Dropping - Little to no effect.
Eli Katz wrote:... how would your reading choices change, if at all? In other words, how many comics (and which ones) do you buy so that you can discuss them online? And which books would you drop or avoid, if there were no internet?
I am more inclined to follow event books, I think, because of online discussions. Without The Outhouse, and I probably wouldn't look at Original Sin.
I don't think this board has convinced me to drop
anything I am currently reading. That decision is entirely dictated by the writer and artist of the book, and their inability to deliver content I enjoy and feel is worth both my money and my reading time (as well as space in my comic boxes in the closet). Indeed, I greatly enjoy Gail Simone's Batgirl and have kept reading it despite the generally negative vibe that exists for that series on this board. Avoiding - Some effect.
Sometimes things people say on here make me decide to avoid a story, an arc, a series, or a crossover. However, by and large these decisions are ones I had been considering anyway. For example, as soon as I heard about Future's End, I knew I probably would not partake. The information provided here convinced me the decision was right. It probably saved me the first 1-2 issues, which I might have been foolish enough to try if I had had zero prior knowledge of what the story would be about, but I am confident that, in the end, I would have probably made the same decision either way.Trying - HUGE effect.
Before coming to this board I was largely a DC reader. When one DC book annoyed me, I would drop it and pick up another. This was the same habit I had gotten into in the late 80s to 1999, at which point I stopped reading comics until 2012. But when I came back to comics, I retained the same behavior. Maybe by now, without the board, I would have started switching more to Marvel. But what this board did for me was opened my eyes to some really awesome indy titles. The list of titles I tried because of positive reviews and attention on this board includes Lazarus (my current favorite series), Velvet, Alex + Ada, Ghosted, and Suicide Risk. I have since dropped Ghosted (just this week, in fact), but the other four are at the top of my pull list in terms of quality and enjoyment. Most recently, I tried Rai because of a mostly-positive review here, and really enjoyed it, although whether I'm going to keep it on the pull list remains to be seen (I don't decide that until I have at least 4-5 issues under my belt).
Now, I suppose that indirectly
the board has affected what I drop, if you consider that, without books like Lazarus and Alex + Ada to replace the DC items, I might still be sticking with mediocre stuff like Worlds' Finest and Earth-2. But once I sampled these other titles and saw how good they were, and specifically how much better
they were than the GNU 52, dropping the DC titles in favor of the Image and Boom stuff was a no-brainer. And that is all down to the exposure these series received here at the OH.
As for how many comics I buy so I can discuss them online
-- what a strange reason to buy a comic. No, I don't do that. I buy comics to read them and collect them, period. I come here AFTER reading them to discuss what I liked or did not like, to be part of a conversation that the companies by and large don't allow anymore (no letter pages), etc. I may come here BEFORE buying something to see what the skinny is if I am in doubt. But I do not stand in the shop looking for comics I can buy that I would not otherwise purchase, just so I can discuss them. I can't imagine doing that.