To quote DaveyCandlish in the What comics and collections do YOU get?
what attracts you to a comic? A known writer or artist? The subject? A review you've read? Maybe you had a flick through in the shop and liked the art? Do you ever buy 'blind'? (ie. read a review or seen a preview online and thought you'd give it a go?) Maybe this should be the start of a new thread?
It seems a good idea, so I've taken the liberty. Hope that's okay.
I think for me it's a mixture of the above. I'd like to think it's mainly subject matter but if it's by an author I like, I might buy it. I'm very much into Stephen King's Dark Tower novels for example so when I knew they were bringing out a comic series set between the Mejis stuff in Wizard and Glass
and The Gunslinger
, that was right up my street. I'd have preferred it if he'd written it himself, but as he was on board as executive producer and things went by him first, I was happy enough with that.
The comics themselves... were largely enjoyable if a mixed read.
I opted for American Vampire for similar reasons: King co-wrote the first volume. And I like a good horror comic and I like vampires if they're dealt with correctly. This take was interesting. Despite being drawn to it due to King, I'll continue
to buy due to enjoying the other guy's work too.
I opted for 2000 AD mainly because a) I like Sci fi and b) I wanted to read a comic anthology as I just wasn't sure what was out there. An anthology with a wide selection provided a good gamble that I'd find something I'd like.
And 2000 AD led to collections, collecting back material. To be honest, I'm not really that focussed on author and artist in this case (no offence if you read this, I appreciate your work) it's all about the stories and characters. If I liked them in the Prog, I'll probably like them in the trades. That being said, certain writers stand out as providing particularly enjoyable stuff.
My reason for getting the Serenity comics are similar- I loved the Firefly series and spin-off film. The fact Joss Whedon co-wrote some of it or at least endorsed it as official was a contributing factor though.
I do pin-point some stuff according to the writer. I like Alan Moore for example, so some of the collections I've bought were specifically because he was involved.
As for buying blind based just on reviews, sure. I'd never read any of the Simping Detective stuff, but the reviews I read suggested interesting qirky subject matter, so I went ahead. My purchase of Fiends of the Eastern Front was mainly based on the subject matter.
I seldom buy for the artist, but I enjoy their work just the same. It's all about the story for me, but I certainly appreciate the artist telling that story well.