During our recent trip to Nerdtacular, many excellent discussions were had (the majority of which seemed to start with variations of “Um, actually…”) One of the more fascinating was a discussion of what bits of pop culture we would follow anywhere, regardless of the specifics. It took Paul Levitz consciously ejecting all of Geoff Johns’ cool new Legion of Super-Heroes reboot ideas in order for me to stop reading that book, but I still found myself excited for the recent LSH appearances in Justice League United. I will buy any comic featuring DC’s sorta-obscure Nightmaster, the pencils of Alan Davis or the writing of Kurt Busiek, but don’t understand when my friend wants to watch any television program featuring a Buffy/Firefly alumnus, leading us to today’s unwavering query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) tends to skew towards the characters, but there are certain creators/actors whom I will follow anywhere their muse takes them, asking: When it comes to the pop culture you follow, which is a bigger draw: Creator Or Property?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Creator, more than the property, but the story itself plays big for me. I always thought I’d follow Charles Soule to the ends of the earth, and that proved to be a pretty rewarding policy for me, between his Marvel and DC stuff – but for some reason Letter 44 wasn’t all that great for me. I’m not saying it’s bad, I just seem to have a pretty strong aversion to space stories.

  2. Neither really. I like what I like and don’t like what I don’t like, regardless of creator or property. I mean, I am a HUGE Green Lantern fan, but I still didn’t care for the live action movie. Similarly, I loved Buffy and Firefly, but I didn’t much care for Whedon’s show Dollhouse. And where I generally dislike franchise-based novel series, I was a HUGE fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels.

    So if a creator or property I enjoy puts out a great story, then that is just a bonus. If they don’t, then no big loss and I can just skip it.

  3. Property is what usually draws me in, no matter how wonderful creator is, I just cant bring myself to be interested in certain genres/premises. However, it takes a good creator to keep me on board because my interests tend to go in cycles.

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