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Thursday, April 08, 2004
  Reconsidering "Wait For The Trade"
Shawn Hoke (not a permalink) looks at some monthly comics that have caused him to make exceptions to his general "Wait for the trade" mantra:  Demo, The New Frontier, and Dead@17.  It must be something in the water.  Like Shawn, I had been reading more and more trades, but lately I've been reading an increasing number of singles.  Part of it can probably be attributed to my short-attention-span tendency to alternate between various options, but I'm also wondering if part of it is a shift on the part of publishers to attract comic book readers back to individual issues by making that option more attractive by adding various extras (and by removing annoying ads that interrupt the story).  In any event, I thought Shawn summed things up nicely with this statement:  "[I]f you make a monthly comic unique, like a piece of art, rather than a corporate product, you may entice some of us 'wait for the traders' to part with our cash on a monthly basis."

'Nuff said.
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