2012 was a big year for me.
Starting with January, and the fifth issue of the ongoing GHOSTBUSTERS comic book from IDW. Together with Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Tristan Jones, the entire calendar year of 2012 had a Ghostbusters comic in it. My first ongoing series, and the series that turned me into a full time comics creator.
But wait, there’s more. I also wrote a ridiculously well-received Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one-shot, featuring Splinter. I was allowed to write the character in some different character territory, much of it focused on his temperamental youth. The fans did not eat me alive for it, so, y’know, score!
And though neither project is out until next month, I had a BOATLOAD of fun writing the Mars Attacks the Real Ghostbusters one shot and co-writing (with artist Mateus Santolouco) the TMNT miniseries Secret History of the Foot Clan.
Just wonderful experiences the whole way down the line.
This year also saw me going to – for the first time ever – the San Diego Comic Con. The big show. I was warned that I’d be overwhelmed. That I wasn’t, but then, I didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked. Luckily, my wants for the show were few – I wanted to say hello to a few folks I’d never had the chance to meet before, including my international (Canada, Mexico, Australia) collaborators on Ghostbusters. Meeting those gents (and editor Tom Waltz, who I’d known for years but kept missing at cons) was worth the whole trip… I also got to say hello to some other people, folks I’ve not worked with but maybe one day will.
Regrettably, I had to cancel out of C2E2 in Chicago, a disappointment, but it happens.
I also had a great time making a few signing appearances – I hope to do more of those in 2013 as well; it’s a nice, fun bit of socializing, and I can always use more of that!
I’d also like to get some creator owned work done again as well — seeing so many fantastic books coming out has made me want to join in and play.
I’ve been inspired by so many folks this year, I’d forget at least half if I attempted a list (I should know, I just tried.)
I’ve been inspired by a wide range of books by folks I know, folks I “internet know,” and folks who wouldn’t know me from Adam.
…I think I may actually need to post THAT list next year! (Or later this week. You know, whichever.)
All of these ladies and gents have made me want to be a better comic book writer and artist, and so to all of you I say thanks.
Also thanks to the readers, who have been very supportive, everyone up at IDW, and all of the folks I’ll be working with in the year(s) to come, thanks in advance.
This was a rambly post that only focused a little tiny bit on the work I’ve been doing… and I have a script on another screen I’m DYING to get back to!
Happy 2013, everyone!