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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 2)

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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 2)

Continuing with our annual “Looking Forward, Looking Back” feature, we asked some 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, hear from Greg Rucka, Stuart Moore, Rico Renzi, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Miss Lasko-Gross, Aaron Kuder, Jimmie Robinson, Curt Pires, Eleanor Davis, Shof and Shobo Coker, Amber Love and Keith Dallas!

Be sure to check out Part 1, and don’t forget to come back later today for more.


Greg Rucka

Lazarus, StumptownLady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether
Website | Twitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

This is a hard one for me, because there was a lot that I read this year that I loved. Just truly loved. I’ve tried to pick just one thing, but I can’t narrow it down. There are three Image titles that really stood out to me — Wytches, Bitch Planet and Southern Bastards. I also really enjoyed The Fuse and United States of Murder Inc. And I’ve got a horse in this race, but I thought Doctor Mirage was frankly excellent [written by Rucka’s spouse, Jen Van Meter].

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

Honestly? The Powers television show.

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

Absolutely nothing I can talk about right now.


Stuart Moore

EGOs, Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-HeroesCaptain Ginger
Twitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

I’ve been more into prose this year! But it’s probably a tie: Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, which is hilarious and insightful and has the best letters page in comics, and Rover Red Charlie by Garth Ennis and Michael Dipascale, which is also hilarious and touching and nasty.

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

Marvel’s Secret Wars sounds very cool. I also like the fact that DC is branching out a bit, experimenting with different kinds of comics.

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

EGOs returns in February with Issue 5, the first of a five-part extravaganza called “Crunched” — it’s half space opera and half crime drama, and it’s probably the most ambitious comics story I’ve ever attempted. Art, as always, by Gus Storms.

It’s not quite comics, but the first volume of The Zodiac Legacy by me, Stan Lee and artist Andie Tong hits in January. It’s the first of an all-new series of middle-reader novels about a group of super-powered people inspired by the Chinese Zodiac.

I’m writing DC’s Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, which lets me play with a team I’ve always loved.

And then there’s Captain Ginger, which hasn’t been announced yet. By me and the astonishing June Brigman. You will hear more about this.


Rico Renzi

Spider-Gwen, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Twitter | Tumblr | Flickr | Etsy

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

WRENCHIEEEEES!! Farel Dalrymple is so freaking good at comics and this is the best thing he’s made so far. Michael Cho’s Shoplifter, if I can have a top two.

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

Doc Shaner and Jeff Parker doing Shazam sounds cool. The Complete Eightball is going to be glorious.

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

I’m crazy-psyched about Spider-Gwen and Squirrel Girl!


Elizabeth Breitweiser

Velvet, The Fade Out, Outcast
Twitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

The Punisher illustrated by my buddy, Mitch Gerads. His colors and sense of design make me drool!

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

Well, Mitch Breitweiser is working on his first creator-owned material for late 2015, and I am very excited about it. He is doing some really beautiful, experimental stuff with the art and will be co-writing for the first time as well. I don’t think I will be coloring it, though, so hopefully this answer still counts.

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

All of them! Impossible to pick just one. I am super-excited to be on the creative teams for Velvet, The Fade Out, and Outcast. Can’t wait to see how these darlings develop in 2015.


Miss Lasko-Gross

Henni
Website | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 was equal parts well-researched and fun. I also finally read Moebius and Jodorowsky’s Madwoman of the Sacred Heart; super-twisted and wonderful.

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

Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor. From the preview I’ve seen, it promises to be a dynamic intersection between McCloud’s mastery of theory and art.

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

Jan. 6 is the release of my new graphic novel adventure series Henni. I’m also in the home stretch of drawing Henni Book 2.


Aaron Kuder

Action Comics
Website | Twitter

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Favorite? Jeez, I get so little time to read … Off the top of my head (which means that I’ll be thinking of other great titles long after this article has run): Wake, Saga (only picked up the first trade this year), Dan Slott’s Spidey stuff; oh, yeah Wraith was awesome, Low, loving Batman, and almost forgot I REALLY dig Azzarello and Chiang’s Wonder Woman … on and on.

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

Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what’s on the radar. These three questions are making me feel very out of touch. I know there’s going to be another chapter of Stuff of Legend out in ’15, I’m huge fan of that book.

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

Aww, man, I can’t talk about that … heck, I’m not even sure. Yes, there is something brewing that does sound 1000 percent awesome-fun-sauce, but the practical side of me won’t believe it until it’s printed and in my hands.

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