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Purchasing Sandman

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:53 pm UTC

Where can I get the whole thing? I've looked on amazon, but much of it looks out of stock.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby JayDee » Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:41 pm UTC

The new Absolute reprints aren't finished, I think Volume 3 is just coming out now, and Volume 4 will be later this year. The series was previously collected in ten trades, which are still in print.

This is assuming you mean Neil Gaiman's Sandman. If you mean this one or this one I'm not sure if they are in print or not.

I just checked now, and all ten volumes are in stock on Amazon (Links, 'cause why not: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10)
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby The Skoot » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:53 pm UTC

If you can afford them (and you're okay with waiting for the forth volume), I'd recommend the Absolute editions, as they're just beautiful. Here are some amazon links (1, 2, 3, 4), though you could probably find them cheaper if you shop around a bit.

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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:21 pm UTC

Even in The British Empire, I'm sure your Local Comic Shop would be more than happy to order it for you. That being said, I've got no idea what the price difference would be... here, the difference is significant when purchasing that much, but small enough that I'd still do it (and did it) as I prefer having a Local Comic Shop over not.

Still, in The Empire, I know prices run all wonky like, as apparently you guys are only capable of reading materials printed under the light of a full moon by the seventh son of a seventh son and his wife who's the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, but they only work together on Tuesdays. That's the only way I can fathom the price differences.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:53 pm UTC

Well, the Local Comics Store is a Forbidden Planet, which is a chain and sucked dry the local RPG store. It sells RPGs, and I occasionally buy rpg books there.

I might order it at the bookshop, which I have a loyalty card for, come to think of it. Or the LCS might actually have it in some corner.

So the absolute series is the one in the smallest amount of books, and has ten volumes?

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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby JayDee » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:37 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Even in The British Empire, I'm sure your Local Comic Shop would be more than happy to order it for you. That being said, I've got no idea what the price difference would be... here, the difference is significant when purchasing that much, but small enough that I'd still do it (and did it) as I prefer having a Local Comic Shop over not.
I know that my Local Comic Shop is way more expensive than Amazon (a friend just bought a bunch of trades from Amazon, paid about half what I would at the comic store.) largely cause they tend to get everything in by Air Freight so as not to be heaps behind. The guys at my local store are very entertaining, so I buy there anyway.

I'd also recommend the Absolute edition. Buying the four of them from Amazon is heaps cheaper than what I paid for the 10 volume set years ago.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby spi » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:34 am UTC

The Absolute Sandman's are definitely worth it. Four volumes that contain the whole series. The recoloring is also very obvious when you compare the trades to the absolute. The blacks are actually black. The paper is very good quality just an all around high quality print.

However beware that they are big. Definitely not something you can carry around with you as they weigh 7+ pounds and are bulky.

Overall if it is in your budget do it! :)
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby bigglesworth » Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:00 am UTC

Oh, four volumes is the better one?

Gotcha. I think I might pick it up at the bookshop.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby Zohar » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:43 pm UTC

I read the 10 trades before (a friend owns them) and I waited to buy them for some reason. Then I found out about Absolute Sandman and I'm getting those instead. I already have volume 1 (signed by Neil Gaiman! Glee!) and volume 2, volume 3 should be in the mail. If I'm not mistaken, they're cheaper, overall, than buying the actual trades? Much better deal, anyway.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby Endless Mike » Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

spi wrote:The Absolute Sandman's are definitely worth it. Four volumes that contain the whole series. The recoloring is also very obvious when you compare the trades to the absolute. The blacks are actually black. The paper is very good quality just an all around high quality print.

However beware that they are big. Definitely not something you can carry around with you as they weigh 7+ pounds and are bulky.

Overall if it is in your budget do it! :)

They only recolored the first bunch of issues since they switched to a different colorist after that who stayed for the rest of the series. Any other differences you're noticing are probably due to the far superior paper and printing that the Absolute books get.

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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby JayDee » Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:15 am UTC

Endless Mike wrote:They only recolored the first bunch of issues since they switched to a different colorist after that who stayed for the rest of the series.
Um, no. The guy who did the recolouring was the artist who did all the colouring from #23 on, but that isn't the reason:
Neil Gaiman wrote:Right now Danny Vozzo is recolouring the first 18 issues of Sandman to take advantage of modern printing techniques and to fix things we weren't happy with at the time.
Longer explanation here.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby ascendingPig » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:34 am UTC

Ignore everyone who tells you to get the Absolute. It's so damn heavy. They look nice, sure, but if you plan on actually reading them, you want something nice a light so you an read on your back and stow it under your desk during class for surreptitious reading, right?
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:22 am UTC

Ah, but I'm intending to do a lot of weights over the summer, so that won't be a problem.
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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby Endless Mike » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:04 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:
Endless Mike wrote:They only recolored the first bunch of issues since they switched to a different colorist after that who stayed for the rest of the series.
Um, no. The guy who did the recolouring was the artist who did all the colouring from #23 on, but that isn't the reason:
Neil Gaiman wrote:Right now Danny Vozzo is recolouring the first 18 issues of Sandman to take advantage of modern printing techniques and to fix things we weren't happy with at the time.
Longer explanation here.

Okay so they only recolored the first bunch of issues. SORRY I GAVE INCORRECT INFORMATION THAT IS OTHERWISE IRRELEVANT.

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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby Various Varieties » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:49 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Well, the Local Comics Store is a Forbidden Planet, which is a chain and sucked dry the local RPG store. It sells RPGs, and I occasionally buy rpg books there.

I know the Forbidden Planet in Nottingham has some Absolute editions; I remember seeing the Absolute edition of Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier (which is brilliant, by the way) in there, along with several others.

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Re: Purchasing Sandman

Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:58 pm UTC

Amazon US sells Absolute volumes, so I would think the UK store would. They're usually $30-40 off cover/MSRP.


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