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November 11, 2005

Watchmen X-Treme, I mean Absolute Edition

My parents got me the newly restored Watchmen for my birthday, and I want you to keep in mind that I'm very happy with it, and I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth. A friend of mine worked very hard on the restoration and the book looks great. However:

There's a reason that box sets exist. When there are multiple items in a series, be they books, cds, or dvds, it's very helpful to be able to keep them together in a container of some sort. Like a box. But see, Watchmen Absolute Edition is just one book. Putting it in a box is stupid. Why don't they put it in a paper bag too, maybe they could charge another twenty bucks. Or put the paper bag in a plastic bag like they do at the supermarket. Or put an even bigger box around the first box and put a diary-esque lock on it. Or ship it with a couple spare boxes in case you get bored of the first box, and put all the boxes in one of those Prisoner man-eating bubbles. The possibilities are endless.

Posted by Will at November 11, 2005 3:15 PM


Can't really tell from the picture, but might it not be a slip case - a box except for one open side that shows the spine. Classier books are often published in slip cases.

Posted by: Eddie at November 12, 2005 4:50 PM

You're right, it is a slip case. Slip cases are stupid too.

Posted by: Will at November 12, 2005 6:02 PM

Watchmen rules!

Did you get my copy of Sunnyvale?

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Posted by: jamesr at November 13, 2005 8:38 PM

Actually, the slip-case thing is often done with individual books, usually very upscale ones. The purpose of the slipcase isn't to group multiple items -- it't to protect the cover and binding of a very nice book. Doesn't seem all that stupid to me (unless you're so concerned about keeping the *slipcase* unblemished that you then put it in something else....)

Posted by: Cranston at November 14, 2005 11:27 PM

For what this book costs, It's not a bad idea to have a slip-case to keep dust out of the pages when it sits on the shelf unread. Find something better to complain about.

Posted by: scott at March 25, 2006 4:03 PM

its watchmen, it deserves its own case dumbass

Posted by: nigger at September 4, 2007 5:51 AM

Thanks for adding your invaluable insight two years after the fact.

Posted by: Will at September 4, 2007 10:52 AM