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The romantic pair at the center are worth rooting for, but so is their crew of friends: a great cast. By turns tender and breathlessly suspenseful, this is an intimate epic. Flocks , L. Nichols Secret Acres A memoir about growing up queer among fundamentalists, and a meditation on how our identities come from the communities, or flocks, around us though we may contest or even reject their terms. Zen-spare and lovely, and almost as distilled as cartooning can get — but, always, always, sounding great depths. This year they were particularly great, and knocked me for a loop.

Free and frank, and beautifully rendered in pages that break all sorts of rules. Raw, physical, evocative work, recalling the hard work of birthing itself, and gloriously, often tenderly, sometimes comically, unguarded. Weinstein has a genius for remembering through comics. More, please! A true novel, this is a layered story of surviving in the corporate world, of feckless roommates who are also treasured friends, and of fighting with, or against, yourself.


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Funny and confounding—haunting too. Girl Town , Carolyn Novak Top Shelf A breakthrough collection of stories supercharged with desire and unspoken, often conflicted, feelings. Wonderful drawing and pacing; slippery, sometimes elusive endings. My god, can Novak cartoon. I read this in one fevered sitting in a coffee shop, right next door to the comic shop where I bought it.

I reread it in that same sitting. Cuteness has never been more bothersome. This is a timely, funny, ultimately breathtaking fable. Once again, Davis starts with prickly satire but then shifts into humane sympathy, engaging her satiric targets compassionately and thus complicating or overturning everything I expected. And the book is splendidly designed, in an intimate format that can barely fit in the images yet works perfectly. I know Davis is brilliant—how is that she can keep on delivering such stunning surprises? I tend to avoid talking about what books I think were the "best" of any given year, because that's a level of subjectivity and more importantly, a level of finality that I'm not comfortable with.

That critic's exposure to comics as a whole gets substantially lower when you consider all the various ways creators are making comics in You are just as likely to find comics on your Instagram feed as you are your local bookstore.

That's encouraging for the health and growth of the medium, but it also makes this exercise feel like a bunch of hand waving. With that in mind, there were books published in that I found transporting.

These comics made you exist in their world, made you play by their rules. As contributors to The Comics Journal round up the most notable comics published in , I wanted to focus on those works rather than be prescriptive about what was "best. By Haruichi Furudate Viz 9. An Invitation from a Crab by Panpanya Denpa 8. Die Laughing by Andre Franquin Fantagraphics 7.

Happiness by Shuzo Oshimi Kodansha Comics 6. Inside Mari by Shuzo Oshimi Denpa 5. Degen Koyama 3. With that in mind, I think we all sought out ways to understand or cope with whatever realities we were grappling with this year. In my case, I read a lot of nonfiction to help with my understanding of the world at present, but I also explored some truly beautiful and thoughtful comics to help in other ways.

Compared to Edena , these are less polished but more personal and philosophical. I turned to these books often and I think it was just to vicariously feel the wind in my hair as I tag along to catch a glimpse of the furthest reaches of imagination. Still the best there is. Just as we are inclined to look back at these lists to take a sampling of where we were and what we were reading, this book is a valuable glimpse into where America was during the tumultuous '60s and '70s.

When you consider what he fought for decades ago and the present state of affairs, it makes you wonder where this rage and defiance is today? For Mr. Douglas, he might have felt compelled to address the realities of his life and the injustices he faced. For us, it seems that too many comics that came out this year were decidedly against allowing the world into their art. This book is a powerful testament to creating art that comes into the world with the goal of transforming it for the greater good. Blackbird Days by Manuele Fior was another highlight from this year.

Seeing this collection come out from Fantagraphics was a nice surprise. Comics writers need to pore over those pages if they ever want to make something that takes advantage of this medium's unique powers, and not just use their comics as bland pitch documents for tv shows. Alberto Breccia is a comics art god.

Mort Cinder from Fantagraphics is one of only a few English translations of his work but his entire body of work is challenging and worth looking at. Comics, if done well, should allow for the purely abstract to not only express what is incommunicable with words, but to show what may be otherwise incomprehensible to the mind.

This self-published anthology is really uniformly good, while also showing the great diversity of talent and vision coming out of our small corner of Toronto, Ontario. Fans of mainstream giants like Frances Manapul, Ramon K Perez, and Tonci Zonjic get a unique opportunity to see what these guys do when given a bigger playground. Garlandia by Mattotti and Kramsky from Fantagraphics is a real delight. Those seeking escapism can find it simply by scanning over the gorgeously rendered floating creatures, undulating curves of landscape and energy.

Each page is a variety of viewpoints and angles on incidental and character detail, held in a latticework of setting and narrative information to create an immersive and lively condensation of time into two dimensions. This is real comics journalism focused on telling the stories of those without a voice in our media. Kugler avoids including himself and his feelings about the subjects; choosing to focus on the refugees themselves. To read these stories is to catch a glimpse into the complex lives of real people swept up in a larger global event. If mainstream journalism expressed some of the humanity and beauty as is contained in this book, we might be on the road to a better world.

Both collections are crucial in terms of gender diversity. Too many indie comics are timid by comparison. For me, Sabrina is an exquisite corpse — despite what the Man Booker committee and the hype machine say. As for the virulent drivel oozling from the empty skulls of the Mindless Ones — you know, the comic book mainstream — I am enjoying the indie-ish comics that Brian Michael Bendis is making for DC: Scarlet, Pearl and Cover.

The writing is smart, the drawing sharp and distinctive without a scent of Neal Adams clones or manga-nese. They remind a bit of why I got myself shackled to the spin-rack at Westville Market way back in I did not include great Chloe Perkis, G. Duncanson, and Walker Tate because they have been published in anthologies by larger publishers such as Best American Comics or NOW but you should check them out. Norman is one of the best comics artists working today. The way Schulert represents and expresses is entirely new. Reading it, I felt like I was living in Houston, riding its public transportations, and fighting with its dampness with my friends.

Welch transforms physical humidity to emotional freshness with alluring green pages. Berg has been showing the potential of the gridded page and the texture of comics like no other. All of sudden, several young and creative comics artists are coming up in Vancouver. You may know ddoogg collective. You should know Lukic.

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We need to discuss more on the relationship between words and images and comics. Her works are like magic. Howell makes the rawest, most visceral comics. Adhouse Hartley Lin created a stunning graphic novel. The cartooning is flawless, with incredible attention to detail. The story is about Frances, a young legal clerk pulled into the orbit of the menacingly charismatic executive Castonguay. It has some familiar beats about trying to hold on to an authentic self without getting lost in a messy corporate world of petty power struggles.

But the execution elevates the story. Brat by Michael DeForge. Brats are artists. Our titular brat, Ms. Once the hero of all brats, Ms. Is she still relevant?

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D embarks on a new project, that, at first glance, appears as a mysterious terrorist plot. Finally, her big performance turns the audience, an entire town, everyone, to become brats! The results are at first predictable: graffiti, property damage, zoo animals on the loose, and at least one death the Mayor gets eaten by a lion. But then, the loss of collective control produces a kind of utopia. In the aftermath, the town rids itself of instruments of control that turned out to be unnecessary. Banks and police?

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No longer necessary. These things were just accrued, stratified historical layers of a society weighing us down. Once you release the brat, it all falls away.

What happens day after brat Armageddon? DeForge alludes to it. Our hero remains rich, so even if some banks are gone, wealth remains.