Simple answer: I seldom purchase physical new comics. Why? I’m 65 years old, my wife is 68 and I need to pay off some debt over the next two years so I can go to part time and retire. Buying over $200 a month in new comics can’t be part of that plan sanely. Also, our current house, while adequate with a home office for me and a “craft room” for my wife, has no room for more and more long boxes of comics.
What few I maybe quarterly purchase is through mycomicshop.com for things like TWD (now over) or Black Hammer-related series. So maybe $20 every 3 months for new comics, and even those are mostly 3 or 4 months prior. I also purchase a very rare occasional digital Comixology copy, like the recent Metal Men #1, the two issues of Millenium Legion and I’ll pick up #1 of the new Legion Nov 6 I guess. I picked up Marvel Comics #1000 digitally, even though I assume it’ll be on MU in a year, but have only read like 4 pages of the 80 pages so far
I have been on a personal journey to move my comic book purchases from physical to Unlimited Digital since early 2015, when Marvel Secret Wars #4 came out. At that point, I went “cold turkey”, no longer buying new Marvel issues but instead waiting 9 months to see how Secret Wars and later Battleworld turned out. It was not easy, I still recall the cravings.
As other digital platforms came up, I would immediately jump on, and abandon purchasing that publisher, which seldom turned out well. Scribd, the digital book platform, offered stacks of Dynamite, Boom etc as part of their $46 a year all you can read offering around the same time. But by early 2017 they abandoned it, leaving me scrambling for physical copies I missed (I still subscribe for the unlimited novels, sheet music etc). Then Comic Blitz rolled out, I became a beta tester, and even was awarded a free year’s subscription for helping out…but that stopped a year ago (now is part of Con TV).
Around that time, Comixology started their Unlimited service. I jumped on, wasn’t impressed at first, but it’s gotten quite good. Some publishers like Boom, IDW, Dynamite, Archie and Valiant are 'all in", while others not so much. Of course, DC Comics has jumped in as well in a big way over there, and I get my Vertigo over on CU.
So DC Universe going crazy and opening their 21,000 plus comic digital library a la MU to us has been a dream come true. The main driver for me signing up for this the summer of 2018 was the hope of reducing or halting the purchase of physical DC comics that I craved (as the comic book addict I am).
But, as you, dear rare reader of this long rambling discourse, probably have guessed by now, I view most digital comics platforms like walking on thin ice: I’ll believe they are still here in 2 years when I see it.
I also still buy the occasional older comics that aren’t digitized or Archives / graphic novels that aren’t digitized. Yesterday my wife and I drove 2.5 hours into Canada from where we live in NY State mainly so I could buy some graphic novels, hardcover DC Archive editions etc at less than half price Canadian (then further savings as their dollar is only 77 cents or so US money). I picked up Blackhawks archive hardcover for what amounts to $16 US, sealed and crisp (and three volumes of Alien Legion, also not digitized).