Haven’t read a comic since you were 13 but have a sudden urge to rediscover them? You were a regular at the comic store every Wednesday until the kids came along but now have more time and just don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re known by name at your local comic shop but have had the same pull list for the last decade and want to branch out a bit? Pullist is for all of you.
Pullist is at heart a book of the month club. The difference here from the traditional BOMC is you don’t get to choose the book ahead of time. You pay each month or by three month subscription and the month’s selection is sent to you. You won’t know what it is until it arrives. The prices change monthly based on the list price, or you pay the $50 three month subscription which then gives you discounts on shipping.
While there is a level of risk involved in buying something sight unseen, there is great fun in it too. I’ve often discovered new titles by randomly running into them in a sale box at a convention or comic book sale. Things I may never have picked up if I’d heard of them ahead of time. Plus there is a process involved in Pullist’s monthly choices.
Each month they have a curator. They describe it on the website as follows:
We at Pullist are extremely lucky to have friends and acquaintances who are also professional comic creators. Writers, artists, editors, etc. These fine folks are donating their time and brainpower to figure out great, under-read comics and graphic novels that you might enjoy.
This month’s curator is Joe Keatinge, whom I’ve declared great love and admiration for on the site previously for his work on Glory. Seeing what the writers, artists and others in the comic industry are reading and recommending is one of the things I find most appealing about Pullist. They were fans before they worked in the industry of course but they also know good work when they see it. I suspect their choices will reflect that.
There are caveats of course, mostly that there are no returns. If you receive something you have or end up not liking what you received, it’s still yours but if that happens pass it along. Even if it’s not your cup of tea it will be someone else’s I’m sure and I bet you’ll end up liking and keeping more than you pass along. Comics are infectious that way.