I posted a reply to Sean's June 29th post:
Reader's Digest version: a 500-page book is not a 150-page book. There is no way that we could publish a $100 hardcover of CEREBUS or HIGH SOCIETY or CHURCH & STATE and make money at it on Kickstarter. The costs MUSHROOM based on size and weight. You would be talking a minimum -- MINIMUM -- of $350 per book not including postage.
It's an understandable mistake. These are pretty much the only 500-page graphic novels, but everyone acts as if they're the same size as every other graphic novel. They're not. The difference between 500 pages and 150 pages is HUGE particularly with the astronomical price of shipping individual books, getting individual packing done and having them packed individually.
You are comparing books that are THREE TIMES THE SIZE of the books you're trying to relate them to.