The Illustrious Q

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  1. Just discovered a company that binds comics in hardcovers. Sounds pretty awesome to me. What do you think? Does it make sense to bother?

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      I take it you're talking about Houchen Bindery.

      Custom binding a comic book is not a cheap process—there is a reason why the individual comic issues are bound with staples. Furthermore, you're binding actual comic books, which have a couple of drawbacks.

      1) You're binding actual comic books. This is not a send them a digital file of the comic, you're literally shipping the company comics to bind. So you're paying for shipping twice. Once to send the comics to the company, and then once to get the completed bound book back to you.

      2) You will be losing comic art. I'm not going to beat around the bush on this one. Normal Comic Books don't have what is known as a gutter, which is a space on the left side of the page designated for binding. You'll be losing about 1/4 of an inch of comic material in the binding process right there, and that's before we get to the trimming process. The trimming process causes the comics to lose even more comic art. Once the comics are bound, the book is trimmed so that the pages are all uniformed once placed inside its cover.

      3) You'll destroy any potential value these comics might have had in the future. I'm not saying that the IDW MLP comics will be worth a ton of money, but they might be worth something further down the line.

      4) IDW is already putting out Trade Paperback collections of their My Little Pony Comics at a reasonable clip. Generally it's 2-3 months after every 4-5 issues come out that you end up with a new trade collection coming out.

      Now with that said, if you have the disposable income where you can comfortably afford a project like this, there are a couple of positives to doing this.

      1) You're not rebuying the comic stories you already own. So you're technically saving money there. Keep in mind that money is being redirected into these custom books.

      2) The trade edition is more or less under your complete control. If you're particularly good at Graphic design, there is some pretty slick stuff that you can do with these custom hardcovers that no one else can really do.

      3) It makes it a breeze to access your comic collection. I'm not joking about this one. Looking for a specific comic in a comic storage box is not an easy process. Even if you're highly organized—like I am—physically moving the boxes your comics are stored in is a pain in the back. Literally. Binding the comic into hardcovers makes it so that your comics can be stored on a bookshelf. Which works incredibly well when you want to revisit your favorite comic stories.

      4) Convert the whole collection and you get rid of the comic storage boxes. Bookshelves look a whole heck of a lot better than the storage boxes in your house.

      Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what you're comfortable with. For me, I wouldn't do it. I also couldn't afford it, but that is neither here nor there. I enjoy collecting the comics.

  2. Okay. So the big collector of My Little Pony Comics needs a bit of help filling a few holes in his collection. Four very specific holes in his collection, but four holes nonetheless. The first three happen to be variant covers… for the italian editions of the My Little Pony Comics published by Edizioni BD. My Little Pony - L'amicizia è magica 1 - Pinkie Pie Variant CoverISBN 10: 8866347949ISBN 13: 9788866347941 My Little Pony - L'amicizia è magica 1 - Rainbow Dash Variant CoverISBN 10: 8866347965ISBN 13: 9788866347965 My Little Pony - L'amicizia è magica 2 - Variant Cover ISBN 10: 8868830205ISBN 13: 9788868830205 As far as I can tell, all the above comics are sold out from the locations where they were supplied by the publisher. Meaning the best bet to find them is via the second hand market. If you happen to have one of the above variants and are willing to part with it, please let me know and we can negotiate price. The last item I am missing from my collection is this old shirt from Hot Topic. If you're looking to get rid of this shirt, please consider getting into contact with me. I will gladly talk price if the shirt is in fairly good condition (i.e. no holes or stains). Thank you.
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    Guardians of Harmony Figure Ideas!

    I'm sure she's going to be in wave two with AJ and Rarity.
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    IDW MLP Comic Release Date Tracking Thread

    Could be within the next couple of weeks, or it could be out with the physical release in February. We don't have any more information than what was in the original article unfortunately.
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    Forum Themes

    I foresee the dark theme featuring nothing but Bat Ponies. And Sweet Velvet. For some reason I can't put my finger on the reason why.
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    Which comic artist is your favorite?

    Guys, don't forget to talk about why you like them. Just shouting out that Tony Fleecs is your favorite comic artist doesn't give much context as to why Tony is your favorite. Perhaps you could say that he's the most improved artist on the book. I look forward to every issue that comes out with his name on it to see how much more he has improved, and to get a good chuckle out of the wacky facial expressions he comes up with when juxtaposed against a setting that it is 100% show accurate and yet still in a style all his own. You know, little things like that.
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    Jenn Blake Cancer Treatment GoFundMe Signal boost

    Jenn is looking at probably $500k in order to cover her full medical expenses for this. Every dollar helps.
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    My Little Pony Comic Collections

    Your collection is looking Vic!
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    My Little Pony: Friends Forever Omnibus Volume 1—Discussion Thread

    Yes they do. More to the point, the four issue trades are also the same size as the original comic issues. I have no idea why they would be smaller.
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    My Little Pony: Friends Forever Omnibus Volume 1—Discussion Thread

    The Omnibus editions are smaller than the standard comic book. They are about the same size of a standard US Manga publication. The colors are the best the books have ever looked, and that's due to the fact the paper quality in these books is much higher that what is printed in the monthly comics.
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    My Little Pony Comic Collections

    I was literally about to say that, Vic. But to seriously answer Zombie's question… there's a very good reason why I don't date.
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    Answer my question with a question

    Am I?
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    Answer my question with a question

    Don't you know?
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    The Banned Game

    Banned for not liking jokes.
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    Answer my question with a question

    Don't you know?