doctorow at September 13th, 2013 09:49 — #1
lt_nemo at September 13th, 2013 10:08 — #2
I saw one of these for sale at my local Evil Corporate bookstore yesterday. Nice, but I already have the Absolute editions. Unless this version has a different ending or something, I'll pass.
soilzero at September 13th, 2013 10:47 — #3
Very nice, but nothing is going to beat the five Absolute volumes currently front and centre of my bookshelves. I can see it as a great budget option for those not able to afford the Absolutes or a great gift for someone new to Sandman.
otter at September 13th, 2013 11:28 — #4
I don't know much about this Sandman stuff, but that's an original printing of Tea with the Black Dragon! That thing was out of print for so long, it took me almost 20 years to get my hands on a copy.
miramon at September 13th, 2013 11:48 — #5
Yeah, to be honest, I'd rather reread Tea with the Black Dragon.
jorpho at September 13th, 2013 12:15 — #6
Why can't they make cheaper versions of these things? Things I can actually buy and haul around with me and read without having to worry about destroying a hundred-dollar investment? An edition like this seems more like something to be stowed on a bookshelf and gazed at adoringly.
curgoth at September 13th, 2013 14:14 — #7
Aren't the lower quality graphic novel versions still around to serve that purpose?
jorpho at September 13th, 2013 15:04 — #8
Even those are shockingly expensive, actually.
curgoth at September 13th, 2013 15:11 — #9
Comics in general took a turn for the expensive around the time my generation started to look for better quality art, better paper, better writing, etc.
Comics actually have a really terrible cost to duration of enjoyment period; $5 gets you 10-15 minutes of entertainment, at best. Which is largely a function of small amounts of text mixed with art that takes a lot of time to produce.
rkt88edmo at September 13th, 2013 16:37 — #10
ooh - a worthy volume to accompany my complete Far Side
billstewart at September 13th, 2013 16:39 — #11
I really enjoyed Tea with the Black Dragon, but I haven't read it in probably 15 years, and it's somewhere in the back of my attic. Any idea how well it holds up as a book, and how well it works for younger people who weren't around Silicon Valley in the days it was writing about? (Technically I wasn't either, since I lived back east and didn't move here until the early 90s, but I was part of 80s-computer-boom culture and had been here long enough to know the local details by the time I read it.)
francis_delaney at September 13th, 2013 21:29 — #12
So I have owned 3 different editions of the complete Sandman. I purchased the trade paperbacks back when I was reading them for the first time in 1998 or so, I gave those to a friend and upgraded to the rainbow hardcovers, which were nice enough, and most recently I've replaced those with the Absolute editions, which are the pride of my graphic novel collection. The general consensus here seems to be that these editions are not nicer than the Absolute ones, which is nice to hear because I don't want to own a 4th set.
I do hope that we get a 6th Absolute (7th if you include Death) once this year's new story is complete.
israel_b at September 14th, 2013 11:18 — #13
Since I stil have the complete run of the comics and the original trade paperbacks, I'll probably pass on this.
doctorow at September 18th, 2013 09:49 — #14
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