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Old 01-14-2020, 10:32 AM   #1
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Can somebody explain comic books to me? I am totally clueless. Are new comic books still being written or are they all reprints of stuff from 50 years ago? Where do they sell them?
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:38 AM   #2
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Absolutely they're still around with new material being written. We have comic book stores around here but they're not common.
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How often do they come out? It's like a monthly thing, no? If a new one comes out every month, it seems like it would make sense to be more like a subscription type thing. I can't imagine people going the the comic book store every month. Do they sell them at Barnes and Noble? Do people just tend to buy them in sets? I can't wrap my brain around the business model.
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My son bought them at Walmart, but they quit selling them several years ago. He says the better ones are Japanese anime.
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They must still be popular, and collections are at a premium. A guy donated his entire collection of comic books to our local college. We were contracted to build lockable cabinets to house them. They store them in banker's boxes on shelves (16 boxes per cabinet), so there is a great number of them to fill these three cabinets.
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@mathmonger ,

I am not sure if you are being facetious or not. But, yes, Comic Books, or Graphic Novels as they are sometimes referred to nowadays are still being written and sold.

That is where most of the fodder for today's blockbusters are coming from.

If you are thinking about the old-time comic books from the 60's to the 80's, like the X-Men, Archie, Sgt. Rock, Superman, Batman and so on. I am not sure. I don't think they are being produced the same way that we had growing up.

But, yes, they are sold in Barnes and Noble, specialty bookstores, on-line and in other venues. Comics are a big, and I mean BIG business.

COMIC-CON is a large convention that is held every year in Las Vegas celebrating the art, and everything related to comics.
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@mathmonger ,

I am not sure if you are being facetious or not. But, yes, Comic Books, or Graphic Novels as they are sometimes referred to nowadays are still being written and sold.

That is where most of the fodder for today's blockbusters are coming from.

If you are thinking about the old-time comic books from the 60's to the 80's, like the X-Men, Archie, Sgt. Rock, Superman, Batman and so on. I am not sure. I don't think they are being produced the same way that we had growing up.

But, yes, they are sold in Barnes and Noble, specialty bookstores, on-line and in other venues. Comics are a big, and I mean BIG business.

COMIC-CON is a large convention that is held every year in Las Vegas celebrating the art, and everything related to comics.
Nope. Not being facetious. All I see is a lot of nostalgic old guys trying to relive their childhood or whatever. I don't mean that in a pejorative way. It is what it is. If you google anything about comics, it just comes up with a bunch of historical/collector type stuff.
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search for graphic novel.
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Some of the ones from the 1930s are selling for millions.
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The Japanese anime books are smaller size like regular books and are usually 100-200 pages. My son has one he gave $50 for that is now valued at $3800.
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Maybe that's it. The monthly periodical "comic books" with 20 pages are dead. Now it works more like a regular book that just happens to have a lot of pictures and they call it a "graphic novel". That would explain why I can't find "comic books" for sale anywhere.
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Exactly. They don't have any new comic books. All the new stuff is over a hundred pages.
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I just saw the 2020.


Graphic Novel, what a strange name. It sounds dirty.


At 10, when I got my allowance, I rode my bike to the local store & bought comic books & Oreos. Good times.
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