Being a comic nerd and a sometimes art student, I'm going to name drop Roy Lichtenstein because I've always enjoyed the simplicity of his paintings in terms of color and lines, as well as the pop feel to them and the sort of "window in time" aspect of them. Additionally, from what I remember he used them as a way of showing how he felt about society around him an many artists have, and I like that too.
Adventure stories! They can be fantasy, modern, sci-fi, all kinds! Give me some good world travel stories and I'm all over it! I also enjoy romance stories and even though I tend to play females I love playing gay men.