Great review guys.. a lot of good stuff there, but I really do need to find a good place to get discounted trades online. My LCS doesn’t give much in the way on discounts on trade paperbacks. I know people have mentioned before places where they get good deals on trades, but my mind is too cluttered with personal problems right now to draw them out.
My LCS is exactly the same but that problem was just solved because my girlfriend got a job at borders. EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT!!!!
buy.com is pretty inexpensive and the offer free shipping
I have the same problem
Well of course Dreamland comics is the CCW pick of choice for online stores, but here are a few others I use.
For new stuff:
For Used books:
Thanks for the links tomstewdevine, I appreciate it. I might do some shopping later tonight now.
You left out Books-A-Million!
That store has a BETTER DISCOUNT than all the other chain stores (Barnes & Noble, Borders)… Especially if you join their club at a measly $20 a year (sometimes the discount adds up to 55% OFF NEW MANGA). Books-A-Million often has a LOT of Manga that other chains have been sold out of for years! They gave STOPPED me from paying EXORBITANT back issue prices charged on eBay and from a lot Amazon used book sellers:
And I am really the ONLY ONE who hypes DREAMLAND here. Why do I do it? Because their DISCOUNT on TONS of INDEPENDENT HCs, TRADES and Manga is anywhere from 5% to 15% HIGHER & BETTER than In Stock Trades discount is… And EVEN BETTER than 15% for lots of other mail order stores:
All the places Tom mentions are fine(I’ve ordered from these all) but the stores I have mentioned are CHEAPER and their service is great too!
Get the Gold!
i’m more of a trade person so i’m getting the second trade of chew soon got the first one brand new dirt cheap and i love jose when elliot pisses him off i need a button like that think’ll go looking for next wave and marvel you fuckers!!!
I can’t get enough of that button
They make great Holiday Gifts:
I feel like my office needs one real soon :)
Filming in Savannah and st. Mary GA,
I hate actors!
Thanks Deemar. I hate them too.
As E says haters gon hate!
Being one, I think I have a certain– insight– that even you may lack! ;-)
Hey guys i just wanted to say that i love these types of videos you guys should do them atleast for times a year you like for every season lol. This was actully how i discovered you guys and i’ve been watching ever since. I may not comment much but i o watch every video. E.& J. was that a shout-out to me?? The guy the that wanted to get his girl into comics so he bought Blankets for? LoL i hope it was. Anyways great video guys.
Man i can’t type for shit! lol
Yes it was, bobcat. Yes it was. :) E.
Awesome. Finally E. now if you could only wear that damn hat again i’ll leave you alone. lol jk i’ll never mention it again. But thanks for the shout out. oh and we actually started reading Invincible instead of SP. and she loves Fables!
YES! Great clip! I especially love the appreciation of NextWave! That series was a great send up yet at the same time celebration of bronze age/silver age marvel. And who but Ellis would mix Ditko’s Mindless Ones with West Side Story? I gotta admit my fav cover is the one mocking Civil War. I also love that NextWave didn’t have a tv show BUT they DID have a garage rock theme song!
check it out http://www.myspace.com/thighsofsweetthunder
I think Mike F should do a remix of that song.
My favorite comics I’ve read so far this year:
- Blankets. Shame on every single one of you who have not read this book. Easily the BEST indy book I’ve EVER READ. Every page was gorgeous to behold and the story is wonderful.
- Scott Pilgrim volumes 1-6. I’ve been praising this book for the past few weeks and I don’t plan on stopping the praise anytime soon. Scott really reminds me of myself in some ways. That whole scene in vol. 1 where he’s stalking Ramona at the party reminded me of when I’d see a pretty girl at school and then I’d try to find them and talk to them. Great book.
- Pride of Baghdad. If you have a heart, this book will tear it out.
- Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. For reasons explained in the video. Devil Dinosaur FTW!
- Battle Chasers. Beautiful art and a great adventure story. Need I say more?
- AKA Goldfish. My favorite Bendis indie so far. Great characters, spot-on dialogue, and an engaging story.
- Superman: Red Son. Best Superman story EVER.
- Underground. Again, for reasons explained in the video.
I like these kinds of videos! Keep doing them!
I’ve just ordered blankets, can’t wait to read after hearing the huge amounts of praise for it.
Also IMO grant morrison’s all star superman is the best supes story out there, but that’s probally because i’m a morrison nut.
CBD, You know I really like you straight forward blunt qualities (else I wouldn’t have given you a shout out on my blog)… And I know it is just a phrase– but no one should be “shamed” into reading any comic. You’ll sell more Blankets by touting it as the BEST BOOK EVER… Leaving the shame outta the equation.
Just a thought. :-)
Yeah I know I gotta work on my word choices sometimes, but it’s such a good book!!! I can’t help it!!!
(If any of you guys haven’t read Blankets that’s ok). No harm meant!
I know Dude… Your passion is what makes you GREAT. Keep it!
A awesome episode!!!
Please PLEASE do more of these episodes in the future (cough) Before Thanksgiving to get ahead on the Christmas shopping season (cough).
Among the community what is your favorite tpb/HC/OGN that you would recommend to others to read & why keeping spoilers to a minimum.
I would recommend to people who are unfamiliar to comic books or don’t want to read superhero books I’d recommend:
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O’Malley
- Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon
Anybody can read those books and follow them. In fact one of my female friends on Facebook has read all volumes of Scott Pilgrim and saw the movie twice.
I don’t know if I would recommend Pride of Baghdad to new comic book readers, I couldn’t take the responsible for any depression or metal anguish cause by reading it.
Don’t get me wrong, Pride of Baghdad is a brilliant book, but wow, I had knots in my stomach after reading it and I am a pretty jaded asshole. =)
I would recomend pride of Baghdad to anyone who doesn’t understand why I love comics, or even in my girlfriend’s case ridicules it. It just a shining example of how powerful this medium is.
Also random tangent, since I live in the uk, we don’t have many comic book readers and people that I hang out with don’t read comics. When I tell girls that I read comics and they ask why, I always use pride of Baghdad as a great example and I swear to god this led to me to have 3 girlfriends or so, just because of my love for the comic. That’s possibley the main reason why I love this comic.
Woah Pride of Baghdad got you some girlfriends?!? Dude, I’m TOTALLY moving to the UK now! :)
…or I could just try that out here at home…
Dude come over, I’ll be your wingman!
I would recommend picking up the Essex County trilogy.
It’s a very personal and heart felt story, with great art. If you enjoy Sweet Tooth or The Nobody, definitely check it out, EC is probably the best of Jeff Lemire.
Nextwave is something that when I start my mostly trades purchasing is something I’m gonna have to pass on. Immonen’s cartoony technique was something I just couldn’t vibe to it.
Detective/Batwoman…Well y’all know how I feel about J.H., but I will pick it up anyway, because Rucka really turned up the heat on the writing and as for my misgivings go with J.H., I did like his sense of color….which I imagine really pops in an oversize.
WW,the Hiketea: Something I’ve always intended to get….now maybe, I’ll have a chance
The Unwritten: I’m gonna have to read the 1st 10 to 15 pages before I make a decision
Hotwire: While I’ve enjoyed Pugh’s work in the past….from what I’ve seen of HW it looks very cut and pasty, so that’ll be a pass.
Undergrond: I’m gonna have to look Lieber’s work up
Chew: Great concept, but would rather see it animated or in live action.
Keep the trade train rollin’ guys. I’m open to your and my fellow commentors suggestion’s!
You don’t like J.H. or Immonen or Chew, I didn’t know any of those things Phil, that’s pretty surprising. But hey, I get it, you like what you like.
I don’t like J.h., but I do like Imomonen…I just didn’t like that saturday morning cartoon technique he was using on NextWave. As for Chew, I don’t “dislike” it, I just feel like I would like it better in a different medium.
“Batman is a dick” he he.
It’s a shame will never know where Rucka would of gone after the “Cutter” storyline.
Also, I like these trade episodes because they point me to book that I may not of noticed because they fell through the cracks or no one except CCW would talk about them. First it was Red Son and now this Wonder Women book. I’m not the biggest fan of Superman or Wonder Women, but I’m always up for a good read, and Red Son was. So, there is that.
It is most definitely a shame Mspot. I would have loved to have seen MANY more Batwoman story lines from Rucka.
ok so what series does everyone trade wait on? for me its chew and the goon
id like to pick up umbrella academy and locke and key trades
Goon fan too? The Buzzard mini is a good follow up to the events that occurred in The Return of Labrazio story arc from The Goon series, but I want my Goon ongoing back, and not in just some co-feature. Anyway, Steve Rogers Super-Solider, and I may pick up the First Wave trade. If I do pick up the First Wave trade I’ll read it with The Shadow and not the Bat-Man.
edit: Super-Soldier :)
I think I’ll be trade waiting the mammoth Walt Simonson Thor omnibus and the Jack Kirby Captain America omnibus which will probably be out in time for christmas
Yeah, I saw that on Bleeding Cool, the Jack Kirby omnibus that is, and there always room for the king on my shelf. So, I guess I’ll be picking that up as well.
The only comic I trade wait for is Chew, other than that I only pick up old trades. I like my floppies!
If that’s the case then John Layman was right to ‘chew’ me out (pun intended) the other day when he said we’re encouraging folks to wait for the trades. The reality is that while trades do help folks get caught up with a particular book, sales of the ‘floppies’ justify printing of the trades. John and Rob NEED the floppies to sell. Oh, the irony.
When you make your Chew cameo I suspect he’s gonna get his payback.
I didn’t take what you 2 said in that vid that way at all Elliott.
It seems that every time a review vid or critique goes up praising trades and hcs– some creator thinks that it is encouraging people to “wait for the trade”.
I just don’t believe that’s always true. I know for a fact that neither you or Elliott said “wait for” any trade of hc in that video.
I just thought you were saying “These trades are neat.” In many cases, you highlighted material that simply cannot be read any other way.
I just thought you 2 were attempting to bring more interest to these products and attempting to bring more ca$h to the people that you praised. Jose even went so far as to say that the last two issues of CHEW were SOLD OUT– and then you both mentioned that you were certain there would probably be second prints of the floppies coming (or whatever).
In some cases, these collections are the ONLY way some people will ever be able to read entire story arcs… Because the books are just that scarce.
You are 100% correct when you write “The reality is that while trades do help folks get caught up with a particular book, sales of the ‘floppies’ justify printing of the trades.”
It is a fact that some Trade and Hardcover sales keep certain books on the stands. Without that extra revenue bump the collections bring in– some of these series would definitely be canceled as well.
So you’re right– it is a double edged sword. But I am also certain that Comic Book publishers take into account ALL the revenue they make from both floppies and collections when making many of their publishing decisions.
Plus– in this day and age– any review that advocates BUYING my work (instead of downloading it for free) is OK by me. I don’t care which format reviewers may– or may not– be hawking.
Istead of, “I just don’t believe that’s always true. I know for a fact that neither you or Elliott said “wait for” any trade of hc in that video.”
I just don’t believe that’s always true. I know for a fact that neither you or Jose suggested waiting for any trade or hc in that video.
true, true… guess i’ll rethink switching to trade with Chew.
That omnivore hardcover looks amazing though, maybe i’ll just buy it anyway.
That ought to make John happy! :)
Well, you can tell John that we could NOT talk about his comic at all. Let’s
see where his floppy sales will be then. :)
Chew’s sale for free swag!
*cue the maniacal laughter* ba-wa-ha-ha-ha
I think Jose’s still pissed he didn’t get a free t-shirt. ;-)
I’m always pissed about something.
Better to be Pissed Off than Pissed On, I always say.
I know a couple of people who would beg to differ. I am not one of those people though. :)
Does anybody remember that Hellblazer issue where John turns 40, and the Phantom Stranger just comes to his party to piss on Constantine. Very good chararter moment.
That’s what little brothers are for
Super Villian Team-up!
I’m currently picking up Scalped and The Unwritten in trade, I’ll probably start picking up Invincible or Walking Dead in trade soon (i know, iknow, but better late than never, right?).
I’m also waiting on Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian and Doomwar.
I’m waiting for the Doomwar trade too.
These are the comic books that I would recommend:
-I kill giants by the awesome and underappreciated joe Kelly. I know that Jose doesn’t like Kelly because of the kraven storyline in ASM but I enjoyed the story but the America last son and rhino storyline that he wrote were so amazing because they were poignant and was telling new and unique stories unlike the other writers rehashing good past storylines. Anyway back to IKG, the story is really heartwarming and touching with a huge twist in the middle of the series. As well as being beautifully well writing, the art has a unique manga style/Scottie young feel to it that makes it feel in a different fantasy.
-Wilson by daniel clowes. This book is something that I never seen before. I enjoyed every single moment of it. The art changes from one page story to story which looks awesome.
-Too cool to be forgotten is another great book, the idea of the book is that the main character goes to an AA meeting for smoking but goes back in time to relive his high school years. The premise is kinda like a dumb 80′s film but i like those type of films. The book only follows one character which makes it feel like the reader is going through their own high school/ secondary school memories.
Iqy… I Kill Giants and Wilson… Two greats.
I just finished reading Charlie Huston’s update of DEATHLOK in HC and I was surprised HOW MUCH I enjoyed it. Had a real Rollerball (old film not new one) Robocop feel to it. Really, really interesting take.
Would love to see a continuation.
Bought I kill Giants for my neice and she glanced it an tossed it aside.
These Trade video’s should be at least quarterly, I really do enjoy them.
Wonder Woman Hiketeia = TDK
It’s how WW should be done and pretty much the last time I can remember J.G.Jones killing it with the art.
Well, armed with Jose and Elliot’s advice I headed out to my LCS today to pick up a few of the trades they recommended. the fact that my LCS was having a labor Day special, 25% off everything in the store helped.
Not one Next Wave trade in the whole store…
Wonder Woman: Hiketeia… Nope…
However, after much scrounging around I did find and buy..
HotWire: Requiem for the Dead.
The Unwritten trade.
and finally I remembered you guys talking highly of the Hack/Slash series, so I went crazy and got the Hack/Slash Omnibus.
So I will at least have something new to read for the next few days.
You know a good one to pick up
Adam Strange: Planet Heist
It’s a little gem from DC that not enough folks talk about, and it put Pascal Ferry on my radar BIG TIME!
I will check that one out Deemar, thanks.
No prob, best part the coloring is in that old “dotted” purposely flawed style.
Since Wonder Woman The Hiketeia is sold out virtually everywhere. Here is where I found it the cheapest in the US:
Don’t know these people. Can’t vouch for them but the price is great.
Glad to see I might not be the only person having a hard time finding this one!
Tell ya what Musky, we do a trade off, what trades you got for my Hiketeia?
We had it at the store. Sold our last copy a couple of days ago but it is still available from Diamond. Have been ordering it from them for 3 weeks straight and will be ordering it again tomorrow.
Wow! Why is everyone on eBay making it out to be so rare then? eBay chiselers! 1 guy’s selling it for $36!
Still can’t believe Diamond has something that regular bookstores are out of! It usually so the other way around because Diamond is run by donkeys.
I know. They have done a decent job of keeping that trade stocked. Now, watch it be out of stock tomorrow when I do the reorder. :(
Great episode, and all great choices. (Sure I might of picked one or two different but that’s a given.)
Though I will say to your last comment; my GF has always said the best way to get a girl to read comics is to have her read Nightwing, as no girl can say no to Dick Grayson.”
Her words not mine.
Peace out! :)
I gotta take a power nap, haven’t slept in 12+ hours.
Dude, I need a clone or two, but I’m up E is drunk on twitter so that’ll keep me entertained
Great video guys, I love these kind of videos and it would be great if you were to do more.
Definitely going to check out the Underground, looks interesting and I love Steve Lieber’s art
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