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Stir the Pot Saturday: Week 29

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Welcome back, everyone! Just a quick reminder of what our goal for each and every Saturday is: Stirring the pot is the act of causing trouble for the sake of your own amusement. So we here at Comic Booked would like to formally invite you to discuss, debate, and start some shit talkin’ about the characters, the creators, and the storylines given to us from the industry we all know and love, hate, and love to hate. So let’s quit wasting time and start the mud (or web) slinging!


This Saturday’s question: Do you prefer individual issues or trade paperback collections?

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Do you consider yourself a trade waiter? Or are you a weekly comic shopper? Is there a benefit to reading the stories on a monthly basis? Are there advantages associated with sitting and reading the whole story in one sitting? Do you like talking and speculating during the story or do you want to be surprised and then talk after you’ve read the whole thing? Do you still collect your comics or are you more in it for the reading enjoyment? Or do you see benefits for both?

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So go forth and debate! But be sure to back up your responses. Don’t be scared. And don’t give up. After all, no one likes a quitter. And you’re not a quitter, are you?

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Comments (4)


The age old question…
I've been collecting comics for 23 years so I'm a die hard monthly buyer. I love the serialized format and like checking out covers. While there are a few titles I get only in trade because of the cost of back issues, like CHEW, I prefer individual issues.
If a story is really good to me then I'll grab the trade so I can share it with others or have a way to take it on the road with me.
What I DON'T like is calling monthly books 'floppies.' It just sounds stupid and doesn't fit at all.

I am a trade waiter. I started reading comics in the 70s and did the the monthly issue by issue grind through 1996, when my oldest was born & comics fell by the wayside. I started reading again in 2004 or so when I picked up trades of Ultimate Spider-man, Invincible, Teen Titans & other and have stuck w/ them since.


I love going into the shop every week. And I love speculating month-to-month as to what is going to happen next. But I will also say that I have really enjoyed re-reading through my Absolute edition hardcovers that DC puts out. There's something about re-reading a storyline as a whole. I hate the term "graphic novel," but it does seem more like a complete story when you read them that way. I still prefer the individual issues, though. I haven't heard the term "floppies" before, but it does sound irritating. Haha.

Graphic novel and floppies are terms I've never been fond of either.

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