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The Best American Comics 2013 (Best American)by Jeff Smith
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The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith—creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection.
"Acclaimed cartoonist Smith (Bone, RASL) collects 30 pieces in this year's anthology, and his taste crosses plenty of genres: Alison Bechdel, a former editor of the collection, has a heart-wrenching excerpt from her memoir Are You My Mother?; in another space-time entirely, a lost time traveler ponders Star Trek episodes while wandering in dinosaur country in Malachi Ward's brilliantly funny 'Top Five.' A scene from Craig Thompson's Habibi reveals the plight of a woman forced into a sultan's harem, and a young giant hunter confronts her scariest challenge — going it alone after her friends realize she has lied to them — in the kid-friendly fantasy Giants Beware, by newcomer duo Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado. Artistically, Sam Alden's work on the wordless The Haunter and Joseph Lambert's Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller are standouts. The cartoonists included show plenty of gender diversity — women make up over a third of the total creators — but there is less racial diversity in evidence. The current narrative strength of the comics medium gets a solid showcase in this year's volume, which should inspire much further reading." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A collection of the best graphic pieces published in American periodicals during 2012, compiled by Jeff Smith, author and illustrator of the comic Bone.
About the Author
JEFF SMITH launched a company in 1991 called Cartoon Books to publish his comic book Bone. Against all odds, the small company flourished, building a reputation for quality stories and artwork. Word of mouth, critical acclaim, and a string of major awards, which continues to this day, helped propel Cartoon Books and Bone to the forefront of the comic book industry.
JESSICA ABEL is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida. MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist best known for his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Together, Abel and Madden are the authors of Mastering Comics and Drawing Words and Writing Pictures.
MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist and the author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Together, they are the authors of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures.
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