How do you like it?
Wait… what did you think I was talking about?
This is a comic blog… I’m talking about comics.
When it comes to comics there are three main ways you can enjoy them. You can purchase your favourite comics as hard cover collections, soft cover trade paperbacks and your traditional monthly floppy comic book (yeah… I heard you, there is digital too, but that is a completely different column).
Each of these mediums have their own benefits and drawbacks.
Hard cover collected editions are great if you have a book case or a library. They store very nicely and look great on a shelf. They are also very durable. You can drop them, or kick them around and they will stay in decent shape. Some of the drawbacks on a hard cover are the costs, and the physical weight of the books. Hard covers are more expensive than a soft trade paperback. Usually they will have extra content, that helps justify the extra cost, but usually you will have to put out more cash to buy the same stuff you can find for a better price. The hard cover books have that extra weight as well. If you have a large collection, you have some weight there. And don’t get me going on the “back-breaking-lap-squishing” omnibuses. I like them, but many people hate them because they are difficult to read.
A soft cover trade paperback will give you everything that a hard cover book provides (mostly) at a more economical price, and an easier to read format. Soft cover trade paperbacks also store well on a book case. The only problem is the book is more fragile than a hard cover, and on the premiere books a soft cover trade will be released months after the hard cover has hit the shelves.
The monthly floppy is the most traditional form of comic book, and the one that we are most familiar with. It is by far the cheapest option to buy on a monthly basis, in relative terms. (In many cases now, the soft cover trade paperback is your most economical value in purchasing comic books.) Storage is the biggest challenge when it comes to a floppy comic book. If you do not have a short or long storage box, you can’t really leave them anywhere. They don’t sit on book shelves very well either. And by time you add the storage bag & board, there is a lot of space and weight for each single issue.
I think most comic book collectors have a mix of all three of these comic book varieties in their collections. I know I do. On a monthly basis, I will buy floppies or soft cover trades. I only buy hard cover collections if the price is right.
How about you, how do you like your comic books?