Time was, you might only ever get a chance to interact with your favorite comics creators if they happened to be attending a con near you, but technology (for better or for worse) has now put them only a few clicks away. Still, some manage it better than others, and we wanted to take a moment to single out those creators that have gone above and beyond with crafting an inviting, entertaining twitter presence. Here it is, our 13 favorite creator twitter personalities of 2013.
13. Bryan Lee O’Malley (@radiomaru)
Confession time: we haven’t covered any of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics this year, and while that doesn’t disqualify him from this list, it does make his presence here extremely unlikely. At least, it would for anyone whose tweets aren’t as entertaining as O’Malley’s. Eschewing the typical mix of work and fun for a steady stream of non sequiturs, his feed is accessible to everyone — whether they’ve heard of Scott Pilgrim or not. If nothing else, O’Malley’s tweets are some of the most consistently bizarre on this list.
Prototypical tweet: “what’s that genre of dance music that’s too cool to be danceable”
12. Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie)
Artist Jamie McKelvie wasn’t on our radar until we began covering Young Avengers earlier this year. We immediately fell in love with that series youthful understanding of social media, so it should come as no surprise that we would also enjoy McKelvie’s particularly savvy feed. He regularly tweets work-related items (previews, reviews, etc), but as one of the most prolific tweeters on the list, those often get lost in the shuffle of one-liners and jokey exchanges with fans and creators (particularly Young Avengers writer Kieron Gillen).
11. Tom Brevoort (@TomBrevoort)
Editor Tom Brevoort’s feed is all business, though fortunately, Brevoort treats that business with the same irreverence he does on panels and in letter columns. That is to say: he’ll answer your questions, but he makes no guarantee that the answer will be anything close to satisfactory. Or, he’ll give you an answer that is exactly as exactly as well-thought-out as the question (which more often than not makes for some hilariously glib answers). Most of his tweets are just links to his tumblr, where he regularly answers fan questions. Those answers aren’t always helpful, but they certainly are entertaining.
Prototypical tweet: “Anonymous asked: In uncanny avengers will it be 616 magneto? During the Planet X arc http://tmblr.co/ZRV4ks10QuBA_”
10. Stephen Wacker (@StephenWacker)
Stephen Wacker has a similarly irreverent attitude, but he galvanizes his feed with a killer sense of humor. His tweets focus less on business, and more on teasing his friends, but with so many friends in the business, it can be hard to tell the difference. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter: his tweets are rarely about anything other than getting a laugh, but they do that very well.
Prototypical tweet: “I had no idea there was stuff to do in Marvel Lego game besides repeatedly hitting Lego Brevoort on that friggin’ hat!”
9. Mark Waid (@MarkWaid)
If Stephen Wacker’s feed is defined by a sense of humor, Mark Waid’s is defined by sober pragmatism. That sounds like it should be no fun, but in the knee-jerk, mob-mentality of twitter, it’s often fascinating. Waid has become an elder statesman of sorts in the comics community, and is quite often the sole voice of reason, encouraging everyone to just calm down and think for a minute before rousing a posse for whatever the most recent outrage is. He’s occasionally met with hostility, but he’s almost always right. Who else on twitter can boast that kind of track record?
8. Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue)
While she maintains a remarkably balanced twitter feed (with everything from links about upcoming releases to pictures of her kids), Kelly Sue DeConnick stands out in particular for her level of fan engagement. Part of that is a credit to her devoted fans — not every writer has so many pictures of homemade hats/shirts/scarves/sweaters/tea cozies to retweet — but DeConnick has ben a wiz at empowering her fans’ creative sides. Her feed acts as a forum for fans, creating a truly interactive experience that leaves every other writer on this list in the dust.
7. Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan)
But we can only take so much earnestness. Fortunately, Gerry Duggan is there to provide the kind of detached sarcasm we’ve come to love on his Deadpool. That kind of above-it-all attitude from your coworker’s feed can get annoying, but Duggan has humor (and craft) on his side, making for truly entertaining tweets. Plus, he has a strict “no retweeting reviews” policy, which will keep your feed free of annoying tweets from attention-grubbing comic review sites (we all know the kind that I’m talking about).
Prototypical tweet: “Twitter’s not some joke you use to destroy fake people, it’s for destroying real people you mildly disagree with.”
6. Brian Buccellato (@BrianBooch)
Brian Buccellato’s feed has the distinction of feeling the most like one of your friends’. Sure, he’ll occasionally tweet some info about his comics, but he’s much more likely to be tweeting a humorous observation or random selfie. Often clever, sometimes mundane — regularly both at the same time — Booch uses twitter exactly as it was intended: for sharing stupid thoughts with the world.
Prototypical tweet: “I’m only 6,030 followers away from 10,000… I think i’m gonna make that goal by Christmas!”
5. Dan Slott (@DanSlott)
Dan Slott eked onto our list last year for weathering the shit-storm that killing Peter Parker created. In the months since, that fury has mostly (if not entirely) died down. Don’t get us wrong — his feed probably still has the highest ratio of responding to abuse of anyone on this list (allowing his sense of humor in the face of adversity to shine), but it’s good to see some tweets that aren’t about threats on his life over a comic book character. Oh right: there have been death threats. Have we mentioned what an incredibly good sport Slott is?
Prototypical tweet: “‘”I hear you’re working on ______ now. You gonna kill him and put his villain’s mind inside his body?’
4. Chris Burnham (@TheBurnham)
Though he’ll tweet a link to comic art auctions (featuring his own work) from time to time, Chris Burnham’s feed also reads like a friends’ — albeit a friend whose discussions often veer towards comic book art. Really, though, it’s the jokes that make Burnham’s feed stand out. It makes sense that the guy who drew Batman Incorporated with all its manic, cartoony energy would have a great sense of humor, but I’m not sure we would have guessed that it would translate so well to twitter.
Prototypical tweet: “Wait, did my dog’s poop just come out in two wildly different textures? Or did she poop directly on another dog’s poop?”
3. Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835)
Scott Snyder’s feed has its share of non-business-related tweets — videos and commentary on everyday life, (and more recently) selfies at the gym — but is largely geared towards fans. He regularly uses twitter to host live Q&A sessions, and his feed is a clearinghouse for information on his upcoming work, including regular peeks-behind-the-curtain. It’s the kind of thing fans can’t get enough of — which Snyder charitably uses to promote the works of his friends.
Prototypical tweet: “Just got an email from an editor asking me if I might manage to do a “twerk” on a page. I’m afraid I will not manage that. No.”
2. Matt Fraction (@mattfraction)
At basically the opposite end of the spectrum, Matt Fraction uses his feed almost entirely for jokes, and only rarely tweets about his own work. It appeals to fans just as much, though, as Fraction’s sense of humor is one of the big draws of his comics. That’s alive and well on his account, which often comes off as a punctuation-free stream-of-consciousness, and continues to cycle through jokey handles (though he seems to have settled on “BUTT STUFF WEREWOLF” for the past few months).
Prototypical tweet: “don’t start singing ‘eat my butt out’ to the tune of ‘Good Day Sunshine’ don’t start singing ‘eat my butt out’ to the tune of ‘Good Day Suns”
1. Gail Simone (@GailSimone)
Sometimes, it seems like Gail Simone is a professional twitterer, and comics are just a side project. That’s not to disparage her comics — we continue to love basically every issue we pick up — but to suggest that she has basically perfected twitter. Unlike everyone else on this list, Gail has embraced the full potential of twitter’s interactivity, turning her feed into a spectator sport. Sometimes that means creating and proliferating a clever hashtag, other times it means transparently trolling anyone from hardcore gamers to Tolkien fans. It may get under the skin of unwitting bystanders, but her followers know not to take her too seriously (except for those rare occasions where she is being serious).
Prototypical tweet: “I often am forced to choose between saying something meaningful and talking about bonerses, and bonerses wins every time.”