These are the best comics I read on from last year. Unlike music, I actually feel somewhat knowledgeable of what comics are new and cool (I read a lot of them). These ranged from epic sized graphic novels to minicomis, to stories in anthologies, none of this is superhero related, oddly enough no manga. So here is my list:
2011 BEST COMICS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Pope Hats # 2
by Ethan Rilly (issue 1 is good, number 2 is amazing)
Forming vol 1
by Jesse Moynihan (this is the best webcomic on the internet, the print version is gorgeous)
Thickness # 2
anthology (both DeForge and Brandon Graham have great stories, excellent anthology)
by Becky Cloonan (best mini maybe of all time, unsurprisingly from Becky)
by Craig Thompson (Craig Thompson’s follow up to Blankets)
Optic Nerve # 12
by Adrian Tomine (I’m glad Optic Nerve is back, this one’s full color with two stories, and the letters, oh man I miss reading the letters, also picked up a Tomine print)
Lose # 3
by Michael DeForge (Probably my favorite creator I discovered this year, I bought all available books of his at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest – all his comics are amazing.)
by Brandon Graham in DHP #7 (Brandon Graham’s story is enough to put it on my favorites list, didn’t care for much of the rest of the issue)
by Nate Powell (Nate Powell’s follow up to Swallow Me Whole)
by Patrick McEwon (I just picked this one up, really malancholy and beautiful)
P.S. – Favorite albums of last year: Wye Oak
– Civillian; Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Happy New Years everyone.
This last year has been the most interesting one I can remember. It started with the worst day of my life, and proceeded to be weirdly anguish filled and excitedly different at the same time.
Overall I’m very glad it’s over, and look forward to 2012.
I hope to make more comics (Paul and I are beginning work on an ongoing webcomic thing) and continue to focus on the architecture career, which is easily the most productive part of my life right now.
2011, good riddance and go fuck yourself.
Everyone stay safe.
I’m off to go drinking.
Here’s an additional 1 page comic that was made for the print version of Summer Oddity. Available now at better comic stores in NYC, and Baby Grand.
Apologies to Paul Pope for the title text.
Summer Oddity, a new comic for the baby grand art show, and summer in general.
It’s presented in its complete horizontal format, as it’s presented in the show.
Full comic behind the cut.
So there’s a reception at baby grand, on tuesday evening 7-9pm. I have the new comic up in the space and I’m happy with it, I’ll post it here shortly in both digital and photo format. Paul and I are going to stencil a poster outside for hype, and put some more original artwork up as well.