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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 4)

Continuing with our annual “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” we asked creators and other industry figures what they liked in 2014, what they’re looking forward to in 2015, and what projects they have planned for the coming year.

In this installment, we hear from G. Willow Wilson, Tom Spurgeon, Paul Maybury, Chris Roberson, Carla Speed McNeil, Claire Connelly, Patrick Dean, Michael Allred, Amy Chu, Jamie S. Rich, David Lopez and Jeff Loveness!

Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, and then come back Friday for even more.

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David Lopez explores Christmas in Spain in annual comic series

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Every year, incoming Captain Marvel artist David Lopez takes time out of his schedule to create a comic for the holidays. You won’t see these at Marvel or DC, but only on his website. This year’s installment, the 18th, is a four-page black-and-white comic that again stars Lopez’s own character Espiral, whom he created in the late 1990s. Take a read, but make sure to read Lopez’s introduction if you’re not acquainted with Spanish culture.

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Brian Wood tamps down rumor about conclusion of his X-Men run

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Clarifying a shipping update for Marvel’s X-Men that’s been interpreted to mean his run was cut short, Brian Wood assures that his stint on the series was always meant to end with October’s Issue 37.

In an email sent last week by Diamond Comic Distributors, retailers were notified that X-Men #38, “solicited as being written by Brian Wood and illustrated by David Lopez, has a new creative team: writer Seth Peck and artist Paul Azaceta,” sparking online speculation about a sudden change by the publisher.

But over the weekend, Wood took to his Tumblr for “rumor control,” writing, “I was, way back, asked to write 8 issues of X-Men, and I have, concluding with #37. My name appeared in the solicitation for #38, but that was a typo. I have not written #38, as that blog post suggests. Seth [Peck] and (the amazing) Paul Azaceta are taking over the title. So it’s all according to plan, I wasn’t taken off the book or anything weird like that. I’m sure it won’t be the last 616 X-Men I write. It also won’t be the last time I work with David Lopez.”

Wood, who’s best known for his creator-owned work on such titles as Demo, DMZ, Northlanders and The Massive, returned to Marvel in January with the miniseries Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega before taking the reins of X-Men and Ultimate Comics X-Men in June. He’ll continue as the writer of the latter title.

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