The Beat’s 2021 Creator Survey Part 2: What are we doing in 2021?

Continuing our 2021 Creator Survey of an eclectic assortment of designers, publishers and correspondents, we are looking at the large-hearted tale of 2020- not hard to figure this one out- and what will happen in 2021. Bonus previews from a bunch of works, the majority of them from traditional publisher.

You can read Part 1 now .


abby_denson.jpgAbby Denson, Cartoonist

2021 Projects: My new diary, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will be out from First Second in April. I’m really excited to be collaborating with the craftsman Utomaru for it! Her art is just stunning. The legend is about a “cat-o-nine-tail” who organizes a movie theater and programs weird movies. She designs crazy snacks to serve at the screenings with help of a mad scientist and a witch!

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? The exacerbating challenges facing the direct sell, including comic browses closing and dissemination bothers due to the pandemic, as well as corporate alters at Marvel and DC were major storeys. The cancellation and postponed to comic conventions extremely. On the other hand, the success of middle-grade and YA graphic romances continues.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? Hopefully, the large-scale report will be post-pandemic recovery, and an detonation of inventive and socially relevant new work.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Watching more Star Trek: The Original Series, I’ve been getting into it lately! The rosy vision of Earth society’s future, the campiness, the costumes, and Shatner’s acting are a lot of enjoyable to watch, and a great escape.

What did you learn in 2020? Like many, I knew artistic pauses and psychological tired at times in 2020. I tried to be patient with myself and not feel very guilty to the charges being futile. I felt after grant it hour( sometimes a very long time) I was able to get back into it. It’s very important to take care of yourself, and to be kind to yourself and others, especially now. Talking and video chatting regularly with friends and family helps a lot. I’m planning residence studio organisation and artwork archiving projections, which I think should be good projects to get through this winter.


mark_waid.jpegMark Waid, Publisher/ writer

2021 Projects: All things Humanoids-Space Mongrels, MPLS Sound, Count, and more

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? That for the first time ever, the comics publishing industry shut down for weeks with no brand-new substance distributed-and somehow survived.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? How many-or few-publishers and accumulates are left functional by mid-year.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: To proceed three days in a row without having to think about Donald Trump and his breed of carbon-bag homunculi.

What did you learn in 2020? That the value of works are present in a central office, under the same roof, cannot be overstated. Zoom is awesome, but being able to stick your top into someone else’s office to ask a quick question or to feed off the positive vigor of co-workers at stressful periods is priceless. I was utterly unprepared for how even the most elementary fronts of communications could disappoint and had to be rebuilt in a remote-office situation, though we at Humanoids are ultimately stronger because of it.

angiolini.jpgEnrica Eren Angiolini, Colourist

2021 Projects: I’m working hard on a project that I can’t divulge more, but I’m super agitated about! It’s going to be a BIG announcement coming in 2021! Something I can talk about, is the Kickstarter of second issue of my inventor owned assignment “Temerity”, with Chard Hardin and Jemma Young .)

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? I think what really stood out to me was how the comics manufacture has worked and struggled to find new ways to get to the books: digital handouts and crowdfunded projects stealing the prime stage! I hope that will carry on in 2021, in addition to the more traditional distribution.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Seeing friends and peers at cons again. Hanging out, session books and causing tribes. It might not be a guilty pleasure, but it surely is the thing I look forward to the most.

What did you learn in 2020? Except for a couple of very slow months during the Spring, where things were searching quite dark, I envision I’m one of the lucky ones. I exercised this unfortunate year to dedicate myself more to portrait and person designing, which was something I had been meaning to do for a long time. I done a lot of work on my comics, got a lot of satisfaction out of it and learnt to give myself some personal space again, which I had needed for a long time. I would definitely recommend doing that to all my colleague masters. Breathe and remember that your physical and mental health are the most important thing.

Temerity preview pages 😛 TAGEND

rich_douck.pngRich Douek, Writer

2021 Projects: Sea of Sorrows, Wailing Blade

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? Diamond shutting down and the ripple effect that it had on publishers, who, almost across the board had to stop develop comics until browses were able to open and receive volumes. But it wasn’t all negative- during the shutdown, you appreciated a lot of communities rally around their storages and a lot of architects experiencing new ways to get their work out there. It was a big shakeup for sure, but if there was a silver lining, it’s that local communities got closer as a result.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? Since the early twilight, things have been on an upswing and I think that will continue. We’ve all been stuck inside binge watching demonstrates and I reflect parties “re looking for” different forms of entertainment- I hope comics can fill that need for a lot of them.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Meeting up with friends at a barroom, or restaurant. Or library. Anywhere!

What did you learn in 2020? I learned that if you’re struggling, the authorities have people you can reach out to, and you’ll often be surprised at how helpful they are willing to be. Asking for help is hard, but so is struggling in isolation. In most cases, we’re not as alone as we try to convince ourselves we are.


ron_chan.jpgRon Chan , cartoonist

2021 Projects: EARTH BOY, a middle-grade sci-fi OGN written by Paul Tobin, with artwork by Ron Chan. Available Spring 2021 from Dark Horse Comics!

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? The return of conventions and what that looks like.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Hug friends, eat at restaurants, sing karaoke, pet dogs, and time generally not having to be cautious all the time about social distancing!

What did you learn in 2020? I’ve learned to give self care more seriously. And while I miss ensure many friends in person, I’ve also had the opportunity to connect to others more frequently via Discord and Zoom.

clayton-cowles.jpgClayton Cowles, Letterer

2021 Projects: Adventureman, Batman, Bitter Root, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Die, Eternals, Rorschach, Star Wars, Strange Adventures, Venom, X-Men, and others.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? Charges of sex mismanagement against Warren Ellis by 100 people.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? I have no clue.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: More works of Witch Hat Atelier, which I feel no regret about adoring whatsoever.

What did you learn in 2020? Tribalism is more powerful than survival.


eric_reynolds.jpegEric Reynolds, Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books

2021 Projects: CELESTIA by Manuele Fior, CRISIS ZONE by Simon Hanselmann, QUEEN OF THE RING by Jaime Hernandez, RED ROOM by Ed Piskor, UNIMPRESSED by Miranda Tacchia, CRASHPAD by Gary Panter, NOD AWAY by Josh Cotter, AFTERNOON AT McBURGER’S by Ana Galva [?]+-, YOUNG SHADOW by Ben Sears, ongoing issues of LOVE AND ROCKETS and NOW: THE NEW COMICS ANTHOLOGY.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? DC’s coldblooded move to drop Diamond at a time when the market needed stability more than anything.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? The fallout from 2020: will Diamond be able to recalibrate? Will comic patronizes rebound? Will the comic book format be further marginalized by the unusually entities that have propped it up for decades?

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Schadenfreude

What did you learn in 2020? Take nothing for conceded; we are all in this together.

paolo_villanelli.pngPaolo Villanelli, Cartoonist

2021 Projects: Star Wars Bounty Hunters

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Miniature wargames!

What did you learn in 2020? Find time for yourself!

jim-zub-bio.jpgJim Zub, Writer

2021 Projects: Conan the Barbarian( ongoing at Marvel ), Stranger Things and Vaults& Dragons( mini-series at Dark horse ), Stone Star Season 2( digital first at comiXology Original ), the Skullkickers 11 th Anniversary Special( one shot at Image ), and more to be announced.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? DC Comics leaving Diamond was the biggest story in North American comics this year and it all seemed to cascade out of COVID shutdowns and the resulting publishing uncertainty.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? The ripple effect on mass media we’re riding out from the pandemic- film/ Tv/ streaming, recreations, producing and amusement as a whole are going to feel the effect of this. How we draw things and how people buy them were already changing, but the stormy epoches of 2020 knocked all of it into overdrive.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: More tabletop RPG hearings toy via Zoom. I jumped on a game with some industry friends for what was supposed to be time a one-shot adventure and we’ve been playing steadily since June- New alliances, lots of comradery, and a much-needed dose of escapism.

What did you learn in 2020? The Negative: Almost every industry only needs 2-3 weeks of monetary uncertainty before it starts losing its goddamn mind.

The Positive: Things deepen, projections crumble, but there are always brand-new innovative opportunities to tackle, even if I have to see some of them myself.

reailly brown.jpgPhoto: Luigi Novi

Reilly Brown, artist

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? Developers helping retailers bide open

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? Conventions getting back on their feet.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Spending too much money at a comic convention.

What did you learn in 2020? I can’t work in a house with children running around!

lucy-sullivan.jpegLucy Sullivan, Writer/ Artist

2021 Projects: Shelter- written& proceeded by me( one shot)/ Sweeney Todd& I- a Razorblades story written by Dan Watters, gleaned by me. Artwork on floors from Fraser Campbell& Dave Cook and hopefully writing my next graphic story, The Bad Old Days.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? Downfall of big-hearted 2/ 4 through Diamond. Subsequent move into Kickstarter by well-known authors& publishers and the conflict it’s generated amongst the community& small press creators.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? New captains in the industry: Vault, White noise, TKO. Change in book perceives& how that will affect storylines& designer owned content.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Sleep

What did you learn in 2020? Moving everything online- starts, comic cons etc intends 3X as much work. You cannot do everything, so sometimes you need to accept what you can do or simply put your pen down. Go for a go, read a book, anything that gives you a break.


shaenon_promo.jpgShaenon K. Garrity, Writer/ Artist/ Editor

2021 Projects: Jeffrey Wells and I will be wrapping up our long-running webcomic Skin Horse . My firstly graphic tale, Willowweep Manor, with creator Chris Baldwin, are likely to be out in 2021 from Simon& Schuster. It will be awesome.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? No meaning, but some of my favorite cartoonists did some of their best work this year. I was blown away by Joe Sacco’s Paying the Land, Derf Backderf’s Kent State, and Allie Brosh’s Solutions and Other Problems.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? Slowly building a new world from the rubble of the apocalypse, Barter Town-style.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Three fright movies is a normal number of horror movies to watch per epoch, right?

What did you learn in 2020? It turns out six-year-olds don’t like being in Zoom meetings all day.

Willowweep Manor preview sheets 😛 TAGEND


Kat Halloween 2020.jpgKatharine Kan, Librarian/ Graphic Novel Specialist

2021 Projects: In February I will moderate a graphic novel webinar for Brodart Books& Library Work. I’m including information on the Executive Board of Reading With Pictures, a nonprofit organization working to connect schoolteachers with comics. RWP has reorganized in the past few months, and we’re planning to do more to help lecturers use comics in the classrooms.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? The DC distribution debacle was the large-scale bad narration. The fib that has had a large impact on the library/ school/ book busines is Jerry Craft’s graphic story THE NEW KID earn the Newbery Medal in 2020. It’s the first time a graphic novel has won the biggest award for young readers’ literature. 2020 has also been a great year for Gene Luen Yang, who wrote two graphic fictions- DRAGON HOOPS and SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN- and both have been appearing on numerous” best of” rolls for 2020.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? Continuing fallout from COVID-1 9 on comics producing, rationing, and retail.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: Being able to go to a restaurant and feel safe.

What did you learn in 2020? Unfortunately, too many parties in my community don’t take COVID-1 9 earnestly. I work in a public library, and I have to help everyone, including those who refuse to wear a mask, or wear it incorrectly. I feel fortunate in that I’ve always been someone who prefers to stay home rather than go out and socialize, so it’s not been a burden to stay within my little family circle. So far, we’re doing okay. Okay is about as good as it gets during this time.

clough.jpgRob Clough, Critic, writer, and publisher

2021 Projects: A potentially large-hearted project for Fieldmouse Press, more appraisal for SOLRAD, my blog( highlowcomics.blogspot.com ), my patreon( patreon.com/ highlowcomics ), TCJ.com, and looper.com. My capper to every year is my feature on the artists of the Center For Cartoon Studies in December.

What was the biggest story in comics in 2020? The action in which so many cartoonists and comics establishes ascertained a channel to swivel toward some rich, fascinating online events. There were some very good books, must be ensured( Joe Sacco and Derf had the most significant ” call” books ), but the response of cartoonists to both COVID and the events of the months of protest against George Floyd’s murder was heartening.

What will be the biggest story in comics in 2021? Hopefully, the return of publishing tours and presents like SPX.

Guilty pleasure for 2021: I urgently require the vaccine and subsequent flock exemption to be effective enough to put on comics shows again.

What did you learn in 2020? More than ever, I learned that reaching out to others when you need assistance, is sincere about your feelings, and telling people how much you adoration them are all absolutely crucial. You can’t take the fact that there are others for granted, but 2020 learnt me and many others that you need to be attentive and deliberate in appear others how much you desire them-because everyone answers in kind.

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