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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:10 pm

IDW Bundle has The Maxx, The Comic Book History of Comics, and some other good stuff.

Remember, if you want Locke and Key, Parker, or 30 Days of Night, hit me up; I've got extra copies from that Groupees bundle that I can gift.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:08 pm

Humble Bloom County Bundle! $15 will get you the complete Boom County, including Outland, Opus, and the new series. Plus Breathed's college strip, Academia Waltz.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Brentai » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:00 pm

I feel like I have the complete Bloom County somewhere but God knows actually where, so I might as well put it in my Humble library so I can easily find it lose it all again in an unsorted pile of Peanuts and Archie stuff.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:09 am

...god dammit, IDW, I thought you'd fixed this "some of the CBZs are 60MB and some are 700MB" crap.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:44 pm

Eisner and Kirby bundle.

The bad news is, no DC or Marvel. So there are a bunch of Spirit comics that aren't actually by Eisner, a bunch of biographies and fan zines, and two different not-exactly-definitive versions of Silver Star (the Fantagraphics version with no inks or colors, and a hideous recolored version from Image).

On the other hand, there's some good shit in there, including Fagin the Jew and Young Romance. Let's be honest, I'm gonna buy this fuckin' thing.

Meanwhile, that Transformers sale I mentioned yesterday turns out not to have been a Prime Day thing after all; there are a bunch of (digital) IDW books still on sale at Amazon. I'm trying to remember some IDW books I want and don't already have. IDW publishes some good shit.

(All their TMNT books are DRM'ed. Dammit. Hey Nickelodeon, fuck you.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Lottel » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:00 am

Comixology has a site wide sale on idw right now. 55% off.

So buy them Transformers.
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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:29 am

Yeah, I thought I saw that but I couldn't find it when I wrote that post so I didn't mention it. Needs a coupon code or something, right? I think the prices on Amazon are the same (or close to).

I think I've finally got all the Transformers comics I want; Chaos Theory was really the last one I was interested in. The stuff prior to the More than Meets the Eye/Robots in Disguise relaunch mostly didn't do it for me, and neither does anything that takes place on Earth; I'd been meaning to read Chaos Theory since it fleshes out Megatron's origin story and gets referenced all the time in MtMtE/LL.

Trying to think what else I'd been meaning to read from IDW. The Disney and Nickelodeon stuff is all DRM'ed, so none of that. Maybe Ghostbusters, but I'm so far behind on that that I should probably start catching up before I buy any more. I think I've already got all the Locke & Key one-shots, too.

I have mixed feelings about Dirk Gently. I liked A Spoon Too Short, but dropped The Salmon of Doubt after he stepped into the TV show universe.

(I still don't know what to make of the giant vertical two-page spread where he re-enacted the Gutterballs scene from Big Lebowski.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Lottel » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:41 pm

The code is... idw17 I believe. I unfortunately have only one "just for daddy" expense this month and it's Splatoon 2 so no comics for me.
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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:43 am

Humble Transformers/GI Joe bundle on.

I can't speak for GI Joe, but the best Transformers stuff in the set is Phase Two, which is at the $20 and $25 tiers. (Phase One is pretty hit-or-miss but has some good stuff in it, Autocracy's good, Windblade and Till All Are One follow after Phase Two. Regeneration One continues the '80s Marvel series, Evolutions and Transformers vs. GI Joe are non-canonical and standalone, and Nefarious is apparently a movie tie-in?) Phase Two is really, really good, though. Aside from the crossovers and the part where they go back to Earth. (And even that has Thundercracker trying to read everyone his terrible screenplay and an issue that is narrated by a drone and a dog, so it's not all bad.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:02 am

Time for another Image bundle. Lots of good shit in there. Saga, Rat Queens, Manhattan Projects, Bitch Planet, Chew, Wicket + Divine, Southern Bastards, Sex Criminals, Royal City -- the only complaint I have about this bundle is that it's got so many books that I've already got. (Many of them from previous bundles.)

And in case anybody didn't see me say this in the movies thread:
Thad wrote:Anyway, if anybody wants to read some Black Panther comics and doesn't know where to start, I can't recommend a better starting point than the place I started with myself: the Priest run (affiliate link). The digital version of the first volume is free if you've got Amazon Prime.

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:37 am

Amazon's been putting up each week's new Marvel trades for a buck.

I wouldn't buy them (DRM plus at that price they're seriously undercutting local independent comic shops), but if you guys are into that I won't judge.

(Though, y'know, if you want some good comics for a price of absolutely nothing, go back a page; nobody ever took me up on the extras I got in that Groupees bundle back in 2016.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:53 am

Comixology sales for Comic-Con week.

I bought Witzend, Wally Wood's seminal anthology of creator-owned comics by a murderer's row of the best American comics artists of the 1960s, which may be best known as the series where Mr. A first appeared. Witzend was collected in its entirety a few years ago but the hardcover is out of print and goes for astronomical prices used; the digital version usually goes for $50 but is currently $18. And it's DRM-free.

(ETA: But uh it is a '60s underground comic so you probably want to be careful where you read it. There are plenty of individual stories in there, like Ditko's, that are SFW, but there are also plenty that aren't. It takes exactly 3 pages into the CBZ before there's full frontal nudity.)

I didn't buy Humbug, another DRM-free collection of a 1960s anthology created by one of the founding artists of Mad (this one by creator Harvey Kurtzman, with contributions from other founding Mad artists Will Elder and Jack Davis, as well as Al Jaffee, who's still working on Mad today), because it is still in print and I own it in print. However, if you don't want to pay hardback prices, you can get the digital version for $18.

There's a lot of other stuff out there that I haven't had much time to look into. IDW has a big sale on. If you're concerned about DRM, make sure you see a download icon before you buy; most IDW books (including some licensed titles like Transformers) are DRM-free, but some (like TMNT) have DRM. If you want to check out IDW's Transformers line, I haven't had time to do an in-depth price comparison but I think the big Phase Two collections are probably the best bang for your buck. (Skip phase one.)

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Re: Free and Cheap Comics

Postby Thad » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:39 am

Another Humble Valiant Bundle.

Frankly it's all a little confusing. I think most of these Deluxe Editions are just collections of comics I already bought in previous bundles. And I don't know where the new volumes of Bloodshot, X-O, Harbinger, and Shadowman fit in relation to the Bloodshot, X-O, Harbinger, and Shadowman comics I already have.

But $8 for Faith and the Future Force seems like a pretty good deal.

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