Shane (Near-Mint Heroes) Bailey threw out an interesting challenge this week: a $25 budget, this week’s release list, and the question, “What would you buy?”
Winnowing my already light-for-me list this week was harder than I thought it would be thanks to Essential Moon Knight‘s $16.99 cover price, and really drove home the stark reality of a marketplace whose average consumer is estimated to have a $20/week budget, $16 of which is allocated to Marvel/DC titles. Even factoring in the handy discount I get, I’d still be spending more than $25 on this week’s intended pulls, never mind the sampling I tend to do which adds another $6-15, depending.
It was also an interesting test of what I’m reading out of desire vs. habit, particularly in keeping the Moon Knight TPB on the list, despite the fact that I already own all but two of the issues it collects. When the inevitable day comes that I’m forced to cut back on my comics budget — aka, when we buy a house — I suspect I’ll be surprised by what stays and what goes, and whether or not my commitment to supporting indies and B-list Big Two series withstands the adjustment.
One thing that’s already changing is my slow shift to a wait-for-the-trade policy (which sometimes means never buy at all) on some of the industry mainstays and more popular indies not in monthly danger of cancellation. Makes you wonder who has the more fickle fanbase, superheroes or manga?