- Posted by Johanna on July 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
I was looking forward to the release of the second Love and Capes collection, Going to the Chapel, which reprints issues 7-12. However, author Thom Zahler has mentioned that the book has a misprint. Pages 120 and 121 are reversed.
Although I was planning to buy a copy, now, I’m rethinking. I already own the issues, some of which are signed, I think. There’s no extra material that I’m aware of, so I wouldn’t be upgrading. (Although Thom also says that there was a word balloon glitch in issue #10 that is fixed in this collection.) I don’t want to buy a known error copy, especially since there’s a possibility of a later reprint with the order corrected.
Although that will only happen if there are enough buyers to sell through this print run, and I don’t like the karma of hoping other people buy something I know is flawed (in an admittedly minor way). Plus, IDW isn’t very good about keeping books in print sometimes, so waiting may mean I miss out, or have to pay inflated prices later.
Yet $20 is a noticeable amount to pay for something I already have, especially when it’s not a clear upgrade. I don’t understand why the publisher is releasing a copy with a known error, either. But I love the series so much, and I want to see it continue and thrive. So I probably should go ahead and buy it, and think of it as a donation to support a creator whose work I adore and a chance to own a unique copy. Decisions, decisions.
I guess this is another example of how any speed bump to the habit of buying is a bad thing. Consumers who stop and think may wind up mired in all kinds of factors irrelevant to the key question: Do I want this book now? In my case, the answer is no, not right this minute. I’m going to think about it some more, maybe try to see a copy at some of the conventions yet to come this year. If I was a better true fan, this wouldn’t bother me.