I have a problem. Or not. I mean, it isn't really a "problem." (What an amazing life I would have if *this* was what I'd consider a real problem!) I do have an issue, though.
I have previously "dropped out" of comics a couple of times. In the late 90's, it was a natural thing. In the mid to late-2000's, it was by design. In late 2011, I came back in.
Now, here it is, early 2013, and I'm on the cusp of dropping out again. See, I buy from DCBS, and my orders are getting very small.
I don't have a real brick & mortar option, as the nearest comic shop is a 35 minute drive from where I live, and I don't know of any local book stores or even grocery stores that still carry comics. (I know, sad statement of the modern age, huh?)
So, if I want to get the comics and not feel like I'm paying more than I should for them, I have to maintain at least enough titles with DCBS to where the discount for those titles adds up to more than the $6.95 once a month shipping I'm currently getting.
I'm currently getting 9 titles at $1.79 each. I'm saving $1.20 on each of those books, so my savings is $10.80, which covers the $6.95.
The problem is, four of those titles are on the bubble, very close to me dropping them. If I drop these four titles, that drops me below the discount total to cover shipping... and I'll end up just dropping those last five books. I'll tell myself I'll pick them up in trade, but from experience I know I probably won't.
I don't want to do that. I want some good comics to read. I, therefore, come to you, my fellow forumites.
I'm looking for new titles, good stuff. Stuff I don't know about.
I enjoy my capes, but I'm not opposed to pulp style or spy stuff. Really, I'm pretty open to most genres. I'm not that into "quirky" titles. And straight-up comedy is hard to sustain on a monthly basis.
I'm looking for ongoing, monthly titles.
And, here is the big monkey-wrench - I'm not looking for any suggestions from Marvel or DC. Currently, all the titles I read are from those companies, and the Big Two have a pretty strong and steady promotion machine, so I can always find out about those titles. I want to hear about anything beyond those.
Help me out folks. I don't want give up comics again right now. Thanks in advance.