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Art and words meld in explosive and provocative ways in this fantastic and diverse sampling of the best new comics in America. No super heroes, no kids' stuff: just great storytelling.
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The popularity of the graphic genre continues to rage, and The Best American Comics is a diverse, exciting annual selection for fans and newcomers alike. The inaugural volume includes stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web. Contributors include Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Kim Deitch, Jaime Hernandez, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, and Lynda Barry — and unique discoveries such as Justin Hall, Esther Pearl Watson, and Lilli Carre.

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This inaugural volume includes stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web. Contributors include Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Kim Deitch, Jaime Hernandez, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, and Lynda Barry--and unique discoveries such as Justin Hall, Esther Pearl Watson, and Lilli Carre.

About the Author

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an author and coeditor of Punk Planet.She has earned Harvey and Eisner Award nominations for her work on theComics Journal and the first two Comics Journal Special Editions. She's written for The Onion, the Journal of Popular Culture, and Bitch, and provided commentary on CNN and NPR. She has an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Harvey Pekar is the author, most recently, of the graphic novel The Quitterand was the costar and subject of the Oscar-nominated film American Splendor. His American Book Awardwinning series of the same name has been published since 1976 and illustrated by artists such as Robert Crumb, Frank Stack, and Joe Sacco.

Table of Contents

Preface by Anne Elizabeth Moore : ix Introduction by Harvey Pekar : xv

1 : Joel Priddy. The Amazing Life of Onion Jack from Superior Showcase 11 : Kim Deitch. Ready To Die from McSweeneys 17 : Anders Nilsen. The Gift from Dogs and Water 35 : Lilli Carré. Adventures of Paul Bunyan & His Ox, Babe from Tales of Woodsman Pete 43 : David Lasky. Diary of a Bread Delivery Guy from Arthur 44 : Ben Katchor. Goner Pillow Company from Metropolis 46 : Alison Bechdel. Only Disconnect from Dykes to Watch Out For 47 : Joe Sacco. Complacency Kills from The Guardian Online 55 : Justin Hall. la rubia loca from True Travel Tales 103 : Chris Ware. Comics: A History from McSweeneys 105 : Rebecca Dart. RabbitHead from RabbitHead 130 : Ivan Brunetti. Untitled from The Stranger 131 : Jonathan Bennett. Dance With the Ventures from Mome 143 : Jaime Hernandez. Day By Day With Hopey: Tuesday Is Whose Day? from Love and Rockets 147 : Esther Pearl Watson. Busted! from Unlovable 154 : John Porcellino. Chemical Plant/Another World from Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man 161 : David Heatley. Portrait of My Dad from Deadpan 166 : Lloyd Dangle. A Street-Level View of The Republican National Convention from The Stranger 168 : Hob. The Supervisor from Hi-Horse Omnibus 169 : Gilbert Shelton. Wonder Wart-Hog: The Wart-Hog That Came In From the Cold from Zap 177 : Olivia Schanzer. Solidarity Forever from Hi-Horse Omnibus 179 : Alex Robinson. Thirty-Three from Tricked 189 : Jessica Abel. Missing from La Perdida 203 : Seth Tobocman, Terisa Turner, and Leigh Brownhill. Nakedness and Power from World War 3 Illustrated 212 : Rick Geary. Recollection of Seduction from The Comics Journal Special Edition 213 : Tom Hart. The Executive Hour from Unmarketable 219 : Kurt Wolfgang. Passing Before Lifes Very Eyes from Mome 232 : Jesse Reklaw. Thirteen Cats of My Childhood from Couch Tag 252 : Lynda Barry. Two Questions from McSweeneys 264 : Robert Crumb. Walkin The Streets from Zap

Contributors Notes : 277 100 Distinguished Comics from January 2004 to August 2005 : 291

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Shoshana, July 20, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Moore and Pekar have chosen a good assortment of comics for this inaugural volume in The Best American Series. Comics chosen represent a range of graphic styles and topics. Notably, manga and Heavy Metal are absent. All of the comics, whether factual reports from the battlefield or fantasies about life after death, have a linear narrative (though Dart's narrative is plural). Crumb, as is often the case, provides the most visual texture and richness (though Reklaw does a creditable job with background detail and Barry fills every space with baroque oddities and scrawls. The sequence generally worked, though I'd have placed Dart's "RabbitHead," with its multiple simultaneous narratives, immediately after Hall's "La Rubia Loca," a long story about a woman who has what looks to me like a manic episode on a Green Tortoise bus to Mexico. Interesting introductions and bios round out the collection My one complaint is the format. Some comics are reproduced so small that even with reading glasses and a bright light, I had a hard time reading some text. I'm sure I missed some visual detail as well.
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Douglas, October 31, 2006 (view all comments by Douglas)
Two things stand out to me in this collection, the variety in style and content and the unique vision of each contributor; that may be two ways of saying the same thing. Pekar and Moore present a representation of what is most interesting in cartooning today, from relative newcomers to artists that have been speaking their mind for decades. I'm especially happy to see one of my all-time favorite cartoonists, Jaime Hernandez. Maybe next year we'll see something by his brother Gilbert! I highly recommend this collection to those who love comics and to those who rarely read them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618718740
Author:
Harvey Pekar and Anne Elizabeth Moore
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Editor:
Moore, Anne Elizabeth
Editor:
Moore, Anne Elizabeth; Pekar, Harvey
Editor:
Pekar, Harvey
Author:
Moore, Anne Elizabeth
Author:
Pekar, Harvey
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
CGN000000
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
PRINTED PAPER OVER BOARD
Series:
Best American (TM)
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w and full-color art throughout
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.19 x 7 x 0.81 in 1.9 lb

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Art and words meld in explosive and provocative ways in this fantastic and diverse sampling of the best new comics in America. No super heroes, no kids' stuff: just great storytelling.

"Synopsis" by , This inaugural volume includes stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web. Contributors include Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Kim Deitch, Jaime Hernandez, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, and Lynda Barry--and unique discoveries such as Justin Hall, Esther Pearl Watson, and Lilli Carre.
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