Single Issue or Trade Paperback?

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So I've read a few graphic novels over the years, but I've just really dived into the comic scene and I've got an important question for those of you who read comics around the forums.

Single issue or trade paperbacks?

Which do you prefer. I'm currently thinking of collecting The Walking Dead in the volumes since I am so far behind, but there is a new series called Rhombies which currently has two issues. Should I buy the singles, or should I just wait and see if they have a TPB come out?
I used to read single but it becomes way to expensive and this was 10yrs ago. I go TPB now because I'm so far behind there inst a shortage for me to purchase. Not that I've bought any lately...
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Good point, how much are single issues roughly these days vs TPB?

I've also been thinking about purchasing singles via Graphically for digital reading, and then purchasing the TPB if I like the story. Basically if I like the company, artists or story enough I don't mind paying for digital content.

My other avenue is to acquire digital copies for free *cough cough* and then simply buy the trades when they become available.

Heller said:
My other avenue is to acquire digital copies for free *cough cough* and then simply buy the trades when they become available.


Bad Heller =)

stublu said:

Heller said:
My other avenue is to acquire digital copies for free *cough cough* and then simply buy the trades when they become available.


Bad Heller



Perhaps give this a go... then if you like the ones you have seen buy them in support :D
I usually buy the singles. If they do a nice hardcover deluxe I've been known to pick that up as well.

Clearly you're new to the scene if you're still calling trades "graphic novels". IMHO it's an appologist term for people ashamed of the medium.

/"Graphic Novel" rant

Rashy said: Clearly you're new to the scene if you're still calling trades "graphic novels". IMHO it's an appologist term for people ashamed of the medium.
/"Graphic Novel" rant

LOL yeah, silly Heller does it in all his articles about The Walking Dead... I just want to reach through the screen and smack him :P
Single issues :)
Then I'll buy the hardcover if I loved it.
It's just nice to get new books every week.
I don't know, I think there is a difference.

The Crow for instance is a graphic novel, the story reads out like a novel.

I guess you're right with The Walking Dead seeing as it keeps going and going.

V for Vendetta is a single contained story, wouldn't that be considered a graphic novel?
Watchmen was one of the first books called a graphic novel I believe.
And that was comprised of 12 single issues.
In the end it's still a comic, and annoys me when people say they don't read comics, they read graphic novels.

It's definitely used as a cop out.
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Heller said: V for Vendetta is a single contained story, wouldn't that be considered a graphic novel?

V was single issues as well.

The only things I can think of off the top of my head (in recent times) that weren't single issues are the Sin City books.
Fair enough, well regardless is TPB the way to go for most people?

Heller said: Fair enough, well regardless is TPB the way to go for most people?

I do both.

Things I've bought from the beginning, like Kick-Ass and Saga, I buy in single issues. Otherwise I buy TPB.

Milky said: The only things I can think of off the top of my head (in recent times) that weren't single issues are the Sin City books.



Guess again. Sin City was collected into trades. I have the issues to prove it. :P

A graphic novel used to be something that wasn't published as a serialized story. Something stand alone, like a book, that had a beginning middle and end all in the one collection. Usually longer in size than a trade. Things like Watchmen sort of fell into the grey area as they had a vert short run and were easily collected as a stand alone story. They worked as a single novel not as a serial as they didn't continue on.

Graphic novel was something that the movie marketing started using to lend some gravitas to the source material for the layman. I mean ultimately you could argue that all comics are a novel told through the graphic medium. It's just a really pretentious position to take. Unfortunately people who were new to the medium took it on as being the term for all collected editions or trades. Some even use it for single issues of ongoings.

I don't like it, in my experience most comic fans still differentiate. They aren't embarrassed about their love of comics or "funny books". The whole idea is appologist, they're still comics, you're just a bit douchie if you try to make out that they're more than they are.

Rashy said:


Milky said: The only things I can think of off the top of my head (in recent times) that weren't single issues are the Sin City books.


Guess again. Sin City was collected into trades. I have the issues to prove it.

LOL awesome. I can't even imagine it in singular issues, the thought seems so weird to me.
Throughout the entire thread, I read TPB as The Pirate Bay. Which made it all the funnier :P
What about Trade Paper backs Vs Hardcovers? I love how HCs look, but TPGs are just so much easier to collect and file away on a shelf or in a box. I'm a sucker for pretty things though, and that's why it's not been easy to get all of the Spidey books I need (because I want HCs that went out of print 5 years ago!) [Facepalm].

But back on topic, as much as I love collected editions, I prefer single issues. I hate it when I've got (let's say) the first tree volumes of a series as a hardcover, and then I have all of the singles after that. My shelf has the first few books and then nothing, meanwhile my comic box is missing the first x amount of comics and then co tinies consistently at a random issue.
 
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