In UK Panini Comics releases a lot of the Marvel stuff in fat floppy format and in trades - and on the web shops many of their trades show more pages in their trades - Secret Invasion (284 versus 248 pages) and Marvel 1985 (172 pages on the Panini trade versus 144 pages on the Marvel hardcover) for example. Does someone know what's the deal?
It's like the difference between PAL and NTSC, Once you convert our sequential entertainment into their foreign format you end up with more pages. It's weird.
Seriously, I've always wanted to buy a few Pannini trades. I have an French Hellboy trade collecting material never traded here in the states (the Batman, Starman crossover and the Ghost crossover).
Panini has a licensing deal with Marvel and I suppose it's financially more viable for them to do the trades like this. The market determines how you package books, and if phone book size trades work, it's what happens.
I see these a lot in train stations over here.
Do they leave the ads in?
"If a baby were President, there would be no taxes. There would be no war. There would be no...government, and...things could get terrible. And actually probably it would be a better screenplay idea then a serious suggestion."
What's lamer is that a lot of the trades I buy from a UK shop, are meant to be from Titan Books, but it's the Marvel / DC / Vertigo trade with just a Titan sticker on the back - and has a slighty bigger price than the "US edition".
I was in my LCS today chatting about this very topic. They tend to look pretty ugly as trades, but the price difference with the £/$ exchange rate means that's starting to not matter - the Panini Secret Invasion came out a week later, had a number of tie ins included and was £7 cheaper.
DC and Titan in the UK have a similar thing going on, which is even more ridiculous when you realise that those ones are a lot cheaper and tend to be the DM edition with an ugly thick UK barcode sticker on the back.