Does anyone here actually still read comics?

Discussion in 'Comic Book Culture' started by wonderfly, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. wonderfly

    wonderfly Shaking things up a bit
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    It's 2018. Does anyone here actually still read comics?

    And if so, how many do you consume, per month? Is it a handful of just certain titles that you follow, or do you buy every title written by an author or artist you like, or do you buy every comic in a line of comics (like "all Spider-Man titles or "all Batman titles")?

    Do you buy less than 10? Do you buy more than 25 or 30?

    Do you buy TPB's only? Or do you only read digital comics, by this point?

    Share with your fellow Toonzone members your comic book reading habits!
     
  2. Fone Bone

    Fone Bone Matt Zimmer

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    I buy any and all Disney Comics I can afford. I'm currently reading The Don Rosa Library by Fantagraphics but I also get all of the IDW comics and Joe's Books comics, and as many of their hard and softcover books as I can afford. I also got The Complete Calvin and Hobbes recently and all five Complete Bloom County books along with the Complete Outland and the Complete Opus. I buy all of the Buffy and Angel comics but I never wind up reading them. I also buy Groo comics whenever Sergio and Mark come up with a new miniseries. I also collect Teen Titans Go!
     
  3. Red Arrow :D

    Red Arrow :D Proud Beneluxer

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    My reading habits are very irregular. There are a few European comic series I read from my library. I tend to read many albums at once in a few weeks and then don't read any comics at all the following weeks.

    I only buy comics that are not available in my library :sweat: Currently that's 2 or 3 Duck Avengers each year. (about 750 pages in total) I am also planning to buy "True Memoirs of Docteur Mystère" issue 1-3 in hardcover, whatever that is. It sounds promising.

    I also read Calvin & Hobbes and Hoshin Engi at the moment. Planning to read Liar Game and Monster.

    I don't read Marvel or DC. I only know them from cartoons.
     
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    I'm slowly catching up on some of the books I'd ordered from the hometown shop. Otherwise, I'm not doing a lot of reading. My brother got me Silver Age World's Finest, vol. 1 for my birthday. I may be retiring from collecting again soon, as the average cover price is around 3-4 dollars per issue, and that puts a drain on one's bank account when you have to conserve money (bills, rent, etc.).
     
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    Red Arrow :D Proud Beneluxer

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    What about you, Wonderfly?
     
  6. wonderfly

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    Well, no...but I've been flirting with getting back into them (well, with Marvel Comics at least).

    I stopped being a diehard collector (buying nearly every single title) back around 2010, though I still read certain titles. I actually got to work for Marvel for 2 to 3 years starting around this point, and in retrospect, it's probably one of those instances where working in the genre started to impede with my ability to fully follow the genre (that, plus my kids started being born and that took up my time).

    My work for Marvel had dried up in 2012. I stopped reading around early 2013, I think...the "X-Men vs Avengers" storyline was just starting up, and I couldn't keep up (I was still reading some stuff from 3 to 4 years prior)...it was time to let it go.

    I did do some more brief work for Marvel in 2015/2016, but I wasn't following the comics by that point. So it's been 5 years since I've followed what was going on.

    Anyway, I recently checked, and Marvel still has it's Marvel Unlimited website, which allows you to read digital comics (in a Netflix-rental style library), ranging from the Silver Age to contemporary stuff - the one catch being that the "new releases" on Marvel Unlimited are stuff that was published on the stands 6 months ago. So there's a 6 month delay for it to be added to the website.

    And I'm thinking of just diving in and reading new digital releases as they come out each week. To see if returning to Marvel after 5 years away leaves me shocked as to what's going on, or if I can just resume reading stories for some of my favorite characters.

    So that's what I'm toying with, right now.
     
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    Fone Bone Matt Zimmer

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    What did you do for Marvel?
     
  8. wonderfly

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    From late 2009 to 2012, I was one of the writers on the Official Index to the Marvel Universe line of books. I contributed material to nearly all of those collections.

    Besides writing, I also did some clerical work for them (helping put together databases cataloging story appearances of characters, along with some other things).

    But the Index ended in 2012 and that work dried up.

    In 2015/2016, I was able to contribute to the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe line of books, for a little while.

    Had to quit that work eventually though, to focus on other employment opportunities, but I would like to get back into it someday, hopefully soon.

    So yes, it's the Handbook/Index department, but it could be a blast. Always fun when editors for the books would turn to us with questions about "Has character X ever encountered character Y before now?", stuff like that.
     
  9. Solder3705

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    I read "The Walking Dead". In my opinion, Robert Kirkman should complete this comic. Altogether, as of now, was not to my liking the latest volume. Comic all the time is based on single schema, with the result that story has become predictable.
    Last year i read the latest comics DC Rebirth. I'm not a big fan of the comic book universe, but I liked read them. Most appelaed to me taste was the story of Dick Grayson. This is a character that, in part, to I identify.
     
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