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Beginning today: 12 weeks of Superman

http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2009-07-07-superman1_N.htm

Every week, usatoday.com will feature a new episode of the Superman serial running in Wednesday Comics, a weekly collection of 15 newspaper-sized comic strips from DC Comics. The complete package is on sale every Wednesday for $3.99 at comic book shops (comicshoplocator.com).



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That is a pretty good idea.
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Which company was it that did the comic insert in papers previously? Did that transition into new sales or subscriptions?
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I remember the Baltimore ComicCon inserting the 9 cent Fantastic Four issue into copies of the Baltimore Sun to promote their convention http://www.comicsbulletin.com/news/106152230631584.htm

And I think either the Superman 10cent adventure or the Batman 12cent issue had something similarly done with it, but not sure if those brought new/lapsed readers into shops (which is kind of the problem in my opinion, you have to go to a shop, which isn't a problem for me, but may be for others).

Regardless, anything that can increase the profile of comics is a good thing! I like my hobby and want to keep it in print for years to come.



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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
    I remember the Baltimore ComicCon inserting the 9 cent Fantastic Four issue into copies of the Baltimore Sun to promote their convention http://www.comicsbulletin.com/​news/​106152230631584.htm

    And I think either the Superman 10cent adventure or the Batman 12cent issue had something similarly done with it, but not sure if those brought new/lapsed readers into shops (which is kind of the problem in my opinion, you have to go to a shop, which isn't a problem for me, but may be for others).

    Regardless, anything that can increase the profile of comics is a good thing! I like my hobby and want to keep it in print for years to come.


that was circulation copies of the Sun. The newsstand editions didn't have them, which annoyed some people who went to the con that day trying to find them around town.



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    Originally posted by odessasteps
      Originally posted by DrewDewce
      I remember the Baltimore ComicCon inserting the 9 cent Fantastic Four issue into copies of the Baltimore Sun to promote their convention http://www.comicsbulletin.com/​​news/​​106152230631584.htm

      And I think either the Superman 10cent adventure or the Batman 12cent issue had something similarly done with it, but not sure if those brought new/lapsed readers into shops (which is kind of the problem in my opinion, you have to go to a shop, which isn't a problem for me, but may be for others).

      Regardless, anything that can increase the profile of comics is a good thing! I like my hobby and want to keep it in print for years to come.


    that was circulation copies of the Sun. The newsstand editions didn't have them, which annoyed some people who went to the con that day trying to find them around town.


Which to me sounds funny since they would have paid more for the newspaper than they would have for the comic by itself (although they might have been searching for it for the "history" of the moment - as I did with USA Today yesterday - or maybe the book had already been out for a bit at that point, as already proven my memory of the events are foggy at best).



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I think Wednesday Comics is a brilliant idea for DC, after many missteps the last few years. Along with the reinvigorated Batman line, I hope they have turned things around.

Supes in USA Today seems like good exposure for the business. However, I don't know if it will get more fans into the shops when 2 of the biggest blockbusters ever last year were based on comics and I don't think tons of people went to the shops looking for Batman and Iron man comics. If the comic companies don't get a younger target audience than 35 year old guys like us, the future of our hobby might truly be in jeopardy. But that might be a debate for another thread.




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I don't think it is a bad idea, I just don't think it will get anyone into comic shops or signing up for comics by mail.

I love comics. I love the medium. I do not buy monthly comics anymore.

* I do not have a local comic shop.
* I have been dissappointed in comics by mail in the past
* 98% of what I'd buy I'd rather own in TPB, and it seems stupid to buy it twice.
* It is damn expensive to keep up on comics the way I used to, and I don't have the disposible income to spend on comics and comic realted items like I did when I was in my early 20's (when I had a box, I spent probably $75-100/month).
* I do not want to store monthly comics.

Other than maybe the disposible income, none of these factors are going to change. However, I would still like to keep up with comics and have an informed opinion of what TPB I should buy. Comics are the one thing that I would love to be able to have a digital subscription to. Magazines and newspapers are disposible and I don't feel bad about cutting up, recycling, or otherwise disposing of when I'm done. I've only purposefully damaged one comic in my life and I still feel guilty about it (it was a special issue of Excalibur that had a glossy coat of arms inner page that I wanted on my wall).

In the Golden Age, comics were everywhere, papers, magazines, every newsstand carried them. Now you can pretty much only get them from the Comic Book Store.

Marvel does have a digital subscription but it doesn't seem to work quite right. Why can't I get ANY title I want? Yes having access to some back issues of popular storylines is nice, but I want the comic shop experience in digital form. I want to be able to subscribe to specific titles, have recomendations made to me based on my subscription, and know what cool merchandise and apparel is coming out. How is that so freaking hard?
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Lise, have you heard of Longbox? If it takes off, it might be just what you (and me and tons of other people I know) are looking for.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21693



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    Originally posted by Lise
    Marvel does have a digital subscription but it doesn't seem to work quite right. Why can't I get ANY title I want? Yes having access to some back issues of popular storylines is nice, but I want the comic shop experience in digital form.


But that's how a *real* ("brick and mortar") shop would work too in that you wouldn't be able to get ANY title you would want ;-) (Speaking as someone who has hunted down many a back issue in his day - and some current ones too!).

Of course, I know what you mean as far as current content goes, and I'm *very* interested to see how this Longbox will or won't work. I could see me switching up some of the "indie" books I buy and getting them there as I really hate the higher cover price of some of those books and would relish the easing up on my storage space for them as well as the ease of reading them on the road which is where I do most of my reading these days.



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I will certainly give Longbox a shot. It had been so long since I'd heard rumbling of its existence I guess I assumed it wasn't going to happen.

I don't mean any issue of any title, I mean any current title from that publisher. DC only does sneaky peeks, and Marvel does not seem to have all current titles available in digital format, just the most popular. Maybe I got better service at comics shops than some people, but I could order any upcoming title I wanted, and the staff was really good at anticipating titles I might want but hadn't ordered, so they'd toss an extra one on store order, pretty sure that I'd buy it. The staff would also make sure I knew about any upcoming merchandise from books that I bought, and had an opportunity to get my order in for anything.

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    Originally posted by Lise
    I will certainly give Longbox a shot. It had been so long since I'd heard rumbling of its existence I guess I assumed it wasn't going to happen.

    I don't mean any issue of any title, I mean any current title from that publisher. DC only does sneaky peeks, and Marvel does not seem to have all current titles available in digital format, just the most popular. Maybe I got better service at comics shops than some people, but I could order any upcoming title I wanted, and the staff was really good at anticipating titles I might want but hadn't ordered, so they'd toss an extra one on store order, pretty sure that I'd buy it. The staff would also make sure I knew about any upcoming merchandise from books that I bought, and had an opportunity to get my order in for anything.



I have dabbled in digital comics, but it just can't replace having something you can hold in your hand. Especially if a certain issue shot up in value. Not that I would ever sell my stuff, but it's also nice knowing you have an issue that is so coveted/valuable.




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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.60
I would still buy TPB of stories I really liked, because you're right, you can't replace having something physically in your hand, and comics are designed to be viewed in that layout with page turns.

90% of the comics I bought went down in value or stayed cover price over time. I'll let you know how I made out on the figurines and other merch when I get around to putting them on Ebay
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I see digital comics as being a way to follow current storylines without spending so much money and without accumulating so many print issues. The Longbox folks have proposed a deal where you can get a discount coupon to buy trades of series to which you are subscribed digitally. That way you can read all the new stuff, and when something turns out to be really good, you can get the nice collected print copy for your bookshelf. A lot of people use this basic system anyway. Your longbox will be replaced by Longbox, but your bookshelf can remain the same.



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