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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 5)

Gabriel Hardman

Invisible RepublicWebsiteTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Charles Burns' Sugar Skull. I think Burns really stuck the landing with the bizarre, surreal and affecting finale to this trilogy of books. I've been a Burns fan for a long time and really admire his ability to go out on a phantasmagorical narrative limb but still connect emotionally.

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

The Complete Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt. I'm a big admirer of Pratt's art, I have many of his books, but the fact that these will all be properly translated into English that's the big draw. Comics are storytelling, not just art. They need to be read.

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

Invisible Republic. It's the new ongoing sci-fi series that I'm writing with Corinna Bechko and drawing. Colors are by Jordan Boyd, and he's doing an amazing job. It's a gritty sci-fi story chronicling the rise and fall of Arthur McBride, a freedom fighter turned dictator on an isolated moon a few hundred years in the future. It's a secret history told from the point of view of his cousin Maia, who's been wiped from history. IR lets Corinna and I get back to the character driven political sci-fi that we love to do. Yeah, there'll be intrigue and big action too. It's still pulpy sci-fi!

Jeff Parker

Flash Gordon, AquamanConvergence: SHAZAM!WebsiteTwitter

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

That’s tough, but I sure enjoyed Southern Bastards by The Jasons, Aaron and Latour. It got a story with a different feel out there, informed by creators’ personal experience.

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

Now that Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw is up and running by Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey, I’m pretty excited to see how that plays out. Another book that’s like nothing else on the shelves, that stands up to re-readings.

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

At the moment I’m delighted with the two part Convergence story I’m doing with Evan Shaner and Jordie Bellaire, SHAZAM! with the original Captain Marvel cast. It’s the story Doc Shaner was born to draw, and as Flash Gordon has proved, Jordie is the right artist to color it. One of those magical jobs that feels effortless and doesn’t happen all the time.

Jennie Wood

FlutterWebsiteTwitter

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

The best thing I came across in 2014 was M3, an ongoing series by Erica Schultz and Vicente Alcázar. The writing and art are a perfect marriage. And the series features a female protagonist who is unlike anyone else in comics. She’s both extremely strong and extremely flawed; she’s unapologetic for her actions, for who she is. It’s a kick-ass series. Every issue, every page is consistent, top-notch storytelling.

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

I’m most excited about two new LGBTQ events. Both are happening for the first time during the spring of 2015 in NYC. First, there’s Queers & Comics, an LGBTQ Cartoonists and Comics Conference. That’s happening at CUNY, May 7-8. The other event is FLAME CON, an LGBTQ comic con being organized by Geeks OUT. The exact location and dates are to be announced.

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

I’m most excited about releasing Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous in 2015. It continues to build on the story that Jeff McComsey and I began in volume one. We get to explore some of the things that we only started to tap into with the first volume, like how Lily feels about living as a boy versus living as a girl. Lily also has to face up to living a lie and the damage she's done. Lily grows up in volume two and, I think, the series does as well.

Blake Northcott

Final Empire, contributor to CBR, CBS Man CaveWebsiteTwitter | YouTube

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Sex Criminals

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

Mark Millar's Chrononauts. Sean Murphy is doing the artwork, and it looks incredible.

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

The final book in the Arena Mode Saga, Final Empire, comes out in digital and print formats in the spring.

Irene Koh

Secret Origins, XOXO (a comics pitch with Paul Allor)WebsiteTwitter | Tumblr | Patreon

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. There's a certain flavor of wit that is so undeniably enjoyable from this team; combined with the absurdly wonderful concept of pop star gods, just thinking of this comic makes me weak at the knees.

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

Halogen by Josh Tierney, Afu Chan and Giannis Milonogiannis. I love everything Josh makes, and the core Spera team is gold. It'll be great to see them do sci-fi. Also, Allison Strejlau's fantasy sports comic FT!

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

I'm currently working on Batgirl's origin story for Secret Origins #10 with Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, which I am of course thrilled about! As well, collaborative comics about video games with Rock Paper Shotgun writer Cara Ellison, and then my monthly one-shot releases for my Patreon. It's going to be a good year!

Gus Storms

EGOsWebsiteTumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

I'd have to say Ant Colony by the ineluctable indie-phenom Michael DeForge. Ant Colony is the printed collection of DeForge's Ant Comic (published online 2012-2013), a phantasmagorical serial-saga following the lives of a colony of black-ants. Starts off a little shaky but fills out fast; becoming a silly, strange and above all poignant masterwork of psychedelic magical-realism. Super great.

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

Um, lots. But maybe the new Image title Rumble by Arcudi and Harren. I'm only on Issue 1 so far, but without a doubt Harren is one of the most novel and pornographically talented artists working today. In my top five for sure, and while he's always always a pleasure to see work Arcudi (B.P.R.D. master) really lets him rip on this one. Not to mention chromato-god Dave Stewart turning out his finest color-work to date, each page is really something to get lost in. Sumptuous!

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

Absolutely the next arc of the my Image book: EGOs (Issue 5 to drop on Feb. 4) Stuart Moore has turned out such a complex, jam-packed and gripping story it's been a real pleasure to work on; I can't wait to start reading the next script as it's coming in. This next chunk of story is called "Crunched," and is a little more terrestrial, a little more hard boiled then the first arc. More of a twisting mystery with heaps of weird new characters thrown in. Pick it up and stuff!

Janelle Asselin

Freelance writer/editorTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

This is really hard to choose, as there were a lot of good things that came out this year, but I think my favorite was Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson from Flying Eye Books. There’s something so delightful about the Hilda books, and I think at this point Pearson has really hit his stride as far as the storytelling and general look of them. Other things I loved included In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang; Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Brooke Allen; and Photobooth: A Biography by Meags Fitzgerald.

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

I believe the Hope Larson/Rebecca Mock graphic novel Four Points is supposed to come out in 2015 and I’m super-excited about that. I love historical fiction and everything I’ve heard about the book has me extremely interested.

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

I literally can’t talk about anything I have lined up for 2015 yet, but I’ll be writing for more outlets, editing some comics and generally being a pain in the ass online still.

Nolan Woodard

InsufferableGrindhouse: Bee Vixens From Mars, exclusive Marvel coloristWebsiteTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Southern Bastards, hands down! We moved to Alabama in 2014 so my wife could be near her side of the family so I now have first-hand knowledge of this state. Aaron communicates the culture so precisely, if not darkly, it's like I'm reading about a happening just a county or two away from my new home. Latour's work is sincerely inspiring too. So simple yet so lush and expressive. The book recently took a truly unexpected turn and I cannot wait to see where it goes.

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

More Southern Bastards, for sure. Excited about seeing more Punisher from Edmondson and Gerads. Really cannot wait to see more Shawn Crystal on Arkham Manor too. It's off to a strong start! Always fascinated to see what personal projects people are working on too.

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

We will be wrapping up Insufferable at Thrillbent in 2015, but IDW will be collecting and printing it! Going to be sad to not work with Waid, Krause, and Peteri on a regular basis anymore but we are proud of what we've done in the past three years.

Alex de Campi, Chris Peterson and myself will be revisiting characters from Dark Horse's Grindhouse: Bee Vixens From Mars in Blood Lagoon! We are working on it right now.

With the above as exceptions, 2015 is my first year as an exclusive Marvel colorist. I'll be coloring new projects for the year but cannot say anything about them yet. Stay tuned!

Janet K. Lee

No 2015 projects to announce (yet)WebsiteTwitterEtsy

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Such a great year for comics, it's almost impossible to pick. I'm going to go with This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, but Pretty Deadly, GAST and Through the Woods were so amazing they deserve special mention.

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

I'm late to the ballgame, but this year I finally discovered the joy of podcasts! SO many amazing shows out there right now, and one of my favorites is Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men.

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

I will be busy in 2015, but contractually it is too early for me to reveal anything yet!

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