The future of TPB collections (I hope)

#1 Edited by Werupenstein (37 posts) - - Show Bio

Tony mentioned on the last podcast that he has been reading Invincible primarily in the numbered hardcover collected volumes, I was wondering how popular this was among the comic crowd?

I stopped buying comics about 15 years ago, but I love these prestige collected editions of Invincible and the Walking Dead. I get all caught up on stories every year and I get a nice durable book that I can share with interested friends and not fear them ruining it.

It looks like more series are moving in this direction with Chew and Savage Dragon now putting out numbered collected editions, I wish Marvel and DC would move towards this format and stop putting out micro TPBs that aren't numbered and only cover major story arcs. Trying to figure out which books to buy to follow X-Men is an exercise in madness.

And for the love of god, keep them in print, there is so much stuff I see on amazon that is no long available that I would love to read.

#2 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer trades over hardcovers but this definitely feels like a normal thing in the comics industry to me, Dark Horse, Vertigo, Image and most of the indie publishers do this. Marvel and DC do as well actually so I'm not sure how you feel like this isn't already happening. Yeah there's a lot of stuff that isn't in print but that's because they don't feel like it's an investment and it will probably never be in print.

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#3 Posted by Adnan (1037 posts) - - Show Bio

I think once digital becomes more embraced by the audience, singles will start to disappear and more focus will be put on stuff like this.

#4 Posted by Werupenstein (37 posts) - - Show Bio

@aztek_the_lost: The Walking Dead hardcover edition comes out every year like clockwork, contains 12 issues, costs me $25 and they are numbered, when I started buying them a few years ago, it was easy for me to look and see that 1-3 were already out and I could just buy them and have everything, one coherent story.

Marvel and DC are all over the place, I haven't really seen much that is numbered aside from the DC archive editions that look to be out of print, Marvel had an essential line but it was in black and white on newsprint quality paper.

I did recently get a very nice Swamp Thing hardcover set that I'm working through now.

#5 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

@Werupenstein: Well pretty much all of the hundreds of trades I have sitting on my shelf are numbered but again I could just be getting the wrong books. I do know that DC and Marvel have problems collecting some things but in general those things would be huge investments to collect the entire story and keep it in print which they aren't willing to commit to because they demand too many sales for pretty much any investment to be worth it. But most publishers number their trades...Dynamite Entertainment, Boom! Studios, Vertigo (at least all of the current ones, some of the older ones are unnumbered), Avatar Press, Dark Horse, Image, etc.

Although I think it's interesting you bring up that Swamp Thing set because that's something where they number the books even though they are only collecting key stuff rather then the actual series which is what you said you didn't want. That said, most people would say that stuff being collected is the only stuff worthwhile and I'm not here to argue that, but the fact is most Swamp Thing stuff will never be collected, they only continue to re-package the stuff they've already collected rather then collect out-of-print stuff.

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