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Creators weigh in on 2014 and 2015 (Part 8)

Ethan Young

Nanjing: The Burning CityWebsite | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

I'd have to say Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It was one of the best storytelling demonstrations I've seen in comix in a very long time (not counting avant-garde stuff like Chris Ware). The pacing, the tone, the layouts. It's a fantastic read.

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

Comics-wise, I'm anxiously awaiting The Eltingville Club #2. That book is a tad late. Life-wise, my first-born son!

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

My OGN from Dark Horse, Nanjing: The Burning City, scheduled for September 2015 [ROBOT 6 previewed it Friday]. I've been doing the research for this book on and off for 10 years, and I finally buckled down to complete it. This is my first major OGN release, so I have my fingers crossed (and heart pounding), hoping it'll be well received.

Sean Izaakse

StrayTwitter | DeviantArt

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Lots of choices, but the first one that comes to mind was the new Moon Knight series by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.

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

The new take on Jessica Drew Spider-Woman, and I'm not a fan of events in comics, but I am looking forward to Marvel's Secret War event and DC's Convergence because I've missed the pre-New 52 versions of the characters so it's gonna be great to see them return. And really most excited for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.

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

Currently I'm finishing up Stray, a creator-owned miniseries with collaborator and co-creator Vito Delsante, being published by Action Lab and the first issue comes out in January. [ROBOT 6 featured a preview of the miniseries Friday.]

Buster Moody

Task Force Rad Squad, Dark Horse Presents ("Slothed in Space"), Amazing ForestTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Did Ben Marra's Blades & Lazers #2 come out earlier this year? I think so. That one was a definite fav. I also really dug Double+ by Ben Sears. Great stuff by guys named Ben making comics.

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

My friends Adam Smith and Matt Fox's comic Long Walk to Valhalla is finally coming out next year. I'm very excited about that. It's a really great book and I can't wait for people to finally be able to read it- I think it will turn some heads. I'm also very much anticipating Space Riders by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel Jr. Alexis has such a dope steez. I'd pick up anything he draws, with crystal skull spaceships or whatever T.T. other awesome shit they put in there. Also Andrew MacLean's ApocalyptiGirl looks pretty fantastic too.

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

Next year will see at least Task Force Rad Squad #3 [previewed Friday by ROBOT 6] and #4 by Caleb Goellner and myself. Definitely #3 early in the year. Caleb and I also have a story, "Slothed in Space," which will be featured in Dark Horse Presents. Additionally, I believe the story I drew for Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas' Amazing Forest anthology book will be coming out early in the year. That story is called "Agroman" and has a pretty cool Fletcher Hanksian twist-ending. I also just generally have a lotta other things cooking on back-burners waiting to come forward, so we'll see what else manifests.

Marguerite Bennett

Angela: Asgard's Assassin, Sleepy HollowTwitter | Tumblr

What was your favorite comic of 2014?

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Noelle is a phenomenal storyteller, artist, and writer, and the story is by turns sweet, witty, ferocious, hilarious, and utterly, utterly heartbreaking. (The course of Nimona's journey ran from before I was in comics, through the publication of my first book, and down my present career. She'll always have a really tender place in my heart.)

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

I can't wait for the convention circuit to begin again -- the comics community is so amazing, and I was rather startled at how at a loss I found myself when without a monthly con to attend where I could nerd out with all you lovely people.

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

None of them have been announced yet! But I will say, you will finally see me on some creator-owned work (and I hope that terrifies you only as much as necessary).

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