The trouble with reading comics

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The trouble with reading comics

Postby Zohar » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:17 am UTC

I don't usually buy comics. There are a few I get but nothing as regular as my brother, who gets maybe 4-10 trades per month. So that means, usually I read books. Books take longer. Most normal-length trades I finish going through in one evening, maybe two.

So I'm reading my book and then my evil brother gives me free comics to read. I almost always stop reading my books to read the comics so I don't advance far in my book. The result? I've been reading Stranger In A Strange Land for about a month or two...

Does anyone else have this problem?
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Re: The trouble with reading comics

Postby JayDee » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:33 am UTC

I can't say that comics take up much of my book reading time. Mainly because, as you said, comics really don't take long to read. Not long at all. On the other hand, most books I read I finish overnight, I'm not often in the position where a book takes me weeks to read, which I imagine is where the comics could eat up the time.
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Re: The trouble with reading comics

Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:59 pm UTC

I read the majority of the mainstream stuff that comes out in a week and it takes a few hours at most, split over a few sessions.

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Re: The trouble with reading comics

Postby Rinsaikeru » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

Old post I realize, but related to what I was thinking about.

Usually I buy comics at a shop called The Beguiling, it's downtown--I don't live downtown. On a given visit--once every two weeks or so, I'll generally have two trades ( i don't tend to buy the individual comics...too much hassle) and in most cases I finish reading them before I get home. And then I put them on the shelf with the other trades. Sometimes I do go back and read old volumes sure--but I also feel kinda grumpy about it. Somehow. :roll:

There is of course the possible solution of reading so many series that I couldn't possibly finish them all on the way home, OR waiting till the end of a series and buying the whole thing. :P But those would both be immediately costly.

Fortunately I collect a couple of series friends are interested in and we trade trades* back and forth all the time.

*couldn't resist saying that. :P
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Re: The trouble with reading comics

Postby Jesse » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:50 pm UTC

I am currently following maybe ten or eleven comic book series, on a Wednesday I get them all, sit down and read them in around an hour, and that is me for the week at which point I go back to books.

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Re: The trouble with reading comics

Postby fersrs » Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:04 am UTC

The only real problem I have with reading graphic novels or comics is that I tend to skip over the artwork and just read the text, so I have to force myself to take some extra time on each frame to look at both aspects of it.

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Re: The trouble with reading comics

Postby Grop » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:03 am UTC

When I think I missed the art, I generally "read" the funnybooks again, this time focusing on the pictures.

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