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Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: From Blankets to Demo to Blacksad

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Publisher Comments:

Called "maybe the most interesting fiction in America today," by the New York Times, graphic novels, comics and manga have recently been soaring in popularity. The medium maintains one of the most diverse readerships and more significantly, graphic novels and manga have garnered critical acclaim from every major national publication for such works as Maus, Persepolis and Akira.

Now, for the first time ever,The Year's Best Comics and Manga will feature the best of this genre published between June, 2003-December, 2004. With selections and excerpts from leading works by commercial and independent publishers of graphic novels, comics and manga, The Year's Best Comics and Manga will provide insight and entertainment to the casual and passionate comics reader alike.

Review:

"This book represents a welcome and long overdue idea: a survey of outstanding American work in the comics medium from May 2003 to December 2004. This sampler demonstrates the creative scope of contemporary comics and points out new directions for comics readers, old and new, to follow. It also provides a sense of a comics community, although unfortunately, Dark Horse and Marvel declined to participate. The selections favor alternative comics, with a smattering of superhero material. But whereas a 'year's best' collection of SF short stories includes entire works, this anthology necessarily provides excerpts of longer comics. Readers will get a good sense of the various artists' styles, but this limitation does not always serve the writers well. For example, those unacquainted with Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will not realize key story points from this brief excerpt. Short text introductions to each segment would have been helpful. Nonetheless, some excerpts come off impressively, such as Jaime Hernandez's vignette from Love and Rockets, and especially a somber segment from Joe Kubert's Yossel. Neil Gaiman provides strong bookends with his introduction and part of his and artist P. Craig Russell's superb 'Death' tale from Sandman: Endless Nights." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

BYRON PREISS was one of the first publishers of graphic novels starting in 1976. He has produced graphic novels based on the works of Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov and many others.
HOWARD ZIMMERMAN co-created and edited the first nationally distributed magazine devoted to comic books and strips, Comics Scene. He has worked with both Marvel and DC Comics and produced numerous award-winning graphic works.

Table of Contents

Forward by Editor Howard Zimmerman
Introduction by Neil Gaiman
Graphic Novels by Heidi MacDonald
 
Superman: Secret Identity
Written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Stuart Immonen, lettered by Todd Klein.
Published by DC Comics
 
Blankets
Written and illustrated by Craig Thompson
Published by Top Shelf Productions
 
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Kevin O'Neill, colored by Ben Dimagmaliw, lettered by Bill Oakley
Published by America's Best Comics
 
Scott Pilgrim
Written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Published by Oni Press
 
Blab!
Selections written by C.P. Freund and Doug Allen and illustrated by Peter and Maria Hoey, and Allen
Published by Fantagraphics
 
Last of the Independents
Written by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Kieron Dwyer
Published by AiT/Planet Lar
 
Queen & Country
Written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil
Published by Oni Press
 
Blacksad
Written by Juan Diaz Canales and illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido
Published by ibooks, inc.
 
Dogs and Water
Written and illustrated by Anders Nilsson
Published by Drawn & Quarterly
 
Suspended in Language
Written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Purvis
Published by G.T. Labs
 
You Can't Get There From Here
Written and illustrated by Jason
Published by Fantagraphics
 
Artesia
Written and illustrated by Mark Smylie
Published by Archaia Studio Press
 
Yossel
Written and illustrated by Joe Kubert
Published by ibooks, inc.
 
Owly
Written and illustrated by Andy Runyon
Published by Top Shelf Productions
 
The Originals
Written and illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Published by Vertigo/DC Comics
 
Graphic Novel Highlights

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312343262
Editor:
Preiss, Byron; Zimmerman, Howard
Editor:
Preiss, Byron
Introduction:
Gaiman, Neil
Editor:
Preiss, Byron
Editor:
Preiss, Byron; Zimmerman, Howard
Editor:
Zimmerman, Howard
Author:
Zimmerman, Howard
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Author:
Preiss, Byron
Introduction:
Gaiman, Neil
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Anthologies
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Comics & Cartoons
Subject:
CGN000000
Publication Date:
20051213
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes bandw illustrations throughout
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.96x6.62x.47 in. .81 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This book represents a welcome and long overdue idea: a survey of outstanding American work in the comics medium from May 2003 to December 2004. This sampler demonstrates the creative scope of contemporary comics and points out new directions for comics readers, old and new, to follow. It also provides a sense of a comics community, although unfortunately, Dark Horse and Marvel declined to participate. The selections favor alternative comics, with a smattering of superhero material. But whereas a 'year's best' collection of SF short stories includes entire works, this anthology necessarily provides excerpts of longer comics. Readers will get a good sense of the various artists' styles, but this limitation does not always serve the writers well. For example, those unacquainted with Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will not realize key story points from this brief excerpt. Short text introductions to each segment would have been helpful. Nonetheless, some excerpts come off impressively, such as Jaime Hernandez's vignette from Love and Rockets, and especially a somber segment from Joe Kubert's Yossel. Neil Gaiman provides strong bookends with his introduction and part of his and artist P. Craig Russell's superb 'Death' tale from Sandman: Endless Nights." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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