Post by thanos1138 on Oct 10, 2014 18:19:30 GMT -5
I really enjoyed this week's podcast and I have to say I agree with almost everything the crew said regarding single-issue buying versus trade waiting. I have a pretty hectic schedule (work, family, writing, art, etc.) and have less and less time to intake my entertainment. As a result I have started to save up episodes of TV and binge watch my shows. I've started to do the same with certain titles of comic series. While I still buy most of my stuff on a weekly basis, I'll save up 6-10 issues and read titles an arc at a time. I've started to trade wait on some titles, as well, mostly due to a lack of free time and money. That being said, if a certain book is really good (and there are a lot of those out there these days), it rises to the top of the "must read" pile and gets devoured immediately. It's time that publishers, especially the Big Two, start to realize that the way the public intakes entertainment and media is starting to shift in a big way and change their business model to satisfy those changes...
All that stuff aside, the TC crew is rocking it as usual, and I wish them all a good time at NYCC!!! Keep up the great work!
I think the crew did a phenomenal job on every topic for this episode, start to finish; I really, really enjoyed the discussions, and I count this as one of the best episodes Talking Comics has done (Top 5 among non-interview/regular episodes, definitely). I'm not going to go through what was discussed point-for-point here, no need; suffice it to say that I spent the entire time agreeing with damn near everything that was uttered, all around the table. Great job, peeps.
I totally agree, one of my all time favorite episodes....well this and the Image "discussion" episode lol
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You want to talk about comics cannibalizing itself? I can't believe you didn't bring up Batman: Eternal or the other two weekly DC books. At $2.99 a week, DC is not only replacing four potential new ideas with one book, but it's asking for $12 a month from consumers for one title. But you know what? Batman: Eternal is a top seller every month, which is probably why DC wants to make the move to slap a $4.99 price-point on Batman. I think it was Huw that said they'll probably do that with Superman or Justice League next and honestly, it wouldn't surprise me. I'm a big DC guy, but it's unfortunate that these weekly books are becoming part of the cornerstone to their universe to the point where I was honestly lost at the beginning of this week's Batman #35 because I haven't read all half-a-billion issues of Batman: Eternal that have come out in just a few months.
I was totally thinking of Batman Eternal too. It's a book I'm interested in but I can't cough up $12 a month on a book with the budget I'm on. As folks were saying, I think X-factor's cancellation had a lot to do with the weaker start and the price point than the tradewaiting. If your book doesn't have a strong start and it doesn't feature really really big characters, it's difficult to recover from that because by the time the next issue or so comes out, the word is out that it's not a very good book. And combined with the price point, it just gets ugly.
I think the delay in shipping trades is a pain point as well. The first 6 issues of X-factor were wrapped up by early April yet the trade didn't come out until July 1st. While that doesn't seem like a long time, that's a really huge gap in readership time because between those 3 months, several other books have come out that have grabbed our attention and money. I'm not saying the trade coming out sooner would have necessarily saved the book but I think the delay hurts the momentum. If you're going to double ship a book, I would want that trade out quickly. If it had come out in May, the readers would only have been 2 issues behind at that point as opposed to 4. Again 2 to 4 issues may not sound like a lot but at 4 issues, you're looking at half a trade. I don't know about you but at that point, that's a lot to spend in a single month on a series just to get caught up.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2014 12:56:11 GMT -5 by saucyimp
I was so happy when Stephanie said she read the first issue of Lola XOXO because I thought I was the only person picking up that book!
I had so many more thoughts on it but I completely blanked when I went to talk about it. Derp! It was a really interesting first story though. How many issues have you read?
I'm only replying to this three weeks later...
I've read all four released issues; the first volume is supposed to be six. It's a gorgeous book but it's very obvious that Siya Oum is fairly new to writing. A lot of the characters lack depth, but her world building so far has been great.