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My Favorite Comic Books

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My list of top ten comics was rejected by The Hooded Utilitarian for their recent poll of comics creators and critics, asking them to list their top ten favorite comics. Their poll result is here, but my list is below. Despite being rejected, it’s interesting to me to see how many of my faves were mentioned by those who were invited to participate. I also thought it interesting that even the top vote getter, Peanuts, received only 24% of the vote (50/211). Is that enough to claim that there is a consensus for this list of best comics? I don’t think so. All that you can say is that the largest minority grouping thinks Peanuts is tops. But the much larger majority (76% of the vote) disagrees. The headline should refer not to Peanuts being number one, but to the fact that there was no agreement about which title should occupy the number one slot.

Anyway, here’s my list. The one I submitted was limited to ten titles, but I’m not bothering to meet that limit here.

There are always more comics to add to my library. My want list is here.

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This is Why I Love San Diego Comic-Con

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Why do I love San Diego Comic-Con? Here are more than five good reasons from SDCC 2011.

A sketch by Alex Niño. Keep an eye out for his graphic novel due next Summer

Alex Niño and his son brought a lot of his original artwork to Con. Much of it was not for sale. I wish I could have afforded some of the art that was for sale.

As he says himself, Jim Steranko’s signature is a work of art. He did this in my copy of Steranko: Graphic Narrative.

Jim Steranko

Walt Simonson’s signature is also impressive

Walt Simonson signing my copy of IDW’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition

Chester Brown did a sketch of Louis Riel

I bought this Summer, 1991 at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles. Twenty years later, I met Chester Brown himself. Wow.

Chester Brown. We apparently left him mistakenly thinking we are friends of Joe Matt.

Brian Ralph’s drawing for my copy of Cave-In

Brian Ralph, who enjoyed seeing my copy of Cave-In because it reminded him of the days when Tom Devlin was publishing books such as this through Highwater Books.

Big Questions by a seemingly shy Anders Nilsen. I’ve been waiting many years for this collection and was a bit disappointed to learn that due to some sort of mishap at the printer’s there were no hardcover copies available.

Anders Nilsen at the Drawn & Quarterly booth

Janet Lee was kind enough to do this sketch

Janet Lee won an Eisner Award this year for Return of the Dapper Men. I did not know she was going to be at the show, otherwise I’d have brought my copy.

Nice sketch by Matt Kindt, isn’t it? We were also impressed when he used a paper embosser.

The sign does not lie. It’s Matt Kindt.

Mark Kalesniko did this great drawing for his latest work, Freeway.

Mark Kalesniko told us some interesting behind the scenes stories about the making of Freeway. For example, he was surprised to find that he needed a clearance from the owner of Angel’s Flight, a landmark in downtown Los Angeles, to use its image in the book.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already a week ago when Ted McKeever did this great sketch of Eddy Current.

Ted McKeever holding the book with the drawing shown above.

My Favorite Things 8: Comic Books

There are always more comics to add to my library. My want list is here.