On serials and waiting

I’ve been reading a story in serial format over the last few months, and it’s getting close to the end, aka. everyone’s about to start throwing fireballs around. It’s been a pretty gripping story so far and I’m really interested to know what does happen – and much to the author’s smug delight, I honestly have no idea how it’s going to end. I didn’t predict any of the previous plot twists or events, and beyond some guesses as to the main character’s likely course of action (there’s going to be explosions and sarcasm) I have no real clue what the ending is going to be. So I really want to read it!

Unfortunately for me, the author’s a) really annoying, and b) a very good writer. They have this irritating habit of ending chapters on a cliffhanger – which is brilliant writing, as it makes the reader want to turn the page, want to keep reading…

…except this is a recipe for swearwords and frustration when the next chapter doesn’t yet exist. And it means an extra dose of frustration and a few new swearwords when the main character’s squaring up for a fight with the main baddie, and then the chapter ends! ARGH!

How on earth do comic book readers cope with the huge delays between issues? I’ve only got to wait until next week and that seems like far too long! I want to know what happens!