When I find an author I really like, I usually go deep and read everything they’ve ever written. I trust them to tell a good story, but I also like the way they tell a story. Mood, tone, pacing, flow—they matter. And there are places I don’t like to go, so when I find a writer whose tastes align with mine, ah! Bliss!
In the realm of manga, it’s not hard to figure out my favorites. If I have multiple series from a mangaka, it’s because I was willing to follow them into a new adventure. Or to dig back and find copies of their older work. Based on the teetering stacks on my shelves, CLAMP ranks high on my list of favorites.
These are some of my more recent acquisitions. I also own all of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic, and xxxHolic Rei. Oh, and I’ve seen Magic Knight Rayearth, and I finally (finally) watched Cardcaptor Sakura. Why CLAMP? While I appreciate the gorgeous art, it’s the plots that please me. Yes, there are some very CLAMPish themes that crop up in all their storylines, but I (usually) can’t predict their twists. And I love it when a story surprises me.
No surprise, my next highest manga stacks have Rumiko Takahashi’s name on them. What authors do you follow?