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Ohotmu the all-knowing

Subj: Re: I'm right there with ya, Sweep, but...
Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 08:12:22 am EDT
Reply Subj: I'm right there with ya, Sweep, but...
Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 12:47:53 am EDT

> > Justice Society is my number one favorite comic and the last one to go if I had to start cutting back on my pull. One thing that irritates me about this comic and DC comics in general is the length of time it takes to tell a story (span of issues) and the completely superfluous filler material we get in between. I grew up reading comics in the 70's when a lot of really good stories were told in 1-2 issues and they moved at an action packed pace. I specifically buy less comic books and avoid new titles because I don't want to waste 10-20 issues getting through 3-4 story arcs if I am lucky only to find out the title is lame. If DC went back to the average story being 1-2 issues I would actually buy more titles and be much more likely to try out new ones. Does anyone else feel the same way? I am just curious if DC might be losing some revenue on this.
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> > - Sweep
> ...I think that we're out of luck if we're hoping for a return to the days of when stories are fast-paced, consistently entertaining, and packaged in stories that are resolved in under 3 issues.
> Until there's a significant change in the way comics are bought-and-sold (and I have no idea what that change would be), we're going to be forced to deal with 5-or-more-issue storyarcs. They're packaged that way because the comic companies can double-dip on the efforts of their creative talent by getting some readers' $$$ thru their buying of the individual comics and others' $$$ thru their purchase of the TPB's later.
> Plus, efforts to sell comics that tell stories that aren't published in this "decompressed" manner don't seem to gain a foothold. Haven't both JLA-Classified and JSA-Classified both been cancelled? Ditto with some of Marvel's "Marvel Adventures" titles.
> Perhaps it's a problem with the creative talent, and perhaps it's a problem with the medium. Regardless, the end result appears to be a general lack of support for this format.
> Ohotmu

I agree up to a point. First, JSA Classified and JLA Classified were both horrible, so I wouldn't use them as examples. I agree that the powers that be are asking their creative teams to stretch out the stories for trade paper backs purposes. However, I think that the people who prefer to buy their comics as TPB would still buy them that way, whether the trade held one five part story or five one part stories.

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