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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 3)

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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 3)

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 Hope Larson, Jason Latour, Jess Fink, Sophie Goldstein, Chris Schweizer, Shawn Crystal, Dean Haspiel, Andrew MacLean, Stephanie Cooke, Nolan T. Jones, Erica Schultz and Fred Van Lente!

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2, and don’t forget to come back this afternoon for more.


Hope Larson

Four Points, SOLO
Website | Twitter | SOLO TwitterIce Cream Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Beautiful Darkness was my absolute favorite. It lives up to its title and is definitely the most viscerally disturbing comic I’ve read.

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

The problem with knowing so many graphic novelists is most of the stuff I’m excited to read just sold to book publishers and won’t be out for over a year. I’ll say I’m excited to see where this new wave of creator-owned books takes the industry, and I’m excited that books for young readers seem to be gaining some traction in the comics industry once again — not just in traditional publishing.

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

I’m incredibly excited to see Rebecca Mock’s pencils for book two of our graphic novel series, Four Points (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). We’re just wrapping up the last odds and ends on book one and hope to have a release date soon. After several years when I thought I might never draw again, I’m back on the horse with my webcomic SOLO, which will continue to update until it’s finished. I’m also working on selling another middle-grade graphic novel that I’ll write and draw, so cross your fingers for me.


Jason Latour

Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Burger Force (maybe)
Website | Twitter | InstagramTumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Pax Americana #1 by Morrison and Quitely was probably pound for pound my favorite single issue of the year. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the Image series, Lapham’s Stray Bullets: Killers comes to mind. It’s early but I’ve liked Jason Aaron & Co’s new direction with Thor.

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

I’m a broken record, but HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina. I just really look forward to having the comics world show up in my back yard every year. But I’ve also fallen in love with a few other shows that I’m already looking forward to like Thought Bubble in Leeds. I’m also looking forward to going to France for Le Salon du Livre de Paris in the spring. Which sounds really hoity-toity, but it’s probably just a French way to say “We love comics.” I’m no expert, though; the only French I know is my last name.

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

Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen. I might break down and actually do Burger Force, a comic about burgers that bite back.


Jess Fink

Chester 5000, We Can Fix It, Kid With Experience
Website | Twitter |  Tumblr | Patreon

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

I really can’t choose just one! I have three: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by EK Weaver; How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis; and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

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

There will be some new comics in the Gus series by Christophe Blain, but I’ll have to learn French to read them! I am also excited for Rutabaga: Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal! And I’m looking forward to more Oh Joy Sex Toy comics by Erika Moen.

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

Well I hope to have a book collection of the latest in my Chester 5000 series for 2015. I’m also working on some comics that will most likely be released in PDF form. I’ve got a Patreon campaign I just started! I’m excited that it will enable me to work on more comics of my own this year.


Sophie Goldstein

The Oven
Website | Twitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

I really loved Eleanor Davis’ How to Be Happy. Besides being an accomplished and original illustrator Davis tells stories that are both personal, relevant and morally complex — without being didactic or heavy-handed. To say I was blown away by it would be an understatement: I was blown to pieces.

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

I’m very excited about the advent of Patreon and have been avidly following its acceptance and dissemination throughout the webcomics community. I hope it will continue to grow and help create a fruitful environment for independent creators much in the way Kickstarter has over the past few years.

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

My first traditionally-published book will be coming out from AdHouse this year! The Oven is a sci-fi graphic novel about a young couple escaping the restrictions of their city life to try and make a home for themselves in a renegade desert community. The book will be debuting at MoCCA in April.

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