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Comic Books 101 - Getting Started

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Will explains the best ways to start reading comics. If you're a new reader or a lapsed one then this is the episode for you! Continued from the Q&A episode http://youtu.be/OkVoKL3Cxn8 Last week's episode: DC Comics News http://youtu.be/wwkefsH44_Q Star Wars and Batman Trivia in the Wulff Den http://youtu.be/ifMP0WA0G10 http://youtu.be/DuR3P2y7XiI
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LiL ToXic (29 days ago)
Woah, I jsu realized this is the same guy I watch all my nintendo videos from!
Carlos Felix (1 month ago)
I buy all my comics digitally except walking dead which I have 3 compendiums and the rest in trades. I couldn't imagine trying to store all the comics I've bought digitally in my apartment. Also save a lot of money so that's a plus as well
Connor Farrugia (1 month ago)
Good video. I would recommend instocktrades for trades as well. This is a good source for new readers.
Dylan J (1 month ago)
I dont like digital copys.
Ed D (2 months ago)
I'm new to comics thanks to the walking dead. After that I started to read the all new Wolverine and my local comic store did not have issue 14-23. I went to that same app that you mention and within one day I was all caught up. Tom Taylor is doing amazing job with that series. I am not a fan of digital, but it seems like digital is the best way to get any issue at any time.
Ghost in The shell (6 months ago)
bad advice to go digital. no way I am spending 1000s of dollars on pdf files with 0 resale value
Ghost in The shell (6 months ago)
easy just don't buy SJW marvel crap. read dc and old marvel
Louie Gail Lauzon (7 months ago)
Sir Wulff got a question for you on twitter. Hope you answer me. Newbie on comics here
Stefan J.D. (8 months ago)
Joss Weden X-men? Come on, man. Not the best at all, ever, no way. Jesus Christ I need to start a Youtube channel.
Vicious Zero (8 months ago)
What about Watchmen?
lachlan lindsay (9 months ago)
Any recomendations for Black Panther other then the Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cristopher Priest ones as I've allready ordered them.
tsohgallik (1 year ago)
The problem with digital comics is the actual physical comic book price... why pay full price when the book is going to read in about 20minutes and on a tablet or phone? Problem is that they need money to upkeep everything. I think the worst culprit currently is the Dark Nights Metal books, $5 +tax :(
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Alkaline (1 year ago)
What's the best mystery subscription box for trade comics and graphic novels? Most of the comic of the month type subscriptions seem to only offer single issues.
ENC98TV (1 year ago)
Unless you really like reading comics weekly I would recommend trades. For most story arcs it's a better part of a year or more before the arc ends. I find this makes it very hard to follow. Also for collecting I prefer the look of a bookshelves full of trades vs tons of issues.
Just found this video. Do you have any recommendations for starting with Daredevil? Thx Edit: DEADPOOL!! I meant Deadpool!!
Thanks for answering so soon!! (just tuned in to wulff den live too)
WULFF DEN (1 year ago)
+Isabel Martin del Campo Dead Presidents by Brian Posehn. Also anything written by Joe Kelly.
Ryan Hudson (1 year ago)
Cut your hair
SourKirby (1 year ago)
I don't know why, but I HATE having digital comics. There is just something magical about turning the pages of a new comic book you picked up. That feeling of a just lost when it's digital.
gotohellaaron (1 month ago)
It's the same with CDs. You buy the album you look at the little booklet of pictures and stuff and with MP3 downloads onto an IPod you don't get that.
Robert T (2 months ago)
I agree, but for those who are indifferent to that than digital is the way to go.
AsgersWeb (1 year ago)
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is fucking amazing
LB Rudz (1 year ago)
nice guide fuck comics im glad never bought one
Jay Rule (1 year ago)
Let's collab Wulff!
The Man From Krypton (1 year ago)
http://io9.gizmodo.com/we-havent-seen-this-many-comic-books-in-stores-since-19-1786771479 Comic book stores are on the upswing since the Marvel film explosion, and the curiosity of new readers wanting to see their characters as much as possible when there are no films, or animated series.
Grey _ (1 year ago)
It would be amazing if I wasn't a broke high school student xD. thanks for the video btw c:
nomatter what (1 year ago)
if you get digital copy you are also gay
nomatter what (1 year ago)
if you buy papperback you are gay
Daniel Coy (1 year ago)
yer mom is gay
Mario U (1 year ago)
I actually like the Clone sage. And it's one of the few Spider-man comics I actually kept
Ultinuc (1 year ago)
But it's sooo unnecessarily long. It's probably not as bad as people make it out to be, but still. Then again, it could be shorter than I recall hearing about.
east ny's finest (1 year ago)
dude I loved and collected comics for years and Im a victim of my storage flood and I am slowly getting back into it but I had to sub and thumbs you up thx for taking the time out to help fellow comic people with your thought's bro peace blood
Dave Smith (1 year ago)
east ny's finest Sorry about that, dude. I know one of the guy's on Comic Book Men show, I think Mike, list like $30,000 to $60,000 in the flood several years ago?
SoccerBoy1102 (1 year ago)
I'm on the hunt for all the 2099 individual comics
SoccerBoy1102 (1 year ago)
WowieWoo I only want them because I like Spider-Man and the futuristic Spider-Man is so cool
WowieWoo (1 year ago)
I found a lot of them at my local Half-Price. Thought about getting it but didn't know if it was worth it since it sounds kinda eh. I might go back and get them tbh.
SoccerBoy1102 (1 year ago)
2099 Spider-Man
Vitor Dall Acqua (1 year ago)
Everytime people talk about comic books they talk about super heroes and that sucks. Comic bookscan be so much more than a few marvel or dc characters.
Thunder Goku (2 years ago)
I've always been trade paperback.
Redwoody (2 years ago)
I like graphic novels because I want the whole story all at once, and I'll never buy digital comics again because I always forget the password & username lol.
Ian (12 days ago)
Redwoody SAME
Dalton Mckinzie (2 years ago)
At Walmart I got justice league new 52, super man unchained new 52, and superman and Wonder Woman all of $5 in total
gotohellaaron (1 month ago)
I didn't realize Walmart even sold comic books. Is this in Canada? And in what section of Walmart do they sell them?
hrisi9801 (2 years ago)
comic book stores are coming more rare?
That DC Guy (2 years ago)
This may just be me but I honestly hate single issues so fucking much 😂 I just want trades and omnibi
Jeff Daniels (2 years ago)
Thank you!! Very helpful!
henkez (2 years ago)
Superman for all season by Jeph Loeb is also a great way to start reading superman!
darks1d3rz (2 years ago)
When you talk about single issues being hard to find, why not talk about pull list. Most shops will love to accommodate a pull list because it helps them know what to order and it is guaranteed sales.
Alex Garza (2 years ago)
@ the Wolff den there's a channel call comicstorian that we'll give you a heads up on all story arch without spoiling the story.
Ultinuc (1 year ago)
Essentially the entire thing he does is spoil stories, but with a cool voice and background music.
Tasha hough (2 years ago)
I've never thought about buying or collecting comic books but I've always loved watching the more popular films eg batman etc an I seen the trailer for suicide squad and I'm so intrigued on Harley Quinn's story what comic books would you recommend for me to buy and read first for her storyline?
Tasha hough (2 years ago)
+The Wulff Den Thankyou! And Thankyou for replying! Subbed 😊😊
WULFF DEN (2 years ago)
+Tasha hough definitely start with Mad Love by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. After that check out the current series by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Beverly Marsh (2 years ago)
if you want to get into comics, and you like and know star wars start with some of those some are amazing like vador down or obi and anakin and most people know star wars so the characters and references arent hard to understand and there is a wide range of light heated all the way to really dark comics in star wars
Savannah Desiree (2 years ago)
What are some good online comic stores? I've been reading trades for about a year and want to get into reading monthly issues but the closest comic book store is three hours away.
WULFF DEN (2 years ago)
+Savannah Desiree Amazon is great for trades. If you want single issues try mycomicshop.com or eBay. Or check to see if the publisher offers subscriptions. They'll mail the newest issue right to your door
Ajay Sharma (2 years ago)
You kinda look like Keanu Reaves xD
fan9775 (1 month ago)
SourKirby (1 year ago)
Whoooo, your like, right dood!
Max Rochester (1 year ago)
Woah He like.... Neo or something
The Irishman (1 year ago)
LOL damn you I wanted to say he does :D
RayguyX (1 year ago)
Ajay Sharma I thought the same thing. lmao.
Baker Ward (2 years ago)
Which do you prefer? Paperback or hardback comics? I went with paperback because I wanted that classic magazine style. Did I make The right decision ?
WULFF DEN (2 years ago)
+Baker Ward the right decision is the one that makes you happy.
Alex G237 (2 years ago)
Digital is shit, nothing beats an actual paper comic
tsohgallik (1 year ago)
Nah, no way! Only comics you should buy as paper comics are the characters you like the most. We can download comic book apps on Play store or App. Comicxology is the one for Amazon.
AsgersWeb (1 year ago)
Max Rochester (1 year ago)
Egyptian otaku 9 Same
BS 17 (1 year ago)
Shaka12 whatvif you are young and not in position to make decision I go to high school 😂 I think digital comic is my solution for now
Yoko Kurama (1 year ago)
Shaka12 obviously I understand your it's not only about comics part since I literally acknowledged that in my previous comment. obviously the reply is for me. Wow another empty statement. I can see why you don't discuss things or in your words "arguing online"
Ethan Butler (2 years ago)
Hey, awesome video. I recently started reading comics and I bought Civil War #1, which I loved. The amazing spiderman #1 (1999) I thought the dialogue was a little childish but I enjoyed the story and artwork. I also got X-Men (1991) I liked the story and the designs of the characters but I would prefer the remastered artwork. Do you recommend those comics or should I stop reading those and pick up anything in particular. Also what Avengers comics do you recommend?
Ethan Butler (2 years ago)
+The Wulff Den great, thanks a lot man. I'll check that out. Great work.
WULFF DEN (2 years ago)
+Ethan Butler if you liked the comics you picked up by all means keep reading them. As for the avengers, check out Ultron Unlimited and the Kang Dynasty. Both stories written by Kurt Busiek.
Quake (2 years ago)
So recently I bought second chance antman and it contains books 1to 3 but I can find the next ones anywhere. I'm pretty sure there's another one because it ends on a cliff hanger and I want to know what happens so badly!! Great video it's very helpful that they put multiple books into one for a new collector like me.
GameKingFaiz (2 years ago)
Has anyone told you that you look like Gilfoyle from the show Silicon Valley?
GameKingFaiz (2 years ago)
+The Wulff Den I don't care what Russ Hanneman says, but this guy👆, this guys fucks!! 😂😂
WULFF DEN (2 years ago)
+GameKingFaiz I've been told that. No one in this house can touch my system architecture and networking & security skills.
Stefan Salvatore (2 years ago)
Physical comics are better.It's better to actually have the comic books in your hands.Collecting comics is awesome.
Kanicus MD (2 years ago)
Sometimes when I read a comic , the story seems t just completely change for the last few pages . Any reason for that? And how do I keep track of that
KarltoonTV (2 years ago)
Its probaley because you are ahead of the storyline or something.
Comic DJ (2 years ago)
Saga is always my #1 recommended comic to people. It's one of the best comics ever
Shark Draws (2 years ago)
"don't read any story that has the word CLONE in the title" LMAO!! too funny.
CoolNameGuy (2 years ago)
I can be a major completionist. I started reading comics by going through every X-Men book in order. I'm just past Uncanny 300 and I'm doing the same with Spider-Man, though I'm being more choosy. Also, Deadpool, which the last couple years have made me question with all his new books. Point is, as I'm recently becoming a consistent comic reader, are there any characters or stories that, while good, aren't worth reading everything from, or ones you'd recommend being choosy about, like GL. Aside from Emerald Dawn, not much pre-Johns interested me.
EveBakikhanova (2 years ago)
thanks for your work, great video :)
Allen Woods (2 years ago)
Some good advice, i also think sub`ing to the comic book you want from DC or Marvel, this way its in your mailbox every month. Bad thing is you have to wait up to 6 to 8 weeks before you get the 1st copy in your mailbox. Plus Plus Sub`ing is cheaper than book stores and news stand prices.
WISE SNIPER (2 years ago)
What about the killing joke?
Matthew De La Torre (2 years ago)
Will: I need Comic Books 201! - Please tell me there are more batman stories like Hush and more Whedon Xmen? I've exhausted your recommendations and have branched out. Most recently finished up the Killing Joke and wasn't a huge fan. Teach me the ways!
NuclearByte (2 years ago)
Thanks for this, fellow New Yorker :)
sampyr (2 years ago)
thanks a ton man, this really helped :D
Lazy_Rainbow (2 years ago)
I can never find single issues because there are literally no comic book stores in Dubai. The only places I can buy trade paper backs in kinokuniya book world
James Hibbit (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video Will, just ordered Astonishing Xmen Vol 1 as well as The Man Who Laughs and are arriving sunday. super exited :D
darson houang (2 years ago)
great video
bayley 86 (2 years ago)
the flash
Naveed Akhtar (2 years ago)
This man knows his stuff.
rice andgravy (2 years ago)
the thing is i love the feel and physical having of a comic, buying digital is so much easier and i could read alot more and pay alot less as on amazon you can return after 14 days but then i would have nothing to show for it. I think i will continue buying trades and omnibus/compendiums.
Ghost in The shell (6 months ago)
rice andgravy or you can download the pdfs for nothing
Bankable Milk (2 years ago)
I know just how you feel I have to have the paper trades and I hate reading it on digital
727 (2 years ago)
image comics must reads!!!--- twd--- southern bastards---saga--- scalped---east of west--- chew--- invincible those are good
gotohellaaron (1 month ago)
I've been to this one comic book store twice and I couldn't find an Image Comics section.
Naveed Akhtar (2 years ago)
+daryl dixon No Spawn?
Jack Shine (2 years ago)
"If you can go digital, go digital." And get zero resale value and lose all of the novelty of actually collecting? Bad advice.
Robert T (2 months ago)
Superman Fan . Good idea, with enough people doing that, there will never be new stories, but we have enough already, right? /s
Robert T (2 months ago)
Jack Shine . It's good advice to tell people to buy digital if it's something can do. I like physical copies myself, but if you just want to read stories and reading digital is works for you than digital is a good route. Not everyone enjoys the novelty and cost of collecting, and most modern books have little resale value.
Ghost in The shell (6 months ago)
BrBasik if your gonna go digital you might as well just pirate the pdf files anyways
EricD989 (6 months ago)
Nothing beats physical copy. I will never buy a digital. I guess space is issue for some ppl which I understand. Other then that screw that digital crap!
Brian Sheets (10 months ago)
yeah that's the only downsides, no resale, and no aesthetic display. ah well. i only collect a handful of trades for the bookshelf, but i may start digital at some point
Nico's Rap (2 years ago)
It is literally impossible to find Star Wars comics at a store
dan fred (2 years ago)
So true, I just started collecting comics (Star Wars is my first come book series) and it's so hard the find the right volumes
Victor Vercetti (2 years ago)
haha you're awesome bro
Justin Brown (2 years ago)
You act like Ebay doesn't exist. You can find extensive floppy (single issue) runs of second tier and third tier characters far cheaper than trade paperbacks some times.
Alexei Niven (2 years ago)
Was wondering if your a fan of spawn cause I've heard that it's a good read
The Guy Blog (3 years ago)
Great video man, definitely will be sharing for comic book starters
Alex Wong (3 years ago)
There are so many ways to read comics. Issues, trades, digital physical... I love 'em all!
Ronald Eatman (3 years ago)
This is good but really the best Xmen shit is anything with Chris Clearmont "Uncanny" and or New X-Men (2001 series)
Roy Phillips (3 years ago)
+Ronald Eatman Claremont (sp), but you're right!
Mr Incognito (3 years ago)
When I started readin comics way back in the 2012 and my 1st comic was Alan Ford and then i also started reading Bonelli Comics. If you can find Dylan Dog,Brad Barron and Dampyr in english read them eaven if it's pyrated just read it. You won't regret it
karla acosta (3 years ago)
Have you purchased any comics from amazon? I really want to order some but i'm kind of worried. Any suggestions of where to buy them? I did just get my first deadpool volume but it was rather pricey and i bought it at a comic book store. $35 for a volume. Yup.
Jim Ervin (3 years ago)
Very instructive, knowledgeable guy but no thanks, not my kinda stuff. I just collect comic books from their early 10 cents years when they had cartoon characters or western heroes or maybe TV stars I could relate to. Anybody ever hear of Dennis The Mennis?
khrulez1 (3 years ago)
What is a soft reboot?
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
+khrulez1 that's when they keep the same universe, but start with a new status quo. for example, every time there's a new james bond, they don't start all over again from the beginning, they just keep things light and more accessable to new fans without worrying about what came before
Fajitahmed (3 years ago)
So I wanna get started on the amazing spiderman arch. Is there like an edition where it brings all the issues into a single volume or multiple ones? Thanks man and I subbed!
42 lines of coke (3 years ago)
+TheShockerKnocker omnibus's collect sevele volumes and almost all issues however they take forever to come out and cost a lot
Thomas Miller (3 years ago)
Could you recommend a starting point for Batman comics? Thanks
Zareef Haider (7 months ago)
BrBasik (1 year ago)
Thomas Miller Batman year one, Batman Long Halloween, or Batman court of owls
nana bae dude (3 years ago)
6:19 I googled why you said that... THANK YOU for the warning.
OblivionKisame (3 years ago)
Demonik Spark (3 years ago)
Literally said out loud "that was a great video". As someone just starting out, I appreciate it.
nicolas maslanik (3 years ago)
This really helped me
Sam P. (3 years ago)
I've decided now that I'm just going to buy the Batman and Nightwing comics by volumes, then only buy single issues if I like the cover art or the issue in general. This video helped a lot so thank you!
Nani (3 years ago)
How do you know if it trade paperback I was checking for green lantern rebirth and it just says paperback does that mean it is
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
+Alessandro Barahona trade paperback is just the general term (i honestly don't know the origins of the term). if it says it's available in paperback that probably just means it's softcover instead of hardcover.
LISA HOWARD (3 years ago)
thank you for sharing  I am now reading MARVEL now and I love it
drumtap2792 (3 years ago)
This video was so helpful for a newbie like me. Thanks for taking the time to do this :)
RDICKINSON08 (3 years ago)
Thanks for the Video .... I'm in the exact situation as the guy who sent in the question, and you gave a great breakdown and pro tips and what to consider when getting into comics.
Rayevan Fox (3 years ago)
Thank you so much for this. So helpful!!!
yarlzxmyrsh (3 years ago)
Definitely want to check out Hush now. Superman Red Son actually made me give Superman a chance, and I'm really digging Superman Unchained right now.
theQuickining (3 years ago)
if you watch this video with youtube's subtitles/CC on it is really funny, I recently started collecting some trade paperbacks I started with DC's new 52 line and have picked up some stuff by IDW
Rudy Bellani (3 years ago)
Just got massively into Xmen recently ...continuity help!! How do I start  comic series? Where do I jump in? How do I track the story arc? Help please !
StrengthLegacy (3 years ago)
Dude, first, great video, that was entertaining. Secondly, what if I wanna go all out and read the whole fucking thing from the very first comics, is that something that can be done?
Michel van der Molen (3 years ago)
+StrengthLegacy Look for an omnibus of whoever you are interested in:)
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
+StrengthLegacy it's possible, and going digital would be the easiest way to do it. but you're going to need a lot of free time.
aleba (3 years ago)
Can you recommend me a starting point on The Punisher?
aleba (3 years ago)
+The Wulff Den I bought Rucka's Punisher, really good
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
+aleba163 What he said. Also Greg Rucka's run on the Punisher.
Now's The Time For... (3 years ago)
+aleba163 Any of the Punisher runs from Garth Ennis are a great place to start. Especially for more modern Punisher.
Matthew Luck (3 years ago)
Comic Books 101 is good to know. When the uninitiated find out your a hardcore fanboy they always want to talk about it and possibly become one. Its a fun conversation because i love being a goodwill ambassador for the comics industry.
The Epilecticdomo (3 years ago)
And Batman Endgame
Capn Cummings (3 years ago)
great video man. Subscribed.
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
Thusitha de Silva (3 years ago)
mate, whats the difference between trade paperbacks, story arcs and bundles
Thusitha de Silva (2 years ago)
+The Wulff Den I really tried listening to your advice but mate, The minute I found the comic book store in my city, I ended up buying Batman: The man who laughs, the long Halloween and the first two volumes of Saga by Brian K . Vaughan... I dunno man, something about reading the physical copy instead of having it on the ipad =/
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
Yes, but some of the other bat books did a court of owls tie in. side from nightwing (issues 8 and 9), none of the other books are all that important. and honestly, you'll be just fine with the main court of owls story (batman 1-11)
frederik ahle (3 years ago)
+The Wulff Den are there only those 11 issues of the court of owls?
WULFF DEN (3 years ago)
sir! a story arc is a specific story that occurs in an ongoing comic. for example, the the court of owls was a story arc that occurred in the ongoing batman series (batman vol 2 issues 1-11) a trade paperback is a collection of stories originally published in a monthly comic book, reprinted in book format. to use the court of owls again, those 11 issues were collected into 2 trade paperbacks after their original release. bundles are just a collection of comics sold in one package. usually bundles are created by the comic stores themselves. as to which to get, bundles or trades, thats a matter of preference.
Thusitha de Silva (3 years ago)
great guide man! just getting prepared for my wallet to get ten times lighter lol
clover (4 years ago)
Sense I subscribe to your channel may you subscribe to mine

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