First off, if you’re going to go accusing Erik of something, why don’t you call him out by his name instead of masking it with “they”?
Second, if the backstories have forced you to buy the issues already, what is it that’s forcing you to buy the TPB as well? The cover image? Give me a break.
Third, let’s not pretend that a $9.99 cover price for a 6.5-issue TPB with a cover gallery is extortion.
Fourth, are you saying that Udon somehow makes money or scores a point every time some fan has to go and dig up a back-issue of Newtype? SF is a multi-medium property, with ties to games, anime, manga, toys, comics and Juwanna Mann. That means there are a lot of places where promo material can and should appear. In another words, why should anyone be surprised that there was a four-page SF Comic promo in Gamepro magazine or Newtype magazine? It’s more of an advertisement than anything else. If you’re enough of a collector to want to spend money on the thing, then go ahead and do it. If you just care about following the main story of the comic, i’m sure you can find a summary of what happened in those FOUR PAGES somewhere in this forum. It’s safe to say you aren’t missing out on a world of adventure by not owning that issue of Newtype.
Fifth, Erik is running a business, and in sales of any sort, you have to ASK people for their money. They aren’t just going to donate it to you. Since we all want Udon to do well so that they keep making SF issues and so that it’ll prove that SF is a valuable property worth investing time into, what’s the fucking problem with him trying to run his business well?
Finally, if they choose to release a backup story TPB, i’m sure it will more than worth the money to anyone who doesn’t want to keep searching through twenty issues of the SF comic just to look up one thing. And again, as someone who’s been “cheated” into buying all of the actual issues, you don’t have to buy the damn thing.
Give it a rest man.