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Michael Oeming And Taki Soma's Collaborative Comics

The cover to Michael Oeming and Taki Soma's 2009 comic, Rapture

The cover to Michael Oeming and Taki Soma’s 2009 comic, Rapture

Michael Oeming and Taki Soma

Michael Oeming and Taki Soma are a kind of superhero duo in their own right. Oeming has been working in  the comics industry since the early nineties, winning an Eisner award for the Powers comic he co-created with Brian Michael Bendis. And Soma has risen up the ranks from commissioned work to original web comics, to coloring, inking, and writing in the industry. And to give you a sense of the pace they work at, Oeming had two titles debut this week — one from his Powers series, and another from a newer project called the United States of Murder Incorporated, which Soma did the coloring on.

They work from home, side by side in their studio. Taki stands at her desk. Mike has a kneeling chair, due to a bad back — a condition that’s common with comic artists, who spend many hours a day bending over a drafting table.

A page from Taki Soma and Michael Oeming's forthcoming comic, SINERGY.

A page from Taki Soma and Michael Oeming’s forthcoming comic, SINERGY.

Michael Oeming and Taki Soma

The two have collaborated a few times, including most prominently on two creator-owned pieces that they’ve co-written. One was a few years back, called Rapture. The other debuts in November, and it’s called SINERGY. It’s about a girl who develops the ability to see monsters after losing her virginity. The first monster she sees? The boyfriend she just slept with.

Tune in Saturday to hear about their approach to successful collaborations.