Aaron Albert attempts to break down the cost per minute of such forms of entertainment as movies and comics, and comics come out a bit spendy.
I think there are many reasons. Comic books are a very unique medium that you can’t really get anywhere else. There is an interactivity in comics, where you play out the characters voices and some of the action in your mind…at least I do. The collectible nature of comics also comes into play. I have comics that are worth quite a lot more than I paid for them, but I also have comics that aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. It can go both ways. What isn’t calculated above is the other time we spend, and hopefully enjoy, on comics. Reading blogs, watching superhero movies, talking with friends about who could beat whom, all of that comes from the fifteen minutes where we suspend belief and delve into the an imaginative world.
It should be noted that Albert DOESN’T break down graphic novels, or manga tankubon ($10 for 180 pages) which would be interesting. I know it took me A WEEK to read, for example, ALICE IN SUNDERLAND and STUCK RUBBER BABY and GEMMA BOVARY, and so on. It takes a few sessions to get through WATCHMEN or your average SANDMAN volume, as well, perhaps more of the reason they have remained so popular. Bang for the buck, or as we like to call it…the satisfying chunk.