Happy New Year! Our staff has some goals for our personal comics consumption in 2023, and we want to encourage y’all to do the same! So, each day this week, we’ll be sharing some of our thoughts and goals for the next 12 months. We’d love you to continue the conversation in the comments or on social media.
Question #5: The creator I am most eagerly anticipating new works from in 2023 is…
Jaina Hill: …Joshua Williamson. He’s a writer who has barely missed a month of comics in the last ten years, but his constant presence tricked my into taking him for granted. No longer! “Dark Ride” is my favorite comic of the back half of the year, and it’s only going to get better from here. It’s also a reminder to go give Williamson’s superhero work another look, and to wait patiently for whatever new madness the guy is cooking up.
Elias Rosner: …ughhhhhh this is so hard! There are a lot of people I could name here but I think I gotta pick Tate Bromball and Juni Ba. Both are doing exceptional work and I wanna see more Ok and Leah Williams. And Tillie Walden again. OOH and Aminder Dahliwal.
Kate Kosturski: …Christopher Golden and Bridgit Connell. I loved their first Lady Baltimore series, so the news of a new one-shot in March in our Mignolaversity retrospective interview about two weeks ago had me so intrigued I messaged our Mignolaversity expert Mark Tweedale right after that interview to claim the book for review three months in advance. If that doesn’t say I’m eager for more stories of Sofia and Imogen, I don’t know what will.
Brian Salvatore: …Josie Campbell. After making her comics debut on “The New Champion of Shazam,” Campbell looks poised to be one of the new voices at DC as their new line ‘dawns’ over the next few months. Campbell’s combination of creativity and relatability made for the best Mary Marvel story in two decades; let’s see what she can do next.
Mark Tweedale: …Jeff Lemire. “Little Monsters” with Dustin Nguyen was so good and I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve. His unfinished Substack comic “Fishflies” will be coming to print followed by a return to my favorite Lemire comic, “Royal City.” Plus there will be two new “Bone Orchard Mythos” stories (one miniseries, one OGN) with Andrea Sorrentino and he’ll be reuniting with Gabriel Hernández Walta for “Phantom Road,” which is meant to be a long-running series in the vein of “Preacher.” And that’s just his Image work; he’s also got “Black Hammer” stuff coming out from Dark Horse. Oh, and he’s showrunner on the TV miniseries Essex County coming out this year. I think Sweet Tooth is back for its second season too. Lemire’s a busy guy.
Robbie Pleasant: …Ryan North. It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of his work since “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” but the comics he’s done since then have continued to impress me. With his own “Secret Invasion” comic and a new run on “Fantastic Four” having just started near the end of the year, I can’t wait to see how these stories develop, as well as whatever comes after.
Ryan Fitzmartin: …Mike Mignola. In an industry full of talent, Mike Mignola stands as an exciting and interesting new creator, decades after his debut. His 2022 output was stellar, and his recent tweets about new characters and new worlds have me downright over the moon. I can’t wait to see what he does next!
Mel Lake: …someone I’ve never heard of! This year I’m hoping new creators take the stage and completely upstage the AI art controversy and the Twitter implosion. I hope this is a year of many new talents breaking through.