places in the new comics to let readers go and discover older stories that explain parts of what is going on.

\Guess that they don't like money
\\I want a cut if you guys do this, btw

You should probably grab the Marvel Comics iOS app and have a look.


Android version avail?
 
2014-05-06 07:07:39 AM  
Gimmicks! That's what the kids want these days! Except we're not marketing to kids any longer, we're marketing to 35 year old white males! OK then, every comic must contain at least 2 lost body parts, 16 deaths, and a rape. Wait, what about the movies? We have to jettison 30 years of continuity to match the whims of a director who has never read a comic in his life, right? That just makes sense. OK now, how can we be as exclusionary and combative against potential readers in other demographics as possi....oh, Comic Book Community, I see you already have that covered, perfect. Now, can we also cling desperately to an outdated and inefficient distribution model? We can? Well all right then! I think with all of this, and the fact that 90% of our industry is now basically an IP factory for major corporations, the future of the comic book industry has never looked brighter!
 
2014-05-06 07:14:12 AM  
Weird. Relaunching the same products over and over works for apple. Guess it doesn't translate to other businesses.
 
2014-05-06 07:14:14 AM  
Like Netflix, there are multiple options. In the same way you can do Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu, theres:
Marvel has Marvel Unlimited: http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited  $10 a month or $70 a year(and up for extra stuff)
DC I'm not finding anything similar, the closest they have is Comixology, but that's more like the itunes store(or amazon additional content), where you buy by the issue/volume/series instead of subscribe for unlimited access
Then there's ComicsFix, which has a lot of other publisher's works for $10 a month: http://www.comicsfix.com/

And for a more Steam/Itunes like distribution, if you want to buy digital rights to specific books instead of a generic content subscription, Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/

Marvel unlimited and Comixology have android and iphone apps. Comicsfix is planning to do a mobile phone app, but I don't see an ETA for it.
 
2014-05-06 07:41:35 AM  

fusillade762: So make every issue #1!


"Skullkickers!" did that for a story arc. It was funny, but also a little annoying (because Comixology misfiled them thinking them actual new series).
 
2014-05-06 07:51:14 AM  

BumpInTheNight: starsrift: I'm gonna stop you there - the problem isn't with the pricing of the comic book, but rather the wage. Comics have kept up with inflation, wages haven't.

So the comic book guys should lobby to increase minimum wage?  Or you know, they could understand their audience and bring the price down to match the current minimum wage.  One of the two is significantly easier for them to accomplish.


This is like super-tangential to the topic, but everyone should lobby to increase min. wage. This affects way more than the comic book industry. Trying to say "Oh, the comic book industry should understand their audience and bring down the price" is a losing proposition, because then you're talking about the price of paper, ink, the wages of artists, writers, and so on and so on. Reducing the price on comic books isn't the answer at all, unless you want America to become socialist or even communist in economy.
 
2014-05-06 07:56:31 AM  
Uh, yeah, #1 sells better because there's no attrition.
 
2014-05-06 07:58:49 AM  
You know what works though? A movie franchise that explores the same origin story over and over.
 
2014-05-06 08:03:54 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: You know what works though? A movie franchise that explores the same origin story over and over.

 
2014-05-06 08:22:06 AM  
I wasn't really into comics for a long time until buying them digitally started to look viable.  That was around the same time as the "New 52" reboot, so I started a bunch of comics from that point at was reading them every week.

But a lot of the stories really don't hold up to the amount of money I'm paying for them.  I've dialed back and stopped reading a few, and for some I just wait for the collected volumes to come out.

Lowering prices or increasing quality are absolutely the keys to making money there.

/ Also they need to bring in app purchases back to the Comixology app.
 
2014-05-06 08:30:09 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Use on demand publishing to lower the cost and place ads at the right places in the new comics to let readers go and discover older stories that explain parts of what is going on.


You know, they always have that little footnote when a character mentions something that happened in another series.  For the digital versions, it would kind of be a no brainer to have that be a link to buy that particular issue.
 
2014-05-06 08:33:03 AM  

serial_crusher: Also they need to bring in app purchases back to the Comixology app.


Not gonna happen on iOS, now that Amazon own Comixology. They don't want to pay Apple anything.
 
2014-05-06 08:37:07 AM  

t3knomanser: serial_crusher: Also they need to bring in app purchases back to the Comixology app.

Not gonna happen on iOS, now that Amazon own Comixology. They don't want to pay Apple anything.


Yeah, I'm really more on Amazon's side with that one.  Paying Apple 30% of all their sales is ludicrous.
Just sucks that they're playing hard ball and the users suffer.
 
2014-05-06 08:40:04 AM  

asquian: Marvel has Marvel Unlimited: http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited $10 a month or $70 a year(and up for extra stuff)


Anyone here used Marvel Unlimited? Other that the gap between physical release and subscription release, are there any glaring holes in the library?
 
2014-05-06 08:43:22 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Simple way to get profits up: offer a digital version through a web portal. For a subscription fee, a user can read the latest and and of the older stuff in your library (<$10 per month) For a free service, you place ads every fifth page to make the money and delay the issues to a month or 2 behind and only offer the last 5 issues. And all ways advertise that the user can get a physical copy of the latest issue at their local shop or by subscription to that book.

Now, this only pays for the bandwidth and writing costs. You make your real money in merchandise, advertised on the portal page and in the comics as the free users read them and at the end of the issue for the subscription readers. Hell, have the portal page have a storefront!

To keep the shops open, let people order through the shops for a discount or for lower shipping. Give the shop a small cut to handle the hassle and realize that they are a form of advertisement too.

And you might want to republish collection books in paperback of popular story arcs. I have seen Darkhorse do this with the old Conan and a few others. Japanese Manga does this and they sell both the new material and tonnes of the older stuff. Use on demand publishing to lower the cost and place ads at the right places in the new comics to let readers go and discover older stories that explain parts of what is going on.

\Guess that they don't like money
\\I want a cut if you guys do this, btw


You just described Marvel Unlimited.

bsharitt: asquian: Marvel has Marvel Unlimited: http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited $10 a month or $70 a year(and up for extra stuff)

Anyone here used Marvel Unlimited? Other that the gap between physical release and subscription release, are there any glaring holes in the library?


Selection is good, the problem is the app sucks. The comics aren't high enough resolution, so you can get really bad pixelation when zooming in.
 
2014-05-06 08:50:59 AM  

YodaBlues: gozar_the_destroyer: Simple way to get profits up: offer a digital version through a web portal. For a subscription fee, a user can read the latest and and of the older stuff in your library (<$10 per month) For a free service, you place ads every fifth page to make the money and delay the issues to a month or 2 behind and only offer the last 5 issues. And all ways advertise that the user can get a physical copy of the latest issue at their local shop or by subscription to that book.

Now, this only pays for the bandwidth and writing costs. You make your real money in merchandise, advertised on the portal page and in the comics as the free users read them and at the end of the issue for the subscription readers. Hell, have the portal page have a storefront!

To keep the shops open, let people order through the shops for a discount or for lower shipping. Give the shop a small cut to handle the hassle and realize that they are a form of advertisement too.

And you might want to republish collection books in paperback of popular story arcs. I have seen Darkhorse do this with the old Conan and a few others. Japanese Manga does this and they sell both the new material and tonnes of the older stuff. Use on demand publishing to lower the cost and place ads at the right places in the new comics to let readers go and discover older stories that explain parts of what is going on.

\Guess that they don't like money
\\I want a cut if you guys do this, btw

You just described Marvel Unlimited.

bsharitt: asquian: Marvel has Marvel Unlimited: http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited $10 a month or $70 a year(and up for extra stuff)

Anyone here used Marvel Unlimited? Other that the gap between physical release and subscription release, are there any glaring holes in the library?

Selection is good, the problem is the app sucks. The comics aren't high enough resolution, so you can get really bad pixelation when zooming in.


The app has gotten enormously better on Android, at least. My tablet has a 2560 x 1600 resolution and reading books at full-page is awesome. No need to zoom at all.
 
2014-05-06 08:51:08 AM  
static.comicvine.com

Yes, I feel like I've seen this before...
 
2014-05-06 08:54:29 AM  

bifford: These reboots try to be jumping points but they don't make the stories any more accessible.  The storylines are still just as convoluted, with arcs touching upon years of back continuity and spanning multiple titles.  There's a reason why most superhero fans prefer the movies and TV shows.  The comic books are too geared towards the hardcore reader who has been reading for years.  They don't really accommodate the newbie.


This is what keeps me from trying to get into American comics. I don't know where to start and I don't want to do homework just to be able to understand what's going on.

Manga doesn't really have this issue.

That and American comics tend to have very over the top and overly sexualized art styles. I don't find it to be insulting or demeaning or whatever that people tend to complain about, I just find it to be an annoying distraction. It takes away from the story when every guy is bulkier than the Hulk and every woman does nothing but stand posed like swimsuit model with both having all around exaggerated features. It adds nothing and makes it seem more immature and crass.

If anyone can recommend some self contained stories/comics, I'd be very appreciative.
 
2014-05-06 08:58:10 AM  

CtrlAltDestroy: bifford: These reboots try to be jumping points but they don't make the stories any more accessible.  The storylines are still just as convoluted, with arcs touching upon years of back continuity and spanning multiple titles.  There's a reason why most superhero fans prefer the movies and TV shows.  The comic books are too geared towards the hardcore reader who has been reading for years.  They don't really accommodate the newbie.

This is what keeps me from trying to get into American comics. I don't know where to start and I don't want to do homework just to be able to understand what's going on.

Manga doesn't really have this issue.

That and American comics tend to have very over the top and overly sexualized art styles. I don't find it to be insulting or demeaning or whatever that people tend to complain about, I just find it to be an annoying distraction. It takes away from the story when every guy is bulkier than the Hulk and every woman does nothing but stand posed like swimsuit model with both having all around exaggerated features. It adds nothing and makes it seem more immature and crass.

If anyone can recommend some self contained stories/comics, I'd be very appreciative.


Just look for anything creator-owned. The Big Two are hardly your only option for American comics. Look at Image and Darkhorse to begin with.
 
2014-05-06 09:03:35 AM  

CtrlAltDestroy: bifford: These reboots try to be jumping points but they don't make the stories any more accessible.  The storylines are still just as convoluted, with arcs touching upon years of back continuity and spanning multiple titles.  There's a reason why most superhero fans prefer the movies and TV shows.  The comic books are too geared towards the hardcore reader who has been reading for years.  They don't really accommodate the newbie.

This is what keeps me from trying to get into American comics. I don't know where to start and I don't want to do homework just to be able to understand what's going on.

Manga doesn't really have this issue.

That and American comics tend to have very over the top and overly sexualized art styles. I don't find it to be insulting or demeaning or whatever that people tend to complain about, I just find it to be an annoying distraction. It takes away from the story when every guy is bulkier than the Hulk and every woman does nothing but stand posed like swimsuit model with both having all around exaggerated features. It adds nothing and makes it seem more immature and crass.

If anyone can recommend some self contained stories/comics, I'd be very appreciative.


Preacher, Scalped, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Chew, etc etc
 
2014-05-06 09:04:15 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: they are just trying to get as much as they can


Isn't that the first rule of any business?

"Fark biatches, make money?"
 
2014-05-06 09:26:17 AM  

CtrlAltDestroy: bifford: These reboots try to be jumping points but they don't make the stories any more accessible.  The storylines are still just as convoluted, with arcs touching upon years of back continuity and spanning multiple titles.  There's a reason why most superhero fans prefer the movies and TV shows.  The comic books are too geared towards the hardcore reader who has been reading for years.  They don't really accommodate the newbie.

This is what keeps me from trying to get into American comics. I don't know where to start and I don't want to do homework just to be able to understand what's going on.

Manga doesn't really have this issue.

That and American comics tend to have very over the top and overly sexualized art styles. I don't find it to be insulting or demeaning or whatever that people tend to complain about, I just find it to be an annoying distraction. It takes away from the story when every guy is bulkier than the Hulk and every woman does nothing but stand posed like swimsuit model with both having all around exaggerated features. It adds nothing and makes it seem more immature and crass.

If anyone can recommend some self contained stories/comics, I'd be very appreciative.


Uh, you're comparing manga and American comics and the AMERICAN comics are overtly sexual? Really? You can't throw a rock without hitting 40 '15 year old' anime girls with tits literally larger than their heads. Bleach is a prime example. Naruto isn't much better. Then you have stuff like attack on Titan and berserk.

I'd say the two are roughly even, and that's leaving out hentai entirely, and/or any of the questionable category stuff that revolves around sexual predation.

Now, for your self contained stories, I really can't recommend Wanted, Watchmen, or transmetropolitan enough. The boys is good too.
 
2014-05-06 09:37:42 AM  

serial_crusher: Yeah, I'm really more on Amazon's side with that one.  Paying Apple 30% of all their sales is ludicrous.
Just sucks that they're playing hard ball and the users suffer.


The problem is that Apple's entire in-app purchase model depends on taking an equal cut of everything that goes through, whether it's comic books or Farmville crap. It'd be nice if Apple and Amazon could find another deal, but the business logic of the whole thing makes sense. Apple's really gone out of their way to apply the same rules to  everything (which is why they got in trouble trying to move the Agent model to books- Amazon didn't like the competition), and I think part of that arises from their goal to make their walled-garden seem unbiased. If everybody has to pay a 30% cut, then nobody can complain.
 
2014-05-06 10:02:45 AM  

deadguyinc: Just look for anything creator-owned.


Yeah, there'll be a bunch of them in the back of the comic book store in the 10 for a dollar box.
/with multiples of some issues
 
2014-05-06 10:03:03 AM  
How can they use so many words and graphs to talk about farking comic books?
 
2014-05-06 10:15:52 AM  

deadguyinc: Preacher, Scalped, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Chew, etc etc


"Pretty Deadly" and "East of West" will cover you for weird westerns (the former puts the emphasis on weird).

"Skullkickers" and "Atomic Robo" are great for comedic hijinks (the former demonstrating the best use of onomatopoeia in comics).

"Sex Criminals" is quirky and fun (and NSFW, as you might gather from the title).
 
2014-05-06 10:17:17 AM  

Kurmudgeon: deadguyinc: Just look for anything creator-owned.

Yeah, there'll be a bunch of them in the back of the comic book store in the 10 for a dollar box.
/with multiples of some issues


I think you're mistaking the creator owned stuff with the Big Two crap retailers have to overorder to get a SPECIAL LIMITED FOIL HOLOGRAM COLORFORM DIE-CUT BLOOD 1:100 VARIANT COVER that they can mark up to 50 bucks and sell to a GOTTA HAVE 'EM ALL fanboy.
 
2014-05-06 10:18:00 AM  

asquian: Like Netflix, there are multiple options. In the same way you can do Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu, theres:
Marvel has Marvel Unlimited: http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited  $10 a month or $70 a year(and up for extra stuff)
DC I'm not finding anything similar, the closest they have is Comixology, but that's more like the itunes store(or amazon additional content), where you buy by the issue/volume/series instead of subscribe for unlimited access
Then there's ComicsFix, which has a lot of other publisher's works for $10 a month: http://www.comicsfix.com/

And for a more Steam/Itunes like distribution, if you want to buy digital rights to specific books instead of a generic content subscription, Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/

Marvel unlimited and Comixology have android and iphone apps. Comicsfix is planning to do a mobile phone app, but I don't see an ETA for it.


Madefire (app name) has certain comics and every issue that I'm aware of has sound effects and music added which makes them pretty cool. Love injustice with them.

DC has their own DC comics app but is more or less comixology with only DC titles AND in app purchases (fark you comixology)
 
2014-05-06 10:18:02 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: The only thing that would help sales, if they make them cheaper.

In 1986, the minimum wage was $3.35. Comics were 75¢. That means you could buy 3 comics.

In 2014 minimum wage was $7.25. Comics are $4.99. . That neans you can buy 1

That's what happens when you go to price point buisness.


Most comics are $3.99, with many below that.  "Special" issues end up $4.99 and up.

Your point is still well taken, though
 
2014-05-06 10:20:04 AM  

serial_crusher: t3knomanser: serial_crusher: Also they need to bring in app purchases back to the Comixology app.

Not gonna happen on iOS, now that Amazon own Comixology. They don't want to pay Apple anything.

Yeah, I'm really more on Amazon's side with that one.  Paying Apple 30% of all their sales is ludicrous.
Just sucks that they're playing hard ball and the users suffer.


Meh, I always bought off the website anyway because there was no tax when buying though Comixology's site, while in app purchases got charged 10% sales tax. The change might actually save a lot of people some money if the hadn't previously noticed that the savings going through the site.
 
2014-05-06 10:20:41 AM  
If things mattered in most comics, maybe the comics would matter.

The problem now is that not only do we know the 'shocking' death will be reversed, but thanks to the endless comic movies, we know exactly when they will. Sony would not let Spiderman remain dead in the comic before the movie came out. Everyone knew he would come back alive just in time for the movie.  Its ridiculous and pointless to even bother.
 
2014-05-06 10:22:01 AM  

t3knomanser: deadguyinc: Preacher, Scalped, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Chew, etc etc

"Pretty Deadly" and "East of West" will cover you for weird westerns (the former puts the emphasis on weird).

"Skullkickers" and "Atomic Robo" are great for comedic hijinks (the former demonstrating the best use of onomatopoeia in comics).

"Sex Criminals" is quirky and fun (and NSFW, as you might gather from the title).


The new TMNT is great.
 
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