COMIC BOOK YETI: Toben, thank you so much for joining me in the Yeti Cave! If you have any other jobs other than lettering, what is it you do?

TOBEN RACICOT: I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo studying role-playing games, game mechanics, and character creation systems primarily in single-player RPGs. I’ve taught Game Studies, Harry Potter, The Superhero and many other courses. I also work as a Graduate Educational Developer helping other graduate students improve their teaching skills. And I’m collaborating on a research project designing a board game and writing a D&D module.

Pilgrim's Dirge, issue #1, p.3, Racicot/Leoni/Bonanni

CBY: What are the comics that influenced you and made you want to work in comics?

TR: The first comic, as in monthly floppy, I remember buying was Venom #1 by Rick Remender and Tony Moore. But manga is definitely more formative. I bought an issue of Shonen Jump because there was a free Yu-Gi-Oh! card in it. I traded cards at the time and it helped me get better cards and also find a storytelling medium that I really enjoyed. That was when I was a teenager, but as a young adult with money to spend, I dug into Remender’s and Hickman’s era at Marvel. I followed them to Image, so books like East of West, Seven To Eternity, Black Science, and Black Monday Murders just leave me in awe.

So now, I would say, the top three comics that I rank as the best Image has produced are: East of West, Seven to Eternity, and DIE. I’m very happy to have conversation with dissenting votes because I’m always open for more comic suggestions. Tweet me your top three comic series @TobenRacicot!