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    Default What's your process for collecting Collected Editions?

    How do you decide what Collected Editions you want to get? Especially if you read comics online as well?

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    Click "buy," ask questions later


    More seriously, for me, the calculus for double dipping on monthlies is usually do I think it's a story I'll want to read more than once more.
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    Being from a country outside of the US right now I pre order everything and am just thankful for whatever gets delivered

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    Is it something I’d rather have as singles or in one big book? Does it benefit the story having it read in one big sitting as an omnibus?

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    I only buy collected editions, no floppies at all and I seldom read digital comics. I essentially buy TPBs unless there is an Omnibus that makes more ''sense''.

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    Classic storylines/collections are what I try to pick up. Occasionally, I go to a store called Ollie's that is nearby and will pick up a few smaller TPBs super cheap of some lesser known/used characters or creative teams.
    Picked up 3 or 4 TPBs of the 1980's Suicide Squad, and some of Jeff Lemire's Animal Man run through that store. Some pretty good pick-ups overall.
    The only other thing I base picking any up by is the Good Deals thread and some reviews online for certain books.
    Having been out of comics for quite a while, these helped me in trying out Invincible and some of the DC Eaglemoss stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDragonKing View Post
    How do you decide what Collected Editions you want to get? Especially if you read comics online as well?
    I depends on a number of factors oh and I don't read online comics:

    1) The need to buy a collected edition so that I can sell off the corresponding single issues.

    2) Normally I like to double or triple dip on a book whether it's to upgrade on a nicer deluxe copy or to have as back-up.

    3) If it's a seminal story that I'd like to have in my collection.

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    I do all my reading on digital and in collected editions. My big questions for deciding on which are always: (1) is this a great run or story that I will want to read multiple times? and/or (2) does this run have great art that I will want to linger on? If so, then I buy it in collected edition - mostly in the oversized formats.

    I use digital for trying new things, reading stuff that's not well collected or out of print, and for reading the stuff I wouldn't go back to multiple times.

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    I do some research on what the most critically-acclaimed stuff is. Then, I see if I can find a good bargain on it (usually in a used lot, or from InStockTrades/CheapGraphicNovels/etc.). Then, I read it. If I love it and want to keep it in my library, so be it. If I don't totally love it and don't see myself ever re-reading it again in my life, I put it up for sale online and try to recoup most of my costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob.schoonover View Post
    Click "buy," ask questions later


    More seriously, for me, the calculus for double dipping on monthlies is usually do I think it's a story I'll want to read more than once more.
    Same. I throw money at DCBS/IST and hope I don't regret it later when falling over stacks of books in the middle of the night...
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    The question I ask when purchasing a collected edition of a comic is, "would it be impossible to find all the single issues of this?

    Sometimes if a collection is from before the 2000s I get it anyway even if I have the single issues.
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    Mostly reprints of pre 2000 comics.
    And I'm not a fan of reading comics online.

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    have moneys - spend it.

    I suck at reading comics online or digitally anyhow. Have made a few mistakes buying, but my instinct serves me well in most cases.

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    As far as independent stuff goes, and I mean anything not big two, then I generally just buy it if I’m into the writer or artist and I hope for the best. I do t usually buy floppies of independent or buy them digitally unless it’s a collected edition. I do have repeats in actual book versus digital. If I really like a book or series, I may have both. Love to see them on my shelf and have that physical copy, but I like options when I’m away from home.
    When it comes to Marvel, I buy almost everything Spider-Man related in physical collected edition. And I may get some other books if I really like the characters, writer, or artist. But I have been reading in Marvel Unlimited a good deal lately and as long as that’s going, I won’t need to get certain things physically. But just like the independent stuff, I like to have them on my shelf if I really like it. And I’m all for selling a whole collection on eBay if it doesn’t stand the test of time for me or I just flat out feel I made a bad buy.

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    My purchases typically fall into two categories: stuff I truly love and nostalgic stuff I read as a kid. So that’s why I’ve got my Absolute Swamp Things and Sandmans next to a Heroes Reborn omnibus on my shelf.

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