I love comics. The thought to consume comics like I do with other media, books or video games, came very late to me. Honestly, just a couple of years ago.
As a kid and teenager I read some comics but it was limited by the series and issues I had access to – which was very little. Family and friends had no real relations to comics too and so it got lost very early in my life. I think in the end it was overhelmed by my love for books and honestly I never missed comics at that time.
On the other hand I am sure I was not able or willing to appreciate the art. I was always very story driven and I am not sure if the comics of the late 80ies and early 90ies would have given me enough material to think about. But that might just be prejudices.
The first pick I did, two years ago, was the Sandman series from Neil Gaiman, just because I like him as author and was curious what he did there. And it hooked me. After that I finally can appreciate comics and I constantly choose new material to read.
For my considerations what to read next, I mostly go to classics which are well known because of the art in art and/or story and sometimes just because of their popularity – to see what’s behind the hype. The most important thing for me is, that it has to be a closed/finished series. I cannot cope with waiting for the next issue or not to know if the end of a series will be any good or at least satisfying.
Might be an old mans habit, but I like my books finished too.
Comics are now a normal part of my life, even if I mostly consume classics. I read them mostly on a daily basis, like I read books or play video games.
The only thing I wish right now is to have a better overview. What issues, series and bundles are out there? Who are remarkable authors or artists I have to read, no matter the topic. Which series are done well, maybe which character developments or storylines are the most interesting?
I tried my best to get an overview. But in the end there are always only opinions and a huge amount of knowledge is necessary. And most people who are into comics since they are kids don’t even think about that anymore. They are not really aware about that issue newbies have with the amount of content.
I really would like to see a website which would be dedicated to give the overview over issues, series, characters, storylines. A bit like IMDB for the voting and social part but more connected and dynamic to see the relations between the comics, characters, authors and artists and plots. And the publisher does not have to matter. As far as I can see there is only Wikipedia with partial and general knowledge but nothing more.
Maybe that would be a project worthwhile.