As I strolled through Artist Alley this past weekend at Special Edition: NYC, the inaugural New York Comic Con adjunct devoted strictly to comic books, I felt compelled to poll as many of the 300 talented creators present as I could on the most important topic dividing Americans today.
Presented below in no particular order are these writers’ and artists’ answers to the burning question, “What’s your favorite beer?”
Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy): “Alpine, an east coast Canadian beer. I also like Guinness.”
Scott Bachman (Our Super Mom, Hardcase): Guinness
Randy Gentile (NYComix, Dimeshow Comix): Blue Moon
Todd Emko (A Piggy’s Tale, founder of Darwin Animal Doctors veterinary care): Coopers Sparkling Ale
Ethan Young (Tails, A Piggy’s Tale): Southern Tier IPA
David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil): Blue Moon
Bob McLeod (co-creator of the New Mutants): Weyerbacher Insanity – “I like the bourbon flavor and the alcohol content.”
Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men writer, including “Days of Future Past” and “Dark Phoenix Saga” stories): “I don’t drink.”
Kate Bresnahan (I Have no Idea What I’m Doing): “Cider.”
Victor Ochoa (Nobodies, Toxicity): Sixpoint Sweet Action
Will Wiggins (Black Oni podcast): Hoegaarden, although he’s drawn the logo for Virginia brewpub Frozen Ape BreWorks, and they will in return brew a beer named for Black Oni.
Joe Cabatit (Gwendolyn): Guinness
Zach Block (Gwendolyn): Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Sam Ellis (lead illustrator on the television program Archer): “Root beer.”
Mike McKone (Justice League United, Avengers Academy): “Well, I’m from Newcastle ….”
Tom Rainey (Annihilation Conquest, Dark Reign: Hawkeye): “Rarely, a Guinness.”
Grady Hendrix (co-founder of New York Asian Film Festival, writing has appeared in Variety, Slate and Playboy): “I’m a horrible human being; my go-to is Bud Light.”
Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Mighty Avengers): “I don’t drink.”
Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled, The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot): “If I had to pick one, because I have fond memories of the country, Sapporo. If I had to pick an American beer, Schlitz, because I like the name. It sounds like ‘s--t.'”
Daniel Khanna (Transformers artist for Hasbro): Corona
Kamau Mshale (Captain Kacela, Earth Guard): Yuengling
Guy Dorian (New Warriors): “Miller on tap.”
Ed McGuinness (Superman, Amazing X-Men): “I like that [Samuel Adams] Rebel IPA.”
Michelle DeLecki (Painter): “I like beer!” “Anything that’s imported,” including Beck’s, Heineken and Zywiec
Bryan Glass (Mice Templar, Thor: First Thunder): “I’m a wine guy.”
Michael Dolce (Descendant, The Sire): IPAs, particularly Goose Island and the new Samuel Adams Rebel. “It’s better than I thought it would be.”
Angela Bantel (The Gift): Smithwick’s
David Marquez (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Fantastic Four: Season One): IPAs, specifically Stone Ruination. “Actually, I take that back. Dogfish Head 90 Minute!”
Kevin Briones (The Go-Man): Mill Street Original Organic Lager
Vince Sunico (Tales of the Council Elders): San Miguel – “I had it in the Philippines, but here it’s not the same.”
Kevin Maguire (Batman Confidential, X-Men Forever): “I’m a wine guy.”
Simone Bianchi (Wolverine, Thanos Rising): “I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, but I would say a Weiss beer.” Particularly Franziskaner.
Joe Haley (The Underburbs): “Wheat beers in general.”
Dean Kotz (Red Panda, Krampus!): “I don’t know; there’s so many.” Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and anything from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
William Rosado (G.I. Joe, The New Titans): “I like Guinness. It’s a meal and a beer.”
Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy): BrewDog Punk IPA
Valerio Schiti (Journey into Mystery, Battle Beasts): Corona – “I’m not a beer guy so I need a lighter one.”
James Murray (Judge Dredd, 2000 AD): Tiger Beer, because he was stationed in East Asia for six years.
Antonio Romero (Super Duper Ham): “I really like Blue Point’s Toasted Lager. It’s everywhere and it’s decent.”
Ryan Stegman (Wolverine, Scarlet Spider): Heineken, but also the beers of Bell’s Brewery, although he “swore off Two Hearted [Ale]. You black out pretty quickly.”
Annie Wu (Batman Beyond, Hawkeye): “I drink Diet Coke.”
Andy Diggle (Hellblazer, Daredevil): Beck’s
Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent): “Lately I’ve been drinking s----y American beer. [Miller] High Life?”
Tony Bedard (Exiles, Negation): Miller High Life as a “baseline beer,” but also Leffe because of good memories from a wedding in Belgium.
Ryan Browne (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, God Hates Astronauts): Beer Hates Astronauts, brewed by Half-Acre Beer Company. Browne drew the label for the Citra hop IPA himself. The second batch was released on June 13 and sold out immediately.
Guinness seems to have won the day, but will it be so lucky at NYCC in October? More to come from Special Edition: NYC right here next week!