Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Four Times the Four

So this week saw the release of Fantastic Four #537, Four #29, Ultimate Fantastic Four #29, and Thing #6. Now, if you're interested in the Fantastic Four, that means that you've got to spend almost $12.00 this week on comics before you touch anything else that you might like. If you've got a monthly allowance for comics, that's probably not a big deal, but if you're on a weekly budget -- as I suspect most comic fans who go to the comic shop every week are -- then you're in for some unpleasant decision-making.

I believe I've mentioned here before that I have $20 to spend at the shop in any given week. This week, over half of that went to the FF. It also happened this week that a number of indie books I like were released. I did some quick tallying in the store, and I had $28 in new comics alone this week that I wanted to get... not counting the handful of others that are kind of backlogged from previous weeks when I wasn't able to get everything I wanted.

As it happens, a couple of recent visits to the local Half Price Bookstore resulted in my having an additional $30 in my wallet that The Wife didn't know about. I did splurge and pick up an additional $30 in comics, on top of the $20 that I normally would've gotten. And I still had to leave one book sitting in my file at the store.

* sigh *

I shouldn't be able to get frustrated. I mean, I got everything I was looking for... including a few back issues that had been on my list for a while, but it was kind of embarassing standing in the middle of the store with a calculator and sorting books into piles to see what I could and couldn't afford.

1 comment:

Ray said...

If you're spending ~$80/month on comics, you might want to try a preorder service. I use mailordercomics.com, and it's fantastic; I save a bunch of money, the service is excellent, and the owner makes sure every comic is packed well to avoid damage. It's a bit weird when you're transitioning from the weekly in-store habit to a monthly habit, but after a while, you don't miss it.