Looking back on 2014

So it was an interesting year. I managed to talk to a few cultural figures (at least in the sub cultures I move in) like William Gibson, George Romero, and Chris Claremont.

There were interviews with Amanda Palmer, Cory Doctorow, Alena Smith, Robert Boswell, Gerald Vizenor

I had some great poetic conversations with Donald Hall, Mary Szybist, Patricia Lockwood, Peter Gizzi, and Carol Muske-Dukes.

I interviewed some of the great living cartoonists - Jules Feiffer, Roz Chast, Lewis Trondheim, Jim Woodring, Mimi Pond, Gilbert Hernandez, Don Rosa, John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, P Craig Russell, Charles Burns, Eleanor Davis, Stan Sakai, Richard Thompson, Zeina Abirached, Mana Neyestani, Olivier Schrauwen, Simon Hanselmann, Ed Piskor, Richard McGuire, and others I've forgotten.

All in all, not a bad list of people.

Goals for the new year:

1. More interviews! Of course when I say more, I mean more people. I'd love to be able to just spend time on interviews. With few exceptions, I never spend more than a couple hours on any single profile. I read profiles in glossy magazines and about how people spend days with the subject and weeks on the article and I just cannot imagine being able to do that. I would love to, though.

2. More reviews. I write very few reviews. I should write more.

3. More time looking abroad. I want to spend more time reading work from the Middle East in particular. Also more from South America.

4. More articles about non-comics topics. I spend far too much time on comics, which quite frankly, yields very little in the sense of....well, anything. There's something incredibly disheartening about putting in as much time and energy as I did to write about a field and get so little in return.Maybe it's because I'm no good. Maybe it's because no one cares. Maybe...I don't know.

Let's just hope 2015 works out better.

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