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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 1)

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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 1)

As 2014 draws to a close ROBOT 6 is gearing up for its annual takeover of the Comic Book Resources home page on Jan. 1 to celebrate our anniversary. However, we’re getting a little bit of a head start with one of our annual features, “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” in which we ask creators and other comics industry figures what they liked in 2014, what they’re looking forward to in 2015 and what projects they have planned for the next 12 months.

In this installment you’ll hear from Corinna Bechko, Al Ewing, Matthew Petz, Alison Sampson, Christopher Golden, Ross Campbell, Jen Van Meter, Enrica Jang, Seth Kushner, Jane Irwin, Judith Stephens! Then come back later Thursday to see what even more creators have to share as part of our anniversary celebration.


Corinna Bechko

Star Wars: Legacy, Deep Gravity, Sensation Comics, Invisible Republic
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What was your favorite comic of 2014?

I loved Beautiful Darkness by Fabian Vehlmann and Kerascoet. What an amazingly lovely and disturbing book! I would have said Kinski, by Gabriel Hardman, but it’s probably not right to mention something made by a family member [Hardman is her spouse as well as frequent collaborator]. Still, Kinski was my absolute favorite book this year.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2015?

I’m looking forward to Emerald City, the big con held in Seattle in the spring. It’s consistently one of the best conventions of the year.

What personal project are you working on for 2015 that you’re especially pumped about?

Invisible Republic, the science fiction ongoing that Gabriel Hardman and I have been working on, with colors by Jordan Boyd, will be out from Image in March. Gabriel and I have been excited about telling this story for a while now and I’m thrilled that people will finally get to read it this year!


Al Ewing

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, Avengers: Ultron Forever, Captain America & the Mighty Avengers, Loki: Agent of Asgard
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What was your favorite comic of 2014?

This is a tough choice in a world of Multiversities and Annihilators and Sex Criminalses, but the comic I keep coming back to, day in, day out, without fail, is John Allison’s Bad Machinery — or Scary Go Round, as it’s gone back to. (Or maybe Bobbins. Who can say? It’s all one comic, anyway.) Expecting to Fly, his prequel to the whole 10-year-plus shebang, was the cherry on an always-perfect sundae of comics greatness, and I heartily recommend his work to anyone.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2015?

I think the thing I’m most excited about is Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro. The first issue was phenomenal — frankly, if you didn’t pick it up then you missed out on one of the comics of the year – and I can’t wait to see more where that came from in 2015.

What personal project are you working on for 2015 that you’re especially pumped about?

There’s a lot of stuff I’m excited about that I can’t talk about, so I’ll probably pick the ongoing saga of Loki, which is going to get into some very cool places in the coming year. Pretty much every issue from #10 onwards is going to hit harder than the one before, until our readers basically explode. So it’ll be that … or the Avengers: Ultron Forever trilogy with Alan Davis, which will probably have a similar effect. 2015 is going to be a good year for exploding readers.


Matthew Petz

War of the Woods
Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

This is almost impossible to pin down, but I think I’ll go with Moon Knight. Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvie and Jordie Bellaire killed it on that book. The art especially was a highlight for me. I think Declan’s ink washes took his art to a new level. The end product still felt like a “mainstream super-hero” book … but with the heart of of its creators intact. Rare to see nowadays.

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2015?

I think Archie Comics? I can’t believe I wrote that. I have almost no knowledge of anything Archie … I barely know what a Jughead is. But Mark Waid and Fiona Staples on Archie feels game-changing.

What personal project are you working on for 2015 that you’re especially pumped about?

I’m working on Season 3 of War of the Woods. It’ll be three installments. I’m finishing Part 1 now. It’s a 20-page spread of one continuous battle. It’s insane. Here’s a sneak of the first 10 pages laid out on my apartment floor!

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