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Friday, October 23, 2020 

Jim Zub seems to agree with my belief in going for trades-only formats

I discovered the following conversation Canadian-based writer Zub had, where he answered the following question: This, again, makes a case similar to what I've been advocating for comicdom as we know it - abandoning what's fast become an antiquated, unprofitable format today priced expensively at 4 dollars-plus (yet with page counts possibly getting lower to 20 or less), and going for what can be relatively cheaper as a whole, rather than the sum of parts. This way, a reader also gets a fuller story without having to worry about missing anything, and possibly spending more to get a paperback collection in order to get the whole story that way.

One more, closely connected statement Zub made worth noting: Oh, he's right about that. There's a lot of stories I'm willing to buy in trade format, if that says anything, so the argument has to be made further why it's best at this point to go with trades-only, and save money by jettisoning the floppies.

In addition, an end to floppies could bring about the end of company wide crossovers, and no doubt, that's one of the reasons why the Big Two have clung to the antiquated format till now, because of all the corruption they find appealing in jamming these crossovers down everyone's throats so they can milk the speculator market's dollars dry, along with the aimless addicts who buy out of an absurd habit not based on merit. One more reason why the time's come to stop buying a story even remotely connected to a crossover, because buying them only ensures they still won't get the message we can't accept this anymore, and they'll keep on doing it. But again, let's remember that the Big 2 are on their way down and out, as more people have luckily caught on to how poor their conduct really is.

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Nothing new. Most of the really interesting comics are either webcomic to graphic novel or else released only as graphic novel. Books like Persepolis or The Best We Could Do or They Called Us Enemy never appeared as floppies.

The reality for the superhero publishers though, is that once they set up the print-ready copy, it is as easy to print as floppy as graphic novel; these days the only difference is the cover. The floppy doesn't add much extra cost on the publishing side, and it keeps the customers coming into the store each Wednesday.

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