Originally Posted by GrandHarrier
It does suck when you don't have a good LCS. Mine is great (Excalibur Comics in Portland, OR), gives a 25% discount off retail which digital doesn't often match. Plus, I still love actually owning my comics and having the ability to resell.
Death before digital!
Originally Posted by OGB
I've gone digital for the monthlies, but when I'm feeling a good trade or hardcover, these are my stores...
Collector's Corner - Baltimore County, Maryland
If you read Bleeding Cool, chances are you've seen their videos. Regular sales, decent peeps.
Shops that buy books / collections are pretty rare these days. That's a sweet deal.
Agreed on Death Before Digital. I download comics for my touchpad, but even for $100 I feel that I must treat my touchpad like a Fabergé Egg. Once the tablet market gets in the $75-100 range for all media consumption devices I'll be more open to it.
Originally Posted by Sblargh
I am reading Marvel Comics - The Untold Story by Sean Howe, so I wanna give a shout out to all the lives sacrificed to this heartbreaking busisness. The book is a nice companion piece to Morrisson's Supergods in a way that they really complement each other.
Morrisson try to talk about the cruel busisness, but at heart, he writes about super-heroes and its artists and Sean Howe sometimes venture into finding the heart behind the busisness, but it is really a book about artists stuck in a busisness where they don't own the characters they create and that end up mattering more than they. Still, I got into the book ready to being told that my real life heroes (especially Stan Lee) were evil, but in the end it is doing a good job in painting them as human beings in a market that mix creative ego and the feeling that this time they will finally bankrupt because there is no way the industry can survive yet another crash. Stan Lee especially seems like a genuinely good guy always in the horrible position of being the middle man between the artists and corporation.
Sounds like a good compliment to Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book
It opened my eyes to what a remarkable scumbag Bob Kane was. His father was smart enough to get some easy legal advice to cement Kane as one of the smarter guys at the dawn of the US comic industry, but holy crap - he will take credit for anything that isn't nailed down. Steve Jobs style.
Now I want to find a good collection of Jerry Robinson Batman work.