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02 March 2009 @ 06:02 pm
relevant, although not relevant *right now*  
I have a question for the LJ Hive Mind regarding comics/graphic novels in general. This is not, and I repeat with some force, not relevant to the first Take A Chance story arc; issue #2 will, after rather a lot of delay, be out this Wednesday, March 4th, and issue #3, after somewhat less delay, will be out next Wednesday, March 11th. Four and five should be out in April and May respectively. So. Not relevant right now. Just curious.

Would you rather have...

monthly comics which are then compiled into a graphic novel
10(12.2%)
the graphic novel straight off
49(59.8%)
something else to be explained in comments
0(0.0%)
ticky boxes!
1(1.2%)
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Kevenn: Ozma Hermkevenn on March 2nd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'd rather have the graphic novel straight off. If I'd have known TaC was going to graphic novel, I might have waited. I don't like the notion of being the patsy who helps to subsidize the collection, like all the other people get to benefit because people like me were good enough to support the monthly to help underwrite the costs of the collection.
kit: chance_heroineaddictmizkit on March 2nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
...for what it's worth, I've paid for the entire Chance project (except the actual production & shipping) out of pocket. The only person who hasn't gotten paid is me, so if you like to think of it that way, you're just paying me to write it. :)
Kevenn: Happy Lucykevenn on March 2nd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh! I actually like that LOADS better! :D
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on March 2nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the monthly comics, but I usually go for the graphic novel straight off, since it's easier to get the whole story all at once.
Nimtouchstone on March 2nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'll occasionally get a graphic novel, but I don't collect comics. The existence of the monthly issues wouldn't bother me, but I also wouldn't buy them.
Lady Doomlithera on March 2nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Since this is your comic, I'd have waited for the GN but for me, I don't buy GNs unless I'm pretty sure that I'm going to like what it is in them. I don't just pick one up off the shelf and decide to take it home. I do so to catch up on past issues, to read something that has been recommended to me or to read more work of an author I like.

Does that make any sense?
Karinacreamnsugar on March 2nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I actually love comics. My husband bittercupojoe introduced them to me and I found that I could not stand waiting from week to week to find out what happened next. Once he showed me a graphic novel, I was hooked. It was more like a book and I can wait a while between novels... :)



Edited at 2009-03-02 06:58 pm (UTC)
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on March 2nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm finding that I like having the trade there, so that I can read them all in a row. Thank my swiss cheese brain for that.

But I'm also finding that I tend to buy single issues as well as a trade... the singles usually end up going to Half Price books or gifted to friends.
irishkate: Storm prettyirishkate on March 2nd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I find it hard enough to wait between novels - so waiting between comics drives me insane. I find it hard. I like my stories in larger doses.
lady_findellady_findel on March 2nd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'd rather have it straight off, because then there would be a chance it would come to Belgium...
kit: chance2mizkit on March 3rd, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
*laugh* A salient point!
the evil hatevilhat on March 2nd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Definitely the graphic novel.

I very rarely go to comic stores any more (and let's face it, the comic store is vanishing from the face of America, anyway). That means I buy my graphic novels at bookstores.

Also, frankly, comics get beat up, issues in a series get separated, and there is the constant frustration of, with popular comics, trying to find the one damned issue that you're missing. I haven't read any of the Dresden comics, for instance, because every time I've tried to get an issue from the comic book store, they're sold out.

So, yes, please, just publish the graphic novel. I will happily pay more money in order to not have to deal with a bunch of separate issues.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on March 2nd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I am something of a comics heretic, so.... :)

Whether or not I buy a graphic novel has a lot to do with the pricing of said item. I remember loving graphic novels (back in the Elf Quest, Thieves' World, A Distant Soil heyday), but my current feeling towards them is somewhat ambivalent. Sure, it's nice to get the story in one lump sum. On the other hand, I have a heck of a time storing graphic novels, which are guaranteed to not play well with my other books for shelving. Much the same reason why I hate trade paperback and hardcover books. :)

On the other hand, comics are bathroom reading. I pick them up every other month or so, they sit in the reading bin in the bathroom until read, and then I throw them away. (I'm horrible, I know.) So... if you want to guarantee that I'll buy /and/ read it, monthly issues for the win. If it goes graphic novel first, eventually I'd probably get around to picking it up.

Yay ticky boxes!
A&J Writersaj_writers on March 2nd, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I don't buy comics anymore BUT as someone who has many boxes of old comics in her attic - My gem is Avengers Annual #10 the first appearance of Rogue - I enjoy the comics monthly.

Nothing like the thrill of waiting for the next one to come out. *IF* I uber love it, then I may buy the graphic novel later.

~Jenn



Aberdeenaberdeen on March 3rd, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
I like buying the comics. I like owning the comics. But in my current state, and with the irregularity of being able to /get/ the comics, and occasionally missing one in the middle, I generally wait to read until I can get the whole GN.

I am a very good consumer...