With Criminal we get to decide everything from the logo to the story to the character designs to what back-up features we want. Because the book is published through Marvel’s Icon imprint, we have to turn in a complete book ready to print, and along with Val Staples on colour and general production duties we do that every month. As Ed and I own Criminal we feel that we have to get everything just right and are happy to do that to get the best book out there that we can. With the other books we did together we were playing with other people’s toys and as fun as that is, you have to give them back sometime. Ed and I both plan on producing Criminal as long as possible for years to come. Hopefully within two years Criminal will be all I’m doing in comics, leaving me some time to do more painting.
Phillips maintains a regularly updated blog that’s always worth checking out.