The late aughts have been good in the comic world. I've tried to compile a short list of what I think are the ten best books of the genre that have come out this year along with a compelling* image from each and a quick footnote. I was excited to find that not only was each book either a new original story just released this year or is a continuation of a series that began within the last quarter of the decade, but also that the names on talent roster were was a harmonious mix of both old and new blood. So without any further ado, my gift guide for the bleary-eyed, pasty, social-disaster-child in your family:
The birds ponder the origin and meaning of a crashed jet in Anders Nilsen's Big Questions series.
Mosfet the Warlock toys with the very fabric of life and death in his insane epic POWR MASTRS.**
Dan Clowes' much anticipated Wilson, turned out to be a quiet, weird human tragicomedy.
In Matt Furie's Boy's Club series, Pepe falls into himself after stumbling upon a vision of real ugliness.
Jim Woodring unleashed some particularly unfair and brutal circumstances upon poor old Manhog in his newest opus, Weathercraft.
Titular character Wally Gropius, battles for love and money in Tim Hensley's absurd, architecture and money punning new book.
Rob, of Jeff Smith's newest series RASL meets a bizarre lizard faced nemesis.***
Lisa Hanawalt lays down a list of poor pet choices in her new issue of I Want You (#2).
Kevin Huizenga's Wild Kingdom features a whole lot of weird stuff, including Walt Whitman quoting W.S. Merwin in a brief advertisement for um... a hot new thing?
And finally this rather self explanatory page from Johnny Ryan's latest installment of Prison Pit, which only promises to get more gross and gory as the series continues.
Happy holiday shopping!!
** I cannot recommend this one enough.
*** RASL, not quite as kid friendly as Smith's previous work, BONE