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    I'd probably hold my nose and buy an Absolute Transmet, but it's not the format of choice. They just feel overproduced and overpriced to me. They're very nice, but not $100+ nice. I'd love the complete Promethea as well, but even buying on Amazon brings the three in at $220, and I'd much rather support my local store.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2011 edited
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    @Tony - when I mentioned the deluxe treatment, I wasn't going for those Deluxe formats that Fables, Preacher and other titles have. It was a broad (but poor) term for luxury format or whatever you want to call it.
    @David - Now that you mentioned it, I'm not sure where it was but I definitely have an idea of Warren wanting Transmetro as cheap as possible.

    If it had the Sandman treatment (new colors, some art remade, extras, etc.) I'd be interested but otherwise I don't have any interest in a bigger reproduction of the same material I can read on trades.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2011
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    Those Sandman tomes are damn near unreadable they are so heavy. Sure they are pretty, but a bit too much in my opinion.
    • CommentAuthorTony F
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    We can discuss our personal preferences til kingdom come, but the reality is much simpler. Next summer, DC is going to release a fifteen hundred page monster collecting a prominent Vertigo series in its entirety.

    And that's an unprecedented move. The closest thing in the market is Jeff Smith's one book edition of BONE, clocking in at almost 1400 pages (I own this book and it proves this kind of thing is perfectly doable). Marvel hasn't gone beyond the 1200 page mark with its multiple omnibus editions. DC is setting a new record here, and 2 things can happen:

    A) The book is a failure, and sales are disappointing.

    B) The book is a success, and/or even sells out.

    If option A happens, they probably won't try again.

    If option B happens, they'll immediately start thinking about more candidates for the same treatment. And guess what other prominent Vertigo series clocks in at 1500 pages and has never been reprinted in other format than the lowly trade paperback...
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    • CommentAuthorTony F
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    Thanks for the link.

    Exactly the same could be said about Morrison's book:
    INVISIBLES was never popular or lucrative enough to merit such a collection either.

    In fact, it was rebooted not once, but twice to save it from a definitive cancellation, and the trade paperback editions were published after a while. At first, the trades weren't even comprehensively reprinting the whole series, part of the issues from the first volume were left "orphaned" and only after the series was finished, the gaps were filled with tpb editions. Meanwhile, if I'm not mistaken Transmet tpbs were churned out by DC in parallel to the regular series.

    Anyway, we can safely say that INVISIBLES was very probably less popular and lucrative than TRANSMET, and yet here's the Omnibus.

    Although one could argue that at this point "Grant Morrison" is a more popular and lucrative name than "Warren Ellis"... sadly, IMO.

    Finally, I'm glad that, as I thought, Ellis is expressing just a preference for affordable editions, not a mandate.
    • CommentAuthorTony F
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    Although affordability is relative:

    The 10 trade paperback volumes collecting TRANSMETROPOLITAN cost 155 dollars.

    A 1500 page TRANSMET OMNIBUS would cost 150 dollars.

    Nuff' said, true believers.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    I have a feeling warner bros would mark it up a bit more though.
    • CommentAuthorTony F
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    Why?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    A 1500 page TRANSMET OMNIBUS would cost 150 dollars.


    Yeah, but you can't pay for the omnibus in 10 installments of $15. THAT SAID, a Transmet omnibus does sound neat. It'd make a great coffee table book for people to peruse through when over, especially a nice fancy one like the Sandman one. But it would be unaffordable to a lot of people, myself included. It'd be a huge splurge for me that I'd really have to save up for (or an expensive gift for someone).
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2011
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    @Tony They have a history of overcharging for shit you can get cheaper. Take the Starman Omnibuses, all Six volumes retail for $300 compared to the 10 trades whick cost less than $200.
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    I've got all six Starman Omnibuseseseses. They make my bookshelf a happier place to be. Also, I got 4 and 5 in a "but one GN, get second for $1" sale. So $251. Totally worth it. :)
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2011
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    Oh, I love them too.