WonderCon was a blur this year, but for WWAC’s new convention column, WWAC Asks, I trekked the artist alley and posed a question…
“If you could work with any artist or writer, dead or alive who would it be and why?”
Now obviously walking up to a creators booth during a busy convention and asking them this question doled out mixed reactions, from stumped, to excitement, to dread. All perfectly reasonable responses.
I approached Kristen Brown, and Sam Rusk who are the creators of In The Basement, Houndstooth, and the new mature party game Dirty Drawers (you can find all their work here) and they gave me pretty good answers, even though I sent Kristen into a bit of a panic.
Sam: I don’t know, probably Fiona Staples because she’s amazing.
Kristen: Can I take a pass *laughter*
Then I was off to find more participants, Nicole Goux and Dave Baker are the creative team behind F*ck Off Squad, Murders, Suicide Forest, and Dave’s Action Hospital.
Nicole: Ooooh that’s a really tough question…
Jaz: I know, I’m sorry.
Nicole: I would maybe have to think about it a little more.
Jaz: Would you like me to come back, or you could pass while you think about it.
Nicole: Ahhhhh I’m not sure.
Dave: I could think of a couple of people, you’d like.
Nicole: I mean off the top of my head I would like to work with Mariko Tamaki probably. Um, it would be cool; actually, I don’t know if this is something she would be interested in, but I would be curious to see what it would be like to work with Eleanor Davis writing and me drawing. Um, I would have to think more about other people.
Jaz: I like those answers!
Dave: I thought you would’ve said, Hayao Miyazaki.
Nicole: Oh! That would not even have occurred to me
Jaz: You can choose anybody! Anyone you want!
Nicole: Yeah, that’s a good point.
Jaz: Alright Dave, it’s your turn.
Dave: Same question?
Dave: I want to write something for Katsuhiro Otomo!
Nicole and Jaz: *Excited* WHHAAAAT!
Dave: Yeaaaaaa that’s what I wanna do!
Jaz: That’s pretty dope.
Dave: It’s me and the person? Not two people right?
Jaz: No, you can do anything; you and someone else or your dream team.
Dave: I would want to do a science fiction book that takes place in two alternate dimensions, and every book is half sequentials, and the front half of every book is Otomo, and the back half of every book is Jack Kirby. That would be the best thing ever.
Next, I asked the artist and creator Tanya Bjork creator of Havenhurst and her upcoming book Waters.
Tanya: Dead or alive, oh my gosh, I feel so overwhelmed right now, Oh I would love to work with Emily Carroll. I have a really hard time with horror films, and I think part of that is because of the nightmares that I have are really intense, so I tend to not opt into that. But I also love the psychological aspect and the commentary that the horror genre makes on humanity. And her style of horror is, I love it. It’s perfect. It’s just the right balance of like sensual and psychological, my art tends to be very rounded, and I love how sharp her art is.
Next up is Mark Martinez, creator of Kaijulia, and DevilMask.
Mark: Ramon Villalobos because he just walked by a few minutes ago. *laughter*
I then scooted over to James F. Wright’s booth, Writer of the Eisner nominated Contact High, Nutmeg, and Lupina. James had this to say:
James: my answer is Taiyo Matsumoto he’s my favorite comics person in the world. I haven’t even read that much by him. But his stuff — he makes manga that is finite, so it’s like five volumes or eight volumes that’s it, and he goes on to the next thing. His style is wild, and it’s different every time, my dream is to work with him or at least to get Ping Pong or Takemitsu Zamurai in English, like please, somebody, talk to me.
And there it is, WonderCon’s Artist Alley’s choices of who they would want to work with dead or alive. I loved the variety of answers I got, from filmmakers to manga artists. I thought it was fun to see who everyone would want to work with and some of the specific reasons why they choose who they did.
Who would be your dream team dead or alive comics match-up? Comment below!