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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Spring Break

DC Comics finally released April solicitations with the much ballyhooed price increases on Monday. Most monthly titles are going up from $2.99 to $3.99. (Did they have to jump a whole dollar? Golly, am I glad I'm not buying many comics anymore.)

As in too many past months, there's no sign that Booster Gold will be anywhere, not even in any of the company's trade paperbacks. Therefore, we're still waiting for Booster Gold to make his first appearance in the Reborn DCU.

On the bright side, at least Booster Gold fans don't have to worry about what that price hike might do to our comic buying budgets. So there's that.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Judging a Book by Its Cover

I've spent liberally during the first wave of these Convergence minis, but I've been keeping a list of which titles I'll be buying a second issue to. It's a very short list.

Last week's poll question: Has the price of the Convergence tie-ins influenced how many of them you are buying? (44 votes)

Has the price of the <em>Convergence</em> tie-ins influenced how many of them you are buying?

DC is in love with the variant cover these days. It must work to bring in higher sales numbers, otherwise why go through the trouble?

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

There Must Be a Hole in My Pocket

While I didn't vote for New 52 Booster myself, I totally respect that someone would. Sometimes it's nice to start over.

Last week's poll question: If only one Booster Gold survives Convergence, who should it be? (65 votes)

If only one Booster Gold survives <em>Convergence</em>, who should it be?

The last time DC ran 8 weeks of constant, weekly crossovers was 1988's Millennium. I distinctly remember the clerk at my Local Comic Shop at the time moaning that he'd just recovered from buying all the Crisis tie-ins when Millennium started.

Back then, most of the crossover titles cost about $1. Today, they are all $4. That's an increase twice the rate of inflation! (So much for holding that line at $2.99, eh, DC?) I hope that guy working in the comic shop back then has gotten a raise or two over the years, or Convergence is going to put him in the poor house.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tom Breevoort Says Comics Should Be Expensive

Two weeks ago in response to a question about comic book pricing asked by a fan on Formspring, Tom Brevoort said:

I think DC lowering their prices was a nice gambit, but what's become very clear is that people pay for the stuff they want. So they got virtually no uptick on their sales, but cut a quarter of their profit margin away. But as a general rule, if people want to read Booster Gold, then they'll read Booster Gold at whatever the price is (assuming it's worth it to them), but the average reader isn't going to stop reading X-Factor and start reading Booster Gold simply because of the price difference. They might stop reading X-Factor if they find that it's not worth the money to them, but that doesn't mean they'll suddenly become interested in Booster Gold.

Brevoort, Marvel Comics Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing, should know what he's talking about: Marvel comics have been outselling DC comics for years. My only question is why he's picking on Booster Gold. Could Brevoort be a Booster Gold fan?

And don't tell DC, but if they'd keep publishing it, I'd probably keep buying Booster Gold if it cost me $5 an issue. I just wouldn't be buying much else, especially X-Factor.

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