After the Disney deal went through and the canon “rebooted,” I made a commitment to start fresh collecting Star Wars comics in earnest. I had a handful of original Marvel books and kept up with the Dark Horse titles for a few years, but I was never fully able to catch up (same with the novels, etc.). The continuity reorganization gave me a fresh starting point and as of this moment I’ve read pretty much every Star Wars comic published since the change. I love what Marvel, IDW, and the Lucasfilm Story Group have been doing with the comics, bringing in some of the absolute best talent in the industry to tell great stories that compliment the films. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of this talent at various conventions over the past few years, and it has been great to be able to let them know how much I appreciate the work they’ve been doing (and to get signatures for my collection). So that’s what this post is all about, just sharing the books I’ve had signed and my appreciation for the creators.
Kelly Thompson (her site store)
I first discovered Kelly’s work through her (awesome) Hawkeye run. Needless to say, I was stoked to find out she was writing the Phasma series (which gives a cool glimpse into one of the sequel trilogy’s most mysterious characters). I’ve never had the opportunity to meet her at a con, but luckily she sells signed books from her webstore, usually for cover price (something I wish more comics writers and artists did)!
Jody Houser (Denver Comic Con 2017 and 2018)
Jody is the creator I have the most books signed by. My first exposure to Jody’s writing was through Mother Panic (a dark, Batman-adjacent story under Gerard Way’s Young Animal comic line). She has adapted Timothy Zahn’s recent Thrawn novel and Rogue One for Marvel. For IDW, she did a Forces of Destiny Rey issue (the textless cover I have is part of a set of convention exclusives you can get from IDW’s booth). Like all Forces of Destiny stuff, it’s super fun and awesome. Something cool about visiting Jody’s booth at a con is that she cuts up her comp books and makes jewelry out of them. I bought a sweet Krennic keychain from her at DCC this year!
Kieron Gillen (Denver Comic Con 2015)
If you’ve ever listened to an episode of our podcast where we talk comics, you’ll know I LOVE Doctor Aphra. So needless to say, I was incredibly excited to learn that her creator, Kieron Gillen, would be at my local comic con. Unfortunately, that weekend I was down in bed with a 102 degree fever. Luckily, my wonderful wife was happy to go in my steed and get Aphra’s first appearance signed for me. I’m pretty sure the “get well soon” message here instantly healed me (even though he heard my name as Bryan) (it’s Ryan).
Phil Noto (C2E2 2016)
Phil Noto is my favorite Star Wars artist, bar none. From his covers to his sketches to his interior pages on titles like Poe Dameron and Chewbacca, his books just have a perfect combination of style and realism. The book I had him sign was a convention exclusive cover for the first issue of the “Vader Down” event.
John Cassaday (mailorder)
I’ve never had the opportunity to meet John Cassaday, which is a huge bummer, because he’s one of my favorite comic artists ever. Astonishing X-Men, which he did with Joss Whedon, was the book that got me back into superhero / monthly comics. Needless to say, when I saw Dynamic Forces put this signed variant up on their site, I did not hesitate to order it.
Chrissie Zullo (Denver Comic Con 2018)
My wife and I are both huge fans of of Chrissie’s art and have multiple prints of hers hanging throughout our apartment (including Rey and Leia). When I found out that she was doing a limited run Forces of Destiny cover for Hall of Comics, I ordered it immediately. I was stoked to be able to get it signed at her booth this year!
Charles Soule (Denver Comic Con 2018)
Charles Soule is right up there with Kieron Gillen for writing the most Star Wars books for Marvel. It was awesome to finally meet him this year; he was genuinely excited about what’s coming next in Poe. I can’t wait!
Delilah S. Dawson (Denver Comic Con 2018)
Delilah is probably best known in the Star Wars community for her recent Phasma novel, but she also did this issue of Forces of Destiny (and the excellent pre-TFA short story “The Perfect Weapon” about Bazine Netal).
Jason Aaron (mailorder)
I was a fan of Jason Aaron’s following his run on Wolverine and The X-Men, but was oddly apprehensive about him taking the reigns of the “main” Star Wars book. I don’t know why. It took a few issues, but I eventually ended up loving his run on the book and everything he brought to the lore. For Christmas last year, Lindsey got me pretty much the best gift ever, a volume 1 hardcover signed and personalized by Aaron, courtesy of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Thanks for checking out this (borderline self-indulgent) post! If you have any stories or questions about Star Wars comics and/or creators, feel free to reach out to me via email (blockaderunnerpodcast at gmail dot com), on Twitter (@brawndwarf), or in the comments below!