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zeus

Location: Plano, IL
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
In Reply To
Blue Beetle

Subj: Re: Fave Character + Good Art = Must Buy?
Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 11:46:28 pm EDT (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: Fave Character + Good Art = Must Buy?
Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 08:19:06 pm EDT (Viewed 128 times)


Like you, as a young reader I was all about characters. When I was just getting to know characters, and how titles were related to each other, it was primarily the art that caught my eye and got me to buy a book.

These days, it's writer first and character second. A good artist is a bonus. I'd buy anything (616 Marvel, that is. I barely have enough cash and time to keep up with one universe) by Busiek, Priest or Nicieza (there are others that aren't springing to mind). There are characters whom I will follow, as long as they aren't by Austen or Bendis (any Slingers, Hawkeye, some others).

The only time the art has swayed me one way or the other was New Invaders (I just couldn't pay money to look at it. I just couldn't.).

> Fave Character + Good Art = Must Buy
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> How many of us choose our comics based on that equation? I've begun to think a lot of people do, though not necessarily the sort who post on message boards.
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> What's missing from the equation? Writing! And that's my point. I've begun to think the subject matter (fave character) and the visual appeal (good art) are by far the most important factors in most people's buying decision, with the writing a distant third.
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> The above might have been true of yours truly when I was a kid. This was back in the 70's, when I was buying mostly Marvel, and Roy Thomas was ascendant. Back then, I never encountered what I considered a poorly written comic, so if I liked the character and liked the art, I bought the book. I didn't have to choose by writer, because the writing was always to my liking.
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> Nowadays there are writers who are so obviously inferior to their peers, for example Loeb, that I tend to think I need to be selective in that area. Yet people buy Loeb's books and don't complain, probably because he always is blessed with a popular artist and popular subject matter.
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> I have to admit, if I like the art and I like the protagonist, it takes a lot for me to dislike the comic. The writing has to be grossly sub-par. Few writers are really that poor. Often it isn't even really the writing that bugs me, but rather the editorial mandate, good example being "Brand New Day," which is unreadable unless you're happy with the editorial mandate. (Zeb Wells was able to shine under those conditions, but Zeb Wells is upper echelon.)
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> Most of the time, if I choose books by character and art, I think I'll enjoy the books I end up with. I just won't buy anything by Loeb or mandated by JoeQ. Everything else should be fine.
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> Comments?
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