It seems like a number of you are extremely knowledgeable on various characters and story arcs that itís unfathomable. Where did you get started with comics and where/what would you recommend to become on par?
I consider myself a novice and have limited exposure to certain characters (mainly Marvel), but the comic book world is so vast and daunting I donít know where to begin.
My personality is a desire to know and learn things. Even to make fun of people I like to learn things about them.
Eventually this leads to knowing everything I can about a character. Someone says something I don't know? Time to read comics. I like to know the whys and hows of this thing. Of course this has its limits because some things I don't care about, and just won't learn about it.
For characters I actually like, I'll read them in full. Anything I learn now about comics is from newer ones or from someone saying something interesting in a debate. I learn everything I can about that going as far back as I need to, even if I don't post about it ever.
How I got started is from me only knowing about the cartoons and very few comics and old Marvel Cards. I found this forum after buying some of the Galactus Marvel Legends wave and lurked it years or at least a year before joining. Superman Prime, Tyrant, Galactus, Thanos, etc. You join, learn minute bits of info from others, and then start investigating on your own once you learn how to download comics. Eventually you learn Long Pig is a filthy liar, and so on.
Anyway, my advice would be to pick a comic and read it. Doesn't matter where. If someone recommends something that appears like something you might like and is short enough (if length's a shortcoming), check it out. No matter how accurate a summary or review is, they can never capture the feeling and context of the actual comic. You like a character? Read about them. If something sounds interesting to you on the forum, ask for an issue number or what you should read to get the full scope.
Throw out a character or two and I'm sure people will be more than willing to give you some stories involving them.
Also comicbook db is a Godsend for some characters.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't learn from Carver tbh. Although that's mostly a Long Pig sort of deal - Carv Pig if you will. Old CP was out there being viewed by grown men doing questionable things on the internet, and someone had to Chris Hansen him.
Carv Pig probably taught me more (indirectly) than I'll ever care to admit. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be even a midget of the man I am today.
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Find a character you like and go from there. I grew up watching the old Incredible Hulk show with Bill Bixby. From there I started reading Hulk and Marvel...DC came from my fascination with Christopher Reeves Superman.
Thanks for all the input, guys.
The first place I started with was Infinity Gauntlet for Marvel and The Sandman series for Vertigo/DC.
Sandman was my starting place for all of Vertigo in general. I got really into Lucifer and Preacher from there. When it comes to DC Iíve always been drawn to their magickal/supernatural characters whereas itís always been a cosmic interest for Marvel.
I'm fairly sure that was my first full story as well.
I'm more or less in the same boat as Eon Blue, and have been working myself to expand my own comic knowledge. I've probably read more comics in the past year than I had in the five years before that, partly with the help of suggestions from a few posters (Rage of Olympus, abhilegend, Galan007, Damborgson, Enzeru, probably some others I forgot), because the sheer quantity of material out there makes it hard for a relative newcomer to know where to start.
You should start out with a character/concept that you like and just read up on them. The first comic that I remeber reading was Death of Superman. My mom had bought the issues for my older siblings to enjoy and when I was five or six, she gave me the issues and let me read them. It's what got me interested in Superman.
The first series I stated collecting was Static. I watched the show and started collecting the issues when I was ten.
As far as becoming more knowledgeable, just stick around on this site for a couple of years and ask questions about whatever you don't know about. You're bound to pick something up as the years go by.