Kieron Gillen looks back on his 2012, and blows my mind a little with his productivity:
I had things to do and I’ve done them. I end the year with (bar the ongoing commitments to Unannounced Avatar Project 2) a clean slate of creator owned projects. I’m in the position where I can decide what to do next, and even have the chance it may come out before the end of the year. The lack of anything other than my work for Marvel is the year’s big regret. The silver-lining there is that because it’s all in the can, when it comes out I’m going to look like the most productive man in comics. Unannounced Avatar Project actually is just about to be announced, and there’s the equivalent of seven issues drawn already. The last William told me was that THE HEAT may have a new artist, which means that may join everything else. So alongside YOUNG AVENGERS and IRON MAN, there should be THREE, the 2 avatar books and (eventually) PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL. Plus some other stuff which isn’t signed off on yet.
Gillen is one of those writers who, for me, has had a really interesting year; it feels as if he’s quietly risen to the big leagues in Marvel (alongside Rick Remender) purely on the basis of performance and quality, and now has a whole new stage to play on. I’m curious to see what 2013 brings for him, and very excited about his creator-owned work.