Best of 2008: How Early Is Too Early?

Today I saw both Amazon’s Best of 2008 for Comics and Graphic Novels and Publishers Weekly‘s.

It’s barely November! Putting out a “best of” list ignores two months’ worth of publications, or 16% of the year. Maybe the publishing world is just getting ready for the holidays early.

Although some are cheating, a little. The PW list includes the much-discussed Kramer’s Ergot 7, which has only just debuted at a convention and has yet to widely ship. Alan’s War came out last week in bookstores and is due out tomorrow through Diamond.

Titles on both lists are Lynda Barry’s What It Is and Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button.

My tastes differ. I’m still strongly looking forward to these comics and graphic novels, due out before the end of the year:

5 Responses to “Best of 2008: How Early Is Too Early?”

  1. Paul Sizer Says:

    I had a similar reaction, admittedly because my new graphic novel “B.P.M.” is just shipping now to hit stores later this month. So with these lists (whether or not it would make either) “B.P.M.” is excluded, even with a November release date, plenty ahead of the holiday and end-of-the-year period.

  2. Chris Says:


    I’m mostly in agreement with you here, but I can’t imagine a place for TOKEN on any best of the year list…! I found it really obvious and cliched at best. I hope you’ll do a review of it at some point, I’m curious why you thought it deserved a best-anything nod.

  3. Johanna Says:

    Oh, dear, I’m sorry to hear that. I just love Joelle Jones’ art, so I was looking forward to that.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Paul, oh, yes! I forgot that still wasn’t out to everyone, since I was lucky enough to read it early. There’s always at least one good book that gets caught in the cutoff. Last year, for me, it was Midnight Sun.

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