Sunday, February 8, 2009

I'm Broke: A Strategy Guide for Reading Comics

So I keep hearing that we are in an economic crisis and you know what, it’s sort of true. I mean, working at a Hallmark part-time moving boxes isn’t what I went to college for, but I’m not complaining since I know people who don’t even have that much. To do my part in helping people in this time of emergency I’ve come up with 5 ways for you to get your hands on the comic books you crave.

Here are my top 5 ways for you read comics with little to no money hassles

5. Make a budget-Get a job (yeah, yeah easier said then done), but you can always suck it up and work at that sketchy McDonalds down the street. If you save a mere 10% of your paycheck you will be reading all your favorite comics in no time.
  • Pros: 10% isn’t that much so you can continue having random fits of splurging and buy things like video games or those $80 pair of jeans.
  • Cons: You have to work (do I need to say more?)

4. Go to your public library-Oddly enough libraries have a large section devoted to comics and I was surprised by my own libraries diverse selection.
  • Pros: You can check-out comic books so you can read them on your own time; it’s free.
  • Cons: You’re reading selection is limited to what the library orders; the books aren't always current; over due fines are a pain in the butt; don’t forget it is a public library so you’re going to have to fight other people to check out books; some comics will be very used and discolored because of kids putting their snotty fingers all over the pages.

3. Go to your local bookstore-Barnes and Noble and Borders are great places to read your comics and there’s usually a coffee shop inside the store so you can enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee while you leisurely flip through your comic.
  • Pros: Most of the comics are current; comfortable oversized chairs to sit in
  • Cons: Might not have earlier books within a series; some of the books you want to read will be in shrink rap (don’t open them, that’s a no no) and despite the coffee shop creating ambiance you will also have to contend with screaming kids, shuffling feet, and confused customers asking for staff assistance.

2. Ask a friend-What are friends for? In this case borrowing.
  • Pros: It’s like checking books out from the library without those pesky over due fines.
  • Cons: If you make a habit of borrowing comics from your friends without sharing something in return, your friends will think they’re being taken advantage of and you might just see your friendship end.

(well not these friends, but you know what I mean)

1. Ask your family- Your family is your best bet for getting free comic books. Birthdays, graduations, or a bribe to keep an eye on crazy Grandma Sue are all good reasons to get comics from family members.
  • Pros: It’s the simplest and easiest way to own comic books.
  • Cons: You must wait for a special event to occur; won’t work if you’re the blacksheep of the family.

(I wish my family was this cool)

If you use these 5 strategies the failing economy won't get you down (well, at the very least it shouldn't keep you from reading comics)

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