Hmm, let’s see. I guess my favourite writers and the biggest lessons learned would be…
Brian Michael Bendis: The uses of decompressed writing/dialogue in comics, and how it can be effectively used. (Fav. work: Ultimate Spider-Man)
Mark Millar: The power of the short storter, contained story in an era of year long epics. (Fav work: Tie between The Ultimates l and ll, and Jupiter’s Legacy)
Jonathan Hickman: You can never, never, NEVER have too much plotting ready before you start writing. (Fav. work: The Ultimates, Avengers/New Avengers/Infinity, probably Secret Wars)
Hiromu Arakawa: First writer to introduce the idea of completely building your world and basic story before writing the first page, and then subtlety having everything there for the reader to see without them knowing the significance until the reread. (Fav work: Fullmetal Alchemist)
Jeff Smith: Same as Hiromu Arakawa. (Fav work: Bone)
Warren Ellis The power of the one-one and done story, and the ability to turn all those small stories into one grander plotline. Having both the big and the small at the same time. (Fav Work: Planetary)
Robert Kirkman: The art of the long, looong game. How to just keep a story going, and going, but interesting throughout the whole thing, or at least most of the time. Also his style of dialogue writing really strikes a chord with me. (Fav work: Invincible, although Walking Dead and Outcast are also pretty high up there)
Also, props to the first two names for getting me into modern comics as a whole. Before them, it was all 80s-90s Spider-Man comics I could find in the dollar bins.
Bonus Name: Jason Aaron. Not as influential as the others, but he’s writing some of my favourite books right now, and I wholly have him to thank for introducing me to my favourite Marvel character (THOR).