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Creators weigh in on 2013 and 2014 (Part 7)

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Tim Gibson

Moth City
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Sit Titulo by Cameron Stewart, published online and by Dark Horse. You keep thinking about it afterwards, which I think is when you know something has really intrigued you.

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

No one thing, but I’m looking forward to discovering more great self-contained and creator-owned graphic novels like we have had in 2013.

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

I’m working on an amazing animation project called The Berry Boys which tells the personal stories of six real New Zealand soldiers in WWI. I’ll be writing, illustrating and animating the sequences – which is a heck of a lot of work, but the material is fantastic.

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Bryan Q. Miller

Smallville, Earthward, Space Mountain
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Saga continues to amaze, as always (it’s kind of gross that’s it’s consistently as good as it is). I know it’s older than 2013, but I stumbled onto Mystery Society and absolutely love it. Trillium, for sure, and The Wake. The N-Zone Captain America adventure over on the Marvel side of the aisle that wrapped this year was a big favorite of mine, and I’m a huge continuing fan of FF.

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

Another year of new series and new Kickstarters. I really, REALLY love reading NEW stuff. Current ongoings are what current ongoings are (and always will be), but there’s something special about reading and meeting new voices and visuals that I find very exciting.

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

As 2013 ends, my Kickstarter backers are finally beginning to receive their copies of Earthward (which I’ll soon be submitting to digital platforms for sale!), and May will see the release of my (wholly-unrelated) next all-ages space adventure graphic novel, Space Mountain, through Disney Publishing. Can’t wait for folks to get a look at both of those. I also just co-wrote my second episode of the CW’s Arrow, which will air in the latter half of season two, and season two of Syfy’s Defiance (where I’ve been spending my days) premieres in June. Oh, and there’s still new chapters of Smallville out digitally every week!


Nathan Edmondson

Black Widow, Punisher, The Activity
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Strange Attractors by Charles Soule and Greg Scott was really something.

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

Tough question.  It’s going to be a big year, mostly for reasons still under wraps.  Those announcements some other titles wrap up early in the year. I’m looking forward to getting out and signing Black Widow and Punisher in January and February.

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

The two I mentioned above for certain. I have … a number of other books to roll out in 2014, and I’m thrilled for each for different reasons.  Some limited stories … and two very big ones.

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Ann Nocenti

Catwoman
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This year I enjoyed Michel Fiffe’s sly and wonderful COPRA issues. He always finds un unexpected angle from which to tell his tales.

And it’s not out yet, but I was fascinated by some early PDFs of Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri’s Nightworld, a work which seemed like a lost child of Kirby and Ditko, albiet a sparkly, twisty, and curious child.

And I just bought Farel Dalrymple’s Delusional, which I am excited to read next. I’ve been a fan of his work since Pop Gun War.

And I got my hands on the first chapter of Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNiel’s Bad Houses, loved it, so look forward to reading the rest. I was struck by how their story, which opens at an estate sale with price tags on everything, gave me the sense of how we displace the power of real emotions and imbue ordinary objects with that power

For my own work, I’m sad that Katana is over, but I hope people take notice of Alex Sanchez’s delicate and special work. He is absolutely someone to watch. I was just building up steam by Katana 10 when the book was cancelled, and have more Machine Gun Shun, Coil, Swagger, Mona Shard and Junko stories to tell (that I imagine will never be told)

But I will continue to tell Catwoman stories, and our team of Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Sonia Oback and the editors have been amazing. And I enjoyed setting Catwoman in John Layman’s Gothopia world, and now she’s off on a Race of Outlaws. And it was a hoot to give Selina Kyle an ugly, nasty cat that she despised, and have that ugly cat prefer a certain villianess to her anyway.

I’ve been traveling with my Disarming Falcons short documentary, and will continue to head out to film festivals to share that film in 2014. I’m casting about for ideas on a new documentary film, and working on a prose novel.


Jason Latour

Wolverine and the X-MenSouthern Bastards
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

It’s pretty impossible to pick a favorite, but Heck by Zander Cannon was a really pleasant surprise. I waded into it  thinking that it was just a fun little comic that played with production and distribution in a way that was fairly unique to the digital medium. But it quickly made it’s way to the top of my reading list. Looking forward to checking out the print collection.

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

It’s nice to see such a breadth of subject matter and approach find it’s footing on the racks. Even superhero comics haven’t felt so strictly by the numbers lately. I’m excited to see where it all leads.

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

I’m equally excited to work on Wolverine and the X-Men and Southern Bastards. With the former I get to scratch an itch and the latter I get to finally scratch back.

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Paul Tobin

Bandette, Prometheus/Aliens/Predator, Colder
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Do I only pick one? Impossible! Depends on my mood. I thought High Crimes from Chris Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa was fantastic, and then Sex Criminals pushed boundaries, which always interests me. And for straight-up lowbrow humor, you can’t beat Oglaf, a decidedly not-safe-for-work comedy.

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

Continued freedom is what I’m all about for the industry. All three of the projects I mentioned above wouldn’t have been possible in the past, whether from format or subject matter. I think the digital medium is allowing a FAR wider range of comics, and that means that creators are free to do the comics they REALLY want to do, rather than just scrambling to fill a perceived market need. And, honestly, most of my “I LOVED reading this moments” came from reading projects that I didn’t know I’d care for, beforehand, comics that pushed my boundaries. Cursed Pirate Girl is a good example of that. I wasn’t aware how much I was yearning for a sassy pirate girl illustrated in classic style. Now I can’t live without it.

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

MORE Bandette! It’s my favorite project. And in addition to my Eisner-Award-Winning Wife Colleen Coover illustrating it, I’m bringing in LOTS of other artists to do the Urchin Stories. The big Prometheus/Aliens/Predator project has been fun for me, because the other writers (Josh Williamson, Chris Roberson, Chris Sebela) are all friends of mine, so it basically feels like we’re college buddies telling drunken stories to each other. I’m also looking forward to announcing the next couple novels that I’ll be releasing. And Juan Ferreyra and I are scheduled to get back to our Colder horror series in 2014, so that’s going to be a gas.


Ming Doyle

Mara, Quantum and Woody
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

Becky Cloonan’s minicomics have consistently been deliciously good. I’ve also loved keeping up with Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Kate Beaton’s family holiday comics.

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

Looking forward to seeing new artists pop up online, and I’m anticipating whichever secret creator owned projects people may be clandestinely working away on!

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

A creator owned project of my own that I’m cooking up with my partner Neil Cicierega (who’s new to comics but a fantastically weird storyteller), and an upcoming longer collaboration with a publisher I’ve always wanted to work for and can’t wait to announce!

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Jeff Parker

Batman ’66, Aquaman, Kings Watch
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

I don’t know if it was my favorite, but I really enjoyed The Nao of Brown and feel it didn’t get near the attention it should have. Wait, I see now that actually came out in ’12, but I read it this year.

Maybe I’ll switch my answer then to The Fifth Beatle, though I mainly like it for the art which is a tour de force by Andrew Robinson. He’s incredible.

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

Oni is putting out a book called I Was The Cat, written by Paul Tobin of Colder fame and Ben Dewey of The Tragedy Series. As a studio mate of those guys I’ve seen it and know the impressive whole about to be unleashed on the readers. It is not one to miss.

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

It sounds like Oni’s year from my viewpoint, but a book I and artist Sandy Jarrell (Batman ’66) have been working on with them is coming out later in the year. Very proud of this one and hope it ends up in a lot of libraries as well as bookstores. Will be formally announced soon.


Francesco Francavilla

The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie
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What was your favorite comic of 2013?

That I’ve read? Definitely Saga: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created something really unique and highly entertaining. No wonder they are raking up praise and awards all over the place. :)

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

I am really good friends with tons of creators who have new books (creator owned or story arcs) coming out in the new year. I can’t do a full list because I am sure I am gonna forget someone. Comics are going through a new renaissance and I am glad to see all my friends involved with it.

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

Right now I have two projects that are near and dear to my heart: The Black Beetle and Afterlife With Archie. The Black Beetle‘s NO WAY OUT hardcover has received so much praise all around (and the series debut was one of my highlights for 2013) so I am gonna try to follow up that success with NECROLOGUE, a second five-issue mini that starts in January. As you know I am writing/drawing this, so it’s something I am very proud of. And I am super happy to be working on Afterlife With Archie as well with that talented Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa brother. The series debuted in October and with only 2 issues in, it’s already on numerous Best-Of-2013 comics lists. Can’t wait to share with everyone what else is coming to Riverdale: #3 is out next week, #4 will have you saying “WHAAAAAAT???” and #6 will definitely promote this from a zombie book to a full horror book. I might have said too much already.


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