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Subj: The X-Men Blue solicit
Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 at 12:13:40 pm EST (Viewed 107 times)
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I can't think of anything I have less interest in than an O5/Venom team-up. Seeing this solicit has made it clear to me that writing for the trades may well be a major reason comic book sales are slumping. Back in the day, before there were trades, an off-beat story would last one issue, maybe two. (An off-beat cross-over would most likely be two issues, one from each book.) Maybe I wouldn't be interested in the off-beat story, but I would roll with it, because one issue of a comic I'm already reading is no big commitment and maybe it might unexpectedly be fun. Nowadays the commitment is six issues, either six of my current book or three of my current book and three for the book crossing over. That's too much. I won't buy six issues of a story that doesn't really interest me. So I drop the book I was following.

I think this thing happens a lot. I know it happens to me a lot. I don't have the patience to stick with a story for six issues if nothing about it appeals to me. Forcing people to make long commitments to every single story idea, no matter how weird, is almost certainly causing people to drop books.






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