What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2014?
I think every year I'm going to say a highlight is putting together the next run of the Minicomic of the Month Club. It's always fun organizing the lineup, sending out awkward emails to people whose work I like, hoping they won't think it's too dumb. And then I yell about it on social media for a week or two, which is also a bunch of fun and hopefully not too grating for everyone else.
My own output has been a little slow this year, started a new job and have had less time and energy to draw than I would like. I won a "gap-year" Ledger Award, that was fun and nice and I'm pretty sure that was in 2014?
What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2014?
I've been enjoying Ryan Cecil Smiths work - he does this fun goofy sci-fi series with some great cartooning and the minis and zines he makes are really well put together, mostly (all?) riso books.
I really liked the Frontier series from Youth in Decline - especially I think Sascha Hommer's one. I had seen his Insekt story online a million years ago and had a panel from it printed out and stuck on the wall long after I forgot all about what it was and who did it, so it was great to 'rediscover' him.
Gregory Benton's B+F was another favourite. A great example of the Wordless Adventures In A Strange Landscape With Weird Monsters genre, and a nice big-format book too - it looked great.
And I got this Cowboy Henk book, too. That'll be on my shelf forever.
What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2014?
We got chickens!
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Is there a way I can say 'nothing in particular' without sounding super sad? I'm sure there will be a lot of great stuff but I don't have a really good sense of what any of it will be yet.