- Posted by Johanna on November 9, 2010 at 8:43 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
If you’re creating a graphic novel that you want critical praise for, make sure you release it before October. The “Best of the Year” lists have started coming out already, so even if an excellent work is released in November or December, oh well. You need the extra time to get the books into stores, you see, so that everyone who wants the guidance of a critic’s recommendations has time to find and buy them before the holidays.
- one manga, the AX collection from Top Shelf
- one superhero, Batwoman: Elegy
- one upscale horror, Charles Burns’ X’Ed Out
- two autobio, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and the less well-known Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
- and works by the expected, well-respected favorites — Dash Shaw’s Bodyworld, an installment of Acme Novelty Library, Jim Woodring’s Weathercraft, and a much-discussed work from AdHouse, Duncan the Wonder Dog by Adam Hines
These are works it’s hard to argue against in terms of craft, although many comic readers will be unfamiliar with them, since most are firmly on the art side of the popular/artistic divide comic camps often fall into. In comparison, the Comics Reporter presents an illustrated list of Amazon’s best-selling graphic novels for the year, all media tie-ins or works that have been adapted into movies or TV shows. (For Blackest Night, I’m connecting the upcoming Green Lantern film.)
Amazon’s Editors’ Picks for Best Graphic Novels of 2010 splits the difference, with three of the same titles as the PW list but also more “mainstream” choices, such as Wednesday Comics, a Hellboy volume, and in a nod to comic strips and their history, 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective.
David Welsh also has commentary on these lists.