Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 6)

Continuing with our annual “Looking Forward, Looking Back," we asked 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, we hear from Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Norton, Kurt Busiek, Caleb Goellner, Shawn Martinbrough, Benjamin Bailey, Greg Pak, Brandon Montclare, Eric Haven, Justin Greenwood, Natalie Nourigat and Dave Scheidt!

Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4, and Part 5, and then come back later today for even more.

Jimmy Palmiotti

Paperfilms, Adaptive Studios, Con Job, Harley QuinnWebsiteTwitter

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Honestly, I enjoyed the work of certain creators like Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Frank Tieri, David Gallaher and so many more, but to be specific, that's just not me. The thing I really enjoyed this past year was all the different oversized original art collections put out by IDW, Graffitti, and whoever else jumped into this craze. Being an original art collector myself, and loving the process of making comics, these are a real treat for me.

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

I am excited that we are having many more female voices and more ethnic voices in comics and look forward to a time when the industry is balanced to reflect the world around us.

I have no clue what is coming in comics in 2015. Not a single project is on my radar, so like most of the comic collectors out there, I make the trip to my local store, Emerald City, every Wednesday and see what new and exciting things are available. What I am avoiding is big company-wide crossovers and events because, in the end, they are meaningless to me. What I am focusing on is creators, artists and writers and supporting their personal projects wherever they may be published. I am also looking forward to seeing what other creators go to crowd funding for their projects.

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

A couple of things come to mind. The Paperfilms.com website has been reworked and we will now be offering all of our books in digital form, paper copies, art prints and more. My partnership with Adaptive Studios and working with them to create new graphic novels. With BOOM! we have a book I co wrote with Matt Brady that is called Con Job coming in March and with DC Comics we have a few miniseries coming and a brand-new series. Amanda and I will continue to put out Harley Quinn for as long as people want to buy it.

Mike Norton

Battlepug, unannounced Marvel workWebsite | Battlepug | Four Star StudiosTwitter

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Kinski by Gabriel Hardman. In a year of really unique comics, this stood out to me. Sure, being about a dog hooked me … but I was constantly on edge through the whole thing. You can really sense Hardman’s love for film in it, too.

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

I’m excited to see what friends are going to be doing. I know a couple of guys coming up that I think are gonna have big stuff happening soon. Evan Shaner, Robbi Rodriguez, Brian Level, Daniel Warren Johnson … I wanna see what they’re gonna do in 2015.

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

I’m doing a couple of things for Marvel that haven’t been announced, but I’m psyched to work with the writers who work on some of my favorite superheroes.

Also, 2015 is the last year for Battlepug, so I’m excited to see if I’m able to pull it off. And maybe take a break after that.

Kurt Busiek

Astro CityThe AutumnlandsWebsiteTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Tough call. I think it comes down to Saga, Sex Criminals or Satellite Sam. Maybe I should just pick the one that starts with S. All of 'em fascinating, different, with interesting characters, terrific artwork and I have no idea where they're going.

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

I'm really looking forward to Dylan Horrocks's Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. What I've read of it online is wonderful, and there's nowhere near enough Dylan Horrocks work in the world.

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

My two current series are Astro City and The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, and I'm pretty pumped about both of them.

We're dancing around the beginnings of another long-term arc for Astro City -- and when I say "long-term arc," I don't mean a single story like Tarnished Angel or The Dark Age, but something that'll feed into and inform many stories, as we shape the world of Astro City and watch it grow. Brent and Alex and Alex and JG and crew are all doing wonderful work, and Kristy's keeping us honest, more or less -- it feels like a very good time for the book.

And The Autumnlands is new and exciting and stunningly gorgeous -- the art combo of Ben "The Cajun Sausage" Dewey and Jordie "Jordie" Bellaire is astounding, and JG makes it all look wonderful and like I know what I'm doing. Image has been hugely supportive, and the readership's pretty excited, so it feels like we're doing something right. Which is good, because we've got a long road ahead ...!

I've got other things in the works, too, but I can't talk about them yet, so I will be silent. Silent!

Caleb Goellner

Pressure/SensitivityTask Force Rad Squad, Dark Horse Presents,  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures, Birch SquatchTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

My favorite comic of 2014 was Akira Toriyama's Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Even if it weren't a Dragon Ball prequel, it stands alone as another of Toriyama's charming comedy stories. It just makes you feel good reading it.

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

There's a lot of cool stuff coming next year. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's Descender looks like my kind of thing. I also hope Viz or another publisher brings ONE's Mob Psycho 100 manga to the U.S. It's my favorite manga series right now.

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

2015 is kind of a wild year for me. For my day job at Wacom I got to edit an awesome comic book anthology called Pressure/Sensitivity. It's available digitally in January, featuring creator-owned stories by Giannis Milonogiannis, Ben Sears, Ming Doyle, Meredith Gran and Mike Holmes, plus a cover by Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill. As for my own comics, artist Buster Moody and I's Task Force Rad Squad #3 [previewed Friday by ROBOT 6] is on the way in the spring, and we'll be debuting a Dark Horse Presents story called "Slothed in Space" around then, too. I've got a comic I drew with writer George Schmitz for his band Stick to Your Guns out this spring, as well. To top it off, I've been writing some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures stories. My first eight-pager with artist Dave Alvarez is out this month! If all goes according to plan, I'll be wrapping up my Mermaid: Evolution trilogy in a pretty cool way by the end of the year and concluding Birch Squatch with writer Jim Gibbons, to boot. It's gonna be busy, but righteous!

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