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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:57 am

Looks like there are some July sales on Comixology/Amazon. I grabbed a Transformers Spotlight set that includes the last three James Roberts Transformers comics I haven't read.

There's a sale on X-Statix, too; I don't buy Marvel digital comics because of DRM, but if DRM's not a deal-breaker for you then I will say that X-Statix is a great goddamn comic. It's a hugely influential book (it was the comic that ultimately made Marvel decide to ditch the Comics Code, and the rest of the industry followed; Timm and McDuffie also cited it as an influence on Justice League Unlimited, specifically the episode with Max Lord's team of teen superheroes who were loosely based on the supporting cast of Superfriends), it's funny, it's gorgeous, and it's frequently violent and shocking. The hook is that it's the X-Men reimagined as reality TV stars, living their lives in public, going on missions broadcast on live TV, frequently acting like selfish fuckups, and, almost as frequently, dying. The team has a ridiculously high bodycount.

At any rate, it's an old favorite, with a new series launching soon. It's got gorgeous art (it's the series that introduced me to Mike and Laura Allred) and sharp writing.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:48 pm

Continuing with the Amazon/Comixology sale: I note that the complete Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton is DRM-free, marked down to $17, and...the paperback is out-of-print and goes for $50 used. I'd rather have a physical copy, but for that price difference, I think I'm okay with a CBZ. (Especially given that I've got $6 in digital Amazon credit for no-rush shipping.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:13 pm

James Bond bundle at Humble. I remember the Warren Ellis installments being pretty good.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:17 pm

Pay what you want for She Changed Comics.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:10 pm

Dark Horse has a bunch of freebies. Mostly #1s to try to get you to buy the next issue, but they've got the first four issues of Beasts of Burden and the entire first Hellboy trade.

Pretty sure they're all DRMed and require the Dark Horse app to read on a tablet, but hey, free is what I'm willing to pay for DRMed books.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Sat May 02, 2020 7:46 pm

Walking Dead bundle; get the whole series for $18.

The series has its ups and downs -- there were a couple places I almost stopped reading (aside from all the other horrible graphic stuff that happens over the course of the series, there are two extended rape scenes in the Woodbury arc and I was ready to take it off my list if there had been a third), and I thought the ending was sloppy and poorly-thought-out -- but for a couple of years in there it was my favorite comic. It's a damn fine book for most of its run, and even if it overstays its welcome it's interesting to see where it goes. And if you're looking for a cheap way to kill some time while you're stuck in the house, you could do a lot worse than $18 for a 193-issue series plus a couple of tie-ins.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Fri May 08, 2020 2:22 pm

Gail Simone wrote:Folks, if you are a fan of D&D, RPGS, Watership Down, or great stuff like CRITICAL ROLE, I am doing a series of comics (free to download!) in a game setting where all the characters are birds or animals, called HUMBLEWOOD.

It’s just a lovely project, I am proud to be part of it. Art is by the magnificent Sarah Wood! I have loved RPGs since I first played one as a kid, and this is one of the most sumptuous and beautiful fantasy worlds I have ever gotten to be part of.

I am so proud of this. Please give it a look, first chapter is up now!

Thank you, The Deck of Many, for inviting me to participate!


DIGITAL: Humblewood Comic: For Want of a Nail 1/8 (Simone, Webb) PDF

You have to enter an e-mail, name, and billing address, but none of it has to be valid. (Might be worth using a real e-mail address if you want a download link you can use again later.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed May 13, 2020 2:54 pm

Joe Hill bundle. Includes the complete Locke & Key (with artist Gabriel Rodriguez), one of my favorites (though, as a reminder, I've still got extra copies of the first two trades from a Groupees bundle, so if you want those for nothin', you can go ahead and hit me up).

I haven't read any of the other stuff in this bundle (or the newest Locke & Key one-shot, Dog Days), but I've been enjoying Hill's most recent comics, Basketful of Heads (with artist Leomacs) and Plunge (with artist Stuart Immonen), so I expect I'll dig his other stuff too. I'm happy to throw in on the $15 tier.

ETA: This is another one of those sets where the formats are provided in ridiculously uneven quality. Like, "choose between a 32MB CBZ or a 1.4GB PDF" uneven. I'm unclear on whether this incompetence is IDW's fault or Humble's, but Christ, that shit is bush league.

(The EPUBs look to be a sane, happy-medium alternative, but I've found that EPUBs don't tend to play nice with comic book readers. At least, I remember trying the EPUB versions of Black Hammer from a previous bundle, and they did some really unfortunate nonsense like force images to display at a fixed size that was substantially smaller than their actual size.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Fri May 15, 2020 5:35 pm

Scooby-Doo Team-Up is currently free on Comixology. The entire series to date.

It's fun as hell. Very Batman: The Brave and the Bold in how it embraces the DC/HB universe, takes all the goofiest elements, and derives its comedy from playing them straight.

There are a bunch of other free Scooby comics too. Haven't read those but they're free, so why not get them too?

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:55 pm

Another Humble Image Bundle is upon us. A lot of stuff that's been in previous bundles, but there's some good shit in there.

Invincible is good, Revival is good, Sex Criminals is a hell of a lot of fun and very NSFW, I hear good things about Snotgirl, Criminal, and They're Not Like Us. I don't think I've read Heavy Liquid (I keep getting it confused with 100%), but I love me some Paul Pope.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:27 pm

Be the Change bundle includes such works as Goldie Vance, Incognegro, Shaft, Black Dynamite, and Pounded In The Butt By My Reluctance To Buy A Humble Bundle.

Word of warning: one of the books in the set, Bring the Thunder, is scripted by Jai Nitz, who's been accused of rape. I don't know if he gets royalties off this bundle or not, but if you want to adjust the sliders and give all your money to charity to just to make sure none of it goes to him, that's an option.

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