Writer Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Magic: The Gathering – Chandra, Livewire) and up-and-coming artist Olympia Sweetman are banding together to tell new tales of everyone’s favorite warrior princess – in a new Xena series coming this April.
While it may not be exactly true, it seems like more comics than ever released in 2018. A number of new series started while plenty of existing series continued on, leaving most of us with not nearly enough time to read everything we would’ve liked to during this hectic year.
But I’ve been tracking the books I’ve missed out on, with an eye towards using holiday funds and vacation time to catch up on the most promising new series and one-shots of 2018. With surely a whole ‘nother batch of new series set to release in 2019, these are the comics I’m going to go back and make time for from last year.
As y’all know, I’m a comics process nerd. I like in-depth interviews with writers, artists, store owners, editors, and anyone comics-adjacent. So you can imagine my delight when I found David Harper’s Off Panel– an interview podcast that discusses all things comics with people both inside and adjacent to the industry.
Each Monday, Harper talks with a different comics creator (or other guest) about their work, often including their comic book origin story and what that creator’s up to right now. But Harper also goes deep on each creator’s process and outside interests, and sometimes, he releases episodes that look at the state of comic shops or the industry as a whole, rather than an individual creator’s work.
To convince you that you, too, should be listening to Off Panel, I’ve compiled a list of six of my favorite semi-recent episodes, which include creators, comics, and topics that I love. If you’re a comics process nerd, and you listen to the episodes below, I think you’ll be convinced to add Off Panel to your podcast feed.