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by Lynda Barry,Jessica Abel

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Lynda Barry,Jessica Abel
ISBN: 0618989765
ISBN13: 978-0618989768
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (October 8, 2008)
Pages: 352
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The Best American Comics is a yearly anthology of comics in the United States by Houghton Mifflin since 2006 as part of The Best American Series

The Best American Comics is a yearly anthology of comics in the United States by Houghton Mifflin since 2006 as part of The Best American Series.

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Book in the Best American Comics Series). She even illustrates her introduction, which is both a nice touch and a clever way of pulling together a lot of the ideas about anxieties and self-reflection that pervade the pieces she's cosen to include.

Collecting the best examples of independent comic book authors and artists from August 2006 to September 2007.

This volume features such luminaries as Chris Ware, Seth, and Alison Bechdel alongside beloved daily cartoonists like Matt Groening. Collecting the best examples of independent comic book authors and artists from August 2006 to September 2007

When the first Best American Comics was released in 2006, it seemed like .

When the first Best American Comics was released in 2006, it seemed like a significant moment for legitimizing comics and graphic storytelling. The Best American Comics series has also seems to favor one-person "auteurs" who wrote personal indie or literary comics, rather than a team consisting of a writer and separate artist. There feels a depth and diversity to these comics that surpasses what has come in the volumes before.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-618-98976-8.

Steve Olexa (Contributor), T Edward Bak (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Alison Bechdel (Contributor), Nick Bertozzi (Contributor), Lilli Carré (Contributor), Joseph Lambert (Contributor. ess. Published October 8th 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

His mother, a dominant figure, as well his father, who inspired one of his most famous short stories, First Love (Perveya Lyubov, 1860), provided a great influence on the . The Best American Comics 2008. Lynda Barry, Jessica Abel.

He studied in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Berlin. His first work to attract attention was a long poem, Parasha, published in 1843. His potential was quickly appreciated by the critic Vissarion Belinsky, who became his close friend and mentor. Graphic omics USA. Lynda Barry.

This newest edition to the Best American Series--"A genuine salute to comics" (Houston Chronicle)--returns with a set of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Lynda Barry and and brand new series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden--acclaimed cartoonists in their own right-- have sought out the best stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web to create this cutting-edge collection "perfect for newbies as well as fans"--The San Diego Union Tribune. This newest volume features luminaries like Chris Ware, Seth, and Alison Bechdel alongside Paul Pope's "Batman" and beloved daily cartoonists like Matt Groening.Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist whose comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” celebrates its 30th year in print in 2007. She is a recipient of the Washington State Governor's Award for her novel, The Good Times are Killing Me, which she adapted into a long-running off-broadway play. The New York Times called her second novel, Cruddy, “A work of terrible beauty”. She received the 2003 William Eisner award for Best Graphic Album and an American Library Association Alex award for her book, One! Hundred! Demons!. She lives and works in southern Wisconsin.Jessica Abel is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida, as well as two collections of stories and drawings from her comic zine Artbabe. Matt Madden is a cartoonist and author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Their textbook about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, is forthcoming.
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EXIBUZYW
This was definitely the best in the series so far. Lynda Barry turns out to have been a really inspired choice for guest editor, because she picks a set of entries that are virtually all outstanding. She even illustrates her introduction, which is both a nice touch and a clever way of pulling together a lot of the ideas about anxieties and self-reflection that pervade the pieces she's cosen to include. All in all, this volume is a tour-de-force. I only hope BAC 2009 is half as good.

My favorite pieces:

"Burden" by Graham Annable. A young man trying nobly to tie up his brother's loose ends turns into something completely different at the end. The reveal reverberates through the entire story and really does pose a difficult - and interesting - moral question.

"Seven Sacks" by Eleanor Davis. This story about a boatman ferrying some unsavory characters also poses a good, tough moral question and forces some self-reflection. But, more importantly, it's absolutely gorgeous. Davis calls up an increasingly wicked-looking set of creatures that just absolutely pour atmosphere into her little fable. And, is it just me, or does she pay homage to both Jeff Smith and Neil Gaiman in the process?

"Mammalogy" by Eric Haven has terrific art and makes for a hilarious romp through time, space, imagination, television, the superhero genre, and gastronomy. The best part may be the blurb in the back of the book detailing Haven's inspiration for the story.

"Turtle, Keep it Steady!" by Joseph Lambert. A very clever retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare with absolutely outstanding art. The grooving animals send the music right off the page, and the hilarious metaphor about the speed at which the Hare lives his life is very well-chosen. As is the whale in the last panel. I have no idea why that whale cracks me up so much, but it really does.

"Cupid's Day Off" by Evan Larson is really pretty trifling, but his art and his imagination had me laughing uproariously throughout the whole thing. Who knew that an alien fornicating with a football could be so funny? I guess probably everyone, but still...

"George Sprott" by Seth. A really fascinating and postmodern journey through the life of a washed-up Arctic explorer cum TV man. The art is lovely, the layouts are very well done, and the emotional impact hits all the right notes.

Now, there are lots more things I liked too. Alison Bechdel is here, and so is Chris Ware. And Gene Luen Yang's "American Born Chinese". And lots more. They're all good (although I don't understand Jaime Hernandez and probably never will) and they're well worth your money. This is just a great anthology.
komandante
The competition between Best American Comics and the Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories now moves into its second year. I can't compare the two for 2008 just yet because so far I've only read the Best American version but I'm pleased to announce so far it's a good year. For the second straight year since its debut in 2006 the quality of BAC has improved, hopefully the portent of a bright future for alternative comics.

This volume features the triumphant return of `Kaz' whom I haven't seen in a compellation since the legendary McSweeney's Issue 13. Kaz is one of the very few alternative cartoonists who made enough of an impact on me that I went out and bought more of his works. Only Kaz can make me laugh out loud and then feel I need to take a hot shower for laughing. His disturbing, generally disgusting humor is definitely not for everyone but I'm personally thrilled to see him included again.

Arguably the biggest name in alternative comics, Matt Groening, makes a surprising appearance showing he's still on top of his game. We also get the inevitable appearances by Seth and Chris Ware who always put in great performances. Seth's story is a near carbon copy of his book `Wimbledon Green' which I gave a generous four out of five stars to while Mr. Ware's entry is very typical of his work with a bleak, depressing tone contrasting against his bright, technically precise visuals.

This is when I like to give a shout out to stories I particularly enjoyed. Graham Annable illustrates the dark tale of a man who literally carries the burden of his brother on his back while he tries to right his brother's wrongs. In `The Thing About Madeline', Lillie Carre tells a tale of a woman who finds herself on the outside of her life looking in. Jamie Hernandez writes a nice retro story in `Gold Diggers of 1969' emulating the look of a 1960's comic albeit with a modern theme. One of my favorites was the surreal `Percy Gloom' by Cathy Malkasian. This is one that was interesting enough that I might consider looking into picking up more of Ms. Malkasians works. The Forbidden Zone by Kevin Pyle was a short but interesting retro comic.

There was nothing in this compilation that really leaped out at me. The quality remains steady throughout but never knocks it out of the park. If I was to describe this collection in one word it would be `Solid'. Last year I felt that the Anthology of Graphic Fiction put together a better collection although it may be an unfair comparison since Best American Comics limits itself to a single year. I'll have to see how they stack up this year.
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