2014 in Review: Damon Keen

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2014?

Getting Ant Sang's The Dharma Punks in print again has to top my list.

It's one of my favourite comics anyway, so playing a role in getting it on the shelves was really exciting - even if the Kickstarter itself was a bit nerve-wracking!

Of course, as part of this process, Kelly, Adrian and I set up Earth's End (Ant was also really involved in this) which will be publishing a NZ graphic novel every year. It's a challenge - but a really interesting one.

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2014?

Jeez, this has just been such a great year for comics! Internationally I LOVED Through the Woods by Emily Carroll and Beautiful Darkness by Vehlmann and Kerascoet. On a scifi note, Greg Rucka's Lazarus and Peeters' Aama seriously kicked ass.

Back home, Tim and Karl's Holocaust Rex was a highlight for me and I'm loving Sarah Laing's work at the moment. She just makes me cackle like an idiot!

Other peeps that fired my engines in 2014 include Tim Gibson, Mary Tambyn and Alex McCrone, Sam Orchid, Toby Morris and Ralphi. BAM! So much talent!

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2014? 

Landing a spaceship on a freaking comet blew my tiny mind.

And I helped set up a climate change comedy night - which in this current political climate perked me up no end.

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

I've just put the finishing touches on a special hardcover edition of Faction, focusing on climate change. It's going to be a beautiful issue - the artists have really delivered. That should be out in early 2015, plus we'll start work on a new book out of Earth's End.

I've also just started drawing my longest comic yet (a humble 30 or so pages). Terrifying. But I can do this thing.

And finally, a new Chromacon!! Yay Allan!

So yeah, I think it's going to be a busy ol' year...

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