Best of the Year 2015 – Sean Azzopardi

Published On December 8, 2015 | By Joe Gordon | Best of the Year 2015, Comics

Continuing into the second week of our annual guest Best of the Year series (you can see all the selections so far here, and you can see previous Best of the Years via the Features menu above), and today we’re joined by a very good friend of the blog and a stalwart of the Brit comics scene, Sean Azzopardi – let’s see what Sean’s been enjoying in 2015:

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?

Sean: SMOO subscriptionSimon Moreton. Simon has been on fire this year. A wonderful set of comics.

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A Bit of undigested potato – Various- edited by Keara Stewart. I liked this anthology about dreams and disturbed sleep. We’ve all been there. Keara has taken on the running of London Laydeez, with Wallis Eates. It’s in good hands.

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Over the Line – Various – edited by Chrissie Williams/Tom Humberstone. Poems and comics. Poetry comics. New and exciting swirl of ideas.

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FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?

Sean: My book list is even more out of touch than the last time I had to list here. Been reading mood stuff to work on Monsters.

IT – Steven King. Still a really large engaging chunk of storytelling. Loads of great imagery.

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury. Why it has taken me this long to read this. Wonderful atmosphere and storytelling. (there’s always a Bradbury story being discovered for the first time by someone, which is rather wonderful – Joe)

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N0S4R2 – Joe Hill. Again, fantastic read, with echoes of SWTWC and IT ( What! I’m not reviewer, I just link stuff together in my head ).

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?

Sean:  Hannibal Excellent final season, brilliant finale.

Mad Max Fantastic action and crazy imagery.

Birdman A cinema treat – actors, acting !

FPI: How did 2015 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?

Sean: It has been a good year, but odd as well. Lot’s of change that has yet to develop either way. The main changes were quitting my job to go self – employed, and I decided to end my self-publishing venture. I will still be making comics, just not doing the con circuit. After thirteen years I’m frazzled.

Myself and Daniel have stepped into the Monster Lair once more and are working on Necessary Monsters volume 3. It’s good fun. The first book has been released ( again ), so it seems as though it has some cohesion after all these years ( everything crossed.)

I had a trip to France for Angouleme, to Bethesda for S.P.X . Managed to get a couple of new comics out. I feel good about what I’m doing. There is ​too much to try and shout over now, it’s easier just to get on with your own thing, keep connecting with work​ and people you like, choose a direction see where it leads. Good times

FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2016?

Sean:Fingers crossed, Necessary Monsters 2 will be published. We will have 3 completed, but I don’t think this will see daylight in 2016. I’m going to publish my autobio stuff. I would like to work with a publisher. If not, it will be the fundraising route.

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FPI: Anyone you think is a name we should be watching out for next year?

Sean: This is become a difficult question to answer, because Andy Oliver is doing such a great job highlighting new talent. Kim Clements and Rabbit Thoughts is wonderful, thanks Andy/Kim.

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So I’m going to say keep an eye on Shane Melisse with his Pickles and Chips . Keep going, dude.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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