You love comics–but are you doing your part to nurture the comics fans of tomorrow? One easy way to do so is to create a kids comics gift subscription for one of the younger readers in your life. Not only will they benefit from a monthly dose of awesome comics, but you’ll save 20% off the cover price! You can discontinue it at any time. Plus, instead of paying all at once, your credit card is only charged when comics are shipped!
Here’s how to begin: first, ask yourself if you want the comics delivered to you, or to a separate address. If you’re shipping it to another address than your regular pre-order address, you will need to set up a separate account and add the recipient’s address as the shipping address. Next, ask yourself how often you want the comics to arrive. If you’d prefer to save on shipping, you can set your pre-order shipping frequency to every four weeks, but if you want each comic to ship as it arrives, you can set your shipping schedule to weekly or every two weeks instead. Note: your first order will ship as soon as it becomes available; subsequent orders will ship according to your stated preferences.
All set? Okay! Now log in to your account and head to our Subscriptions page. You’ll see Worksheet 1 at the top, with a list of ongoing monthly series you can subscribe to as Series Subscriptions. As you can see, I’ve added Archie & Friends and Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers. NOTE: a Series Subscription will subscribe you to comics only–if you wish to subscribe to graphic novels, I’ll show you how below.
Once you’ve added your titles, click the button. You’ll see the following results:
As you can see, our subscription service starts with the newest comics that have been solicited. If you wish to purchase any previous issues, you must order them manually. Future issues will be automatically ordered for you when they become available.
Like what you see on the results page? Then click and you’ll see the following:
Here, you can make adjustments to that month’s shipment only–to make permanent changes to your subscriptions, click the “Clear This Entry” radio button (see figure 1, above) and start over. From this point forward, you will receive monthly emails showing you which comics will be ordered on your behalf. You will be able to change your order before it becomes final, if you wish.
All set? Great! You’ve successfully subscribed to two ongoing kids comics. But what if you also want to subscribe to, say, Archie graphic novels? Here’s how you do it. First, scroll down to Worksheet 2 on the Subscriptions page to start a Keyword Subscription:
As you can see, I added “Archie” as a keyword search. However, I know I don’t want any Little Archie titles, so I added “Little” as an exclusion. I also selected “Graphic Novels” as my product type (otherwise, the system will include all pre-orders on the site with Archie in the title, including toys, comics, and statues!), added a maximum price of $25, and requested 1 copy. Then, click the button and check out the following results:
Let’s say you don’t want any “New Look” or Archie & Friends graphic novels: you can go back and change your exclusions to “Little, Friends, New Look” to get the following:
If you’re happy with the results, you can click the button to see your updated subscriptions (remember, your credit card will not be charged until your items arrive and are ready to ship):
Again, future Archie graphic novels that meet your search parameters will automatically be ordered for you. To keep tabs on your subscriptions, make sure to check your email: at the beginning of the month, you will receive an email showing the list of products we will be ordering on your behalf, and you can change your order however you see fit. You will also receive a reminder email near the end of the month. At that point, you will still have a few days to modify your subscription items before we finalize your order. A few days later, we will commit your order and send it on to our distributor. At this point, your order is considered firm and is not refundable.
You can cancel your subscriptions at any time, but keep in mind that this will not automatically cancel any items that have already been ordered for you by our system. Contact Customer Service if you have any questions.
Keep in mind: sometimes, subscribing to comics on our site can get confusing. If you run into any issues, please click the “Live Chat” button at the top of virtually any page on our site (except the blog) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday-Friday and our talented customer service representatives can help.
Are you planning on buying kids comics subscriptions as gifts this holiday season? Add your comments below!