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Creators weigh in on 2013 and 2014 (Part 6)

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Paul Maybury

Catalyst Comix, Sovereign
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

The best comic I got my hands on this year was a reprint of my favorite series from the initial Image boom. IDW’s reprint of The Maxx was a completely unexpected (for me) treat to discover on the stands. It’s one of the few tasteful color updates I’ve ever seen, and sports brand new high resolution scans of the original artwork, which is in preparation for IDW’s upcoming artists edition of the series.

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

In case it wasn’t clear in my first answer, I’ll be spending all of my money in 2014 on giant IDW collections of The Maxx.

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

I personally have the last issue of Catalyst Comix out in March, as well as the first issue of my new Image series, Sovereign with Chris Roberson. It’s creator owned, so I hope everyone checks it out!

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Shannon Eric Denton

Lion Forge senior editor, Lone Ranger, The Spider, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Outside of our Lion Forge comics making their big debut, I’d have to say it was seeing more Scratch9 comics from my buddy Rob Worley. There are so many great kids comics emerging these days and it’s nice having so many new options to introduce young readers to the world of comics!

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

In addition to the above-mentioned Scratch 9, my buddy and Anubis collaborator Bruce Zick has a debuting Dark Horse book with publisher Mike Richardson called the Atomic Legion that looks superb! I can’t wait for that one. Much love for IDW books from mi amigos Kevin Eastman, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles, Denton Tipton, Andy Suriano, Chris Ryall, Chris Mowry, John McCrea, John Layman and more. (lots of friends at IDW). All the sweet Pulp stuff from the fine folks at Dynamite. They are consistently raising the bar on so much classic material. Madefire! Really fun, innovative stuff coming up from them! I’m excited for the Phoenix ComicCon, Long Beach ComicCon, Amazing Arizona Con, Comikaze and the Albuquerque Comics Expo. Working with friends is the best part of this career so as you can see from the above shout-outs (and there’s a ton more I should have in here) 2014 is looking to be a stellar year!

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

I’m excited for everyone to see all the hard work we’ve put into the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series! I have a few stories I had written for IDW and Dynamite that will finally be out so that’s very exciting and of course as the Senior Editor at Lion Forge I’m really pumped to be working on childhood icons like Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Airwolf and Galaxy Rangers in addition to titles like Night Trap, Rampage Jackson and Andre the Giant! From my creative teams to the guys at Lion Forge Central to our partners at NBC and elsewhere, the whole experience has had a very positive impact on my life because of the people involved. This New Year is going to be so exciting … which is fun to say after having worked in the entertainment business for 20 years now. Go comics and Forge On! And please Like us on https://www.facebook.com/LionForge and Follow us at https://twitter.com/lionforge.

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Dusty Higgins

Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Saga has by far been my favorite read of the year. Fiona Staples’ art really makes Brian K. Vaughan’s fantastic world come to life so perfectly, and the story’s pretty awesome too. I hadn’t really paid attention to the series until a girl walked by my booth at Planet Comicon dressed as the ghost Izabel, which was so weird I had to ask about the story. Her pitch won me over, and now I’m totally in.

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

My friend and fellow creator Van Jensen has been working on the Green Lantern Corps, and it’s really good. I’ve been reading a regular superhero comic series this year for the first time in forever … and enjoying it. Besides being a super nice guy and hard worker, Van is a really intelligent storyteller, so I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes these characters after the Lanterns “Lights Out” storyline.

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

Van and I are putting together a short story titled Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and the Vampire Zoo, which will bring back some old characters from the earlier books. I’ve really missed working with the characters (draw a puppet for a couple of years and see if you don’t get attached) and this gives Van and I ,and readers, a chance to play around in that world again without tackling another graphic novel. If people really dig it maybe I can convince Van to write a few more. We’re also gearing up for the release of a collection of the Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer volumes and the re-release of the digital books through Top Shelf.

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Greg Pak

Code Monkey Save World, Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Turok, Eternal Warrior
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

I read a lot of great comics this year, but nothing hit me as hard as Dean Trippe’s Something Terrible. It’s a short digital comic about surviving childhood trauma and the power of superheroes and you should go buy it right now for 99 cents.

I sat before the computer sobbing when I read it. Just amazing work.

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

Jeff Parker on Aquaman is gonna be fun. And I hear Miyazaki’s working on a new manga. I have no idea when that’s actually coming out, but that’s officially my most anticipated comic until I actually have it in my hands.

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

Code Monkey Save World, the graphic novel that Jonathan Coulton and I launched that Kickstarter for back in the spring, will be done in January 2014! The books are supposedly on their way to us from the printer even as we chat. I’m ridiculously excited about this. The book’s based on Jonathan’s brilliant songs and tells the story of a coding monkey teaming up with a supervillain to save the women of their dreams — who may not actually need any saving at all. Takeshi Miyazawa drew the whole thing beautifully, Jessica Kholinne colored, and Simon Bowland lettered. You can get the individual issues digitally via Monkeybrain and Comixology. Some time in the New Year we’ll figure out how to sell you hard copies as well. Check me out on the Twitter or at gregpak.com for the latest.

I’m also continuing to write Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Eternal Warrior and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, all of which are a total blast to work on. Buy ‘em all, please! ;-)

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Ben Towle

Oyster War, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean
Website | Twitter | Tumblr

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

That’s a hard one. I read a ton of amazing stuff this past year. Put on the spot, though: Michel Fiffe’s Copra. I was late on-board with this one, but DAMN once you get into this series, you can’t put it down. There’s such great stuff swirling around here influence-wise: Ditko, Klaus Janson, Frank Miller, etc. … but Fiffe synthesizes this stuff with his own mind-bending character designs and brilliant page layouts in a way that’s unlike pretty much anything else that’s going on in the superhero genre these days.

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

Can I be excited about something I may not actually be able to attend? I’m super-excited that Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, the French creators of The Obscure Cities series, are going to be at San Diego Comic Con in 2014. These guys are GIANTS, and it’s amazing to think that they’ll be at at U.S. con. I’m really, really hoping I can make it out to San Diego this year.

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

Honestly, what I’m most pumped about is that I don’t 100 percent know what comics project I’ll even be working on in 2014. I’m on-track to wrap up my webcomic, Oyster War, in the first half of 2014, but beyond that, I’ve got a few potential things I could be working on: an all-ages proposal I’d love to find time to put together, a possible second volume of Oyster War, a ’90s cooking/music comic that I’ve scripted … who knows!?


Kevin Colden

Fishtown, Ἀντιόχεια, The Crow: Death and Rebirth
Website | Twitter | Tumblr

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

I think I predicted last year on this survey that my most anticipated 2013 book was Strange Attractors, and Charles Soule and co. ended up delivering. Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree is another standout, and the new edition of James Romberger and Marguerite van Cook’s criminally underrated 7 Miles a Second rounds out my top three on this side of the Atlantic. For the past few years I’ve been diving headlong into English translations of European comics — Fantagraphics’ Jacques Tardi collection, Archaia’s great edition of Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-de and Nicolas de Crecy’s entire body of available work.

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

For 2014, I’m not looking forward to one book or series as much as I’m looking forward to what’s happening in the comics medium as a whole. Over the past few years there’s been a breaking down and rebuilding of a lot of the existing business structures due to the changes at DC, and everyone seems to have finally embraced digital delivery as a viable option. So I think we’re coming out of a transitional period, and are about to hit the crest of a wave of creativity that’s been building out companies like Image and Dark Horse over the past few years. That excites the hell out of me.

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

I’ve got a slate of things happening in early ’14, including Fishtown being reprinted in IDW’s Mean Streets omnibus book in March, updating a long-dormant webcomic (and starting a new one in collaboration with my wife) but I’m most looking forward to the first part of my epic millennia-spanning grail romance Antioch (stylized with the Greek spelling as Ἀντιόχεια), which I’ll be self-releasing in very limited quantities in April or May. I’m experimenting with alternative distribution methods on this one, so let’s hope I don’t fall flat on my face.

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