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VampireNaomi 07-29-2005 08:20 AM

Do you read comics? Anime discussion now included!
So, do you read comics and if yes, what titles and why do you like them?

In my country it's impossible to find a person who hasn't read Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse comics at one point of their life. I don't really like them as much as I used to (though I'll forever give the fantastic Italian artists a bow) but they're still entertaining, I guess.

Then there's W.I.T.H.C., the Italian comic about magical girls. The plot is clichÚ, the art borrows from Japan, but it's strangely addictive. I just wish the cartoon didn't suck so much.

Lately I've started growing interested in more mature western comics, so I think I'm going to start keeping an eye on stuff released by DC. Marvel isn't really my stuff, for some reason.

And now that I've ranted about myself, as usual, I'd really like to learn about your comic favourites. Perhaps we can recommend titles to each other.

SteveBB 07-29-2005 09:04 AM

I read comics all the time, but they're belgian comics and I'm pretty sure no one else on these forums reads them :)
I also have some Donald Ducks and Marvel comics that I read very often

Shuz 07-30-2005 03:34 AM

I am an avid Marvel fan, mostly the X-Men. Although right now I'm mainly reading the "Ultimate" series which is a more modern and contemporary take on the Marvel Universe.

Sallim 07-30-2005 08:47 AM

Does no one read Mangas?
I borrow some marvel comics from my cousin, but not very often.
Hey SteveBB Iam just 70 km away from belgium ;)
Greetings to you from M÷nchengladbach :)

VampireNaomi 07-30-2005 09:24 AM

I'd like to read more manga, but the series they're releasing here (Ranma Ż, One Piece etc.) don't appeal to me. I want something more serious.

Hey Steve, I'd love to hear more about Belgian comics. What kind of series do you read? European comics are interesting.

JofaGuht 07-30-2005 06:03 PM

I really dig 30 Days of Night a lot. I'm also really getting into Elk's Run.

I used to be a huge fan of Chaos Comics like Evil Ernie and Purgatori and Dead King, but they're not really around anymore, and I've kind of grown out of them.

SteveBB 07-30-2005 06:55 PM

Wel, the most popular in Belgium are (click on the name for a picture of the front of each comic):
Jommeke: The main character is a kid called "Jommeke". He gets in all kinds of crazy adventures with his friends and his pet parrot "Flip".
Suske & Wiske: Main characters are a boy and girl, their aunt, a real strong guy named "Jerom" and a guy names "Lambik". They also get in all kinds of crazy adventures, there's a professor in the stories that invented a time machine and they use it every once in a while :)
Urbanus: Main character is a Belgian comedian who made a fictional comic about his life. Really weird and fudged stories happen all the time!
Kiekeboe: It's a comic about a family of 4. For mature audiences from time to time but really fun to read.

VampireNaomi 07-31-2005 02:55 AM

The comics JofaGuht mentioned are completely new to me. That doesn't surprise me though, since I've grown to understand that JG does everything his way. :P

You know Steve, the covers of all those, especially the first, remind me strongly of Tintin. That's from Belgium too, right? Gosh, I love that comic.

SteveBB 07-31-2005 07:59 AM

oh yeah! How could I forget! Tintin is also one of the most read comics :)

James Isaac 07-31-2005 09:10 AM

Hey, Tintin! And there was me thinking I didn't read any comics... I used to read Tintin all the time :D.


You know Steve, the covers of all those, especially the first, remind me strongly of Tintin. That's from Belgium too, right? Gosh, I love that comic.
Yeah, the first comic cover you posted does look really similar to the Tintin style.

JofaGuht 07-31-2005 05:06 PM


Originally Posted by VampireNaomi
The comics JofaGuht mentioned are completely new to me. That doesn't surprise me though, since I've grown to understand that JG does everything his way. :P.

30 Days of Night is just currently growing to be more well known. I hear they're going to make a film. It's about vampires in Alaska during its month without sun. It was collected into a graphic novel which spawned two continuations: Dark Days and 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow. Return to Barrow is my favorite.

Elk's Run is an 8-issue arc that's only in it's second issue, so it's barely known by anyone. It's very Stephen King-ish with a storyline I cannot sum up from what I've read. I just know it's really cool.

The Chaos! Comics were pretty big in the mid to late 90's, Lady Death being the most known character, who I wasn't as much into. I was obsessed with Evil Ernie and Purgatori though. In its later years, Chaos! Comics started going downhill into a "big tits and machine guns" sort of intellegence and stopped paying attention to strong characters and good storylines. In 2002 the company went bankrupt and people forgot about it.

AdventureLover 07-31-2005 11:17 PM

I have quite a large collection of The Simpsons comics. In the past I used to enjoy Disney comics. And I've always enjoyed TinTin aswell.

Shuz 08-01-2005 08:28 AM

Oh yeah, I have a large collection of Simpsons Comics as well.

ElPistolerro 08-02-2005 10:27 AM

I read 2000AD a british comic, and I used to read The Losers

Kj°len 08-06-2005 03:25 PM

If manga counts as comics, sure, I've read the Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars, and Banner of the Stars II mangas, as well as about a dozen volumes of Love Hina. Very good reads, I suggest people look into them.

Rubacava 08-15-2005 12:31 AM

I read plenty of manga, but like VampireNaomi I'm also not too into... Ranma 1/2 or One Piece. However, like Kjolen, I've also read, and love, the series Love Hina. My favorite. But not the anime. Eeewww, the anime sucks.

Meche 08-15-2005 06:02 AM

i like to watch animes;)

AdventureLover 08-15-2005 06:31 AM

Same here.

Rubacava 08-15-2005 11:18 AM

Oh no, I looove to watch anime... Just not the Love Hina anime is what I'm saying. They did a very poor job with it.

Meche 08-15-2005 11:46 AM

you don't like love hina?? why??

Rubacava 08-15-2005 11:52 AM

Ack, I read the manga first, and it's my favorite manga. Then I watched the anime and they... they... screwed the story up! So bad! Ahhh!

Meche 08-15-2005 12:19 PM

hmm i never read it...

Rubacava 08-15-2005 01:42 PM

You should, it's quite good.

Sallim 08-15-2005 02:20 PM

I think its often depends what you prefer more, anime or manga in generell.
But somethimes even this doesnt matter.
If I had read the Love Hina manga first, I would maybe like it more then the animated version.

Can we talk about anime too? ^_^

VampireNaomi 08-15-2005 02:27 PM

Sure, why not? We can compare anime and manga in the same thread.

Has anyone seen or read Gunslinger Girl? I've seen the anime, but haven't read any of the manga. The series was very good. It's about a bunch of girls with artificials bodies and their "mentors". The girls are trained in combat and weapons and used in fights against terrorists.

Rubacava 08-15-2005 02:37 PM

There was a review of it in the magazine that I got at Double Fine (because it also featured Psychonauts.) It looks good.

Sallim 08-15-2005 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by VampireNaomi
Sure, why not? We can compare anime and manga in the same thread.

Wow thank you Naomi! That was fast!

Rubacava 08-15-2005 04:55 PM

Have you watched all of Love Hina, Sallim?

Meche 08-15-2005 07:56 PM

probably he did ;)

Rubacava 08-15-2005 09:02 PM

Hmm, well, just in case I'll post no spoilers. Lets just say that the manga has a MUCH different end then the anime, and I felt that the manga had more story to it. And better art. Just my opinion.

And watch me expertly tie this in with Grim Fandango: The woman who did Lola's voice in GF also did the voice of Kitsune in the dubbed version of Love Hina.

Tuetonic708 08-15-2005 09:41 PM

I didn't know that manga and anime were stories I thought they were just different arts of stuff.

Meche 08-16-2005 08:10 AM


Rubacava 08-16-2005 11:57 AM

Lol, much of it is/might as well be.

Sallim 08-16-2005 02:08 PM

Ok Iam here again...
just skip the text, thanks ^^
What kind of Anime do you like Rubacava?

Yes I watched the whole Anime version of Love Hina..3 years ago or more, I cant say. ( well I was young then, let guess 18/19) It was my first contact with this kind of Anime especially with subtitles in english. I watched about 20 episodes in 2 days ^_^
And I loved it, really, I even watched the Xmas special and Love Hina Agian ( wasnt that good, but a bit more ecci then the first 24 / 25 ? episodes)
Well what Iam trying to say all the time, i couldt watch Love Hina again. It was great 2001 / 2002 but ... this kind of stories are so ..soo... everywhere now.

The manga ( that I borrowed from a friend ) was quite different, never "read" it to the end ( hey it was all japanese ?! try to read that! )

Love Hina was good, funny, about true love and just the perfekt mix. But for today, there are alot of better anime...

I love Slam Dunk (Anime)... ^_^

Rubacava 08-16-2005 02:25 PM

Oh man, what kind of anime do I like? Lots... My favorite I think, is FLCL. So weird, so great. I cosplayed as Haruko for a convention I went to. I also love Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Evangelion, and... too many others for me to think of right now. Let's just say a lot. Oh! Excel Saga! Yes. Lots of manga too.

Sallim 08-16-2005 02:41 PM

Why do everybody like FLCL? Read it alot of it in u.s. boards, and I cant figure it out. i I saw the first episode and well... nothibng happend to me.
Evangelion is surely great, and of course Bepop, Trigun is good too, but Excel Saga? ;)
WHY? i know alot of guys who lovin it, but for its just weird ( no offense =) )
And I watch stuff like Ping Pong Club and Slam Dunk ( well PPC is really weird lol, but funny)
Explain it to me, why FLCL and Excel Saga?

YOU coslpay? Do you want to marry me?
Well there were taken sure alot photos of your costume, right ? =)

VampireNaomi 08-19-2005 08:15 AM

I have to take my words back and admit that I was wrong. A girl at my school handed me some manga albums and told me to read them. Among were some issues of One Piece and, to my astonishment, I actually enjoyed them. It was hilarious and I had clearly judged the manga too early.

On the other hand, I got a headache from Time Stranger Kyoko. The art does nothing for me and the characters were unoriginal and forgettable. I felt like strangling that annoying cat chibi thing. And if there is one thing I can't stand about manga, it's that a perfectly serious plot is so often interrupted by the characters becoming chibis, remarking something humorous or doing something random. If the Japanese really think that's funny, then their sense of humour sucks.

Anyone else read TSK?

Rubacava 08-19-2005 11:42 AM

Yeah, I cosplay. Cosplay is awesome. I've cosplayed as Naru (Love Hina) Robin (Witch Hunter Robin) and Haruko (FLCL)
The reason I like FLCL and Excel Saga is because I like that really weird humor. Excel Saga just for the weird humor, and FLCL because if you watch it, there's actually more to it than just the wacky humor. So you can watch it just for that, or you can look a little deeper.

And yes, I got a TON of pictures of me taken when I was Haruko. Unfortunately, I lost my off-white undershirt after the first day, and didn't finish my boots in time, so my costume isn't quite right.

VampireNaomi 10-16-2005 03:14 PM

A friend of mine just introduced me to Get Backers. Has anyone read or seen it?

Rubacava 10-17-2005 12:04 AM

Why yes I have! I've only read a little of the manga and seen a little of the anime, though.

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