A year and a half ago, I listed some of my favorite comic creator newsletters. These newsletters let me keep up with what some of my favorite comic creators are doing, gain insight into their processes, and reap the benefits of curated comic, book, article, and music recommendations. In short, they are fantastic – and they are incredibly valuable in this particular moment, when all of us are looking for ways to occupy our coronavirus quarantine.
Since publishing that first article, I’ve signed up for a few more creator newsletters, each of which is worth checking out if you’re looking for more book recommendations, process and philosophical musings, or zany nonsense. Below, you’ll find links to those newsletters, as well as an explanation of what you can expect from each.
Little Bird letterer Aditya Bidikar sheds some light on his process and drops many a book recommendation in his newsletter, which has been running since 2017. I’m a recent subscriber, so I’ve received only a few of Bidikar’s newsletters, but I’ve already gotten a ton of value from them. His most recent missive included a fairly comprehensive list of free comics and prose to read during quarantine, and the newsletter before that included an early look at Blue in Green, a striking new graphic novel that Bidikar is digitally hand-lettering.
Bidikar’s newsletter seems set to become one of my favorites, as it is carefully curated and dives deep into whatever Bidikar is thinking about, reading, or working on at the moment. Again, if you need the sign-up link, you can find Bidikar’s newsletter here.
And now, for something completely different.
Sex Criminals artist and X-Men/Fantastic Four writer Chip Zdarsky’s newsletter is nonsense. Just utter nonsense:
And I don’t know about you, but I need some nonsense in my life right now. Which is why I look forward to each edition of Chip’s newsletter, in which he waxes poetic about current events, plugs his books, and answers reader questions in that inimitable Zdarsky style:
To get in on these zany Zdarskyisms, sign up for Chip’s newsletter here. You’ll probably be glad you did? I tried to let you know what you’re in for, at least.
James Tynion IV
Batman and Something Is Killing the Children writer James Tynion IV’s newsletter is more subdued than Zdarsky’s, but it will still show you how much passion the author puts into his work, as well as how much he truly cares about creating comic books:
Seriously, if you want to hear a writer talk about how and why they do what they do (especially why), there’s no better newsletter than Tynion IV’s. In addition to Tynion IV’s thoughts about writing and the comics industry, you’ll also get exclusive first looks at Batman pages and character designs, Tynion IV’s creator-owned work, and his other upcoming projects. That’s a ton of great content, delivered on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, that you can get by signing up here.
I know my list of comic creator newsletters is still not comprehensive, so feel free to share your favorite newsletters in the comments below! And until next time, may comics keep you occupied until the quarantine passes.