Creator Owned Day 2012

Published on March 1st, 2012


March 1, 2012 is Creator Owned Day! Since I have taken it upon myself to be the voice of Creator Owned comics, I decided to also self-motivate (even though I am sick in bed) and write this article – much like these incredible creators do. See what I did there?

Rather than go into a boring and tiresome argument as to why each of these books is amazing, I am simply going to list the ones I read and why I read them. Or, sometimes, I will say why the creator made this book in particular, because a lot of these books are labors of love.


Green Wake by Kurtis Wiebe

This book is mysterious and beautiful. I have likened it to David Lynch films before and after ten issues, it holds up more than ever to that comparison. Allow yourself to become lost in this book.

Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov

I picked this one up, because I hadn’t read a good horror book in a while and was told this one was truly scary. It did not disappoint. The sins of the father and the insanity of the son are what made this terrifying. It’s a must read for fans of psychological horror.

Moriarty by Daniel Corey

I cannot express in a sentence or two how much I love this book. Taking a classic character and making it your own, while still maintaining the original essence of said character is a type of writing greatness that I hope to achieve one day. Thank you Daniel, for this lovely work.

“Susan interviewing writer Daniel Corey and artist Anthony Diecidue at SDCC 2011”


Peter Panzerfaust by Kurtis Wiebe

Speaking of making a classic character into something new, Mr. Wiebe does it again in this book. I’m just going to read everything he writes from now on. Paired with the brilliant art of Tyler Jenkins, Peter is retold and rewritten into a new classic.

Heart by Blair Butler

Can I start by saying that I want to be Blair Butler when I grow up? Fighting and gore and good writing, oh my! Seriously, how did I JUST pick this up at Image Expo? This book has the perfect title, because it is all about Heart. Pick it up. You’ll understand.

Reed Gunther by Shane and Chris Houghton

This book is joy in its purest form. I want to say it’s about a cowboy who rides a bear, but it is so much more than that. For kids, it teaches you to be okay with who you are even if you’re different. If you’re an adult, it has humor, an adventure story, and the some of the most well-rounded characters you will read in comics.


“The Houghton Brothers striking a pose!”


Foster by Brian Buccellato

Now, I can do Brian’s pitch for this book from memory. Here’s mine: Foster is about love and courage in the face of the unknown. It’s set in a gritty backdrop with these Dwellers to give a sense of danger, because it’s what we do when the cards are stacked against us that really counts. Also, it has monsters.

Sacrifice by Sam Humphries

I love stories that mess with time line. I also love it when a character feels misplaced. This book does both. Sci-fi, yes. It has all of the elements of good sci-fi without falling into the traps of generic sci-fi. It’s creative and makes us wonder. Go get it!

Elephantmen by Richard Starkings

Labor of love? This book is definitely that. Mr. Starkings was inspired by the things he loved as a child, Blade Runner and Planet of the Apes, specifically. Those influenced show through his lovable, but misunderstood creatures and deliberate storytelling style. He questions the world, while maintaining a positive outlook, which is a rare balance. Every time I pick up an issue, I leave feeling good.

“Simon talking to Richard Starkings at Long Beach Comic Con 2011”

Wow. I read a lot of creator owned books! There is one creator blatantly missing from the list, and that is because I read just about everything he writes. I couldn’t just choose on book by Steve Niles! That would be like trying to pick a favorite flavor of ice cream or, more accurately, favorite horror movie. From Cal McDonald to Mystery Society, Mr. Niles has paved the way for creators everywhere. Thank you, Steve! You are why we do what we do.

Enjoy a day for creators. Make something. Read something. Take a chance and enrich your life by going off the beaten path. It’s a challenge, but the good kind.

Take care and do it yourself!