By ChrisPartin 1 Comments
I have always felt I read comics a little different than everyone else. When I started reading comics I picked up what looked interesting from an art point of view and then ran with that series for a while. Eventually I would pick up any spin off titles or miniseries and continue to read them for year, but in 1992 that changed for me.
If you're up on your comic book history 1992 has some significant meaning to you, or at least should ring a bell. In 1992 Image Comics launched and it changed the way I read comic books. Keep in mind, things changed gradually, but my reading habits changed. I stopped reading random books and started reading ALL of the books a particular company was publishing. In 1992 it was easy to read all of Image's titles because there just a few. As the years went on it became harder for me to read all of the Image books, but I continued to do so and by doing this it caused me to stop reading other titles from other publishers.
I agree - it doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's just how I read comics. Once Wildstorm split off from Image Comics and became an imprint of DC I continued to read all of the Wildstorm books. Needless to say, I had a lot more disposable income then. I hate saying it, but when Extreme/Maximum Press left Image I was happy because it allowed me to drop all of those books. I stayed with a few of them for a while, but it was easy to drop them because they weren't part of Image anymore. Weird? Yes, but I'm not normal - I understand that!
Over the years I've changed my reading habits some. I don't read everything Image publishes, but I read a majority of them. I've been reading all of the Aspen titles as well as a majority of the Archaia books, and dipping my toes in the Boom! titles. While I don't dive head first in to a company like I did in the past, I still tend to stick with a company over creators for some reason. I'm just lucky that most of the creators I like are creating titles at the companies I'm following.
So, here's the question... Am I alone in reading comics this way? Or are there others who have strange reading habits like mine?