A perfect Sunday with...Jackson Lanzing

Goatcraft torment, the Spider-verse and podcasts that break the rules

A perfect Sunday with...Jackson Lanzing

Every week, a top writer, artist or creator reveals how they’d fill their perfect Sunday, sharing their favourite comfort reads, movies, food… anything that would make their weekend great.

Today it’s the turn of The Principles of Necromancy co-creator, Jackson Lanzing.

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… brunch

My wife and I have this one on lock - it was even in our wedding vows. She makes pancakes, I make bacon, we share some local fruit and some fancy coffee from somewhere around the world - my current favourite is Australia's Black Mass Roasters, as they have names like "Seduction of Eve" and "Goatcraft Torment." Our cat has even gotten in on the fun - we've trained her to eat with us and "ask nicely" for treats, which is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… read

I have spent many a Sunday going back over the vast body of work that is Mike Mignola's Hellboy. It hits me in this very specific happy place - somehow relaxing my body and engaging my brain. I owe that work a lot, artistically, but I think more than that, I owe an occasional burst of sanity to falling in between its pages and exploring the darkest corners of the world with the BPRD.

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… comic

Oh no, I answered the book question with a comic. Perhaps I should answer the comic question with a book? You can't possibly go wrong in my world with the Dark Tower series - a strange and delightful dark fantasy that has genuinely changed my life a few times over. I used to work a farm in Illinois and listened to all of those books on audiobook, so I can still hear the voices in my head as I read it today. It's a way of engaging directly with the imagination of my younger self.

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… movie

Growing up, we only had the Star Wars Trilogy and Jurassic Park - so it's really gotta be those for me. If I had to pick one from the more modern era? I can watch Into the Spider-Verse one million times and never get bored. What a piece of work.

Jackson’s perfect Sunday... TV binge

I'm currently binging 3 Body Problem and enjoying every bizarre second. A really impossible bit of adaptation done about as well as I can imagine. Wonderful work from Netflix that deserves everyone's attention.

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… podcast

It's been a long time since they did a new episode, but I spent many a Sunday listen with Archive 81 - a series that broke so many weird rules and boundaries and pushed the form in ways that still get me excited. Every season is something truly wonderful and new... and their magic system is one of my favourites ever put to fiction. Plus, there's a radio play episode! A great show.

‎Archive 81 on Apple Podcasts
‎Fiction · 2019

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… album

Right now, my relaxing song is "the 1" by Taylor Swift. I've somehow made it a Pavlovian response - I just automatically relax when those piano chords hit my ears. But my favourite album of the year so far has been "USA" by Petey - a work of staggering emotional depth that also plays as a straight-up emo rock album. It's been on constant rotation since I found it in December of last year. 

Jackson’s perfect Sunday… treat

I'm not a person who allows himself a lot of free time - so getting to go out with my wife and some friends to a brewery on a Sunday and just hang out is a true joy for me. It's the one time I don't have some kind of Sword of Damocles hanging over my schedule... and it really lets me embrace a relaxed atmosphere that my jam-packed schedule rarely affords me. Local faves in LA are MacCleod, Arts District, and Bottle Logic - where I'm going RIGHT NOW, actually!

The Principles of Necromancy #1 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Eamon Winkle is now from Magma Comix.

There is no such thing as magic. 

The City King has driven the barbarian hordes to the edge of the world - ushering in an age of reason and medicine. But in the dark woods beyond his reach, where the last pagans still keep their ancient ways, a single man of civilization is about to show the true meaning of "medical miracle." His goal: to overcome death itself. And god help the man or king who stands in his way. 

Behold the glorious and gut-wrenching work of Doctor Jakob Eyes, the world's first necromancer.

Jackson Lanzing is one half of New York Times Bestselling writing partnership known as “the Hivemind,” alongside Collin Kelly. The two met in college, where they first became bitter rivals before becoming best friends. Their work in comics includes Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, Kang the Conqueror, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman Beyond: Neo-YearDark One (with Brandon Sanderson), Joyride, and Star Trek — for which they received a 2023 Eisner nomination for Best New Series.  They also work in film, TV, games and are incredibly proud of their recently released middle-grade novel Thor Quest: Hammers of the Gods from Marvel Press.They live a few minutes from one another in Los Angeles, CA — along with their wives and far too many pets — where they spend their time reading, debating, playing music too loud, and enjoying every tabletop roleplaying game they can get their hands on.