Question for the Readers

I find my comic book reading diet to be almost exclusively titles from DC and Marvel with a smattering from IDW. Now that Strangers in Paradise is over, I seem not to have anything on my pull list from the non-majors except Amelia Rules.

What’s out that, not from DC (Vertigo, WildStorm, CMX, et, al.) or Marvel that you find personally satisfying and wish to recommend?

Also, which web comics are worth a look?

Thanks in advance for your participation.


  • Check out PS 238, a comic about superpowered kids in an elementary school just for them. There are four trades out so far, and there’s a website at

    For webcomics, I enjoyed Queen of Wands, which is now at an end so it tells a full story. And Something Positive is good, and has been for a long time.

  • Chris Collins

    Just some graphic novels to recommend:

    Scott Pilgrim the series from (Oni Press).

    Andi Watson’s Glister; (Or anything by Watson is good; his collection Paris is coming soon as well.

    Eddie Campbell’s The Fate of the Artist is incredible.

    Anything by Scott Morse (

    Jamie Rich’s Love the Way You Love is a fun boy with band meets girl sort of thing.

    Anyhow, none of these are monthlies (Glister is bi-monthly?) Definitely worth looking at any of them.

  • Bob Ahrens

    Bob…. Personally, I haven’t read a lot lately, mainly because I havent really seen anything that has caught my eye like Miller’s “Dark Knight” & “300” or Starlin’s “Dreadstar”. Or even “Camelot 3000” was a really cool book.
    Get me something like that…not like the homogenized version of X-Men we keep being force-fed.

    Bob Ahrens

  • Paul Balze

    Fallen Angel, formerly from DC, now from IDW.
    The Boys, formerly from Wildstorm, now from Dynamite.
    Hellboy and B.P.R.D., from Dark Horse.
    Usagi Yojimbo, from Dark Horse.
    Nexus, back at last, this time from Rude Dude Productions.
    Madman Atomic Comics, from Image.
    Just off the top of my head, there.
    Goats, by Jon Rosenberg. Updates Mon-Thurs.
    PVP/Player vs. Player by Scott Kurtz. Updates daily for the most part.
    Kevin & Kell by Bill Holbrook. Updates daily.
    Ugly Hill by Paul Southworth. Updates several times a week.
    Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler (that’s how he spells it). Updates daily.
    Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Updates M-W-F.
    Evil, Inc. by Brad Guigar. Just started checking this one out recently.

  • J. Alexander

    Hmmm. The funny look at gamers that also applies to comic book fans, THE KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE (Kenzer)

  • Rick Keating

    Non DC (and related companies) and Marvel comics I read:

    Buffy (Dark Horse)
    Fallen Angel (IDW)

    I also have Age of Bronze (Image?) on my pull list, but haven’t seen an issue in well over a year.

    (For the record, I don’t read any Marvel or DC Universe comics at present, and of the Vertigo stable only read Fables and Jack of Fables. I also read Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) until about a year ago, when I dropped it for economic reasons.)

    I enjoy both Buffy and Fallen Angel, though the nearly $4.00 price tag of the latter makes me reconsider whether to keep getting it. For now, it’s still on my list, but the day may come when I’ll drop it because of the cost and hope that maybe one day there’ll be a trade edition (or editions). Still, it is a good book.

    One thing I especially like about Buffy is that it includes a letters column. Let’s hope this is the start of a trend.

    I also pick up the very sporadically published Radioactive Man from Bongo Comics. I first encountered that title about a decade ago in the form of a six-issue mini series (with “issue numbers” nowhere near 1-6 (except maybe #1 itself)). It had some great political satire, as well as comics-related satire.

    It’s no longer published in comicbook format (the story having concluded), but it is still in print in trade paperback and similar formats, so among my recommendations I’ll include Bone by Jeff Smith. I recently introduced my nephew to the story via the Scholastic editions.


  • Richard

    Hey Bob,

    I was searching the net on “Blummer” and stumbled across your blog dated Dec 22, 2006, where you requested that anyone with any knowledge of Jon L. Blummer, the comic book artist, contact you. Since your hotmail address doesn’t work, this seems to be my only recourse.

    Jon L. (Lester) Blummer died in 1955. His son, Jon Leslie Blummer died in 1998, around the holidays, I’m pretty sure it was Christmas Eve.

    I’m one of his grandchildren, from Jon Leslie’s first wife, Sharon. Neither I nor my brother have much knowledge of Jon Lester Blummer; and precious little of Jon Leslie Blummer, as he and our mother divorced when I was an infant and my brother was a toddler.

    I would be happy, though, to share what little I do know.

  • I don’t read much reg’lar comics anymore. The only really “new” thing I’m reading was the first two issues of Steven Grant’s “Two Guns” mini-series. Anxiously awaiting the next four…

    And if you want to go back to the past and get caught up you really really need to read Carla Speed McNeil’s “Finder” starting with the two-part Sin Eater books. Carla doesn’t do single issues anymore, but serializes the new work on her website:

    Also, I’m not reading current single issues of “Castle Waiting” and waiting for a collection, but that book is aaaaamazing.

  • J. Alexander

    Hmmm. If you are looking for non-superhero material, I would highly recommend 2000 A.D.

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