Wow Positronic that's quite a pull list. How many titles are you getting a month? Some good stuff there - always nice to hear some love for the fantastic Hillbilly
About... "kind of a lot
"? Who counts? If I did, I guess the next thing I'd be thinking about was cutting down.
[I have a secret though. I kind of cheat, because about half the comics I might read in any given week might be borrowed, not bought, which sure does make it easier to sample stuff or read things that I'd otherwise dismiss out of hand as of marginal worth.]
I just try to find comics that appeal to me, and I have eclectic tastes. Some comics are the "comfort food", some are "meat & potatoes", some are "fine cuisine", and some are "dessert". Some are like candy or bubblegum, and some are "snack food".
I do tend to lean towards comics that are science-fictional (especially some of the more specialized subgenres), or have monsters, or are cartoony or comical (big animation fan, too), at least to some degree. But I'm not ruling anything out per se, so anything from mainstream to kids' comics to manga to alternative/underground could be on my list in any given week.
I used to be a huge DC and Marvel guy. But that was back 5-10 years ago or more, so my reading list of the Big Two has been shrinking ever since. It's easier to pass most of their titles by when you aren't reading for "the universe" any longer. Too many years of gimmicks and "event burnout" I guess. I tend to view the Pavlovian-response techniques with a jaundiced eye these days. I still keep a finger on the pulse, as it were, and sometimes relent when people push me to read something. There are exceptions to restricting my diet for "fast food" comics. There are always exceptions, depending on who the writer and artist is, but considering how few Marvel & DC comics I actually buy
, as opposed to just borrow...
I feel bad now about missing The Goon when it first started, or select Vertigo titles, or lots of the Mignolaverse stuff. There's a huge back catalog I missed in the last 25 years or so.