Fangirl on a Budget: Comic Book Edition

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Let’s be honest, being a fangirl is pretty expensive. Don’t see how? Just add up how much you spend on comics, books, toys, clothes, cons, games, etc. But this made me wonder, can you be a geek and be on a budget at the same time? Well of course you can! But since our love runs deep for these fandoms, saving money isn’t that easy. I spend the most money on comics since I pick them up every Wednesday. I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat so I figured that’s the best place to start.

Here are a few simple ways you can save money when it comes to comic books:

I’m Just Not That into You

You should probably trim the fat at least once a year. Look at your pull list or the titles you buy each month and ask yourself, “Do I really care about this series?” You may realize that you’re reading them out of habit. The ones you no longer care about can go in a box to the left.

Go Digital

Now take a look at your pull list again. Are there any titles that you don’t need to physically collect? I know when it comes to being a fan, our wants camouflage as needs. But really ask yourself if you need every single issue of each series. Maybe you can switch to buying only milestone issues or covers that you really like. If so, read those series on Comixology. They can be cheaper than the print version (but not always) and they always have sales, so in the end you’ll save money and space. Also, their guided view is pretty cool!

Used TPB

Switching to digital is the hardest one in my opinion. So I totally understand if you’re not down for it. I’m a big fan of print books and comics and rarely read digital comics unless it’s manga. When I want to read an older series or catch up on an ongoing one, I buy used trade paperbacks on Amazon (or read the digital volumes on Comixology). The used TPBs are a lot cheaper and often look just as good.

Volumes over Single Issues

Volumes can be a substitute if you’re not down with digital. If there’s a series you like, but don’t need to read the single issues every month, wait a few months and buy the volumes instead. They are usually cheaper than individual issues when you add them up.

Libraries- Submitted by Kia

This is the best option if you don’t want/need to own the trades that you want to read. I used to do this a lot when reading older series. If your library doesn’t have that volume, sometimes they can ship it from another library so don’t forget to ask!

NetGalley– Submitted by Kia

If you’re a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, NetGalley is a great place to read digital comics for free.

Local Comic Shop Sales- Submitted by B of You Fancy Me Mad

Most comic book stores have big sales monthly. Sign up for their newsletter to hear about their latest discounts and sales. Like B said, “It’s a great time to pick up trades or that variant cover you’ve had your eye on.”

Have more tips on saving money when it comes to comics? Share them in the comments section!

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10 Comments

  1. Ha! I will keep these in mind while shopping, but because I buy new geek stuff every week I don’t have any money anymore…
    ((P.S. I am a young geek so I don’t have a lot of money))

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  2. I’ve gone back to using the library for trades and if you are a blogger netgalley is a great source for digital graphic novels! I’ve read 3 this week

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  3. I don’t know if every shop does this but it seems like at least once a month my LCS has a big sale that includes pretty much everything! It’s a great time to pick up trades or that variant cover you’ve had your eye on.

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  4. Awesome post, I totally agree with you! ^^ I’ve already gone digital a couple of years ago not only because I couldn’t affor buying printed comics, but because comics – especially in original language – are either hard to come by- except for the most popular ones, of course – or they are incredibly expensive in Hungary…I have yet to find a library with a decent range of comics, but trading seems to be a good option…if you’re not too attached to the issues you own, ofc…:)

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  5. Libraries yes!! Especially if a book you want to read is out of print, check your library or interlibrary loan. Some older X-Men trades are $90 or more used, but we borrowed one from a San Antonio library through our Austin library.

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