Jun 3, 2019

Season-Ticket Creators

There are generally three elements that will entice a potential reader into buying a comic; the concept, the creative team, or the character. For me, if two out of the three are satisfied, than I’m definitely going to check it out. Three out of three is when it seems like it was made specifically for you as a reader. However, for every fan there are those creators, characters, or concepts that are appealing enough on their own to make you buy a comic. Today, I’m going to list my top “season ticket” creators

Back Issue Ben's Top 10 Season Ticket Creators
Ben Smith

Sportswriter Bill Simmons came up with the idea of a “season ticket actor” to describe an actor that was an automatic purchase for you any time they were in a new movie. (For the non-sports fans, season tickets are when a fan purchases an entire seasons worth of tickets in-advance, so they’re sure to have at least the option of attending every home game of their favorite team.) For example, if you’re such a big Denzel Washington fan that you will automatically see any movie he’s in, he’s a “season ticket” actor for you.

If we apply this to comic books, there are probably certain writers or artists you like so much, you’ll buy any new comic they work on regardless of character or concept. You may not keep buying it, depending on the quality, but you’ll give it that one automatic chance or even stick with it longer than you would have in any other situation.

I’ll be splitting my list up into 5 artists and 5 writers.

(For the purposes of this list I’m going to be limiting it to “current” writers and artists. I know current is highly subjective, because legends like Walt Simonson, Frank Miller, and Bill Seinkiewicz are still going strong, but they’re legends. I have a career pass for them.)

5. SEAN PHILLIPS
5. ED BRUBAKER



Ed Brubaker would rank much higher if he was still doing regular superhero work, but as it is, I’m always going to be interested in whatever the next project is for him and Phillips.

4. TOM TAYLOR


I absolutely loved his run on All-New Wolverine, and his start on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is giving me my monthly Spidey fix right now, so he’s got my attention moving forward.

4. ED McGUINNESS


I love his big popcorn action movie style, to the point I’m always disappointed when the story doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain. The bigger the better for him.

3. CHRIS BACHALO


It took me a while to develop an affinity for his style, but now he’s an automatic buy for me with every new series he works on.

3. GRANT MORRISON


I’ve had my ups and downs with Morrison over the years, mostly due to how annoying his most rabid fans can be. I do think he’s a bit overrated, but he’s always interesting. I like his superhero work a lot more than I like his creator-owned books. Bottom line is, when I read an announcement like “Morrison is writing a Green Lantern series,” I’m all the way in.

2. DAVID AJA


The second Aja wants to return and do another superhero comic, I’ll be right there ready to buy it on the day of release.

2. WARREN ELLIS


Ellis is my favorite current writer, the only thing keeping him from the top spot is that he only periodically returns to write a superhero comic, which is my preferred genre from him.

1. SARA PICHELLI


I love her style, I love the comics she tends to work on. I’m always interested in seeing what she’s doing next. She’s my favorite artist right now.


1. BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS


Bendis certainly has his flaws, but he’s the first writer I gravitated toward when I started reading comics again in 2001, and I’ve kept following him through every phase of his career since. However, the thing that really drove this home for me was when he moved to DC and took over Superman. I actively do not like Superman. But it being Bendis, I gave Superman and Action Comics a shot and they’re probably the two books I enjoy the most right now on a monthly basis. That’s quite a feat.


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