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    Wink What comics publishers do you like most?

    What independent comics publishers are you reading? What's good about them? Looking for recommendations. Except big companies

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    *Looks at pull list

    Image, Dark Horse, Aftershock, Boom, Dynamite, IDW, Valiant, Rebellion, Vault and Ahoy

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    Valiant has been amazing in its third generation and that's even after the company had major changes in management more than a year ago. They publish less than ten books each month, so it's easy to buy everything. There's been a lot of solid world-building across the universe that becomes quite noticeable if one reads all their books.

    Zenescope became quite good somewhere along the way. Yeah, they catch a lot of flack for their good-girl or "pornographic" cover variants, but I started picking up some of their books about two years ago and now buy everything from them faithfully. Most recently I'm impressed by the Gretel mini-series and the various Robyn Hood mini-series; however, I still don't get the appeal of Grimm Fairy Tales -- their only ongoing series which is now in its second run.

    I used to buy everything from Vault but now I buy nothing because they can't even bother to finish publishing many of their mini-series. They'll publish two or three issues and then you get stuck buying a trade collection to get the rest of the series. That's BS! Buy some of their collections. Don't waste money on their floppies!

    Warrant has been publishing The Creeps, a bi-monthly black-and-white horror magazine that's an homage to Creepy.

    I like a few of the Archie titles, especially Sabrina stuff. Kickstarter has White Ash, The Few and the Cursed, Miskatonic High, Die Kitty Die and some other great stuff. White Ash is the best comic book series I've read in years: sort of a Twin Peaks/Lord of the Rings mash-up that is dark, mysterious, operatic and sometimes funny. There's a hardcover collection of the first four issues of White Ash (that's actually around 150 pages of story because the issues are longer than what everyone else offers).

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    I would recommend Gold Key Comics starting with Doctor Solar.

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    Dynamite, Scout, Vault, Aftershock and some Dark Horse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    Valiant has been amazing in its third generation and that's even after the company had major changes in management more than a year ago. They publish less than ten books each month, so it's easy to buy everything. There's been a lot of solid world-building across the universe that becomes quite noticeable if one reads all their books.

    Zenescope became quite good somewhere along the way. Yeah, they catch a lot of flack for their good-girl or "pornographic" cover variants, but I started picking up some of their books about two years ago and now buy everything from them faithfully. Most recently I'm impressed by the Gretel mini-series and the various Robyn Hood mini-series; however, I still don't get the appeal of Grimm Fairy Tales -- their only ongoing series which is now in its second run.

    I used to buy everything from Vault but now I buy nothing because they can't even bother to finish publishing many of their mini-series. They'll publish two or three issues and then you get stuck buying a trade collection to get the rest of the series. That's BS! Buy some of their collections. Don't waste money on their floppies!

    Warrant has been publishing The Creeps, a bi-monthly black-and-white horror magazine that's an homage to Creepy.

    I like a few of the Archie titles, especially Sabrina stuff. Kickstarter has White Ash, The Few and the Cursed, Miskatonic High, Die Kitty Die and some other great stuff. White Ash is the best comic book series I've read in years: sort of a Twin Peaks/Lord of the Rings mash-up that is dark, mysterious, operatic and sometimes funny. There's a hardcover collection of the first four issues of White Ash (that's actually around 150 pages of story because the issues are longer than what everyone else offers).
    I haven't had that issue with them.

    Now Scout Comics- YES. I am still waiting on The Mall & Source's next issues.

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    IDW, Boom, Image & Dark House (in that order) fo me.
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    I read IDW, Dynamite, and Aspen stuff. Usually from Humble Bundles when they pop up, but I also get the books on Comixology when there is a sale. If Image counts as Indie, I also read a couple titles from them.

    *Edit* Also, I occasionally read Zenescope, but I haven't read as much since Pat Shand left.
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    Valiant, Boom, Dynamite and Aftershocks

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    Kick Ass, Hit Girl, and Kingsman have really blown up in the last decade

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    For March, I'm pre-ordering 2 titles from Image, which two-three years ago sold me easily 3x as many titles;
    3 from Dark Horse, which many years ago sold me many many titles, recently: not so much;
    IDW (to my surprise) offers me 3 for March;
    after these, I get one or two from each of Ahoy, Dynamite, Abstract Studios, Albatross--and not-REALLY-DC Berger Books--I'm actually getting 3 of those (though 2 on spec. as they've not published yet), Titan, Vault...
    Age/Bronze, Age/Reptiles, Alex&Ada, Anne Bonnie, Astro City, Bone, Briggs Land, Cerebus, Criminal, Courtney Crumrin, Eleanor & the Egret, Fables, Fatale, Fell, Grass Kings, Green Valley, Goon, Gotham Midnight, Groo, Hellboy, Hillbilly, Incognegro, Jack Staff, JL8, Jonah Hex, Kane, Lazarus, Little Nemo, Lone Wolf, Next Wave, Popeye, Powers, Princess Ugg, Resident Alien, SiP, Squirrel Girl, Stray Bullets, 10G, Thief of Thieves, Tuki, Usagi, Velvet

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    Valiant has been amazing in its third generation and that's even after the company had major changes in management more than a year ago.
    I can't wait for the Vin Diesel Bloodshot movie.

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    American Mythology has put out some enjoyable ERB stories.
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    And so it ends as it began. By the light of two suns. Before stepping into a larger world.

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    In order:
    VALIANT
    IDW
    Dark Horse
    Dynamite
    Boom (though it has been some time since I got anything from them)
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