The Changing Interests of Comics

I've often wondered how people start reading comics in today's market.  Do they go in to a comic shop? Do they see comics at Wal-Mart? Do they see the graphic novel section at Barnes & Noble? Maybe they pick up something at the library and that gets them started?  What does it? 
 
Growing up, my local comic book shop was a corner market down the road a bit from my grandparents' house.  My cousins, my brother, and I would walk down there as kids to pick up some candy or a Coke or something like that.  Eventually we keyed in on the spinner rack full of comics and bought one.  My cousin and I were the ones that really got in to them for the first year or so.  We mainly used them to draw by, but eventually I got hooked on reading them.  From there... the rest is history. 
 
So, I'm curious - where did you see your first comic book?  What motivated you to buy it?

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Posted by xerox_kitty

It's been so long, I hadn't thought about that anymore.  My first comics were Marvel UK printing bought from newsagents around the corner.  I didn't venture into a real comic book store until I was 11... I remember seeing a Power Pack trade that collected the first 4 issues & instantly wanting it.  Part of me was disappointed that the cover wasn't really made out of leather (as the design was made to look) but I loved the story & art so much that I read it again & again & again... 
 
10 years later I ended up working in that same store. 

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Posted by Mercy_

I first got into comics through cartoons like Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and X-Men: Evolution. It was Wolverine and the X-Men that gave me the final push to start reading comics. I started with X-Force and X-Factor trades that I ordered online and got addicted. The rest is history. 

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Posted by Precise

My brother 'grew out' of comics and gave me boxes filled with 'm. And that's where it started (although these were all European comics).

Posted by Decoy Elite

Spider-Man was the first comic I read, mostly got it because I liked the cartoon. 
 
Now I mostly read webcomics because they're free and the authors tend to not rape my favorite character, unlike some comic companies *cough* Marvel *cough*

Posted by ChrisPartin
@xerox-kitty said:
" It's been so long, I hadn't thought about that anymore.  My first comics were Marvel UK printing bought from newsagents around the corner.  I didn't venture into a real comic book store until I was 11... I remember seeing a Power Pack trade that collected the first 4 issues & instantly wanting it.  Part of me was disappointed that the cover wasn't really made out of leather (as the design was made to look) but I loved the story & art so much that I read it again & again & again...  10 years later I ended up working in that same store.  "
There was a time I found myself shopping at a local shops and eventually finding myself working there.  I did that at three different shops in three different cities.  Fun jobs, but I never really made any money since I just turned around and bought MORE comics. LOL.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@The Dark Huntress said:
" I first got into comics through cartoons like Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and X-Men: Evolution. It was Wolverine and the X-Men that gave me the final push to start reading comics. I started with X-Force and X-Factor trades that I ordered online and got addicted. The rest is history.  "
Same, but it was watching reruns of B:TAS that got me hooked.
Posted by longbowhunter

I remember it like it was yesterday. Even though it was like 24 years ago. I saw my younger cousin with a Donald Duck comic and asked him where he got it. He said at the grocery store. After begging my Mom to take me up there and buy one I ended up getting a Punisher book guest starring Spider-Man. What I recall most was how violent it was. Punisher was attacked by two thugs while cooking breakfast and threw hot bacon grease in their face. It was awesome. After that I started picking up comics at yard sales.
Edited by brc2000

I used to read comics since I was around 7, though mainly those crappy Archie TMNT books. In 96, I saw a Spider-Man comic in my local supermarket and picked it up because of the cover, and I've been a Marvel fan ever since. I;ve always been a Superman and Batman fan, but for some reason never felt the urge to pick up DC comic books until around 99 when I picked up JLA (JLA versus Bruce Wayne). I was never a hardcore fan then sticking only to the more well known stuff like Batman, Avengers,, etc. I think 2007 is when I became a hardcore comic fan, after reading 52. I used to prefer Marvel until around 2009, when I started getting more and more into the DC universe.

Posted by turoksonofstone

In 1979 I received my Introductory comic an issue of Defenders, first thing I collected monthly was the first "Secret Wars" , started to check out DC just before "Crisis on infinite Earths",was introduced to Indies/Defunct companies and began to collect these in early 90's, Having collected what equates to a mid-range store inventory, I now buy certain issues, by certain writers/artists only. Currently enjoying the Dark Horse "Gold Key" line.

Posted by Jnr6Lil

I'm 12 but i got into comics by watching cartoons and no wi follow comic storylines online.
Posted by Pizawle

Outside mediums for me. Then I bought Watchmen, was blown away and am now a hardcore lover of the medium.

Posted by Spiders_Man

I started watching the Spidey cartoon when I was little and since then comics became part of my already sizeable reading agenda.