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    • CommentAuthorNadreck
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008 edited
    I tend to go by recommendations from friends for new work. If a friend can lend a graphic novel or a few comics, I'm always more than happy to read them and give something a shot.

    I really enjoy reading different takes on reality and the role of Man in the universe. Grant Morrison's run on Animal Man, for instance, or J.M. DeMatteis's run on Dr Fate (the Linda and Eric Strauss saga). That said, pretty much any well written story with strong characters and dialogue I tend to really enjoy, regardless of the genre of comic.

    Once I find I like an author (Such as Warren or Neil or Grant or Alan or...), I tend to be pretty comfortable just picking up their work sight unseen.
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    I got lucky as old as I am I'm still new to comics... i have a friend she's awsome she took me down to a local Comic book shop where she lived and there i bought my first comic (no bs here) it was Warren Ellis' Fell and right there that lit my comic soul it was totally what i was looking for then i got into Transmet and stuff just happened from there

    I'm in awe of the creative process concerning comics and how all that stuff comes out of the authors head! mostly what drives my choices is how the art looks and how it reads and if i can relate to the characters... which is why i dont like superhero stuff just doesn't appeal to me..

    • CommentAuthorPaulBurke
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    I'm more concerned with the story than anything else, so I tend to browse all new releases, pick up issue one if it looks interesting and add it to the pull list if I go back for issue two. That goes for any creator, even if I like their previous work. Occasionally, I let comic book store guy sneak one into the pile if he thinks I'll like it.

    Good stories with bad artists... I skip. Can't do it.

    Comics with a back matter are a plus. Dark Tower / Fell / Casanova... all bang for your American buck.

    In the near future, as I attempt to move from buying singles to graphic novels, previews are going to become more important to me. They'll drive my choice, as will interviews with the creators.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    Sid, you ought to take a peek into Scott McCloud's books, since the process of creating a comic interests you. It's quite a fun read by itself, and will teach you a great deal about comics, and art in general.
    • CommentAuthoredyhdrawde
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    An artist will get me to thumb through a book, but the writer will get me to buy it.

    I like Whedon's Astonishing and Buffy, Pak's Hulk, David's X-Factor, Brubaker's Cap, Criminal, Daredevil, and Iron Fist, Bendis' Ultimate, Ellis' Doktor Sleepless, Gravel and Black Summer , Luna Brother's Sword, Shooter's Legion.

    Although I have been rading Messiah CompleX, and I was reading Amazing but well, that stopped.
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    An artist helps, but don't always buy books based on art. For me the main one is writer, then character, then themes.

    So in other words, Grant Morrison>X-Men>themes of minority/scifi/future/superheroics is an absolute topper

    Whereas say,
    Chuck Austen> any book he touches, but in this case let's use X-Men for the comparison> themes of 'I-wonder-how-many-of-my-fanboy-wet-dreams-I-can-fit-in-before-they-realise-I'm-killing-the-book' ...not so much, lol
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    Just about anything could draw me towards a book. I usually try to flip through every comic on the shelf the rare times I'm able to visit a comic store anymore. Something I've heard about and like the premise of will be picked up first and looked through. Something by a writer I follow will be next. Oh, I also look for stuff by fellow creators. Then I just go through and look for any covers or names that catch my eye. I can be drawn in by the right pacing, art, dialogue, colors... since I've started lettering, even that could lead to a buy.

    Mostly I look for a good/entertaining story... next is good art.
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    I've started tiering my priorities in my comic book reading as the time goes on. Writer and/or Character used to be the only things I cared about when I was less discerning but now I've pretty much dropped that latter part off the map. I really don't care what a comic is about (and the same goes for my TV and Movie viewing, and my novel reading) just as long as it's well written, adequately penciled, and keeps me engaged. Writer still takes the top priority, it's just easier to go down the line and find someone you already know and trust, but the publisher and a good pitch will sell me now that I know what to look for. If Oni hadn't been diligent in sending me a good half of their OGN volumes to me this past year for review I probably would have bought them all the same. I know the company and I trust if they're publishing it, they're doing so because they found themselves some new talent with a great pitch. And, of course, even I'm drawn to the occasional sample of dynamic art used to preview a book, though art is usually a distant second to me compared to the writing...
    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
    Funny, I've got the same sort of tree system as mojojoseph up there. Mine goes:


    Then I've got my superhero loyalties (The Authority, Runaways, and Deadpool), all of which are in an odd spot right now.

    Of course, my most recent "discovery" I got into almost blindly: I started picking up Starman trades just because I had read something Tony Harris had said about Ex Machina, along the lines of 'I never thought I'd work on anything special again after Starman.' Being that Ex Machina is one of my favorite books, I just had to know what was so great about Starman.

    And there's also the [it's on sale/at a used bookstore>have I heard of it>what do the blurbs say?] tree, which I how I got into Strangers in Paradise and practically every manga series I read.
    • CommentAuthorVetes
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
    Don't really care about writer (except Ellis and Brian K. Vaughn). I go for mostly premise. If it has a weird premise I'll definitely take a look. However, it better captivate me within the first few pages. The art can be very stylish or very plain, but cannot be drawn by a 10 year old. The writing has to be precise and mean something. That's something I think of a lot of writers do not have anymore.
    • CommentAuthor3!LL
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
    Unless I know going into it that it's a really good story, It's the art. I don't read most comics, I get the story by the art, or I just study the techniques. Also, Self contained stories. I've no time to ride a title until it stats to suck, and hang on to the false hope that it may turn around. I like something that has a definite resolution. If its a monthly, I'll follow a creative team that I like and hope that they tell a whole story in their run. (Bad Example: Hush, Told within a monthly. Sorry it was the only one at memory) Specifically, I like character driven stories. Even in a conceptually thick story, I like feeling like the character's choices are driving the story, not the character making choices withing the confines of a specific situation.

    Beyond that, A humor book will always get me on before a Drama. Goon's a good example. good art, Character based, self contained funny stories.

    • CommentAuthorMacgyver
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
    Well, I'm here so obviously I buy anything Warren tells me to that has his name on it (not sure if I'll get X-Men though). Whedon would probably have the same effect, but I only get the Buffy/Angel comics at the moment

    Apart from that, I'm the Marvel Ultimate universe's bitch so I buy all of those books. Anything that sounds interesting on The Stack which I stumbled across somehow. Every time I step in to the comic shop I have a scan of the shelves before picking up what's built up in my folder (generally only two weeks) and if the title or cover catches my eye I'll have a flick. As I'm relatively new to the monthly game I generally end up picking up number 1's or anything that's a couple of issues in and the back issues are there (my shop doesn't have a back issue section). And that's about it for now. Plus anything I see in ads that sparks my interest

    Cause I'm here I'll probably pick some stuff up because of hearing about it in the threads.
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    I wasn't allowed to have comics as a kid, other than Tintin, and because almost all comic book related stuff is an import in Australia, "real" comics were always out of my financial reach. A bunch of my wealthier friends read superhero comics and talked about why they thought Batman and Superman were hot and angsty and I ended up thinking most comics were lame and read by lame people.

    When I moved to America last August (without my books), I picked a few things off ebay at random with the help of Wikipedia and found artists/writers I like, and I'm always finding more, especially in the smaller comic publisher catalogues. I mostly get trade paperbacks, and I have enough older series to catch up on to keep me going for years. I have writers and artists I like and am always on the lookout for new things to read - I like a good story, good art, something different, something fun and clever. I've barely scratched the surface of what's out there and I'm having a great time trying everything.

    The mention of Batman still makes me twitch.