Monday, January 28, 2013

BEST COMIX: 2012




BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL:




-STARSTRUCK Deluxe Edition (softcover),
by Elaine Lee, M. W. Kaluta, and Lee Moyer



"I was, and am, a huge fan of STARSTRUCK, which I think was one of the most brave and elegant experiments in comic book story-telling." -CLIVE BARKER

"Favorite comic of all time: STARSTRUCK, by Lee and Kaluta." -MIKE CAREY

"Pick up this book, because not having read it is sort of like not having read POGO, or listened to "Trout Mask Replica", or seen a Hayao Miyazaki film." -John Hilgart, THE COMICS JOURNAL

"STARSTRUCK could be both silly and smart, was progressive but unpretentious, and clever but not so impressed with itself that it ever forgot to entertain. IDW’s reprint of the series is a service to fans of science fiction, aficionados of comics as an art form, and anyone who loves a good story." -W. Andrew Shephard, THE NEW INQUIRY

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BEST COMICS:



-----INDIES-----


-LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: 2009,
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

It was always about the extraordinary woman.




-SAGA,
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

An alternative STAR WARS.



-FASHION BEAST,
by Alan Moore and Malcolm McClaren with Antony Johnston

In the late 80's, Alan Moore wrote a script for a Malcolm McClaren film that didn't get made. Now the screenplay has been adapted into a comic by Antony Johnston.



-BLACK KISS II,
by Howard Chaykin

In the late 80's Chaykin's gothic noir was so raunchy that it was sold sealed in black plastic bags. This new sequel was too much for European distributers, who refused to import it.>



-FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE,
by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson

Wrightson. Frankenstein.








WORST COMICS





-----DC-----

The modern comics landscape was recreated by Alan Moore.

When corporations betray> great creators>> for a buck>, they don't get my money anymore.



-----MARVEL-----

The vast marvel landscape was blueprinted by Jack Kirby.

When corporations betray> great creators> for a buck>>, they don't get my money anymore.







BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS:



-ARE YOU MY MOTHER?,
by Alison Bechdel
The companion to the phenomenal FUN HOME (2006), which was TIME's Best Book of the Year.

-THE HIVE,
by Charles Burns
The second book in Burn's trilogy about a postpunk Tintin.

-THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS,
by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey

-Harvey Pekar's CLEVELAND,
by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant






Everybody's-Talking-About, Dept:

or, "Haven't read these yet, but the talk about them is great."

-A TALE OF SAND,
by Jim Henson and Ramon Perez

-THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS,
by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra



-LOST GIRL
If the great io9 says check this TV show out
>, that's good enough for me.





BEST COLLECTIONS:



-The Extraordinary Adventures of ADELE BLANC-SEC, volume 2,
by Jacques Tardi

Between TINTIN and LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, there was the dour Adele.

-The Complete POGO, volume 2,
by Walt Kelly

-OCCUPY COMICS,
by various creators>






BEST MOVIES & TV:




-CHRONICLE

-COMIC-CON Episode 4: A Fan's Hope

-ARGO
(The Jack Kirby connection)

-JOHN CARTER

-SKYFALL

-ALTER EGOS

-THE AVENGERS

-THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

-THE DARK KNIGHT RISES



-MISFITS, fourth season


See BEST MOVIES & TV: 2012





V For Vindication, Dept:

or, "Alan Moore knows the score."



Who cares about Hollywood adaptions when you can make your own films?

Alan Moore has teamed with filmmaker Mitch Jenkins to create a unified continuity of short films about a cabaret purgatory. And they're giving it away to you for free.

The prelude "Act of Faith" sets up the first film, "Jimmy's End".


-ACT OF FAITH,
by Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins
Watch it here.

-JIMMY'S END,
by Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins
Watch it here.







BEST MEDIA SITES




-io9

-The Mary Sue

-The Afro Futurist Affair

-STARSTRUCK Comics







REST IN POWER


Jean Giraud, a.k.a., MOEBIUS






Nuff said, pilgrim. Excelsior!







See also:

BEST MOVIES & TV: 2012
BEST MUSIC: 2012

BEST MOVIES & TV: 2011
BEST COMIX: 2011
BEST MUSIC: 2011

BEST MOVIES: 2000-2010
BEST COMIX: 2000-2010
BEST MUSIC: 2000-2010






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