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Creators weigh in on 2013 and 2014 (Part 6)

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Buster Moody

Task Force Rad Squad
Blog | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

I loved Copra. And the undertaking that it must have been to get each issue out on a monthly basis by Fiffe is reason enough to give him mad props. That’s seriously inspiring to me, and the comic was fantastic in and of itself.

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

My buddies Adam Smith and Matt Fox are working together on a graphic novel that will come out sometime in 2014. I’m very stoked on that. Check out some of their work here: http://wetblackghost.com/

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

2014 will see the release of Task Force Rad Squad #2 and definitely more TFRS to come after that. I also have an 8 page story that will be a part of the anthology comic that Eric Freitas and Ulises Farinas are doing, Amazing Forest. My story is called “Agro-Man,” and will be in a forthcoming issue.

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Christopher Butcher

Marketing director, UDON Entertainment; Toronto Comics Arts Festival director
Blog | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

I feel terrible because I have so much reading to do still this year, I fell behind terribly around TCAF and it’s taking forever to catch up. However, if I have to pick two very different books, they would be:

Sex Criminals #1 (and #2 and #3) by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, and
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard by Christophe Blain.

Wonderful. I was also really proud of how UDON’s Street Fighter Origins: Akuma turned out, I think it’s a great action/coming-of-age story that just happens to be licensed.

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

If you’d asked me this two weeks ago, I would’ve been most ‘excited’ about This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, or Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, but now I’ve read both of those and they’re phenomenal, but they’re not a mystery any more. That said, I’m probably most excited to add that massive Stray Bullets collection to my shelf, as it’s been years and years since I read the series and I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing in a go!

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

As far as UDON goes, I’m probably most excited about our first Free Comic Book Day book! We’re doing a new book called Street Fighter #0, that will introduce people to our line of Street Fighter graphic novels. It’s going to be an incredible book, and we’re hoping it’s going to bring the millions of Street Fighter fans BACK to comics in a big way! It features stories by Jim Zub, Chris Sarracini and Ken Siu-Chong, and art by Hanzo Steinbach, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Joe Ng! Check out the cover:

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Mike Baehr

Fantagraphics marketing/web editor
Flog posts | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Is it a cop-out to say “old Jack Kirby comics”? Keeping in mind that there are still dozens of 2013 books on my to-read list, and eliminating Fantagraphics titles because that’s the classy thing to do, Frank Santoro’s Pompeii (PictureBox, RIP) struck me as a pretty big success, a perfect marriage of Frank’s artistic concerns and a very human story, all beautifully expressed.

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

I’m really looking forward to the new Linework NW festival that Zack Soto and François Vigneault are putting on in Portland.

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

Gonna keep drawing a page at Dune every month, hopefully put out another sketchbook mini before too long, and my most ambitious goal is to do an eigh-page story and make an Oily-style mini.

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Frank Barbiere

Five Ghosts, The White Suits, Doctor Solar, Blackout
Website | Twitter | Tumblr

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

It was a great year for creator-owned comics, and I was really happy to see a lot of new voices in comics. Personally my favorites were Buzzkill from Dark Horse Comics and D4VE from Monkeybrain comics. Both have such great new voices, awesome art, and are full of everything I love about comics.

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

I’m excited to see more creators taking a chance on making new, creator-owned work. I know the industry is starting to sound like a broken record with this, but it’s really important to me as both a creator and a fan to see original content from creators I love. I’ll always love Marvel and DC characters, but when something new enters the mix it’s both exciting and a great entry point for non-superhero comics fans. I think the more diversity and genres we get into mainstream comics, the better. 2013 was a banner year for this, and I think 2014 will be even stronger!

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

I’m very excited for my project The White Suits at Dark Horse Comics. Artist Toby Cypress is doing some career defining work for the book, and I think it’s going to catch a lot of people off guard! I’m also excited to wrap the second arc of Five Ghosts over at Image, as well as dive ahead into the third arc. And then there’s Doctor Solar at Dynamite…which I really just can’t say enough about. So I guess I’m pretty excited for everything?

(Be sure to check out our interviews with Frank on The White Suits and Five Ghosts)


Jamie S. Rich

The Double Life of Miranda Turner, Spell Checkers, You Have Killed Me, It Girl & The Atomics, A Boy and a Girl
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Probably a tie between East of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta and Rachel Rising by Terry Moore. There is so much creativity going on in the pages of each of their issues month to month, the rest of the industry has a lot of catching up to do.

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

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2014? (It could be a new comic coming out, something in the digital space, a convention or whatever you can think of — something you aren’t personally involved with).

Seeing Jeff Smith serialize Tuki Save the Humans online, via his own website, is going to be pretty fantastic. I loved RASL and am impressed by his continuing to branch out and try new things.

Also, whatever Brian Churilla does next, I’ll read. He’s doing a series called “Cruel Biology” for Dark Horse Presents with writer Christopher Sebela and colorist Dave Stewart, and also another project with Cullen Bunn and Oni Press, and I am so down to read both.

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

I’ve got multiple things happening, including two books with Megan Levens, one at Oni Press and one at Image Comics.

But one I am allowed to announce right now, Oni has taken the gag order off, is the first volume of a new series called Archer Coe, the Mind’s Arrow. Volume 1 is subtitled “The Thousand Natural Shocks.”

My partner on the book is an awesome artist named Dan Christensen, whose name will be familiar to readers very soon, he’s got lots of different projects in the offing.

We’ve been hinting at this book for a while. Archer Coe is a stage hypnotist with actual telepathic powers, who has discovered that true hypnotism is a joining of the minds, allowing him to enter other people’s thoughts. A rich man hires him for a private session to try to find out if his wife is keeping secrets from him, but things start to go wonky when the wife claims to know Archer, even though he has no recollection of having met her. At the same time, a brutal killer nicknamed “The Zipper” is starting to tally up a pretty impressive kill count, and a lot of his bodies lead back to Archer.

It’s a fun book, playing around with pulp conventions but giving them our own special twist. Archer Coe, the Mind’s Arrow: The Thousand Natural Shocks will be published by Oni Press in the late spring.

(Read more about Archer Coe in our interview with Jamie and Dan).


Benjamin Bailey

Captain Ultimate, Uncaged
Twitter | Tumblr

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

There was so much great stuff this year, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. If I had to pick a single thing, it’d probably be The Fifth Beatle. I’m a big music guy, especially rock n’ roll history and that book really scratched that itch. Plus, man oh man, it is freaking gorgeous. It’s one of the books you can recommend to anybody, comic fan or not.

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

It seems like all the best creators are putting out stuff at Image lately, which is probably why I’m very much looking forward to Deadly Class. Remender is doing amazing stuff and this series looks to be tons of fun. We can always use more punk rock in comics. Always.

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

I just had a comic funded through Kickstarter that’ll be coming out in 2014 and I’m totally stoked. It’s called Uncaged, and it’s basically Die Hard in a zoo. Artist Taylor Stauft and I developed the project together and we are bring Adam Pruett and Ed Ryzowski – both guys work on Captain Ultimate with me – onto the book. It’s gonna be tons of fun and lots of big, ridiculous action.

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Peter Birkemoe

Owner, The Beguiling Books & Art
Website

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

My favourite book of the year was probably The Property, by Rutu Modan. It had all the deft characterization and voicing that I’ve come to associate with Modan’s work, but something that is often absent from my favourite literary comics—lots and lots of plot.

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

For 2014, I’m very excited about This One Summer, the new book by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. It’s been a very long wait for this project since their phenomenal debut Skim, and by all accounts this is more than worth the wait.

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

It’s not exactly ‘my project’, but we do a lot of events here at The Beguiling, and our next one is going to set a high bar for 2014. Just around the corner on January 27th, our first event of the year is the launch of Michael DeForge’s Ant Colony. It’s going to be excellent… More info at http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/.

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Joe Harris

Great Pacific, X-Files Season 10
Website | Twitter

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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

I’m taking some latitude here and picking Joe Sacco’s The Great War, just released by Norton. It’s not really a comic, but it’s definitely an extension of the brilliant brand of storytelling that’s attracted me to Sacco since I first read Palestine. It’s, actually, a many-page fold out gatefold panorama depicting the events of July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme in which the British and the Germans would lose something like two million people between them both. One of the bloodiest battles in human history, and Sacco takes you from the staging to the battle to the transformation of eager, idealistic young men seeking the adventure of their lives into the wounded, the dying and dead on the bloody battlefield of the War to End All Wars. Did I call this brilliant already? Joe Sacco is my spirit animal.

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

I guess resumption of the new Sandman miniseries is exciting.

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

Well, I have a bunch of new creator-owned books that will be lifting off in 2014. But amongst that which I can talk about, I’d say I’m equally pumped over our coming plans in Great Pacific, including some shorter stories and an all-star lineup on guest cover artists from Adam Pollina to Michael Walsh to Steve Rolston to Darick Robertson, C.P. Wilson III and others … as well as what’s coming down the pike in The X-Files: Season 10. We just added Francesco Francavilla as ongoing cover artist, and Menton Matthews is going to be illustrating a special, standalone Cigarette Smoking Man story with me in issue #10, coming this March which sets the stage for our next, huge “Mytharc” aliens and conspiracy storyline beginning in issue #11, this spring.

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