As I mentioned yesterday, over the last couple of weeks Tim O’Shea and I have been reaching out to various folks around the comics industry, asking them what they are excited about for 2010. We asked them to mention something they were anticipating as a fan and also something they were working on, if they could talk about it. Here’s round two; we’ll have round three up later today.
I am personally excited about what changes are coming at both DC COMICS and MARVEL COMICS. Most people look at change as a negative thing, but looking at the projects coming from both companies and the amount of multi-media projects coming our way, I cant help become excited to what the future holds. I think all these changes will help bring brand new readers to our industry and deliver some exciting projects to the loyal fans as well. see? a lot of positive vibes…there really is no reason to fear change. I believe in embracing it.
As far as what I have coming up… well , that would take a while, but the first thing that is coming to mind is the Image Comics one shot Justin Gray and I have in the works for this spring called Splatterman. Originally we were going to make this a few issues , but decided to go the graphic novel way and put it out as one book. It features beautiful artwork by Giancarlo Caracuzzo and Paul Mounts with a stunning cover by award winning artist, Tim Bradstreet. It’s the story of two comic creators [not us, lol] that create the ultimate horror comic character that comes back to haunt them. It’s crazy adult comics the way they were meant to be told. Anyone that enjoyed our Friday the 13th series and The Last Resort will understand what i mean.
Jimmy Palmiotti has done it all in the comics industry –writing, drawing, inking, editing — on titles for all sorts of comic companies. Some of his most recent writing, much of it with Justin Gray, includes Jonah Hex, Power Girl, The Last Resort and Wednesday Comics. Heck, just go look at his Amazon search listing …. it goes on for pages and pages. He’s also worked in video games and done some Hollywood stuff. And he blogs over at Blog@Newsarama.
First, name something that you aren’t personally involved with that has you excited.
With the prospect of a new publisher on the horizon, I’m excited that 2010 could usher in a new digital era for DC Comics.
Also, I can’t wait to see the THOR trailer!
And second, if applicable, name something you are personally working on that has you excited.
The seventh chapter of BOX 13 debuts in January. It opens like this:
Things only get worse from there.
And HIGH MOON SEASON FOUR concludes early this year – answering many questions about our hero and his place in the world. This is something we’ve been building to for a long time … it’s going to be incredible!
In addition to the projects David listed above, he also recently wrote the Winter Guard special for Marvel. He guest blogged with us last year, and also has pitched in on our Six by 6 feature.
I was a little bit worried a couple of years ago. I was in graduate school, trying to learn as much as I could about my chosen profession, and I had just landed a multi-book deal with Oni Press. The first book in the series was to be a pirate story.
Now that, of course, was wonderful news to me; the problem came when my friends at SCAD introduced me to THEIR friends. Incredibly nice guys, excellent cartoonists, folks whose work I was instantly drawn to, guys like Drew Weing, Chris Wright, and Aaron Renier. The worry came from these encounters, when I discovered that each of these wonderful artists was himself working on… that’s right… a pirate story.
I’d just begun work on mine; it was clear that I was going to be the last one out of the gate, a real Johnny-Come-Lately in the forthcoming indie comics pirate subgenre.
Well, it didn’t exactly happen that way. My book, Crogan’s Vengeance, hit shelves in 2008, and the books from these three gentlemen have yet to find their way into my library. Renier’s book switched publishers, Weing took a break from the project to ink wife Eleanor Davis’s awe-inspiring Secret Science Alliance, and Wright’s meticulous hatchwork simply results in a long gestation time. Nonetheless, rumor has it that all of these books are slated for 2010.
Drew Weing’s Set to Sea is a story about a brawny poet who is shanghaied and finds himself working on a clipper ship, fighting pirates and inclement weather. He’s been serializing it on his website and the art is just beautiful. Many folks have commented on the aesthetic similarities to Segar in this project, and it’s an apt comparison; the characters would look right at home in Sweethaven, but the inkwork is truly in a class by itself. The story is charming, but for me, the excitement I feel for this book’s release comes from the chance to pour over Weing’s pages, trying to figure out how he draws water so darn well. It’s coming out in July from Fantagraphics.
Aaron Renier’s Spiral Bound (Top Shelf) is one of my very favorite graphic novels, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating his new book, The Unsinkable Walker Bean. From what I can gather, it’s a story about a kid whose grandfather knows about a treasure, that there may or may not be sea witches, and that it might be the first in a trilogy. Vague details, I know, but given Renier’s nuanced ability to capture the essence of childhood so well I can’t help but be excited for this one. It’s colored by mini-comics mainstay Alec Longstreth, and is coming out from First Second Books, though I’ve been unable to find a shelf date.
Lastly, Inkweed cartoonist Chris Wright has a book that, according to Tom Devlin, should be out from Drawn and Quarterly this fall. Wright’s been working on this for years, and if you see his originals it’ll be clear as to why the slow trek. He might lay down a hundreds of lines in a square inch – no exaggeration – and the effect is truly remarkable. I only hope that D&Q have the good sense to print it as big as they can afford – the only complaint I ever read about Inkweed was that the art seemed to lose Wright’s fine detail when shrunk to print size.
Like most of Wright’s work, you can expect it to be heady, very much in the vein of Conrad or Melville, with layers of symbolism and a plot that brings out questions about the nature of life, the soul, original sin, etc. Like Weing’s, this pirate story features an academic shanghaied into nautical service, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Wright uses his ostensible protagonist as a pair of eyes for us to follow the behavior and grandeur of his captain, in the same manner that we meet Kurtz through Marlowe or Wolf Larsen through van Weyden. Wright’s book is called Blacklung.
As for me, I’m biding my time ‘til these books are released by researching for the third book in the Crogan Adventures series, Crogan’s Loyalty, which takes place during the American War of Independence. The second book, Crogan’s March, just came out in the final days of 2009. It’s a French Foreign Legion story, and, as far as I know, is NOT the first of some sort of indie comics foreign legion subgenre, though Craig Thompson IS doing that Moroccan book.
I’m incredibly thrilled to be working with comics legend Annie Nocenti on a sordid Typhoid Mary tale for Marvel’s Girl Comics. Nocenti is one of the giants of the industry, and its a true honor she chose me to bring to life her creation.
For projects I’m not involved in- dear lord but I cannot wait to see the Runaways. Kristen Stewart as teenage Joan Jett in all her swaggering rebellious babydyke glory- be still my aching heart. I’ve watched the trailer 50 times in preparation. This is going to be feminist anthem legend. March 19 cannot come soon enough
Molly Crabapple‘s graphic novel Scarlett Takes Manhattan hit shelves this past year, and Tim spoke with her about it back in August. She also contributed to 2009’s Activate Primer, an anthology by folks who contribute to the webcomic collective that ran her webcomic Backstage.
There are two comics coming out in 2010 that I’m eager to purchase. First up is Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s AFRODISIAC, which I believe is due out right in the beginning of the year, January 14th, from AdHouse books. I love Jim’s drawings, and the Afrodisiac stories are always a lot of fun. The other book I’m looking forward to, though I don’t know a lot about it, is Dan Clowes’ WILSON. It feels like it’s been a while since there’s been a new book from one of my favorite cartoonists.
As for myself, I’m currently focusing on two main projects: The Ink Panthers Show!, which is a weekly podcast hosted by myself and the cartoonist Alex Robinson. I’m looking forward to having new guests crouching in The Panther’s Lair with us, something we’re hoping to do a lot more of in 2010. And, I am also serializing a new book-length comic online, TROOP 142, set at a Boy Scout summer camp in 1995. This is updated pretty much as much as I’m able, which is normally at least once or twice a week.
In addition to the above, Mike Dawson is also the creator of Ace-Face: The Mod with the Metal Arms, Freddie & Me, and Jack & Max Escape from the End of Time. Tim spoke with him about his various comics projects earlier this year.
There’s a lot to look forward to in 2010. Personally, I’d say that I’m most excited about IDW’s upcoming King Aroo reprint series, plus the launch of Rick Marschall’s Rosebud Archives, and the continuation of great reprint collections from Peter Maresca’s Sunday Press, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and some unexpected gems from Marvel and DC.
I know that’s already more than one answer, but I’ll also mention that I’m looking forward to the convention season, especially San Francisco’s WonderCon and APE, Portland’s Stumptown Comics Fest, and the San Diego Comic-Con. No matter how big and crazy these things get, it’s always fun catching up with friends and colleagues at cons. And I’m just a little bit worried that some years I’m more likely to bump into Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew and Herbert “Boomer” Jefferson than some of my closest friends and relatives, and that no longer seems like a strange thing.
As far as personal projects go, I’m writing The Looney Tunes Treasury for Palace Press, due for a fall 2010 release. If you’ve seen that great Hanna-Barbera Treasury that they released a couple of years back, this will be pretty similar in terms of replicas and reproductions. It’s my first book, so I’m really excited about it. I also contributed a couple of essays to Palace Press’s 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons, which will be available in May 2010.
On top of all that, I’m putting together a lot of exciting exhibitions for San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, including spotlights on Batman, Ed Hannigan, Beetle Bailey, Jewish women cartoonists and a pretty wide array of other subjects, too.
Thank you for thinking of me! So pleased. Happy New Year!
Okay, scratching head. I have to warn you, I’m all wrapped up in my own stuff, and most of my reading is reference material, including cookbooks. Movies are whatever I find in the library stacks or on the return cart. I’m a simple soul, and not picky.
KIND of want to see “Avatar” (I like anime, a lot), but Dan’s described it as “Dances With Space Aliens.” (He also said, “Henry James chewed more than he bit off.” He calls the wireless modem “Oz” because it’s a little black box hiding in the shadows controlling the show.). Another wimpy American attempt to deal with our own invasion history BUT NOT REALLY because then we’d have to face it and who could afford all those Native American holocaust memorials? — but that’s the political side and you know what I’m like. I want to see it anyway.
Then again, I loved “Kung Fu Panda” because it was a send-up of “Kung-Fu Hustle” and the “Chocolate” ads had us on the floor: “Real fighting! REAL INJURIES!” My movie tastes are strictly High Concept + Low Brow. My favorite internet shows are Mr.Deity.com and BusPirates. Whadaya gonna do? You don’t want me to review anything because I have ABSOLUTELY NO TASTE.
Right now I’m just excited MY CAT MAY MAKE IT TO NEW YEARS‘.
Um… Other projects I’m not associated with…. um…. er…. I can get all of “Red Green” on DVD, now?
My own stuff:
Starting to collect stories for “This Mortal Coil.” I will never have enough to pay, just want a few lines of dialogue or ideas, people get to be anonymous or represent. Have had to tell one comics artist that his drawing the story is too much to ask for, for no money, but he wants to do it anyway, and I’m not going to stop him.
A lot of long-term slogging projects. Getting ready for that big world-wide publishing crash/leap that’s coming soon (was 5 years a year ago, so….).
IF I work very very hard I may actually get all the Stinz up, too.
AFTERDEAD running at Webcomicsnation.com (under “Alternate History”).
AFTERDEAD 2 finally re-loading at Createspace/Amazon
All of the Desert Peach on IPod at Comicsxp.com
Then I will start looking for agents for my prose books up at http://www.lulu.com/desertpeach
For more, check out the home site at http://www.donnabarr.com (Bookstore link very helpful).
Somebody hire me to write a mystery/novel/whatever of this area because now I have all the dirt. What? Huh? Who said that?
I better quit listing links. I may hurt somebody.
Donna Barr is the creator of Afterdead, Desert Peach and Stinz, among other books. You can read Tim O’Shea’s interview with her from last March right here.
What am I most excited about for 2010?
The project I’m most excited for in 2010 is whatever Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III continue to do with Batwoman. My personal preference would obviously be an ongoing series, but since there’s been no formal announcement, we’ll just have to wait and see what we get. I hope, selfishly and unselfishly, that Rucka and Williams stay with this character for as long as they possibly can, because they are in the midst of creating a classic, and heaven help any creator who has to pick up the Batwoman baton after their definitive run.
So much of the last several decades has involved superhero comics slouching towards maturity in all the wrong ways, but this arc of “Detective” – which I’ve found myself just calling “Batwoman” – was the grown-up superhero comic I’d been waiting for. Or maybe on some level it’s the comic I stopped waiting for. Reading it felt kind of like falling in love after you’ve had your heart broken and stopped believing it’s ever going to happen for you again. It’s a book that makes me feel as breathless now, as a critical, cliche-weary adult, as I used to feel reading superhero comics when I was 12.
I can’t wait to see what they do next.
My own projects:
I run this site called ComicsAlliance? Probably I will write a bunch of stuff there.
Johanna Draper Carlson
After taking a break last year from most big conventions, I’m excited to go back to them in 2010, especially C2E2 and Heroes. After some time away, I think I’ll better appreciate the fun and excitement, and I’m looking forward to finding out about new comics and projects, seeing old friends, and meeting cool people involved in comics.
As for my own projects, I’m planning to keep on covering as many diverse comics and manga as I can.
The book I’m looking forward to the most is IDW’s release of Enrique Abulli and Jordi Bernet’s Torpedo in fancy-pants hardcovers, with translations coming courtesy of Jimmy Palmiotti. I love Bernet’s art, but I’ve never managed to check out one of his best-known works. Being able to pick up the series in nice hardcovers is just icing on the cake. I expect big things, but judging by the excerpts I’ve seen in various books about and by Bernet, I won’t be disappointed. Crime comics are my favorite genre, with war comics coming a close second. Considering that this year is going to feature Torpedo and Garth Ennis continuing his stellar Battlefields series… 2010 already rules.
On a person project note, I’m honestly elated that 4thletter! is celebrating its fifth anniversary this March. Sometimes I sit and think about it and it just blows my mind. We’re coming off the best decade in comics ever, with art and story and presentation and design all reaching incredible highs, and I’m looking forward to reading and analyzing the works to come. Being able to co-judge the Glyph Comics Awards is an honor, as well.
David Brothers runs the blog 4thletter!, where you can read a lot of great commentary on comics and related items. He did a guest post for us right after Comic-Con about his experiences at the convention. He also let us rerun some of his 4thletter! posts in February that he did for Black History Month.