I used to love getting comics from Wal-Mart. While I don't mind comic book stores-the staffs are usually friendly, the selections are great, and they have a lot of neat toys, figurines, etc., it can be a bit daunting going in there an seeing so many different types of books. I do think the price of comics and their overall limited accessibility has hurt the market. I don't know if TPB are the way to go. There are good and bad points about them. They are durable and you get the story, hopefully, in just one volume. But at the same time, the pricing can be a bit much, esp. if the story isn't that good. It seemed like back in the day, only the important stories went the TPB route. Now trades are used for every storyline, no matter how consequential.