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    Who's the best storyteller currently writing comics, and why?
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    This is the hardest question asked of me all day and my boss asked me a lot of questions.
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011 edited
    oh I had this nailed when I saw "Who's Your Favourite Storyteller" - David Cronenberg because I can listen to his movies while I draw and they still are amazing without looking and he writes things like " LET ME SEE THAT WEIRDO PISTOL yeah THE BULLITS ARE TEETH, THIS ONE'S GOT A CAVITY" , but currently writing comics I don't know haven't read anything that good since Planetary really so I guess it's that guy what's his name?
    • CommentAuthorinitiatezao
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011 edited
    I love the stories Mike Mignola and his Hellboy universe take me. But Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba's "Daytripper" spoke so personal that nothing else currently comes even close. It changed my life, much more than the regular "everything you see everyday" that changes your life in small unmeasurable bits.
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    matt fraction's casanova was pretty good.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011 edited
    thereĀ“s a lot but if i had to choose just one, it has to be HERGE, & currently: Azzarello, Miyazaki, Taniguchi...
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    Warren. I'd be slurping on Kirkmen's website if I thought different.
    Why? In my humble opinion Warren writes comics for people who hate people and that is what I like.
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    comics for people who hate people and that is what I like

    @ Igenius - I think I'd read comics if you wrote them + you have the greatest portrait/avatar I've ever seen ( sexy!!! )
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    There is only one storyteller.

    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    Pete Bagge (HATE), Kazuo Koike (LONE WOLF AND CUB), Moebius (ARZACH), Hugo Pratt (CORTO MALTESE) and Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, FROM HELL, SWAMP THING) are probably my all-time favourite comics storytellers. I don't think many, if any, can match them in the way they developed those narratives.

    As for current storytellers, probably Jeff Lemire for SWEET TOOTH, Brian Wood for DMZ and Mike Carey for UNWRITTEN, mostly because of the way they combine narrative development and thematic content.

    I really like Chris Ware, mainly for the way his narrative sense, even if I don't always like his themes and David Mazzucchelli (PAUL AUSTER'S CITY OF GLASS, ASTERIOS POLYP) who's simply unsurpassed in terms of both visual structure and experimentation.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    The only writer that I pick up almost anything he writes is Brian Wood (sorry Warren, you can beat me later). Channel-Zero, the Couriers, Demo, Local, and of course DMZ. I just love comics that tackle real world issues, and Brian is more than willing to tackle them head on.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    Judging by the shelves in my "library', each have their own inspiration reason, they are;

    1. Warren Ellis: SciFi and dialog
    2. Alan Moore: Beautiful, well throughout, classic writing
    3. Geoff Johns: Gigantic storytelling and arks
    4. James Robinson: Alternate/unexpected heroes
    5. David Lapham: Crime and sharp/cutting dialog.
    6. Matt Fraction: Fresh face.
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    If the accolade is 'best storyteller", then my criteria is consistency. Warren Ellis just edges it in front of Mike Carey and Peter David. EVERYTHING he produces will not waste yr time.

    Sorry, ass-licking over...
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    STEVE PURCELL. Sam and Max, Freelance Police. You crack me up, little buddy!
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    alan moore - always and forever
    Kazuo Koike - Lone Wolf & Cub is perfect. utterly witthout fault
    both hernandez brothers for involving me so deeply in the lives of their characters for so many years.
    eddie campbell - lauded as an artist but for my money an even better storyteller (see Fate of the Artist for proof)
    Warren's longform work is sublime - Transmet returned me to comics after a decade long absence - don't get me wrong i like his short runs but it's the others that i really dig.
    Garth Ennis - i'm all about Garth at the mo cause i've just read the newest Boys collection and it was ace.
    Grant Morrison - doom patrol will always be a big fave and that's only naming one of his titles that i've really dug.

    mignola, carey, willingham and kirkman for honourable mentions.
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    damn right about the Kazuo Koike I didn't realize until just now he did Crying Freeman also that one is f--ing awesome too. I have been rereading Lone Wolf, Samurai Executioner and Freeman over & over & over for years nows, in fact anytime I can't think of anything to read that's where I end up.
      CommentAuthorLee Edward
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    I'm currently only tuning in for Alan, Warren, Grant, and Neil, when he does comics. There are other writers I'll read sporadically, but it's largely contingent on whether they're doing work-for-hire or not. I prefer non-clown suit fiction.