So I guess I don't follow creators or stories, I follow both. I won't buy a book blindly just because I like the creator, I have to be interested in the story.
To me, its about quality (along with personal tastes).
I'm not a huge enough fan of any character to buy any and every story about a character. As a collector I may by a certain book that's less than stellar if it helps close a gap in a collection, but I don't just buy any and every book for a character.
Also, even the most talented writers can churn out crappy or simply underwhelming tales, so I'm not probably going to buy something based on the author's name alone without the re-assurance that this is actually a good story from reviews, etc.
I tend to avoid comics based on characters or premise I dislike unless it features a creative team I almost always enjoy.
I'll definately buy all comics by creators who's work I like featuring characters or premises that I enjoy.
I'll buy some series based on character if I'm ambivelant or ignorant about the creative team, usually making a final decision based on preview art or creator interviews.
I avoid comics based on characters or premises I dislike by teams I'm ambivelant or ignorant about unless some part of the book (like a unique art style) catches my interest or I hear near-unanimous praise for it.
I avoid comics based on characters or premises I dislike by creative teams I dislike regardless.
The recent Extreme relaunches over at Image. Featuring characters and concepts that, when originated, I found less than compelling. Due to the creative teams and previews, I'll be checking out a number of these books.
Never been a fan of Thor, but due to my enjoyment of the then-current Orion series at DC, I bought the first Simonson Thor Classic. I found it wasn't very compelling for me, but I gave it a shot.
Detective Comics is a series that I have a very long unbroken run on. Unfortunately, with the New 52 relaunch the creative team was very much not to my liking. So, regretfully, I had to trim the comic from my pull
When Winter Soldier was announced featuring Brubaker and Guice on a Bucky ongoing, I immediately added the book to my pull. I knew it was going to be one I was going to want to get on a regular basis
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I think my attitude towards buying is similar to this. There isn't a character or team I like so much that I'll buy what ever comes along. I love Captain America and X-men but I only own or have read a very small fraction of their comics. And while I love some authors, I'll pass on their work if its not good enough.
However, when it comes to artists I am more of a zealot. I will suffer crappy stories if it has great art. Even though Fear Itself was a train wreck, I read it multiple times because I loved the art.
Just got my Romita Artist Edition Amazing Spider-Man OHC today. I'd ordered it about a week and a half ago from bookdepository's amazon marketplace site. I was worried it'd come dinged up all the way from the UK, but it arrived PERFECT.
What a great buy! I encourage everyone to pick up a copy! It's amazing to see the reproduction quality in these Artist Edition books. It's like you're holding the original artwork (corrections, notes, paste-fixes, and all) right in your hands!
I think that it's somewhat of a new trend due to certain creators only having a one or two year run now; in the past, wouldn't most authors stick to creating a definitive run? Like how Starlin tackled cosmis, PAD Hulk and Claremont X-Men, etc. People were buying the same title month after mont and year after year, but that's also because they knew they could expect consistency, or a single vision.
Most of the time I just want to follow an author. I'm obsessed with reading anything by DeMatteis or Milligan, for instance. I think X-Men is the only title I will collect anything (good or definitive or essential) in.
I leave for TWO DAYS you guys have all this amazing conversation without me!
Lately I have been really focusing on trying to do complete "from the beginning reads" from the Silver Age or early 80s. While I am enjoying the comics, they take SO LONG to read compared to modern books. The other night I read the entire FF, Vol. 2 HC in the same time it took me to read two Kirby/Lee issues.
I know we've covered this before, but I guess my point is that after being in the "more more more, gotta have it" collecting mentality last year, I find that the Silver Age material is helping me temper my need to keep collecting with the realization of how long it will take me to read it all!
That said, I so am ordering all of the FF books I am missing in March :)
I am just not sure if the going rate will make it worth it at this time, but all of these seem to be getting harder to find.
What I will sell:
Amazing Spiderman Stan Lee omnibus
Both Iron Man omnibus
Incredible Hulk omnibus
The X-men omnibus
I welcome anyone to try and talk me out of it.
Reading early Fantastic Four has made me a lot more interested in the Avengers Omnibus than I ever thought I'd be. I have the first Avengers masterworks trade and I wasn't as impressed as I am with Fantastic Four. I imagine I'll get the Avengers Omnibus if the price is right for me.