Synopses & Reviews
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.
Collects original comic strips from American authors and illustrators published in 2006 in graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet.
Celebrating the best in graphic storytelling and literary comics, a diverse collection, guest edited by the award-winning author of The Quitter and American Splendor, features excerpts from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web, from Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Kim Deitch, Jaime Hernandez, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, and others.
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 McSweeneyand#8217;s 17 : Anders Nilsen. The Gift from Dogs and Water 35 : Lilli Carrand#233;. Adventures of Paul Bunyan and 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 McSweeneyand#8217;s 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 Lifeand#8217;s Very Eyes from Mome 232 : Jesse Reklaw. Thirteen Cats of My Childhood from Couch Tag 252 : Lynda Barry. Two Questions from McSweeneyand#8217;s 264 : Robert Crumb. Walkinand#8217; The Streets from Zap
Contributorsand#8217; Notes : 277 100 Distinguished Comics from January 2004 to August 2005 : 291