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November 19 2011

Buffy Season 8 Volume 1 hardcover gets listed on Amazon. Coming out in July of next year, it's 304 pages and will set you back $29.99.

It should be the same size as the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales hardcover that came out earlier on this year.

304 pages is a weird number. That would imply it captures issues #1-#10 for 220 pages, and then has 84 pages of special content, which doesn't sound quite right. Intriguing!

Hope we get Jo Chen covers for these, too.
304 pages could be placeholder info. But yeah, odd number.
So we get the first in a set of deluxe size hardbound books that will most likely contain all the cover variations and the DHP presents shorts for the same price as the comics. Tell me, why should I buy the periodicals if they're just going to be reprinted in a higher quality, more condensed book?
Hopefully they'll include variant covers and Joss' scripts.
Tell me, why should I buy the periodicals if they're just going to be reprinted in a higher quality, more condensed book?


Because there's a 3-5 year turnaround?
I really hope there will be extras. Otherwise, I'll wait a few years until they're sold cheaper.
Imma have to buy these too... I mean I don't HAVE to, but I have to, if you know what I mean.
@Jelly

I know what you mean. It's a must buy.

I personally want to own every version of every comic, single TPB and HC. I will probably skip the digital versions though, only get the most recent ones.
I'm stoked. I added it to my Amazon wish list. Boom.
I'm betting that this will be Issues #1-11, with Volume II containing Issues #12-20 + one of the One-Shots, probably Tales of the Vampires: The Thrill.
If they have the scripts I'm in
So strange that while the rest of the publishing world makes its money from trade paperbacks, oftentimes not even bothering making a hardcover edition (since most people skip hardcovers in favor of trade paperbacks), the comic book world just loves its hard covers.
It appeals to the collector in the comic book fan. DC must have made a fortune off their Absolute comics.
I think it might also have to do with that HCs protect the comics better, which might be needed more with comics than plain words. A smudged or ripped comic pic could ruin the reading more, since both text and images are needed to understand the story, while reading plain text is, well, reading plain text, so a rip might not matter as much.

-EDIT

That sounded weird, I hope everyone got what I was saying.

[ edited by Skytteflickan88 on 2011-11-20 11:55 ]
I haven't been reading the comics. I was waiting for something like this. Yay!
I get it.

I hope they make more of the pseudo-animated video versions of the comics too - I just started watching the first BluRay and it is trippy!
Very curious if it'll be #1-10 with extras or maybe #1-15 (it would fit, but it would lack extras).
1st Option, means the season will probably be collected in full with 4 volumes, while the 2nd one could hold the whole season in about 3 volumes.

Hoping for a new cover, in the style of Tales.
Except 15 issues (at 22 pages each) equals out to 330 pages.

The mystery deepens!
I read of a fan who had been told by Jeanty that it would be 4 volumes. 10 issues each(and one shots obviously).
Is this different than the trade paperbacks?
It's a lot bigger and hopefully will contain more extras.
There are actually a couple other reasons why hardcovers are so big in comics.

In terms of the positive: aside from that durability thing and adding some element of respectability, they also tend to be printed a bit oversized compared to TPBs or the original comic.

However, there's also the cynical logic that they can make the hardcovers available first and then after consumers have already bought it then they have an even longer turnaround time in order to get the trade paperback sized edition or manga sized digests or whatever to further punish people who want to wait.

I know that some comic companies actually sort of cannibalize their issue market by releasing trades nearly the week after they wrap up a story arc, but with others you could be over two full storylines behind by the time they decided to release it in paperback. Though yeah, this tactic does make it difficult for readers who might want to jump aboard the dying issue train. I missed the first issue of Angel & Faith at every store in my area and considering how they're not listed on Amazon yet, that means it is practically impossible for me to catch up issue-wise if I tried waiting for the trades.

That said, for people who do have the patience then sometimes they are rewarded by not having to read the ads while still paying more or less the same price. Sometimes even less. Then because I think they still involve folios or whatever they're called, then there's sometimes even added bonus content with whatever pages are left over.
I missed the first issue of Angel & Faith at every store in my area and considering how they're not listed on Amazon yet, that means it is practically impossible for me to catch up issue-wise if I tried waiting for the trades.


Have you tried eBay? I bought a couple of Dollhouse issues from comic shops trading on that site.
I missed the first issue of Angel & Faith at every store in my area and considering how they're not listed on Amazon yet, that means it is practically impossible for me to catch up issue-wise if I tried waiting for the trades.


Have you tried online through Tfaw or Midtown Comics, or are they already sold out? I use first regularly, and the latter I have found to have some more rare comics in their archieve.

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