Continuing our traditional guest Best of the Year series – a different guest picking some of their faves from 2014 every day in December, before the blog crew reveal their choices (see here for the 2014 series so far) – we’re onto day four and welcoming back to the blog one of the godfathers of Brit comics and a writer who I imagine many of us have been reading all the way from childhood to adulthood, Pat Mills:
FPI: Can you pick three comics/webcomics/graphic novels which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Pat: Goddamn this War and It Was The War of the Trenches by Tardi. The former with Verney. Also Notre Mere La Guerre by Mael and Kris. Because they’re about WW1, which obviously interests me and because they’re also about something real. And because I got to interview Tardi in November at Foyles, London.
FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Pat: Betrayal of Trust, by Chris Moore about Father Brendan Smyth, because I was writing a story about a paedo priest and I wanted some insights.
Death of a Hero, by John Parker about undercover soldier Nairac, because I had a character with a similar role in a story.
The Blood Never Dried – A People’s History of the British Empire, by John Newsinger, because in this Age of Lies, it’s a refreshing truth.
FPI: Can you pick three TV shows and/or movies which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Pat: Weeds TV series – it’s hilarious…
The Riot Club because it’s an excellent reveal on upper class scum….
A Very Long Engagement – French film about WW1 because it was recommended to me by a French journalist
FPI: How did 2014 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?
Pat: My wife Lisa and I started up the Millsverse: a new website/label with which we publish comics via Comixology Submit. Should probably have 8 volumes of Requiem uploaded by end of year. It means this world-class artwork finally reaches a world audience. I’m a big fan of digital and think it could prove a way for freelancers to originate. It might even put the free back into freelance
FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2015?
Pat: More on the Millsverse – lots of exciting possibilities to consider there. I’ve quite a large back catalogue of material not seen in English, or not seen for a while. Publishing via Comixology as the Millsverse makes this suddenly possible; e.g. PsychoKiller – art by Dave Kendall (Toxic!), Brats Bizarre – art byDuke Mighten (Toxic!), Dinosty (2000AD story with Clint Langley, which we own), French stories Sha (Ledroit) and possibly Broz (Adrian Smith).
There will also be more on my usual paper characters and stories.
And more happening on American Reaper and Accident Man.
FPI: Anyone you think is a name we should be watching out for next year?
Pat: Fay Dalton – her work is amazing!