June 24, 2012
FFF Results Post #299 -- And Then There Were None
On Friday, CR
readers were asked to "Name The Last Five Comics-Buying Impulses/Strategies You'd Give Up." This is how they responded.
5. New Serial Comics From Jeff Smith
4. Old Hardcover Cartoon Books At Used Bookstores And Library Sales
3. New Issues of King-Cat Comix And Stories
2. Old Jack Kirby Comics For $2 Or Less
1. New issues of Love & Rockets
5. Buying any autobio comics by Eddie Campbell.
4. Buying magazine-size paperback collections of Love and Rockets from used book stores.
3. Buying small-size paperbacks of Doonesbury and Peanuts at flea markets.
2. Dollar-bin diving for weird anthology comics I've never heard of at unfamiliar comics shops.
1. Buying comics of any kind, but particularly pamphlets and mini-comics, direct from artists at SPX or other small-press friendly conventions.
5. Any hardback volume from Seth, especially if it focuses on some sort of fictional history of comics
4. Old DC 80-Page Giants or 100-Page Super Spectaculars from the 1960s or 1970s in a bargain box
3. Anything by the team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
2. New work by Daniel Clowes
1. Any sort of book about comics, preferably some forgotten and/or weird corner of comics history. The perfect example would be "The Sincerest Form of Parody" or that book about Joe Shuster's strange bondage drawings.
5. Hellblazer trade paperbacks.
4. Random back issues of What If...? for cheap.
3. New Warren Ellis-written comics.
2. Anything cosmic by Jim Starlin, writing or drawing or writing and drawing.
1. New Joe Casey-written comics.
5. DC Showcase Presents collections for $5 or less
4. Marvel Essential collections for $5 or less
3. New comics from Robert Crumb
2. New Comics from Paul Pope
1. New comics from Chester Brown
5. Comics my kids enjoy like the new Peanuts or Langridge's Muppets
4. Comics direct from artists' and small press publishers' websites like Uncivilized Books
3. Books published/sold directly by Fantagraphics, D + Q, Top Shelf at end-of-year deep discounts
2. new comics by Dave Sim
1. Books collecting Alex Toth work in black & white
5. Checking out whatever's going on in DC's Batman title, which I was subscribed to by mail from around #488 until #660.
4. Picking up whatever odd comic piques my interest at Jellybean's in my hometown of Flint, Michigan. [ http://www.jellybeansonline.com/ ]
3. Buying alternative comics direct from the artists at shows like SPX, APE, MoCCA and now CAKE.
2. Participating in the general "Let's see what serials are on the racks on Wednesday" experience.
1. Buying whatever comics my close friends are involved in creatively or editorially (i.e. Justin Aclin, Alejandro Arbona, Sean T. Collins, Ben Morse, Ryan Penagos, Rickey Purdin)
5. Sampling series about five issues in and liking it so much I not only buy that series from that issue on, but go on a frantic back issue search as well, or at least get trades of what I missed
4. New serial Thunderbolts/Dark Avengers
comics by Jeff Parker, Declan Shalvey, and Kev Walker
3. New issues of Love & Rockets: New Stories
(You'll get this one a lot, I think)
2. New issues of Elaine Lee and Mike Kaluta's Starstruck
, in whatever format they care to release it
1. New serial comics that guest star Cameron Chase as illustrated by J.H. Williams III
5. New serial comics from Paul Grist
4. Comics from creators based in Vancouver
3. Translations of comics from creators connected to L'Association
2. Short-form work from indie/alternative creators
1. Random/unexpected finds from dealer tables at conventions
5. Browsing my local library's graphic novel section
4. Jim Hanley Universe's box sales - fill a box of comics for $20
3. New work by Chris Ware
2. Scanning Ebay listings for discounted '80s comics
1. New work by the Hernandez brothers
5. Serial comics by Brandon Graham
4. Sci-fi albums by Frederik Peeters
3. Sports serials by Takehiko Inoue or Mitsuru Adachi
2. Minicomics obtained through trading
1. Anything by Kevin Huizenga
Justin J. Major
5. Comics Reporter's Best Book of the Year
4. Used TPB Collections for $5 Or Less
3. Comics From Benefit Auctions
2. Runs of Ten or More Issues From Quarter Bin
1. New Achewood Collections
5. DC anthologies of the '70s and '80s, especially Dollar Comics
4. Peter David's Incredible Hulk
2. Batman series from the "New Look" forward
1. Justice League of America Vol. 1
4. Mignolaverse comics
3. Warren Ellis anything
2. Alan Moore anything
1. Comic strip collections
5. Out of print trades on Sequential Swap
4. Batches of Kenzer comics on Ebay
3. Marvel Hardcover collections for under $3 on Abe books
2. JH Williams III comics at the comic shop
1. Dark Horse and Vertigo Trades on Ebay
5. New issues of the Comics Journal.
4. Treasuries of Victorian murders.
3. Monographs of favorite comics artists that are mostly – or completely – well written texts rather than simply "picture book" reprints.
2. New Spiegelman and Ware.
1. Visually well designed and well illustrated comics and graphic novels.
5. Back issues of 1950s Danger Trail and The Phantom Stranger
4. Old DC digests
3. New issues of roger langridge comics
2. New issues of brubaker/phillips crime comics
1. New issues of casanova
5. Romance comics of any vintage priced at $2 or less
4. Assembling runs of recent superhero titles from quarter bins at conventions
3. Tracking down John Wagner comics I haven't read yet, new and old
2. Anything Jim Woodring draws
1. I'm right there with you on the new issues of Love & Rockets front
5: Uncollected Joe Casey Comics
4: First Comics' prestige-format releases of Lone Wolf and Cub
3: new Mark Waid comics
2: Old Prestige Format miniseries or one-shots
1: Back issues of Ann Nocenti's Daredevil
5. Superhero comics of any kind
4. Hard copy collections of American comics
3. Open ended manga serials (will still buy open ended series of stand-alone stories)
2. Anything by Alan Moore
1. Marvel Comics of any kind -- past, present, or future
5. New Issues of B.P.R.D.- / HellboyRelated Comics
4. Using the Excuse of Midtown Comics' Frequent 25% Off Back Issue Deals to Buy Jack Kirby Comics.
3. Using the Excuse of New York Comicon to Spend a Bundle on Back Issues and Half-Off Marvel Master Works.
2. Using the Excuse of BCGF to Spend a Bundle on Picturebox Books.
1. Buying Something From Frank Santoro Anytime I'm in the Same Room with him
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