Comic Con inspired bargains
Tonight is the preview night for
which is one of the biggest pop culture events of the year.
In fact, it’s big enough that companies tie into it with merchandise/content sales…and not just on comics.
The con itself certainly goes beyond comic books/graphic novels. Some old timers complain that it has become too much about movies and TV…even ones that aren’t even especially geeky (and I use that adjective as a proud geek).
Authors of text-based books (you know…what many people just call “books”) ;) also appear: Diana Gabaldon, Robin Hobb, Jim Butcher, and more. Even the publishers (Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House) have panels.
So, through this weekend, we’ll be able to find bargains…even if they don’t specifically say they are there because of Comic Con, that may be the case.
For example, one of today’s Kindle Daily Deals is
This is Batman’s 75th anniversary year..the Dark Knight (or Caped Crusader…depends a bit on your perspective) debuted in what is sometimes considered the best pop culture year, 1939.
Batman (along with Superman) certainly seems to have taken some inspiration from Doc Savage (Doc was a wealthy crimefighter with specialized vehicles and equipment…including a “utility vest”, which arguably became Batman’s utility belt), but that’s another story. :)
There have been some Batman graphic novels that are really considered classic by Batman fans…and yes, they are included here for $2.99 each.
- Batman: The Dark Knight by Frank Miller
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
If you’ve never read a graphic novel, I’d recommend The Dark Knight…and warn you ahead of time, those two in particular are not written for children.
Amazon is also giving us
You need to enter a promotional code (BATMAN75) first…you can see all the details here:
I suspect we’ll see more related specials over the next few days in the
Another place at Amazon where we’ll see savings through the weekend, and these may be explicitly SDCC deals, is
One more thing before I leave Amazon. Here’s a link for
If you are an eligible Prime member, you can watch these at no additional cost…and there are 227 results at time of writing.
Let’s move off of Amazon for a minute to go to Marvel.
Marvel has “Marvel Unlimited”, which you can think of as similar to Kindle Unlimited…just for digital Marvel comics.
Normally, that’s $9.99 a month. It includes a lot of comics…typically, you can expect that when a Marvel comic is six months past its publication date, it may appear here.
As a special tie-in to SDCC, though, you can get the first month for $0.99!
You can have 12 comics out at a time (KU allows ten titles).
You can get more information on it here:
The necessary app isn’t in the Amazon Appstore, but you could get it at
Amazon allows us to install apps from “unknown sources” on our Kindle Fires, but you have to make the call. Since the app won’t have been reviewed by Amazon to make sure it is safe and that it works on the KFire, you take responsibility for that.
This is one where I would feel comfortable getting it, and I have gotten things for my KFire from 1Mobile before.
You can count on bargains from other geeky sites, too, like
That’s the no additional cost streaming music for eligible Amazon Prime members.
In my recent post
I didn’t talk about using Prime Music, but I have used it sporadically…I sometimes write with it on, for example.
It looks like Prime Music has been quite successful. Adding hundreds of thousands of songs to it is great! I haven’t been terribly impressed with their playlists, although it is nice to have fifty songs of one genre play with one selection. I’m just not sure that I’m seeing genuine creativity n how songs are grouped together in the playlists. I some cases, they seem a bit more like…search results, rather than curated music lists.
For example, the press release mentions one called “Fire for Your Fire”, and describes it as “Odes to all things fire make perfect listening on your Fire Phone or Kindle Fire”. I’m guessing that it’s just a bunch of songs with “fire” in the title, although I’m not seeing it yet on the site.
Curation seems to be better at Songza, but this is new for Amazon. One thing they could do is let customers share playlists, then have people “like” them…and with enough likes, a playlist moves up into a better discovery spot. That would create social engagement, and probably result in better playlists.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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