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    Ok, there was a thread back on The Engine that I rather liked where people discussed what leads them to make their comic reading choices. Allot of new faces here so I thought it might be fun to see what people have to say on this again.

    There are nearly no topics or genre I have a natural aversion too, so I go make judgments based almost entirely on the writer. I find new writers either by recommendation of readers with similar interests or recommendations of the writers themselves.

    That said, I am prone to pick up any comics in spy, crime or space opera genres to give a try even if I have never heard of the creators behind the books. In part because I want those 3 genres to have a vastly higher representation.
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    I prefer entirely self contained stories/mini series - I don't do ongoing series at all. I like different kinds of books, but have a preferece for sci-fi, horror and crime. Last best read I got was Lost Squad, by Chris Kirby. Great fun.
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    Pretty obvious stuff really. I follow writers and artists a lot, although I won't just buy anything automatically, and there are a few comic reviews sites and blogs that I pay attention to. Any style or genre is fine by me.

    My last vestiges of habitual buying were the Spidey titles, but Marvel beat those out of me a few years ago.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
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    Mostly who the writers are. Actually, it's so much based on the writer, that I'm not sure how I even managed to find the ones I like, because nobody ever recommended them to me or anything. I think I may have started randomly grabbing things and just got lucky. I think Fell is the only book I ever read based solely on it being recommended to me, up until I made my thread here about what I should be reading.
    No that's not true - I also read the first 2 tpbs of Starman. That was pretty good.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
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    My choices are based on writer and artist combinations. You can have the best story in the world, but if the art doesn't match then the book isn't worth my time.
    • CommentAuthorC.O.
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    Way back when I started reading comics, I picked them solely by artist. The pretty pictures got my coin. Keep in mind that I don't count the Valiant Mario days, or the Archie (neither of which had any kind of good art). Eventually I started reading Wizard, which turned me on to Preacher, written by Garth Ennis and arted by Steve Dillon. There I learned that comic books can have good stories too. From there it's been a mixture of writer, artist, character, and story. I'll read anything Mr. Ellis writes, regardless of artist, for example. Or anything by Ed Brubacker of Matt Fraction. On the artist side, I'll take Frank Cho drawing shit (literally) over a legend like George Perez drawing the new Brave and the Bold series. I'm all over the map, really. I'll give anything a shot, but I prefer to have some kind of back knowledge first.
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      CommentAuthorFerburton
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    I go by writer and how long the series has been going on. If it is something I can go back on and read to catch up to what's currently going on, then I will. Why I ususally can't get into most supe comics. There is to much back story to them for me to really enjoy them, and the horrible writing that usually goes along with it. To censored and not willing enough to take risks. I usually stick to the writers I know, that turn out good comics. Someone like Warren, Moore, Ennis, etc.

    Then I usually will pick up a new series I hadn't heard of before but keeping hearing good things about by other people. Like how I picked up the Umbrella Academy.
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    I tend to pick up comics based on the writer, but bad art can drive me away pretty easily. I'll pick up a new series by a writer I haven't heard of if the art is really tight, and the concept is good.

    I was very tied into Marvel continuity for a while there, Civil War had me picking up a lot of books (the first time I got into a "major comic event"), but World War Hulk made me cut back a huge amount. Civil War was a great concept, and actually worthy of having a lot of tie-ins, even if some of them were damp squibs, where as WWH was pretty much a complete waste of time.

    I tend to follow around Morrison, Ellis, Fraction, some Brubaker (he's a tight writer, but a little vanilla at times, I find), and Bendis when he's on form. Some Ennis too.

    Quitely, Granov, Yu are up there for my favourite artists, so I read most of the stuff they're featured in, but luckily, they're usually tied to my favourite writers.

    It's hard to get some of the newer indie books in my LCS, because they don't have room, y'know, what with all the Yu-Gi-Oh toys and Lord Of The Rings authentic jewelry, so I generally end up having to get them in trade (ie. Black Summer was nowhere to be seen, and the dude at the counter just looked at me blankly when I asked about it).

    So I guess my LCS affects my singles buying, if not my overall buying.
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    Writers first, usually artists second (few exceptions). A comic can be as pretty as it wants, but if it doesn't engage my brain in some way, it's a waste of my money. I've slowly dropped titles from the major houses due to boredom. And there is no one genre that I stick to as a hard and fast rule though.
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007 edited
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    There are writers I'll get sight unseen, and if I try a new book, it's usually the writing that keeps me around. There's a grey area where the art can make cliche, mediocre or pedestrian writing interesting, but when I follow the writer to the next book, that's when I find out it was the artist that made the writer good.

    Though there are a lot of artists whose stuff I love I don't think there's any artist that would make me get a book without checking the writing first. Though I'd flip through it at the store just to see the purty pitchers.

    I'm willing to bet that this or variations of it will be the majority opinion here. I wonder if it's different on an artist's forum site.
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    I read comic news blogs like ComicsReporter, TheBeat, Journalista, Newsarama, Publishers Weekly thing, and several comic related message boards. If something is said to be REALLY REALLY GOOD over and over and over again through those places, I'll likely give it a look through if I see it at a store somewhere. If it looks like something I'll enjoy and it's not outrageously priced I'll buy it.

    But sometimes I just go to the store looking for something to read. I'll spend quite a bit of time browsing through the various books and I'll find something interesting. Other times I'm in the mood for a particular genre or style. If I'm in the mood for say, 70s Spider-Man I'll pick up an Essential. The only real 'sure' sale from me is when I get hooked on some series of trades (ie Walking Dead) and buy them as they come out, but often not right away.
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    definitely the writer comes first for me. if its an artist i like, cool. whereas artists i adore on a book i don't wanna read will sit on the shelf (see:ultimate iron man 2). i will also probably always buy batman, unless jeph loeb and jim lee come back. that's my only gap on that title in my collection. thirdly, i am sometimes a whore for dc continuity, so if a book is steeped in the universe i usually love it. yeah, i know, but its like the love that keeps on hurting some months.
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      CommentAuthorConojito
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    I'm an art tart. The thing that made me pick up DMZ in the first place, for example, was the amazing artwork of Riccardo Burchielli. That being said, I'm drawn more towards the slightly more stylised style of artists like Eduardo Risso, David Mazzucchelli, Matt Wagner, Stuart Immonen, JRJR and so on - who seem to work with the most talented writers anyway!
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      CommentAuthorElana
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    I work in a comic shop (I'm actually signed in from work right now), so I just read everything off the shelf and buy what I'm still thinking about at the end of the day. I've become a fan of a lot of unexpectedly good stuff that way, and I can really appreciate it even more after slogging through so much crap.

    Some auxiliary rules:
    - anything from Warren
    - any of David Mack's projects
    - anything with Gambit in it. Because I have a crush on him.
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    There are favorite creators I follow, mostly cartoonists or writers...though there are a few non-writing artists whose work I'll check out even if the writing stinks.

    For new work by creators I don't know, I usually judge from the art first - not necessarily the look of the art itself, but the flow of the visual storytelling. If something is going to be a chore to read, I'm much less likely to try it out.

    I don't have too many genre/subject restrictions...I tend to want to steer clear of excessive gore or sexual violence if there isn't a worthwhile story to back it up, but it's pretty hard to know whether there is before reading the damn thing...

    I don't do High Fantasy or Swords and Sorcery all that much, though I can be convinced...I've probably read enough superheros in my life, but if there's good work I'll take a look...and I'm really, really bored with zombies. But other than that, I'm pretty open.

    If something gets good mention from a reliable source, I'll try and give it a look.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    It makes sense that on a comic writers website you would find a lot of people who follow specific writers. I would guess that on an artists site you would fing people who follow artists?

    I tend to follow the same artists as most of the people here plus Peter David ,Matt Wagner and Vaughn and occasionally Willingham.

    If people who like the same types of comics as I do start raving about a book I generally pick it up. I bet a lot of us got onto Walking Dead that way?
    I plan to get a few trades of DMZ from when I dropped it after the fist arc due to people here.

    Occasionally I will pick up a book just because I like the premise. I am a history and historical fiction buff and have been on a Viking/Saxon kick with my print reading so Northlanders was a no brainer. I have been burnt a few times doing this so I was happy to see some respected names involved in it.

    Sometimes the guy at my comic book store will toss one he thinks I might like on my file. He is hit and miss. I got Black Summer like this but last friday it was a Virgin Comic called (I kid you not) Dock Walloper. It is by Ed Burns ,Jimmy Palmmiotti and Siju Thomas and is about a Dock worker from the 1920's with a huge right hand who wallops people with it . I am going to call this one a long shot but what the heck it is only a 6 issue arc and I love the title.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    Alot of it is by the writer, but much is by story.... i like crime stuff, sci-fi, whatever..... if the story looks especially intriguing, i'll pick it up....
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    I used to pick (ill-advisedly) by genre; recently, I've been building a list of writers, artists and even colourists that produce work that I will check out - if I enjoy said work in some way, I'll get it.

    I get recommended a lot of stuff by my LCS, and duly check it all out, although I end up purchasing less than half; my main new purchases over the last year came recommended heavily by either The ENGINE or Panel & Pixel.

    Apart from Booster Gold, recommended by R Stevens.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007
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    basically, if someone whose taste I trust tells me its good I'll read it and seek it out. Usually they're right. We'll have to see about some of the recomendations I've harvested off of here (ex: DMZ) writers are a good rule of thumb but I don't read much so I'm still working through the Ellis Canon.
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      CommentAuthorPete Martin
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2007 edited
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    Being able to find a sodding Issue One.

    EDIT: Okay that was glib...

    I go for self contained stories. I like things that have an ending. I've not bought any mainstream Marvel stuff in donkey's years because of the permanent feeling of coming into a story halfway. It amazes me how I can walk into almost any comic book shop in the country and find 2, 5 and 8 of series and nothing else. I mean, whose going to buy that? What new customer are you going to attract without the beginning to a story?

    Otherwise, weirdly, I'm noticing page layout and typeface a lot more recently. This is why I don't tend to pick up anything from Platinum.

    Will consider at anything that isn't superhero, zombies or Mark Millar.