Each week that I don’t have a steady job brings with it guilt over buying comics. Guilt because I’m not buying everything I want, and guilt because I spend money at all. I wish I could lay out the cash for the trades and OGN’s I want each week (um, hello, omnibus hardcover of Whedon & Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men?) but I’m pretty broke. The lovely thing about comics, though, is that they still cost less than a beer does in Brooklyn, and so as of now, at least, they’re still in the budget.
This week includes: Hellblazer #259 (oh, John, will you ever change? Don’t ever change.), Madame Xanadu #15, No Hero #7 (of 7–how gory will the last one be? Let’s see if Warren can outdo even himself.)
Things I want but don’t know if I can afford: Labor Days volume 2 and Neil Gaiman’s newest, Odd and the Frost Giants. Seriously, Mr. Gaiman, I can’t keep up with you these days. I haven’t even read the Graveyard Book yet (cue shocked gasps).
What about you? How do you make the decision what to buy and what not to buy when money is tight? I know that technically trades come out cheaper than buying singles, but buying a couple of singles each week always feels like spending less money. It’s wrong, I know, but I can’t convince myself otherwise…