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Getting Your Kids Reading With Comics Pt 2

Is that title long enough for everyone? Once again I apologize on being late, who knew I’d be spending my week away from classes helping my younger siblings rock out their homework? Moving on. (There’s a vocab list at the bottom of the article. I just realized how much silly terminology I used in this article).

This post is simply about book formats. This will be the easiest thing we cover. Seriously, the easiest (I think). The only thing you don’t really want to do is buy a bunch of books on the monthly, unless you’re cash flow positive. It’s just not a smart way to go about it. Now, if you’re already big into comics and are using a service like dcbservice.com to pick up your books this advice isn’t as much for you. There are only a few real benefits to buying a title monthly.

1.) Getting a story in chunks is kind of cool. There is something to be said for the art of telling a story in parts. It also extends your potential enjoyment of the story out months at a time. If you’re reading Wonderful Wizard of Oz one issue a month you get eight months of story from it. In a world where we tend to absorb our media rather quickly this style of story telling forces us to enjoy our stuff like we enjoy Dr. Pepper.It’s a smooth experience.

2.) You can absolutely never be too certain that all the titles that come out in a monthly format will come out in a collected format. It doesn’t matter what they tell you, until it comes out you just can’t be sure. Unless it’s Marvel. Then you have a 98% chance they’re going to trade it.

With that out of the way we can talk about collections of comics. To me, this just feels like the best way to go about buying comics.  More often than not you don’t have to worry about getting the entire story. It’s going to be in the book you bought. Even if that book is one part of a larger story writers have moved towards making each book work by itself.

An important note on trades and graphic novels aimed at kids is they will more often than not come in digest form. The bright side means that these guys are cheap, usually coming it at under ten dollars. I believe the highest I’ve seen a digest go up to is fifteen, and that was a thick thick book. The down side is that the art is definitely squished. Art designed to be ten inches tall condensed to six inches can suffer at times and the lettering can be hard to read. That isn’t always the case, but it is something to look out for.

If a book is going to come out in a larger format there is a strong chance you’ll get one of two options for purchasing, either Hardcover or Softcover. Which one you want is purely subjective. Hardcovers cost more and tend to be sturdier, but I find the paperback books to be much more portable and easy to read. The price range on these books will be around the eighteen to twenty five dollar market depending on hard or soft cover and depending on size of the book.

So there you have the formats. Digests, Softcovers and Hardcovers. I’ll include a picture for reference later when I figure out where I hid all my digests at. After my last move there’s no telling where those things are.

Glossary of stupid words and terms I used

Trade – Short form for “Trade Paperback (TPB).” Trade has also become short form for any kind of collected book be it hardcover, softcover or digest. It can be used as a verb as well (ex. “waiting for them to trade it.” which simply means waiting for the publisher of a book to collect a group of single issues into it’s own book).

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boom Announces Darkwing Duck

One day I’ll get with the pun filled headlines.  I really don’t feel it was necessary for this though. This is just good news to be celebrated. Now I’ll link you to comic book resources where someone that gets paid to write wrote a bunch of words about it. The most exciting news for me is that it’s being written by an ex journalist. I knew the name sounded familiar and I checked and Ian Brill (the writer) worked for publisher’s weekly about three or four years ago.

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday January 27th Releases

Boom Studios

Donald Duck and Friends #350

Not gonna lie, I’ve totally not been reading this one regularly. I’m sure it’s good as all the other Boom/Disney books are great.

Wall-E # 2

Can’t wait to find out what awesome trash Wall-E finds next. This story is set before the movie where Wall-E just chills picking up trash.

DC Comics

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #12

The last couple of issues have been getting better. Byron Vaughns’ art is starting to fit the title more and more.

Marvel Comics

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man # 59

This is coming down the home stretch for the title’s current implementation and Paul Tobin is wrapping up everything in a nice package. Now comes with X-men.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , | Leave a comment