Monday, June 16, 2014

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 92

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 92 - Discount Bin Comics (a.k.a. Everybody Loves Cheap Comics!)

This time around Shag and I welcome special guest and fellow podcaster, Professor Alan Middleton! Alan co-founded with his daughter the Relatively Geeky Network, the internet home of The Quarter-Bin Podcast, Uncovering the Bronze Age, and the Shortbox Showcase. He's also a regular on the Book Guys Show. Alan is internationally renowned for his affection of cheap comic books! So this episode we're celebrating the discount bins! Quarter bins, fifty-cent boxes, dollar comics... whatever you call them, we love 'em! 

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Opening theme, "That Time is Now," by Michael Kohler. Closing music by Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge of The Bad Mamma Jammas!

Thanks for listening! Fan the Flame and Ride the Wave!

1 comment:

Xum Yukinori said...

Great show once again, Rob. I especially loved your point about the expectation that comes with a comic having a higher price point.

I myself have been reading comics since 1973, and have been buying fewer and fewer titles as of late. This is mainly because the $3.99 price point combined with this trend of "decompressed storytelling" made me feel I was getting a lot less "bang for my buck", as it were. Candy bars may be 99 cents today (in California, at least), but it's hard to buy a $3.99-comic which takes 5 to 6 22-page issues to tell a story that would have been told in 17 pages back in the 1970s ... for 35 to 40 cents.

I was mostly a DC reader, and this trend had reached the point where "The New 52" became a major "jumping-off point" to my DC Comics reading, having been very disappointed to buy the first issue of the New 52 "Justice League" where very little happened plotwise. Later I had borrowed the trade paperback of the first Justice League 6-part story from a friend, and I still felt cheated by how fast I breezed through it -- even though I didn't buy it.

(Of course, having read a lot of Japanese manga that is very rich in story plot and detail -- in both the weekly serials and the "trade" book versions -- I may have unrealistic expectations.)

Also, I think one of the major factors (and there are multiple factors) behind the dramatic comic book price increases has to do with creator royalty and exclusivity agreements. These were non-existent in the 1960s and most of the 1970s -- which may explain why comic book prices stayed relatively in line with the rates of inflation. While I would gladly pay a little extra to be sure a creator receives their due, I also want to get my money's worth.