Last year I came across a comic called Ruin. After researching Ruin in its embryonic state I contacted and interviewed creators Darker Sho and Ruben Rojas. The Ruin kickstarter was a success and Ruin is in production.
Mike, Joe and I are back this week with another issue of Drinking with Comics. It was an interesting shoot – producer Steve Simon received a late invite to come down and talk about his new project Geek Cred and their indiegogo launch and showed up in the middle of the shoot, which ended up working out great. We had some technical difficulties and recovered – mostly – but what is most important I think is for a project that was literally conceived in mid-December and just shot for the first time three weeks ago, we’re learning on our feet and really shaping this to be something that we’re all super proud of. We’ve got some big things planned for Drinking With Comics so it’s definitely going to be an interesting ride.
Recently my good friend Joe.Baxter and I began discussing the prospects of starting up a video podcast that could act as a sort of companion to this column. We wanted something that dealt with comics but also something that didn’t play up the nerd angle that often finds its way into such enterprises. Comics have come a long way, they’re not just for kids and Comic Book Guy anymore, eh? We wanted something that didn’t propagate the “basement dweller” stereotype but instead captured the social aspects of being a modern fan of comic culture. You know, something that was more akin to the vibe you get when you’re at a party with friends, drinking beer, feeling good and talking passionately about why everyone should be reading Rachel Rising or just what the chances actually are that the next Crow movie will be a shot-for-shot interpretation of the original graphic novel. Because of the passion a lot of the people I talk comics with bring to the table during these conversations – especially after a couple of cold ones – I thought if we got something going, the magic would work itself into the conversation and translate on screen. The only problem seemed to be coordinating schedules and finding the right people to take part in this undertaking. Then a few weeks ago I made my weekly trip into Manhattan Beach, CA’s The Comic Bug, picked up the stuff in my pull list, browsed the shelves and then spent the most pleasurable part of the visit talking with co-owner Mike Wellman about what books he recommended, our mutual man-love of Rick Remender (mine thanks to Mike!) and the music of Mike Patton. Suddenly it hit me – why not do the podcast at The Comic Bug and ask Mike to co-host? In my head it was the perfect idea. And you know, this past Monday we shot the Giant-Sized First Issue and it turned out – I think – FANTASTIC!!!
Yes indeed I am a little late with this, but things have been heating up the last few weeks what with the holidays and a crazy work schedule so I’ve not had the ample time to reflect on all the absolutely amazing comics that were published last year. Yeah, I know – excuses excuses. After doing a similar column last year with a ‘best of’ moments snapshot I thought I’d do another but focus more on the books that blew me away in 2013, as it was a grand year for comics all around. Below is a short list of some of my favorites.