Well the anime had just come out in the UK and was pretty big, I loved it. Was in a shop once and spotted this comic and noticed you could actually see the Pokemon in their Pokeballs, which was enough to catch my interest. I liked it as it was just a different interpretation to the anime and I loved the darker, gritty more 'real' aspects. Years later I saw the quote about it most resembling the world he was trying to convey!
Having traveled through the Kanto (x2), Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos regions, plus the Orange & Decolore Islands, competing in six regional Pokémon League competitions, winning the Orange League, defeating the Kanto Battle Frontier, seeing/ meeting each of the rare and powerful Legendary/ Mythical Pokémon, some on numerous occasions, and continually fighting vigilantly against six villainous teams, Ash has apparently now decided to go to school.