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5 Questions Friday

Posted by BRiAN On October - 1 - 2010

I’ve often wondered what people’s comic reading/reading habits consist of so I figured I’d pose Five Questions to you and see if anyone would care to answer any of them.

1. Where do you read your ’em?- On the couch, at your desk, lunch break, in bed, on the throne, train commute, in a favorite chair, with a group of friends and a 6-pack, etc…Where do you like to read your comics?

2. What music (if any) do you listen to?– Do you try to set a mood for the books you are reading? John Phillips Sousa marches for Captain America stories or maybe some sorta Artie Shaw jam for when you read Batman comics…or maybe your taste in music, unlike mine, has progressed beyond the 1940s.

3. Do you have a specific order in which you read your comics? Do you blow through all of your Marvel Comics then read your DC issues for that week or do you flip flop between the two? (are you currently scoffing at the idea of buying comics from BOTH of the Big Two publishers because one or the other is the only way to go) Do you always have a comic that you save for last because you know it will be the best book that week and you don’t want it to taint your enjoyment of others?

4. Do you flip through a book from front to back before you read it? (I get crap for this all the time) Do you treat yourself to a trailer of sorts to the comic you are about to read by flipping through the issue from front to back (do you even look at the last page before you read it?) to get yourself even more excited to read it? Or is this just a huge No No in your world?

5. How many times do you really re-read your comics? Either that week or as things go along in the story or whatnot do you go back and re-read ’em?

BONUS #6 (Great Odin’s beard do i love the Prisoner)

6. Do you read slower because you are taking in the art and flow of the story? Do your friends finish comics faster than you? Are you taking the time to admire line work and not just blowing through the words with a passing appreciation of the art? Do you enjoy a good letterer and a guy who know how to layout a page so it feels like the art is moving?

My answers:

1. I love to read my comics at night in my bed. Though I have a problem of reading them while I am unpacking them and George yells at me (Rich used to yell at me about ruining things for him but now his schedule is different). Also in the john.

2. I don’t have a specific soundtrack to reading comics. Though I do tend to listen to sometime that is more instrumental than full of lyrics. Sometimes it just comes down to hitting shuffle and letting the music be my guide.

3. I tend to read like groups. Avengers, Batmans, X-Mens as I go. I do tend to read all the Vertigo books in a group, if there’s more than one out that week that I picked up, and that tends to happen last. But any week that the Goon or Scalped comes out those go last…and if they are both out that same week Scalped go last and Goon goes first.

4. Yes I flip. I love to flip. This is mainly what I get “yelled at” for doing. Spoilers be damned. Just looking at the pictures can’t spoil what characters say!

5. I re-read my comics very rarely. Usually just to remind myself what happened I will do a skim through, especially if there has been a delay in the book. I have found myself re-reading the First Wave comics each month because I am not all too familiar with a large chunk of the characters and their interactions. Also my roommates have free reign to read my stack of comics.

BONUS:

6. I take my time. I love comics. Rob reads them real fast.

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  2. Ryan Said,

    I’m game!

    1) I pick up mine up over my lunch break and read them as I slowly walk back to work. Trades, along with anything I didn’t finish earlier, are read on the bus ride home at the end of the day.
    2) Tied in, I usually listen to music as I walk. No set playlist, but things lately that have been playing have been Mountain Goats, Passion Pit, or LCD Soundsystem.
    3) I read the books in pretty much in order of favorites first, unless there was some crazy cliffhanger I just need to see resolved first. All things equal, if every book I currently read came out on the same week, my read order would be something like Ultimate Spidey – Walking Dead – Invincible – Batman & Robin – Buffy – Iron man – Amazing Spidey – a bunch of other Bat-books.
    4) If I wasn’t reading right away, I might be a flipper. As it is, I don’t hold a real strong opinion either way.
    5 & 6) I read really fast and after I’ve finished all the books, I’ll take a second pass through some to give the art a going over. Rarely the art in a book will make me slow down to let everything sink in – Det.Comics Batwoman springs to mind. I usually don’t go back and reread, except for completed collections of things like Y or Preacher.

    Posted on October 1st, 2010 at 2:32 pm

  3. Vince Said,

    1. Naked in bed with baby oil.

    :) well mostly in bed. I got a stack there and I have a plastic carry case I can use to bring to work if it’s slow.

    2. nah, no music.

    3. I order them by issue, then by genre. So All Avengers, then T-Bolts, Hulk then Spidey, GIJOE, X-men then misc ones. Though Walking Dead and Fables go to the front when they come out. Also GIJOE Hearts and Minds [god it’s soooooo goood!]

    4. NO! No way man. Hell no…Bad comic reader, BAD!

    5. I usually end up re-reading when I do my bagging boxing. Which explains why nothing is bagged or boxed cause I get sucked back in and read during the whole time I was supposed to be bagging. Though if it’s really good I’ll re-read right away…see #6

    6. Yeah if it was really cool. Some times I just read all the way through then go again just for the art. The latest Avengers and Fables usually have be going back right away to really look at the art. I have been doing Superman/Batman on the iPad and I basically just stare at Turners work.

    Posted on October 1st, 2010 at 3:25 pm

  4. Justin Credible Said,

    1. Where do you read your books?

    On the couch or outside at the park.

    If I’m really feeling up to it, I will read them over a beer…while everyone else stares! Then at time drifts on…I begin to stare!

    2. What music (if any) do you listen to?

    I listen to allot of grimey Eastcoast rap music for the bloodier and more violent titles. If its a Grant Morrison or Jason Aaron comic, emo/indy music is a great precursor.

    AFTER reading comics and on a weekend, I’ll listen to some mainstream rap music at the club. I try to get the BRUCE WAYNE SWERVE on with the ladies. Prep Time is essential. Yay 4 liquid courage!

    In general, I dig ’87-97 hiphop, Westcoast punk, anything Journey and, tons of SCREAMO. Wocka Flocka Flames, is the cat’s pajamas too.

    3. Do you have a specific order in which you read your comics?

    Well, BATMAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA always go first, then comes The Walking Dead, chased down with some American Vampire and, I always cap the stack with Scalped.

    4. Do you flip through a book from front to back before you read it?

    Um………………….who doesn’t?
    Liars. Don’t lie; you know you do. Fess up!
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    5. How many times do you really re-read your comics?

    3 times before I pass judgement on the issue. Grant Morrison comics mandate atleast 5 reads. Scalped too.

    I just stare at the DOUG MAHNKE Green Lantern comics for hours on end.

    BONUS #6

    HOLY RUSTED BATARANGS….BATMAN!
    Jersey Shore is awesome.

    Hi, JWOWW. I non-creepy *heart* you too, Snookie.

    – Smitten in Denver

    6. Do you read slower because you are taking in the art and flow of the story?

    Both and I try to absorb the art on the second read.

    Do your friends finish comics faster than you?

    My cool friends don’t read comicbooks.
    My out-of-state and more artistic friends eat comics like, John Wayne used to demolish packs of M&Ms, in the 1920s?!

    Are you taking the time to admire line work and not just blowing through the words with a passing appreciation of the art?

    No. I like all the gore and mysterious detail stuff.
    Line work? What’s “line work”?

    Do you enjoy a good letterer and a guy who knows how to layout a page so it feels like the art is moving?

    Yes, but I enjoy artists that really push the proverbial envelope by going “ALL META” and what not.

    Posted on October 11th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

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