ComicsAlliance: The start of convention season can almost feel like another iteration of “getting the band back together.” Time spent with peers in close quarters is a given — a dream when that creative spark hits, but a nightmare when a colleague demands that eighth stop at Top Pot Doughnuts. Your camaraderie with your fellow creators is well known. Who would you pick as your “roadies” for a convention tour? Why?
Joe Keatinge: Well, I don’t know if I’d call them “roadies,” as that seems demeaning, but yeah — I would definitely agree that one of the best parts of being on the convention tour is seeing everybody again. I’m lucky that some buddies make the same convention tour rounds I do, like Eric Stephenson, Ron Richards, Brandon Graham, and Moritat. Then again, each convention is a little bit different, usually varied by region.
For instance, I rarely see Ross Campbell outside of New York Comic Con, so if I’m there, I like spending a lot of time with him. There’s also a lot of Marvel and DC staff I love hanging out with there too who, again, I’d rarely ever see otherwise. I’m really lucky to have editors whose company I highly enjoy, like Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker from Morbius, but there’s also a lot of folks like James Viscardi, Ben Morse, Arune Singh, Ryan Penagos, Rickey Purdin, and Darren Shan, to name a few. Then there’s a bunch of retailers — folks like Dave Crispino from Collector’s Corner seem to be at every show. Plus, there’s all of Portland, which is kind of like living in a perpetual Comic Con at times. All of my studio mates at Tranquility Base are folks I’d be spending time with at cons if I didn’t already see them every single day.
In general, comics folks are good folks, so much so that if I listed everybody I like seeing here, we would use up the entire Internet.