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Creators weigh in on 2013 and 2014 (Part 6)

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Our annual “Looking Forward, Looking Back” feature continues, as we ask various comics folks what they liked in 2013, what they’re looking forward to in 2014 and what projects they have planned for the coming year. In this round, we hear from Greg Pak, G. Willow Wilson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joe Harris, Mike Norton, Caleb Goellner, Buster Moody, Peter Birkemoe, Ben Towle, Mike Baehr, Christopher Butcher, Paul Maybury, Joey Esposito, Benjamin Bailey, Shannon Eric Denton, Dusty Higgins, Kevin Colden, Frank Barbiere and Jamie S. Rich.

And if you missed them, be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5, where we heard from Jimmy Palmiotti, Tim Seeley, Chris Roberson, Kurt Busiek, Faith Erin Hicks, Tyler Kirkham and many more.

G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Cairo, Alif the Unseen
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Saga. Take any political conflict. Strip out the politics. Make it about something totally arbitrary — aliens with wings vs. aliens with horns. Tell a story about parenthood. Add copulating robots. Result: sheer effing genius. My favorite ongoing series in a long, long while.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2014?

I’m excited to see how Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ Image book, Pretty Deadly, unfolds over the course of the next year. The premise is so fascinating — Death’s daughter rides through a surreal, Sandman-esque version of the Old West — that reading it is like a fever dream. Interested to see what their long game looks like. Image has been putting out so many good books lately that it’s a little gross.

What personal project are you working on for 2014 that you’re especially pumped about?

I have been gobsmacked by the fan and media response to my upcoming Ms. Marvel series (with art by the brilliant madman Adrian Alphona). I am totally pumped for that book to come out. This is the kind of superhero series I’ve always wanted to read, so I am thrilled to be able to write it. Can’t wait for February.

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Joshua Hale Fialkov

The Bunker, Ultimates, Cataclysm, Skyman
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

For me it’s a tie between Tim Gibson’s Moth City comic, which you can read at comiXolog or over at Thrillbent, or Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT from Dark Horse. Both have similar hand made, auteur feels to them, and both feel so wholly born out of the medium of comics and its potential. I don’t know that anybody, honestly, even came close to making as much of an impact on me as those two. Both are criminally under-read, and both are made by talent that will just melt your brains for years and years to come.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2014?

The creator-owned revolution is here. That’s really the thing that has me the most excited about comics in general. The work that guys like Rick Remender, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Matt Fraction, Mark Waid, Brian Bendis and Brian K. Vaughan are doing in the creator-owned space just completely laps what’s being done in mainstream comics. I’m more excited about the new than I am about anything else on the stands right now. And, I think we’re entering a new phase of the industry, with a lot of thanks to Robert Kirkman and Eric Stephenson, but also to guys like Joe Nozemack of Oni and Mike Richardson of Dark Horse, where we have far more options to create original, daring, inventive material and succeed and be supported than we ever had before. It’s truly the beginning of a bold new era in comics.

What personal project are you working on for 2014 that you’re especially pumped about?

The Bunker is really my main focus. It’s a constant pleasure to work with Joe Infurnari, and the guys at Oni have been amazing at helping us transition to the printed page. It’s out in February, and I’m like a little kid on a car trip with a bladder full of Mountain Dew. I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO GET THERE.


Mike Norton

Revival, The Answer!, Battlepug
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

GAH! That’s really hard to say. I’ve really enjoyed reading Saga, but I feel like everybody in the world is saying that. Private Eye was great, too. I guess I’m boring. I’ve been too busy making comics to read them lately.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2014?

I’m excited to try and take a break some time around the middle of the year! I’d also like to do some other out of the country shows.

What personal project are you working on for 2014 that you’re especially pumped about?

I’m always excited about making Revival with Tim Seeley. It really excites me to know that as great the response has been for the book already, people haven’t even seen what we’re REALLY up to with the book yet.

I’m over the halfway point with Battlepug, also. I’m so happy with how that’s going.

I’m looking forward to hopefully getting more of my creator-owned book, The Answer! done in 2014, but that will have to be after this secret project I’m doing gets finished. I’d show you art for that, but I don’t think the publisher is announcing it yet.

There’s already lots to love about 2014!


Caleb Goellner

Task Force Rad Squad, Mermaid Evolution, ComicsAlliance
Twitter | Tumblr

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

This is kind of a cheat since the original work came out in Japan nearly five decades ago, but I had an awesome time reading Drawn and Quarterly’s Kitaro collection by Shigeru Mizuki this year. I’d been a familiar with Kitaro and the world of Yokai on the periphery for a bit thanks to my hearty diet of manga and anime, but finally getting to read some Mizuki’s most influential stories in English for the first time in a huge brick was dope. Thanks to Mizuki, I’ve started buying Ukiyo-e books full of ghost, monster, demon and yokai art since August. Really rad, inspiring stuff to stare at.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2014?

A lot of awesome comics are coming up in 2014, but one thing I’m especially intrigued by is Tom Scioli and John Barber’s Transformers and G.I. Joe series coming from IDW. Tom’s a guest contributor at CA, so I’ve been able to pick his brain about some of the research he’s been doing to draw and co-write the book. Dude is digging DEEP and putting his trademark passion into the project. Everybody who enjoys either of Hasbro’s flagship toy lines and all of the multimedia they’ve been depicted in is going to feel Scioli’s energy crackle from their pupils through to their friggin’ bone marrow once they get their eyes on his pages.

What personal project are you working on for 2014 that you’re especially pumped about?

This March I’m stoked to be releasing the print version of Mermaid: Evolution: Revolution (M:E Vol. 2), as well as Task Force Rad Squad #2 with artist Buster Moody and colorist Ryan Hill. I’m also working on a few minicomics and something I gotta keep a lid on until later in 2014. It’s going to be a righteous new year!

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Joey Esposito

Captain Ultimate, Pawn Shop
Website | Twitter | Tumblr

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

My favorite comic this year was Jason’s latest, Lost Cat. It’s a mix of Jason’s idiosyncratic cartooning style and Raymond Chandler, two of my favorite things. The man’s a genius.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2014?

I can’t wait for Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s relaunched Daredevil, sending Matt Murdock west to San Francisco. Those guys have totally rekindled my unbridled love of superhero comics with that book. That’s how it’s done.

What personal project are you working on for 2014 that you’re especially pumped about?

My graphic novel Pawn Shop is finally coming out in early 2014! We Kickstarted it back in 2012 and hit some snags along the way, but it’s finally done. It’s the most personal book I’ve written to date — a slice-of-life story centered around a pawn shop in NYC — and artist Sean Von Gorman did some great work. I’m really proud of it all around. I can’t wait for people to read it.

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