Save the Best For Last

Generally speaking, 2013 hasn’t been that fun thus far. Well, until a little under a week ago. Lot’s of fun developments on the comic writing front, on the C2E2 front and on the dreaded “day-job” front. I’m waiting for some t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted but I will say that I’ve gotten a deal to publish a comic I’ve been working on digitally from a small publisher that distributes on Comixology. That in and of itself is enough to make January a late in the 4th quarter win. As for the rest, more on them stories as they develop. As I write this it’s 60 degrees in Chicago in January so hopefully my good luck extends to the rest of the planet so that it doesn’t crack like a pan going from hot to cold rapidly.

I’ve been working on a couple of things for Panels on Pages, including a review of the first volume of Terry Moore’s excellent horror series Rachel Rising. There are two volumes out right now and as much as I want to jump out and grab the second one I kind of want to wait so that I don’t just gobble it up. It’s a monthly comic but I almost feel like it’d read better in trade. Comics are getting kind of weird for me now. I’m possibly buying more superhero stuff than I have in a while and even though it’s all mostly good (with some really great standouts, like Batman, Hawkeye, and Daredevil to name a few) I find myself a little unenthusiastic about them. Even the non-superhero stuff I see that looks interesting I find I only want to pick up in trade if its a miniseries. Makes me think a lot about how I want to present the comics that I like.

Speaking of buying comics, I’ve begun a new feature on PoP! called Counter Culture where I do a profile of a different comic shop each month and then ask a group of comic shops the same 6 questions to try to get a barometer of where the market is at right now. The first shop to be profiled is Super-Fly Comics & Games (naturally) and in February we’ll hear from Challengers Comics + Conversation here in Chicago. This week the first 6-pack of questions will be answered by the group, so that should be fun.

Speaking of PoP! 6-packs, I also wrote about six creator owned comic series to watch out for in 2013. I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to awesome creator owned stuff this year. I love that comics as a medium are breaking out everywhere and exploring lots of genres and concepts and aren’t really seen as just superhero stuff anymore by the general public.

I may have missed a couple weeks, but as always a new Super-Fly podcast went up on Monday so check it out. Big things are coming in February and I’m pretty damn excited. Hell, for the first time since December I’m excited for the rest of 2013.


The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 135

This week, First Aid Comics‘ own Kenny Taylor sits in with the gang and talk comic movie announcements, Rob Liefeld writes an Image: The Early Days script and casts awesomeness, the mystery that is the Dr. Strange and Ant Man movie and more talk about grills and Homeboys From Outer Space than any other podcast. It’s true.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Image Comics could have been Death Row Comics if Rob Liefeld meet Suge Knight instead of Easy E.

Opening music: Childish Gambino – “Backpackers”

Closing music: Monster Island Czars – “Make It Squash”

Note: This and every PoP!-Cast is earmarked by iTunes as “explicit” and is intended for mature audiences. The rest of Panels on Pages is reasonably safe for all-ages.


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Thacher Cleveland

Thacher E. Cleveland is a contributing writer & columnist for, co-host of the Super-Fly Comics & Games PodCast, novelist & comic creator. Originally from New Jersey and previously from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he currently lives in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter (@demonweasel), tumblr, his personal website and even on Google+

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