By Trodorne 3 Comments
Pulling into almost a few days now from the post aftermath that was free comic book day. For those (though highly unlikely) who have not gotten involved with that day, it is another day to take the opportunity to try out new comics that we normally do not spend our hard earned money on. for others it was another chance to see if we get an original story from our existing fan favorite titles. While the publishers use this opportunity to release first shots at what would be a new series that would come out for them and get feed back on the success of how well received it would have been. Example of this would be Elric, though not new to the comic world this is a new and up to date version being done by BOOM! studios.
Now, more and more people are being cautious with their money. The comic book industry is not short of new or re-invigorated stories. This has been especially so since the over whelming success of Darkwing Duck, but the success to that was a series that caught the attention to many of the young adult and older crowd that watched the show many years ago. Point is that new series though an idea is old, can be better received than others.
A recent test was taken in my local comic store and I found 3/4 of adults tend to just stick with their ongoing series, for many it could be Batman or Spider-man. Those people who did not want to try out series that was similar in character or story said they would wait for a trade to come out. 1/4 in which i made several recommendations were interested in trying out new series. many of which already had $1.00 comics of the first issues.
Though I can get into Trades Vs Individuals, That was partially done in the roundtable discussions on comicvine (that's my community plug for the evening). With man sources for people to try out new comics available, having able to download comics as part of apps, getting essential or showcase collections, or even trying out the $1.00 issues that are around in your local comic stores. Many companies have $1.00 issues to entice more people to try out their series. BOOM! has Boom Blast, IDW has 100 penny press, Marvel has Marvels Greatest Collection, and Image has Image First, and Dark Horse has a few greatest hits collections.
Before the test i asked many people today both online and in the store before running this if they were open minded to try a new or cheaper comic. Though i can say i caught many peoples attention on free comic book day with the offer of giving away a free comic with no strings attached how many just do not accept to read something that is different from what they are used too. Though many said they were open minded about getting into a new series, only 1/4 of them were willing to trying something out at lower price or free.
Now before it becomes a mud slinging session, Its all fine to stick with a series. I think its great that people still support comics by buying either online or from their local stores. but it is also should be noted to recognize the other and independent comics that are out there. So this week at the comic store, i think im going to go where i never went before. I am heading to the Mature adult section of the store as i was never into blood,gore, and just plain old crazy adult comics. Avatar has been a company i stayed away from mainly because of Crossed, but I think ill try out an issue, if i don't like it then oh well.
So before I close things off, I want to ask you a question. Do you think it matters if people try out new comic series on the shelf? And tomorrow when you head to your local comic store or whenever you go there, Are you willing to make a leap foreward to try a new series you never read before. If you try something new and let me know what it was and how you liked or disliked it here in the article or find me where ever and comment. (facebook or comicvine)
Troy Martin is a independent journalist at "Sod off you nosey git"..