Robot 6 took over Comic Book Resources on New Year’s Day, and asked a number of comic creators what our favorite comics were, what we’re most looking forward to in 2013 from others and what we’re most excited about ourselves. Below are my answers, but read here for the whole piece (which has other creators answers as well as art).
I cheated and gave more than one answer for each book (and I STILL feel like I’m shortchanging a number of good 2013 books), and the projects I listed were the ones I can talk about - some really huge news I can’t right now.
What was your favorite comic of 2012?
I’m going to cop out with a three-way tie. I love Fatale–Brubaker and Phillips are an amazing team and they know how to make buying single issues essential. I’m thrilled BKV is back to comics with Saga, although the real thrill might be watching a brilliant new talent emerge in Fiona Staples. Finally, I’m loving Fury Max: My War Gone By from Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov. It’s like a comic book version of James’ Ellroy’sAmerican Tabloid, and it’s restored my faith you can still do an adult comic for the big two.
Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2013?
I’m stoked for two creator-owned ventures: Bad Karma, a graphic novel from the comics collective of Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck. It’s a hardcover of independent but interlocking creator-owned comics stories. They’ve already exceeded their Kickstarter goals, but it’s still worth getting in on the ground floor.
I’m also excited for Ivan Brandon’s Offset Comics label. He’s got a bunch of boundary pushing projects that all look great, but the standout to me is Deathface with Chuck BB and Ryan Browne. They had me at the tagline, which is “In 1987 you trapped him and LEFT HIM FOR DEAD. 30 years later the world has changed, but VENGEANCE HASN’T. Today DEATHFACE has escaped… and he’s coming… FOR YOU.”
What’s one project you’re personally working on for 2013 that you’re especially pumped about?
I’m going to cheat again and pick two things. I’m co-writing and editing a book tentatively titled War Toyscoming from Image, which is drawn by the great Leandro Fernandez (Queen & Country, Punisher) and created by Jonathan Betuel, who created one of my all-time favorite movies, The Last Starfighter. It’s modern in that it’s got a ripped from the headlines story about vigilantes using drones, but it will have an 80s Robocop kind of sensibility that I think will be really fun.
For years my dream project has been something called Dracula: Son of the Dragon with artist Salgood Sam, that tells the story of how the historical Vlad The Impaler became Bram Stoker’s vampire. It looks like we’ll finally be crowdfunding it in early 2013 and have it out by mid year. I wish there was a Kickstarter link ready, but you can look for updates on marksable.tumblr.com or follow me on Twitter at@marksable.