The Way I See It: How Many Printings Do You Need?!

When I hear about a publisher selling out of their first printings of a new issue I’m excited to hear that for the creative team and the publisher. The way I look at first printings is that a publisher says “We think we will be able to sell ‘X’ amount of copies of this issue” – right? In an economy where printing more books than you think you can sell is not a good business decision. Printing costs money, especially for a smaller publisher or self-published creator. You cannot afford to print more than you think you can sell. So, when I hear that they have sold out of their first printing I’m excited for them.  The question now is… do we print more?

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3-Issue Challenge: X-Men Legacy #260.1

Writer: Christos Gage
Penciler: David Baldeon
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
Editor: Daniel Ketchum
X-Men Group Editor: Nick Lowe

It has been a very long time since I’ve read X-Men Legacy on a regular basis, which is why I decided this Point One issue would be a good one to use to kick off a 3-Issue Challenge. Without boring you with all of the details, I started reading the X-Men almost 28 years ago and stopped reading shortly after Grant Morrison came on board. I read X-Men Legacy when Mike Carey started writing the series and probably read his first year or two of stories before I left the series. All that said and done I thought Regenesis would be a good time to jump back in and see what’s happening with a new direction for the series and a new creative team.

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The Way I See It: New Year and New Comics to Read

I have seen a lot of people say they are so glad 2011 is gone and they’re looking forward to what 2012 will bring them. I can’t say 2011 was my favorite year, but I definitely don’t look back at it wishing it would have never happened. There are some things that I wish would have worked out differently, and one of those trivial things is what comics I read.

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The Way I See It: Comic Book Jerks

Through my almost thirty years of reading comic books I have read a lot of comics from various publishers and genres. It would be hard to pinpoint which ones are my favorites because my tastes and interest change over time. As a kid I read a lot of Teen Titans and Dreadstar as well as Transformers and Elfquest. Throw in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Amazing Spider-Man and Sable and Whisper and you’ll see that there was little that I didn’t read. Why? Because I love comics even at an early age because I got a lot of enjoyment out of reading those comics. And while I enjoyed as many of the “indie” titles as I did Marvel and DC titles, I got a lot of flak because I was reading titles my friends had never heard about or just thought I was trying to be “better” than them since they only read Marvel and DC books.  I got a lot of ridicule, but it really didn’t bother me because I was reading the books I liked and if those kids didn’t like those books (or had even heard of them) than that was their loss, not mine. I wasn’t about the change my pull list because of their narrow minded view of what comic books people should and should not read.

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