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My Independent pull list has gotten quite large. Meanwhile, my Marvel and DC pull lists have shrunken to less than ten books per company.

Here's my current Independents pull list:

ACTION LABS
Actionverse
First Hero
Midnight Tiger
Stray
Mollie Danger
Hero Cats
Dog of Wonder
Super Human Resources
Zoe Dare

BOOM!
Power Rangers (any)

CHAPTERHOUSE COMICS
Captain Canuck (any)
Northguard (any)
The Fourth Planet

DARBY POP
Bruce Lee (any)

DEVIL'S DUE/1FIRST
Badger

DYNAMITE
Xena

GRAPHIC INDIA
Reincarnation Man

IDW
Action Man
Micronauts
ROM

Of the companies listed above, the ones I feel emotionally connected to are ACTION LABS and CHAPTERHOUSE COMICS. The rest of the companies are just vehicles for interesting books. Remember how you used to feel emotionally connected to Marvel or DC? For some reason I feel like that toward ACTION LABS and CHAPTERHOUSE COMICS. It's something about how they present themselves. Like Stan Lee's Soapbox back in the day, or the Legion of Super-Heroes Letters Page. They make me want to be part of their movement.

What Independent comics do you buy regularly?







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Mikel Midnight


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Most of the indie stuff I buy in trade, but in terms of regularly:

Love & Rockets
InSEXts
Future Quest (if it counts)


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Panthera




I get Red Sonja, Lazarus and Bitch Planet. Lazarus is a question because Rucka is coming back to Wonder Woman; I don't know if he will have time to handle both.




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I understand where you are coming from in the emotionally attached department, AC. For me its the Valiant Universe. They've built a connected universe of fascinating heroes and villains.
My favorites from Valiant are Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior, but, I am buying most everything they put on the shelves. Bloodshot, XO Manowar, Rai, Imperium, Archer and Armstrong and eagerly await new material from Quantum and Woody. I've been buying up trades to catch up the back stories of all these characters as time and money permits. Action, intrigue, mystery, humor, this universe has it all with great emotional depth and stability with their individual characterizations.
Other companies.
IDW
Wynonna Earp
October Faction
Ragnorak
Godzilla

IMAGE
Mythic
Dream Police
Invincible
Savage Dragon
Black Road
East of West

DYNAMITE
Vampirella's latest series
Army of Darkness (love the character of Ash Williams)
Gold Key Alliance
Jim Butchers Dresden Files
James Bond

And some other great books out there I enjoy are:
Astro City
Future Quest
Afterlife with Archie
Hellchild
Mercury Heat
Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose

There's probably a few I am forgetting, too.

Its a lot of money Marvel is not getting from me anymore. The quality and characterization just is not good enough for my expectations and past experience with that company. I do pick up an occasional Marvel book when it features a member of the Fantastic Four. That's about it.
There are a lot of good books from the indie scene that promote a vast variety of different types of stories that are exciting and fun to read. Its been fun searching them out and getting emotionally invested. Its a great feeling and I'm glad they are out there and that I've given them a try. Its a brand new rush that I cannot capture with Marvel anymore.






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America's Captain 

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    I understand where you are coming from in the emotionally attached department, AC. For me its the Valiant Universe. They've built a connected universe of fascinating heroes and villains.


Valiant interests me. If I add to my pull list, the new books will likely be from Valiant. I was especially intrigued by Rai, as depicted in this year's Free Comic Book Day offering.


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    My favorites from Valiant are Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior, but, I am buying most everything they put on the shelves. Bloodshot, XO Manowar, Rai, Imperium, Archer and Armstrong and eagerly await new material from Quantum and Woody. I've been buying up trades to catch up the back stories of all these characters as time and money permits. Action, intrigue, mystery, humor, this universe has it all with great emotional depth and stability with their individual characterizations.


It's great when a company can become a kind of home for your aesthetic soul. I remember Marvel in the Bronze Age. It was this awesome spirit-kingdom for me.


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    Other companies.
    IDW
    Wynonna Earp
    October Faction
    Ragnorak
    Godzilla



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    IMAGE
    Mythic
    Dream Police
    Invincible
    Savage Dragon
    Black Road
    East of West



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    DYNAMITE
    Vampirella's latest series
    Army of Darkness (love the character of Ash Williams)
    Gold Key Alliance
    Jim Butchers Dresden Files
    James Bond



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    And some other great books out there I enjoy are:
    Astro City
    Future Quest
    Afterlife with Archie
    Hellchild
    Mercury Heat
    Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose



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    There's probably a few I am forgetting, too.



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    Its a lot of money Marvel is not getting from me anymore.


You and me both. Nor is DC getting my money, when in the past they might have. I buy some Batman and Green Lantern books, but little else beyond the occasional Vertigo title.

A lot of the books on your list have tempted me in the past. The sheer abundance of the Indie scene makes it impractical (barring great wealth) to buy everything cool on the shelf. (As you may know, I buy Future Quest, which we in this community have decided is an Indie book, a decision I heartily endorse, as it provides us with one book a fair number of us are reading, which will help glue us together.)


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    There are a lot of good books from the indie scene that promote a vast variety of different types of stories that are exciting and fun to read. Its been fun searching them out and getting emotionally invested. Its a great feeling and I'm glad they are out there and that I've given them a try. Its a brand new rush that I cannot capture with Marvel anymore.


You're not alone in this. I'm right there with you, and I think quite a few of us are.






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    I get Red Sonja, Lazarus and Bitch Planet. Lazarus is a question because Rucka is coming back to Wonder Woman; I don't know if he will have time to handle both.


Your comment prompted me to google Red Sonja to understand the licensing arrangements. They're pretty interesting, as summarized here:
http://www.conan.com/f_redsonya.shtml

A little more of the story is provided here:
Red Sonja - Legal

I wonder if Roy Thomas is making any money out of any of this.






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    Love & Rockets


An awesome survivor of the 1980s Indie scene!


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    InSEXts
    Future Quest (if it counts)


Future Quest counts as far as I'm concerned!

Do you buy any of the various incarnations of Tarzan, the Phantom, or the Shadow?






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    Do you buy any of the various incarnations of Tarzan, the Phantom, or the Shadow?


Usually not ... I generally track Matt Wagner's writing (Green Hornet et al) but I'm a bit put off his work on the Shadow and the Spirit. I keep hoping he'll come back to some less established character like Moon Man or Captain Zero or Black Bat.




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The Black Guardian

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Action Labs
- Hero Cats of Stellar City

Dynamite
- Any of the Warlord of Mars/Dejah stuff.
- Grumpy Cat
- Captain Action Cat
- Pathfinder

IDW
- Anything Dungeons & Dragons
- Jem & the Holograms
- Micronauts
- ROM

Future Quest & Scooby Apocalypse, if you count 'em.
Anything cat-related is sure to catch my eye.




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How is Micronauts? Is it the traditional Marvel characters/story world or a different take on the toy line?




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America's Captain 

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    How is Micronauts? Is it the traditional Marvel characters/story world or a different take on the toy line?


It's different. One huge difference is the complete absence of Arcturus Rann. But beyond that, there's a different universe being established, with its own politics and dangers. Baron Karza is a big bad, but he's not the only one.

Nevertheless, it's pretty cool, and it's on my pull list. There's actually a Firefly vibe to the story so far.






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    Action Labs
    - Hero Cats of Stellar City


You inspired me to add this to my pull list and buy the back issues.

Oddly, I can't find issue 10 on eBay, though I've obtained all the others. Was there something special about issue 10?


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    Dynamite
    - Any of the Warlord of Mars/Dejah stuff.
    - Grumpy Cat
    - Captain Action Cat
    - Pathfinder


Like you, I'm a cat lover. I think it's awesome that you find all the cat books. I'm aware of Grumpy Cat from Facebook. I'll google Captain Action Cat.


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    IDW
    - Anything Dungeons & Dragons
    - Jem & the Holograms
    - Micronauts
    - ROM


I'm reading both the Micronauts and ROM.


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    Future Quest & Scooby Apocalypse, if you count 'em.
    Anything cat-related is sure to catch my eye.


Around here we count Future Quest, apparently, which is great, since it helps bind together our little community.






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      - Hero Cats of Stellar City

    You inspired me to add this to my pull list and buy the back issues.

    Oddly, I can't find issue 10 on eBay, though I've obtained all the others. Was there something special about issue 10?

Not really "special," but it did start a new arc: "World Tour."


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      Dynamite
      - Any of the Warlord of Mars/Dejah stuff.
      - Grumpy Cat
      - Captain Action Cat
      - Pathfinder

    Like you, I'm a cat lover. I think it's awesome that you find all the cat books. I'm aware of Grumpy Cat from Facebook. I'll google Captain Action Cat.

Captain Action Cat is apparently and "old" book (from 2014) from the creators of Tiny Titans... but I just saw it. Might be the silliest comic I've read recently. It even had guest appearances by Ghost, X (Dark Horse), Captain Midnight, and Skyman (public domain), but they were turned into anthropomorphic cats. And The Occultist makes an appearance.




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    How is Micronauts? Is it the traditional Marvel characters/story world or a different take on the toy line?

All of the "Marvel" is stripped out. There's no Rann, no Bug, no Mari. It's more pure to the toy line.




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Thanks AmCap(and Black Guardian). I checked out issue 1 and it was definitely a keeper. I'll be a month behind waiting on the price drops, but will definitely be following this one, too (le sigh, my comic stipend needs to grow again) I really liked the new take on the characters, just wish I still had some of those toys.. even if Acroyear's danged legs always got loose on his big rollerderby feet.




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