My last Line-By-Line blog dealt with the idea of “trade waiting”, including whether we actually get back to buying the trades for which we were waiting in the first place. Over 100 comments later, and I get the sense that trade-waiting seems to play some part in the buying patterns of most weekly comic shop visitors. However, the notion of waiting does bring up one question: how does a trade waiter contend with spoiler culture?
For example, my guess is that if you’re reading Blog@Newsarama right now, then that means that you’re an active reader or buyer of comics, graphic novels, manga, or a related expression in some form. In fact, I know that many people wish to come and discuss things that they’ve read in one of their monthlies, even if they haven’t read other books that came out that week (see: the trade-waiting part). But that doesn’t mean that part of your trade-waiting list won’t get spoiled by a harmless visit to a news site.
SO . . . my question is: how do you trade-waiters avoid the pervasive spoiler culture of the internet? Do you, for example, avoid all Batman threads, or do you just say, “What the hell, knowing and reading it are different?” What’s your take or philosophy? Are you okay with spoilers? Do they drive you nuts? And if fans are generally okay with spoilers, what does that say about the reading itself? Let’s talk.