I recently started using a new app to keep on top of my finances. It’s called Moneyhub and it’s the best. But how has it saved me money? And what’s that got to do with reading comics?
Combined with a new current account at Starling, the instant notifications and automatic categorisation of my expenditure gives me a detailed and up to date perspective on where my money’s going each month.
On of the first things I noticed was the disgusting amount of money I was spending on digital comics. I stopped buying paper comics a long time ago. This was due to the practicality of getting to a comic shop on time each week and the amount of space a large comic collection takes up.
So I started using ComiXology and never looked back. It was super easy to track down my favourites each week and also try new series. ComiXology is how I discovered Saga – something for which I’ll be forever grateful. But because I was buying a few comics every week, the costs soon piled up.
My recent review of the budget meant that this really was a luxury outlier which I couldn’t ignore. If I’m going to spend less on stuff, so that I can travel more and have more fun holiday experiences, that means something had to happen to my unsustainable comics habit.
Step forward Marvel Unlimited. It’s a subscription service from Marvel Comics where you basically have unlimited access to their back catalogue for just £7.99 a month. Considering a tropical comic on ComiXology is £2.49, this is quite the saving.
There are some limitations, of course. Comics appear on the catalogue about six months after they’re first published. So if you’re all about getting your hands on the freshest stories each week, this isn’t for you.
And while you can read as many comics as you like, you can download download 12 at a time for offline reading. This is my main gripe with the service, as 12 comics won’t take me all the way to Tokyo! But for your average train journey or short hop on a plane, it’s fine.
I’ve enjoyed dipping into series that I wouldn’t have tried previously, all based on cost. I’ve been revisiting old comics I remember from when I was a lot younger. And (I think) I’ve finally started reading the X-Men again after a very long time.
If you’re a comics fan with an expensive habit, I’d give it a try. You can get a free trial to see if it’s for you. Of course, it’s limited to Marvel, but that’s where the bulk of my reading is. I’m still reading Saga (I mean, duh!) but that’s a tiny price to pay for such great all round entertainment.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve some old copies of Alpha Flight to finish reading…