NYCC Six In Six: Mike Norton

by Matt O’Keefe

Welcome to Six In Six, where I ask comic folk six questions and get my answers in six minutes or less. Here at the 2012 New York Comic Con I’m asking creators about their experience with and opinions of Image Comics. Here’s my interview with writer/artist Mike Norton.

Image clearly had a big year. Name one thing you think helped make their 20th anniversary such a success.
I think there are a lot of reasons why everybody’s picking up Image Comics. One is the quality of the books that are there. There are a lot of creators there making stuff that they can’t make at more corporate publishers. Not a slight against Marvel and DC, but with revamps and relaunches they’re starting over from zero again, taking away a lot of the continuity that a lot of people were into. That makes it easier to jump off and try something new, like Image.

What does Image do better than any other publisher?
They know when to stand back and let creators create.

What Image title should more people be reading?
Uh, all of them? Saga, of course. Jay Faerber’s Point of Impact is good. Hoax Hunters is good. Jeez, there’s so many of them. If there’s gonna be a problem with Image it’s that they have too many good comics that nobody knows about.

Pitch Revival to audiences in one sentence.
One day in a small town in Wisconsin twenty-three people came back to life and this is the story of how they deal with it.

What do you have coming up?
Lots of stuff. More Battlepug every week with a collection coming next year. It Girl and The Atomics is monthly from Image. Revival is monthly. I’m doing backgrounds for Jamie McKelvie on Young Avengers, and I have a miniseries that I’ve been trying to get off the ground for a few years that will be announced soon. And lots more stuff next year if I can manage to grow four more arms.

Favorite thing comics related you did in the last month?
I saw Avengers again, that was pretty cool.

Matt O’Keefe is a writer based out of Minneapolis. You can reach him @Matt_OKeefe and check out some of his works and musings at MattWritesStuff.com.

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