Where Readers Click in The Comic Community

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“People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about.” Not to say us comic readers do live a lonely existence, but you get the point that we don’t find it as easy conversing with those who aren’t fans of what we read. Even as a comic reader  you can’t talk to everyone on the same level, with most being in cliques.

Batman/Superman

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The worst in my opinion. I can’t even begin to explain the frustration of knowing so many are only willing to talk about Batman or Superman. Batman this, Batman that, apparently every other book is second to none and it’s the only book that exists. It’s almost as if you don’t read or care about either Batman or Superman, you don’t exist. Would hurt more to have to act as if you actually read it.

Vocalists

I say vocalists, but in actuality I mean the complainers and the smartarse with an opinion. It’s never what they like about a book, it’s always what they hate, who they hate, nit-picking, always ready to jump into a debate over nothing. Doesn’t matter if you like the book, they’ll be sure to let you know what they really think about it even if it isn’t what you care to read/hear. Opinionated and always quick to say you’re wrong, wants to be right, and knows that they’re right. Lost battle from the start and best to just say your piece and move on when their mind is on a one way track.

Indies(Popular ones)

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They love reading what isn’t from the big two. They enjoy the more “quality” books and those that they don’t have to worry about crossovers or events to “steal” their money. Though even as they read indy, they only read the popular of those which is counterproductive when they act as if they are also trying to help those writers/artists who aren’t too well known. Call them hipsters, I’d surely like to and while on the outside, they still make themselves known enough to standout as those who read books with better storylines.

Soloists

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Screw teams and screw any book that focuses on more than one character. They like to read books with that one character they care for and that character alone. This means those books like Daredevil, Green Arrow, Hawkeye. Apparently these are the best of the best and nothing can compete. Try comparing any book out there to the likes of them and you’d probably get a glare as if you don’t know what a good book is. Book of the year, best book ever, they probably win before they even start. Run before you get sucked into that trap.

Everyone Else

Well you’ve seen everything else, so what’s left is the common folk who read for fun. Read books that appeal to them rather than a clique who treats it as more than it really is. Team books, goofy books, crossovers most dismiss, events most dismiss, books in general that some hate but you seem to still find entertaining. You read, you find satisfaction, you turn to everyone else, and wonder who would really give a damn about what you read to talk to you about it. You’d probably feel like a ghost because you’re screams of excitement are really nothing more than breeze while everyone else is stuck in the same circle of fandom.

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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