What Does It Take?


So I always wonder what it takes to get people to try out a comic book series that they've not read before or one that they've not read in more than 10 years.  Everyone has their own reasons, but are they just making excuses because they don't want to give it a try or is it that they know - without a doubt - that particular series is just NOT for them? 
 
It's hard for me to say I've not read a series, even just one issue, and not tried to like it.  I will read nearly any comic book if you put it in front of me.  I may not like it, but - like broccoli - I'll try it to just to know for sure.  Now, I say 'nearly any comic book' mainly because I know one of you jokers will try and throw something at me that I know just by the name or the cover I'm not going to like because of my personal feelings for the subject matter.  But, if you feel you must - DM me for my mailing address. 
 
So, is there a book on the shelves right now that you will not read no matter what?  If so, what is it?  Why won't you try it? And saying "because it's stupid' doesn't count.
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Posted by xerox_kitty

Honestly, I've reached a point where I don't want to waste my money on anything.  So something needs a character I like, a creator (writer or artist) I like, or decent reviews off someone I respect with similar tastes.  I tried Young Allies because it featured Firestar.  I tried Avengers: Academy because it was written by someone I like.  I tried Chew & Cowboy Ninja Viking because they were recommended by Roxanne Starr and/or G-Man (as well as featuring artists I like). 
 
But otherwise I've grown quite unexperimental... with a tighter grip on my bank account.

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Posted by ChrisPartin

@xerox-kitty said:

"But otherwise I've grown quite unexperimental... with a tighter grip on my bank account. "


I think you hit the nail on the head with that one statement.  There are a good number of people that don't want to experiment and try out something because they're afraid they'll waste their money.  I completely understand that (more than you'll know) but at the same time - how is an industry going to break away from seeing the same titles that are always in the Top 10 in sales be bumped out by other titles that may actually be better?   
 
But... maybe that's for another topic of discussion... :)

Posted by xerox_kitty
@ChrisPartin: I only partly agree.  When it comes to comic book fans, readers want the same thing that they've enjoyed for the last 5/10/20/40* years (*delete as applicable).  So I think a lot of people want 'more of the same' as opposed to something new or different.  It's a very difficult field to break into.  Lets face it, Joss Whedon could only get work in comics after working on TV... you'd think it would be the other way around ;)
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Posted by Jake Fury

I'm with the kitty. What I try is based on the art, writers, characters and potential story arcs I'm interested in.  
 
I tried 52 because I really liked Osiris in Titans. I tried JSA vol 3 due to the awesomeness of one Geoff Johns. I tried Uncanny X-force because I really like Wolverine & Fantomex. I tried Shadowland for a big arc that finally included Daredvil.
Posted by ChrisPartin
@xerox-kitty: @Jake Fury: I'm curious how long the two of you have been reading comics.  Not that it has a lot to do with it (maybe I'm just wired different than most people).   
 
I've been reading comics since I was about for nearly 30 years (I feel VERY old now) and I'm always looking for entertainment when it comes to comics.  I've always been that way.  I grew up reading 30-40 comics a month and when I worked at a comic shop I'd read EVERYTHING on the shelves and enjoyed most of them for one reason or another.  I'm always wanting to see what else is out there and give it a shot.  You never know what's going to be your next favorite comic if you're always reading the same thing.   
 
I do follow writers and artists and characters from time to time, but they really don't get me to read anything 'new'.  I want to see what the 'new' comic is like and not be the one wondering "what is this book getting so much hype". 
 
Maybe it's just me. :)
Posted by Icon

I'm not as experimental as some. I focus on the character(s) and just follow the series about the ones I like. Writer and artist factors into it as well. 

Posted by Jake Fury
@ChrisPartin: They were all new to me.