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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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Superman Fan (1 month ago)
bad advice to go digital. no way I am spending 1000s of dollars on pdf files with 0 resale value
Superman Fan (1 month ago)
easy just don't buy SJW marvel crap. read dc and old marvel
Louie Gail Lauzon (2 months ago)
Sir Wulff got a question for you on twitter. Hope you answer me. Newbie on comics here
Stefan J.D. (3 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 (4 months ago)
What about Watchmen?
lachlan lindsay (4 months ago)
Any recomendations for Black Panther other then the Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cristopher Priest ones as I've allready ordered them.
tsohgallik (7 months 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 :(
Building Mental Minds (8 months ago)
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Alkaline (8 months 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 (8 months 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.
Isabel Martin del Campo (9 months ago)
Just found this video. Do you have any recommendations for starting with Daredevil? Thx Edit: DEADPOOL!! I meant Deadpool!!
Isabel Martin del Campo (9 months ago)
Thanks for answering so soon!! (just tuned in to wulff den live too)
The Wulff Den (9 months ago)
+Isabel Martin del Campo Dead Presidents by Brian Posehn. Also anything written by Joe Kelly.
Ryan Hudson (9 months ago)
Cut your hair
SourKirby (9 months 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.
AsgersWeb (10 months ago)
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is fucking amazing
LB Rudz (10 months ago)
nice guide fuck comics im glad never bought one
Jay Rule (11 months 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 (9 months 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 (1 year ago)
I've always been trade paperback.
Redwoody (1 year 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.
Dalton Mckinzie (1 year ago)
At Walmart I got justice league new 52, super man unchained new 52, and superman and Wonder Woman all of $5 in total
hrisi9801 (1 year ago)
comic book stores are coming more rare?
That DC Guy (1 year ago)
This may just be me but I honestly hate single issues so fucking much 😂 I just want trades and omnibi
Jeff Daniels (1 year ago)
Thank you!! Very helpful!
henkez (1 year ago)
Superman for all season by Jeph Loeb is also a great way to start reading superman!
darks1d3rz (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
+The Wulff Den Thankyou! And Thankyou for replying! Subbed 😊😊
The Wulff Den (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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.
The Wulff Den (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
You kinda look like Keanu Reaves xD
SourKirby (9 months ago)
Whoooo, your like, right dood!
Max Rochester (11 months 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.
The Wulff Den (1 year ago)
+Ajay Sharma 8-)
Baker Ward (1 year 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 ?
The Wulff Den (1 year ago)
+Baker Ward the right decision is the one that makes you happy.
Alex G237 (1 year ago)
Digital is shit, nothing beats an actual paper comic
tsohgallik (7 months 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 (9 months ago)
agree
Max Rochester (11 months 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
+The Wulff Den great, thanks a lot man. I'll check that out. Great work.
The Wulff Den (1 year 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.
Adam (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Has anyone told you that you look like Gilfoyle from the show Silicon Valley?
GameKingFaiz (1 year ago)
+The Wulff Den I don't care what Russ Hanneman says, but this guy👆, this guys fucks!! 😂😂
The Wulff Den (1 year ago)
+GameKingFaiz I've been told that. No one in this house can touch my system architecture and networking & security skills.
Playboy Enterprises (1 year ago)
Physical comics are better.It's better to actually have the comic books in your hands.Collecting comics is awesome.
Kanicus MD (1 year 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 (1 year 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.
Superman Fan (1 month ago)
rice andgravy or you can download the pdfs for nothing
Bankable Milk (1 year 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
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.
Superman Fan (1 month ago)
BrBasik if your gonna go digital you might as well just pirate the pdf files anyways
EricD989 (1 month 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 (5 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
Yes, everyone should just shell out hundreds of dollars on physical copies, especially those who make minimum wage at 12 hours a week and still have to pay rent. Digital media is a godsend for people who can't afford actual comics.
BrBasik (10 months ago)
1.some people just want to read comics 2. some people don't have enough physical space 3. digital has a lot of sales 4.with digital you don't have to go through the hassle of hunting comics down.
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 (2 years ago)
Great video man, definitely will be sharing for comic book starters
Alex Wong (2 years ago)
There are so many ways to read comics. Issues, trades, digital physical... I love 'em all!
Ronald Eatman (2 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 (2 years ago)
+Ronald Eatman Claremont (sp), but you're right!
Mr Incognito (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago)
What is a soft reboot?
The Wulff Den (2 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 (2 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!
Joe Quinnell (2 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 (2 years ago)
Could you recommend a starting point for Batman comics? Thanks
Zareef Haider (2 months ago)
Knightfall
BrBasik (10 months ago)
Thomas Miller Batman year one, Batman Long Halloween, or Batman court of owls
nana bae dude (2 years ago)
6:19 I googled why you said that... THANK YOU for the warning.
OblivionKisame (2 years ago)
James Drake (2 years ago)
Literally said out loud "that was a great video". As someone just starting out, I appreciate it.
nicolas maslanik (2 years ago)
This really helped me
Sam P. (2 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!
Black goku AHHAHA (2 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
The Wulff Den (2 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 (2 years ago)
thank you for sharing  I am now reading MARVEL now and I love it
drumtap2792 (2 years ago)
This video was so helpful for a newbie like me. Thanks for taking the time to do this :)
RDICKINSON08 (2 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 (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for this. So helpful!!!
yarlzxmyrsh (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago)
+StrengthLegacy Look for an omnibus of whoever you are interested in:)
The Wulff Den (2 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 (2 years ago)
+The Wulff Den I bought Rucka's Punisher, really good
The Wulff Den (2 years ago)
+aleba163 What he said. Also Greg Rucka's run on the Punisher.
Now's The Time For... (2 years ago)
+aleba163 Any of the Punisher runs from Garth Ennis are a great place to start. Especially for more modern Punisher.
Magnet Matt (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.
The Wulff Den (3 years ago)
Thanks!
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 =/
The 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?
The 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 (3 years ago)
Sense I subscribe to your channel may you subscribe to mine
Wiz Koulikov (4 years ago)
I still defend there were good parts of the Clone saga.
mattsdelatorre (4 years ago)
Thanks Will, this was great. Just downloaded comixology. About to start reading Hush in class because I am that excited! You and bob keep these vids coming. I've watched them all!
winnars (4 years ago)
Hush Rules - Joe

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