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The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith—creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection.


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The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith—creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection.

30 review for The Best American Comics 2013

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    I'm always happy to see a new volume in this series. Whether one agrees that these are literally the "best" comics of the year or not, it's certainly at least an anthology of excellent work. Styles tend to skew more towards the arty, but if you don't like a particular piece, just skip to the next one. Some of these are excerpts from longer works, some of which I'll have to track down and read. Sad to see that Jessica Abel and Matt Madden are stepping down as series editors as these anthologies h I'm always happy to see a new volume in this series. Whether one agrees that these are literally the "best" comics of the year or not, it's certainly at least an anthology of excellent work. Styles tend to skew more towards the arty, but if you don't like a particular piece, just skip to the next one. Some of these are excerpts from longer works, some of which I'll have to track down and read. Sad to see that Jessica Abel and Matt Madden are stepping down as series editors as these anthologies have really thrived under their guidance. Looking forward to the next one. Only a year to go ...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    About the best one could hope for, given the editorial direction this shitty anthology has taken in recent years. This year, not every single excerpt is about womens' violent relationship with sex. I, for one, applaud the decisions to admit some excerpts which do not primarily deal with womens' violent relationships with sex. Of course there are images of knives being pressed against penises, depictions of men as rapists, men beheaded by women, kidnapping of women by men for sexual purposes, men About the best one could hope for, given the editorial direction this shitty anthology has taken in recent years. This year, not every single excerpt is about womens' violent relationship with sex. I, for one, applaud the decisions to admit some excerpts which do not primarily deal with womens' violent relationships with sex. Of course there are images of knives being pressed against penises, depictions of men as rapists, men beheaded by women, kidnapping of women by men for sexual purposes, men devouring women entirely after they have served their sexual uses to men...in short the same old shit we have come to expect -- men as violators and harmed womens' revenge fantasies. But as I said, NOT EVERY EXCERPT HERE FOCUSES ON WOMENS' VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP WITH SEX -- there are a few stories that are just stories. So, in sum, NOT EVERY EXCERPT FOCUSES ON WOMENS' VIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH SEX.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Each year, I look forward to this anthology with anticipation. The featured guest editor for the year, can greatly influence one's experience of the books' selections as a whole. The last several years have featured such luminaries in the field from Lynda Barry to Neil Gaiman. This year featured Jeff Smith of "Bone" fame, though a few of the selections were excerpted from books I had already become familiar with during the year, the biggest let down were the scant number of artists I was not fa Each year, I look forward to this anthology with anticipation. The featured guest editor for the year, can greatly influence one's experience of the books' selections as a whole. The last several years have featured such luminaries in the field from Lynda Barry to Neil Gaiman. This year featured Jeff Smith of "Bone" fame, though a few of the selections were excerpted from books I had already become familiar with during the year, the biggest let down were the scant number of artists I was not familiar with. These on the whole sadly, I found dull and uninspiring. The best part was the cover art of the guest editor on the back of the book! That was worth a chuckle.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Raina

    Yep, another great collection. Most of the pieces I liked the most I already knew, although a few surprised me. I really liked Smith's criteria for picking inclusions. And it's nice to have small chunks of less comfortable works to try out. Overall standout: Sam Alden - I've asked the library to buy one of his books. Oh, and it's nice to be reminded of how much I like Terry Moore. Yep, another great collection. Most of the pieces I liked the most I already knew, although a few surprised me. I really liked Smith's criteria for picking inclusions. And it's nice to have small chunks of less comfortable works to try out. Overall standout: Sam Alden - I've asked the library to buy one of his books. Oh, and it's nice to be reminded of how much I like Terry Moore.

  5. 4 out of 5

    BobFish

    A mixed bag. A couple of good bits by great authors but overall, Jeff Smith's picks are very safe which makes this anthology kind of boring.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brad Hodges

    Here is my history with comics: as a young child, I read a lot of Harvey Comics, such as Richie Rich and Baby Huey. Then I graduated to Archie, and finally to superheroes (I was a Marvel guy), and I collected those until I was in my '30s. But the world of comics is much larger than the mass commercialism of those lines. Therefore it was nice to check The Best American Comics 2013, where there is no Archie nor anyone in spandex or a cape. Edited by Jeff Smith, the book is a cornucopia of different Here is my history with comics: as a young child, I read a lot of Harvey Comics, such as Richie Rich and Baby Huey. Then I graduated to Archie, and finally to superheroes (I was a Marvel guy), and I collected those until I was in my '30s. But the world of comics is much larger than the mass commercialism of those lines. Therefore it was nice to check The Best American Comics 2013, where there is no Archie nor anyone in spandex or a cape. Edited by Jeff Smith, the book is a cornucopia of different styles, with something for almost anybody. However, there is an inherent problem. Many of the comics selected are excerpts, which means we only get a few pages of a much larger work. Either the excerpt is too short to grab much context, or one is left wanting more. Also, as with any collection with this many selections, some of them left me scratching my head. I suppose my favorites were those that were most traditional; Craig Thompson's Habibi, which is kind of an Arabian Nights story; Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Story Time, which is in the form of a fable told by and to dogs; Tony Puryear's Concrete Park, a gritty urban crime tale; and Terry Moore's Rachel Rising, the one that I would most likely check out in its entirety. There are also some terrific history-based comics in here, such as Colleen Doran, Derek McCullough, and Jose Villarrubia's tale of an Irish pirate queen in Gone to Amerikay; Derf Backderf's My Friend Dahmer, about the serial killer's youth; Joseph Lambert's Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller; and Paul Pope's vigorously researched 1969, about the Apollo 12 moon landing. There are also some cute and quirky comics that are like daily funnies. The best of these is Evan Dorkin's Fun Strips. My favorite is the "Rejected Make-a-Wish Applicants": "I'd like to take as many with me as possible;" "I want Katy Perry and instructions on how to do love to her;" and "I wish to taste human flesh." Gabrielle's Cody is a great comic short story that has the look of Robert Crumb. There are some in here that I just didn't get at all, such as Michael DeForge's Manananggal and Kate Beaton's Velocipedes. Some had good stories but shaky art, such as Leela Corman's Unterzakhn and Eleanor Davis' Nita Goes Home. By far the best selection in the book is the very first one, Alison Bechdel's excerpt from Are You My Mother? Bechdel writes and draws memoir comics, and this one is about her relationship with her mother, incorporating the psychoanalytical theories of Donald Winnicott, A Little Night Music, and Middle English poetry. I just might have to get the entire book, as Bechdel may be the best comic book writer working today.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    FAVS THIS YEAR Jesse Jacobs THE DEVINE MANIFESTATION OF A SINGULAR IMPULSE James Kochalka AMERICAN ELF Eleanor Davis NITA GOES HOME Malachi Ward TOP FIVE Derf Backderf MY FRIEND DAHMER Laura Park GEORGE Kate Beaton HARK! A VAGRANT Evan Dorkin FUN STRIPS Michael Kupperman SCARY BATHTUB STORIES Jeremy Sorese LITTLE HEART

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joey Alison Sayers

    BAC is always a mixed bag, and there were some pieces I really didn't like this time around (still trying to wrap my head around the inclusion of James Kochalka strips from 2008...). But there were some amazing pieces by Vanessa Davis, Eleanore Davis, Gabrielle Bell, and Jesse Jacobs to name a few.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erik Swedlund

    Did not enjoy the selection as much this year.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    This collection was pretty average. There were some that I loved and some that I detested, but most of them were sort of just "meh." I found myself gravitating towards the tremendously dark, cryptic, and weird ones. My favorites were: The Divine Manifestation of a Singular Impulse by Jesse Jacobs, Turn Back by Sam Alden, Manananggal by Michael DeForge, The Good Wife by Sophie Goldstein, and The Strange Boy by Derf Backderf. I would love to check out more from those above. I already know I ADORE M This collection was pretty average. There were some that I loved and some that I detested, but most of them were sort of just "meh." I found myself gravitating towards the tremendously dark, cryptic, and weird ones. My favorites were: The Divine Manifestation of a Singular Impulse by Jesse Jacobs, Turn Back by Sam Alden, Manananggal by Michael DeForge, The Good Wife by Sophie Goldstein, and The Strange Boy by Derf Backderf. I would love to check out more from those above. I already know I ADORE Michael DeForge's artwork, as I've read other things by him, but it's cool to have found some other people to research. Everything else just seemed so bland and "safe," like some cartoonists were afraid to push the envelop with their art. There were a large amount of excerpts, so maybe in the context of the larger work the stories got better. However, if this is supposed to be a collection of the "best" and if you give me a plain, boring-ass excerpt then I'm going to have to pass on the main body of work the excerpt came from. I'm glad I found a few that I liked though, you never really know what to expect when diving into a big collection like this. Not gonna bother with individual summaries, some didn't even really have much of a plot and were more there to evoke a feeling, but here's a breakdown of my scores for each section: 70 Nights of Pleasure- 2 stars The Story of Gráinne Ní Mháille- 3.5 stars American Elf- 1 star You Lied to Us!- 2.75 stars Story Time- 4 stars Raiders- 3 stars 1912- 3.5 stars A Husband and a Wife- 2.5 stars Mirror- 2.5 stars The Speaker- 4 stars The Divine Manifestation of a Singular Impulse- 5 stars Turn Back- 5 stars Manananggal- 5 stars The Good Wife- 4 stars Four Comics- 3.5 stars Nita Goes Home- 2 stars Concrete Park- 3 stars Top Five- 3 stars The Strange Boy- 4.5 stars A Killer Surprise- 4 stars George- 4 stars Velocipede- 3 stars Fun Strips- 1.5 stars Saints in the Store- 2 stars Scary Bathtub Stories- 3.5 stars Cody- 3 stars In the Rough- 1 star Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!- 4 stars Discipline- 3.75 stars 1969 2.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    3.6 Stars This is a good anthology by Jeff Smith, creator of Bone (which was pretty cool, loved by many, but could have been better) and RASL, which wasn't that great. A bit more than half of the selections were, in my humble opinion, Ok to Amazing, while the remaining 4o% or so ranged from Crap to OK. The overall theme seems to be: weird. Here are my favourites: 'Mirror' (Excerpt) from Are you my mother? by Alison Bechdel - Sophisticated, heavy, lesbian mother/daughter relations. Fascinating and 3.6 Stars This is a good anthology by Jeff Smith, creator of Bone (which was pretty cool, loved by many, but could have been better) and RASL, which wasn't that great. A bit more than half of the selections were, in my humble opinion, Ok to Amazing, while the remaining 4o% or so ranged from Crap to OK. The overall theme seems to be: weird. Here are my favourites: 'Mirror' (Excerpt) from Are you my mother? by Alison Bechdel - Sophisticated, heavy, lesbian mother/daughter relations. Fascinating and makes me want to read the full one for sure. 'The Speaker' from Dark Horse Presents by Brandon Graham - Weird and Original 'Divine Manifestation' (Excerpt) by Jesse Jacobs - I've read the full version already. Very weird and thought-provoking. 'Turn Back' (Excerpt) from Haunter by Sam Aulden - A cool water colour hunter/hunted adventure comic 'Manananggal' from Whatthingsdo.com by Michael DeForge - Super-weird mind-bending alien sex/parenting bizarre-o stroink 'The Good Wife' by Sophie Goldstein - comfort-stretching, disturbing, intriguing weirdness 'Story Time' from Dark Horse Presents by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson - Fun micro-fantasy '1912' (Excerpt) from Unterzakhn by Leela Corman - An interesting look at early 20th Century Jewish female life and culture 'A Husband and a Wife' from Kramers Ergot by Sammy Harkham - Weird and gory to point of being somewhat funny and corny 'Scary Bathtub Stories' from Tales Designed to Frizzle by Michael Kupperman - Pretty darn funny, in part because I also have an ambivalent relationship with the taking of baths ('My Best Friend Dahmer' is a great GN on its own too, with an excerpt featured here)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I'm only giving this 2 stars because at least SOME of the authors I enjoy were included in this anthology (Eleanor Davis!!!) A lot of the comics included in this collection are not really to my taste. I was hoping I would discover an author I hadn't heard of before and be inspired to read their comics, but that didn't happen. Kind of a letdown.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I have read many of these anthologies and this is by far my favorite. I went on to read and enjoy many of the works featured in it an always share it with someone who wants to get into graphic novels/comics!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    With few exceptions, I didn't connect to these comics. They were violent, depressing, or dull.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    Some of them were interesting but most of them did nothing for me. I had hoped to find someone work that I really liked but hadn't seen before. But no such luck, what a shame.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I picked this book up because of Kate Beaton’s illustration on the cover and ended up finding some new authors/illustrators

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat Hulu

    Lots of good stuff

  18. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I find anthologies can often be a mixed bag. The Best American Comics 2013 is one of the better anthologies I've read. The majority of the work compiled is high quality and highly interesting. Even the work I wasn't a huge fan of, I could still appreciate as being pretty good. My reason for grabbing the book at all must be attributed to three factors: 1) Kate Beaton's cover design (I love her work) 2) Laura Park's endpaper art, which was a delightful, visual surprise when flipping through the boo I find anthologies can often be a mixed bag. The Best American Comics 2013 is one of the better anthologies I've read. The majority of the work compiled is high quality and highly interesting. Even the work I wasn't a huge fan of, I could still appreciate as being pretty good. My reason for grabbing the book at all must be attributed to three factors: 1) Kate Beaton's cover design (I love her work) 2) Laura Park's endpaper art, which was a delightful, visual surprise when flipping through the book 3) Jeff Smith as editor For those reasons alone I saw nothing for it, but to buy that silky hardcover. Seeing some of the past editors, I have it in mind to grab the whole collection. Neil Gaiman? Alison Bechdel? And this year's is edited by Scott McCloud? Wow, what a powerhouse anthology series. A quick glance at this volume's Contents page had me excited before I even started reading. I already love Michael DeForge, Craig Thompson, Colleen Doran, and Kate Beaton. I also recognized many of the other authors, but was not as familiar with their work. I was right to be excited. A new artist for me, Jesse Jacob's "The Divine Manifestation of a Singular Impulse" was brilliant and beautiful. His design and creativity reminded me a lot of DeForge. His story delighted me on so many levels. Anyone who has a love of the bizarre and of creative illustrations, will likely enjoy his work as much as myself. I also hugely enjoyed "Nita Goes Home" by Eleanor Davis. Her choice of colour is vibrant, the design of the characters and the world is visually grabbing, and the story is surprisingly relatable, although it's set in a future universe. Kate Beaton's "Velocipede" is a strip that I've read before, but is one of my favorites by her. I'm happy to see it highlighted and I hope it brings in new readers to many of her other intelligent and humorous work. And finally, Joseph Lambert took such a creative approach in depicting Helen Keller's world, that I can't help but long to read the rest of Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. My favorite's are unlikely to be yours. For that reason I recommend this book to EVERYONE (except maybe small children). If only for the chance that you may discover a new favorite artist, that you may otherwise have not.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    (review in progress) tldr: the first half of this anthology generally sucked; the second part was enjoyable overall. First of all, the cover and inside cover art is SPLENDERIFOUS. I mean, that's why I checked out this anthology and was even looking forward to reading it. (Seriously, I can't get over the cool inside cover illustrations.) Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (excerpt) "No" describes my reaction to this excerpt and the title. I think I must be too stupid to read these kinds of comics b (review in progress) tldr: the first half of this anthology generally sucked; the second part was enjoyable overall. First of all, the cover and inside cover art is SPLENDERIFOUS. I mean, that's why I checked out this anthology and was even looking forward to reading it. (Seriously, I can't get over the cool inside cover illustrations.) Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (excerpt) "No" describes my reaction to this excerpt and the title. I think I must be too stupid to read these kinds of comics because I swear I didn't understand half of it. The Speaker by Brandon Graham Interesting, but sometimes things seemed unclear and a little scrambled. Kind of cool. The Divine Manifestation of a Singular Impulse by Jesse Jacobs Duly creepy (that cat thing...) and sometimes delightful (dinosaurs and furry things!). Sometimes I was unsure what the dialogue was supposed to be because it was one long phrase with no punctuation. Haunter by Sam Alden (excerpt) Art not really my thing. Story seems like it might be interesting. Manananggal by Michael DeForge Mind-effery...so also, no. I disliked this one. The Good Wife by Sophie Goldstein Interesting and creepy. Suspends reality for a bit. Habibi by Craig Thompson (excerpt) Hey, this excerpt could redeem this lackluster (and by lackluster, I mean creepy and far off the map and not in a good way) anthology so far. Cliffhanger, but still awesome. So much detail in every panel. Stunning, really. I want to get around to reading this (if I could just find it at my library). The Story of Gráinne Ní Mháille by Colleen Doran and Derek McCulloch (excerpt) Amazing art. The excerpt makes me want to read more. American Elf by James Kochalka (excerpts) Some of it is funny and enjoyable, some of it isn't. You Lied to Us! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (excerpt from Giants, Beware!) This is a great little excerpt that involves three kids hunting for giants. Story Time by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson I really like this comic (and the dogs are so cute). The art is amazing and the story easily fits into a few pages (which, in my opinion, takes a lot of skill). This is the kind of stuff I was expecting when I checked out this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ollie

    Fantastic! I partly blame Best American Comics for making me quit conventional superhero comics. And this is a good thing. Have you read the standard DC/Marvel fare as of late? It's the same boring old thing over and over again. Some person with a psychological problem gets bestowed with silly unexplainable powers , wears tights and goes about overcoming their problems by fighting unrealistic criminals. The plots are all the same, the endings all the same, the characters all laughably the same an Fantastic! I partly blame Best American Comics for making me quit conventional superhero comics. And this is a good thing. Have you read the standard DC/Marvel fare as of late? It's the same boring old thing over and over again. Some person with a psychological problem gets bestowed with silly unexplainable powers , wears tights and goes about overcoming their problems by fighting unrealistic criminals. The plots are all the same, the endings all the same, the characters all laughably the same and as soon as everyone notices, the series ends and reboots. And something tells me it's been this way for a while, I've just been too blind to see it. On the other hand, we have indie comics. Best American Comics collects SOME of the indie comics that have come out in the US over the course of a year (it's impossible to review EVERYTHING and they admit to this right in the intro). So, when you don't have tons of money getting thrown into an art form and don't make it all about selling, what do you get? Well, you get distinct, beautiful, original, exciting, challenging, heartfelt and down to earth comics. It doesn't even matter whether these comics are truly "the best." It just matters that they are great. And boy are they ever. Standouts are many, but the selections by Jesse Jacobs and Leela Corman come to mind. I will certainly be checking these guys out. Do yourself a favor and discover the other world of comics out there. The real one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dav

    A random grab at the library from the display shelf. Some of them are great. Some should come with a tab of acid. Some I want more of. I would subscribe to Evan Dorkin's Fun Strips if I could. Maybe I can but his website is down right now. Cartoonists don't get e-tailing I guess. Actually it looks like all of Live Journal is down right now. That's what you get for dealing with the Russians!. Kate Beacon's Velocipede is delightful. Elanor Davis's Nita Goes Home is an pleasing mix of styles/genres A random grab at the library from the display shelf. Some of them are great. Some should come with a tab of acid. Some I want more of. I would subscribe to Evan Dorkin's Fun Strips if I could. Maybe I can but his website is down right now. Cartoonists don't get e-tailing I guess. Actually it looks like all of Live Journal is down right now. That's what you get for dealing with the Russians!. Kate Beacon's Velocipede is delightful. Elanor Davis's Nita Goes Home is an pleasing mix of styles/genres/themes or whatever. I'm going to hunt down and finish the rest of Tony Puryear's Concrete Park. Skipped a few of the long/boring-looking ones but I'm sure they would have been good in some way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    This years mammoth Best American Comics, 2013 anthology (edited by by Jeff Smith, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden this year) contains some wonderful complete works and some excerpts that peaked an interest as well. It's a perfect book for me due to my lack of time available to seek a lot of these artists and books out. I enjoyed the fact there were more female artists included this year, (like the except from Alison Bechdel's excellent, autobiographical "Are You My Mother? and Eleanor Davis' "Nita This years mammoth Best American Comics, 2013 anthology (edited by by Jeff Smith, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden this year) contains some wonderful complete works and some excerpts that peaked an interest as well. It's a perfect book for me due to my lack of time available to seek a lot of these artists and books out. I enjoyed the fact there were more female artists included this year, (like the except from Alison Bechdel's excellent, autobiographical "Are You My Mother? and Eleanor Davis' "Nita Goes Home"). There are so many great artists in this edition but a true standout is Terry Moore's creepy and beautifully inked, "Rachel Rising" (An excerpt is included here). I read earlier this year that the books are being adapted for a television series and I certainly want to read the books before this happens..

  23. 4 out of 5

    Josh Knowles

    Yeah, these books are always a lot of fun. This one had a few misses, but also a few great comics which I really enjoyed: "The Strange Boy" (about Jeffrey Dahmer), the goofball "Scary Bathtub Stories," the sort of warmly morbid "Cody," a meditation on marriage called "Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!," and the depiction of the second lunar landing in "1969." But a special mention to Joseph Lambert's "Discipline" about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. His depiction of the sensory world as experienced Yeah, these books are always a lot of fun. This one had a few misses, but also a few great comics which I really enjoyed: "The Strange Boy" (about Jeffrey Dahmer), the goofball "Scary Bathtub Stories," the sort of warmly morbid "Cody," a meditation on marriage called "Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!," and the depiction of the second lunar landing in "1969." But a special mention to Joseph Lambert's "Discipline" about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. His depiction of the sensory world as experienced by a young Helen Keller is brilliant in the way it uses the medium of the comic. A bit difficult to describe, but if you check out the comic you'll immediately get what I'm saying. Anyway, there's a lot of other good stuff in this compilation, as well. If you're into comics-as-literature (I never exactly know how to refer to this genre...), I suspect it's already on your radar.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have only a passing familiarity with today’s comics. This was a nice book to have around to break up the prose, but I wouldn’t call it a palette cleanser as the subject matter was often complex and heavy. When I first picked it up, I randomly read those comics that most popped out. Later, I went back to read the ones I’d skipped and found them less to my taste. I particularly enjoyed finally reading an actual comic by Alison Bechdel. Other stand-outs: Jesse Jacobs, Brandon Graham, Sophie Goldste I have only a passing familiarity with today’s comics. This was a nice book to have around to break up the prose, but I wouldn’t call it a palette cleanser as the subject matter was often complex and heavy. When I first picked it up, I randomly read those comics that most popped out. Later, I went back to read the ones I’d skipped and found them less to my taste. I particularly enjoyed finally reading an actual comic by Alison Bechdel. Other stand-outs: Jesse Jacobs, Brandon Graham, Sophie Goldstein, Eleanor Davis, Derf Backderf (content more than art), Joseph Lambert. I will definitely pick up another compilation and also some of my favorite’s works. There is something truly powerful when an artist hits the right balance of story and artwork.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Brady

    One of the better installments of this yearly anthology, I think, with the only entry that I didn't think belonged being Concrete Park, which I was baffled by when it ran in Dark Horse Presents. Other than that, there's plenty of stuff that I had read already (Are You My Mother?, Friends With Boys, Habibi, My Friend Dahmer), plenty of good short stories from people like Malachi Ward, Eleanor Davis, Gabrielle Bell, Jesse Jacobs, Laura Park, Sam Alden, and Paul Pope, and excerpts from other books One of the better installments of this yearly anthology, I think, with the only entry that I didn't think belonged being Concrete Park, which I was baffled by when it ran in Dark Horse Presents. Other than that, there's plenty of stuff that I had read already (Are You My Mother?, Friends With Boys, Habibi, My Friend Dahmer), plenty of good short stories from people like Malachi Ward, Eleanor Davis, Gabrielle Bell, Jesse Jacobs, Laura Park, Sam Alden, and Paul Pope, and excerpts from other books that I'm now really interested in reading, especially Joseph Lambert's Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller and Terry Moore's Rachel Rising. I pretty much always end up reading this each year, and this one might have been one of the more satisfying years so far.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Francis Moffet

    This was more of a graze than a deep read. I picked up this particular edition because Jeff Smith was the guest editor, and I love his work on Bone. There were a few pieces in this collection that I felt were absolutely hand-picked by Jeff, and I enjoyed them a lot. There were other pieces that caught my interest enough to put the books on my to-read list (A book about Jeffery Dahmer and one about Annie Sullivan and Hellen Keller), but about half the book just wasn't to my tastes. I can apprecia This was more of a graze than a deep read. I picked up this particular edition because Jeff Smith was the guest editor, and I love his work on Bone. There were a few pieces in this collection that I felt were absolutely hand-picked by Jeff, and I enjoyed them a lot. There were other pieces that caught my interest enough to put the books on my to-read list (A book about Jeffery Dahmer and one about Annie Sullivan and Hellen Keller), but about half the book just wasn't to my tastes. I can appreciate silent or near-silent storytelling, but there was a LOT of it in this edition, and after awhile, it got very repetitive. I'd say it's worth a flip through, at least to see if any of the excerpts catch your eye.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    As with other Best American Comics volumes, I feel mixed about this one. The various comics that compose the anthology are fine, and many that I am already familiar with (and enjoy greatly). So in that sense, the collection comes off well. My issue with the BAC series as a whole, however, is the apparent process of selection, possible biases involved, the inclusiveness and exclusiveness of the selections, and obviously the expectations and limitations of a text that has the word "Best" as part o As with other Best American Comics volumes, I feel mixed about this one. The various comics that compose the anthology are fine, and many that I am already familiar with (and enjoy greatly). So in that sense, the collection comes off well. My issue with the BAC series as a whole, however, is the apparent process of selection, possible biases involved, the inclusiveness and exclusiveness of the selections, and obviously the expectations and limitations of a text that has the word "Best" as part of its title.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    Like others have stated, excerpts don't always work well in anthologies. They tend to either end on an unsatisfactory note or they complete a thought but don't spark enough interest to read the full-length story. This volume of the BAC series is about half excerpts, and other than Craig Thompson's Habibi (which has been on my bookshelf for a couple of years but I have not read yet) I can't think of any full-length books that have been added to my must-read list. All BAC books have been decent an Like others have stated, excerpts don't always work well in anthologies. They tend to either end on an unsatisfactory note or they complete a thought but don't spark enough interest to read the full-length story. This volume of the BAC series is about half excerpts, and other than Craig Thompson's Habibi (which has been on my bookshelf for a couple of years but I have not read yet) I can't think of any full-length books that have been added to my must-read list. All BAC books have been decent and worth a glance, but this won't go down as one of the better collections.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shark

    Enjoyed a lot of this, but felt there weren't as many entries that I really felt compelled to follow up on as in previous editions. Lambert's Helen Keller story stands out as the most interesting to me, not only because the story itself is compelling but because his way of communicating Keller's perspective as a blind/deaf child is fascinating. I am sure others would enjoy this year's volume a lot more than I. I think I may have just allowed my expectations to be too influenced by my admiration o Enjoyed a lot of this, but felt there weren't as many entries that I really felt compelled to follow up on as in previous editions. Lambert's Helen Keller story stands out as the most interesting to me, not only because the story itself is compelling but because his way of communicating Keller's perspective as a blind/deaf child is fascinating. I am sure others would enjoy this year's volume a lot more than I. I think I may have just allowed my expectations to be too influenced by my admiration of Jeff Smith's work.

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

    As with any curated collection, there were some thought provoking, beautiful, or humorous gems. Some social commentary and some experiments with form and style. Naturally there were some that I just did not connect with as the form or style was perhaps beyond my personal experience. I don't shy easily from difficult or challenging concepts, but a couple I just had trouble guessing intent. Perhaps an editorial note would have helped. Otherwise, these are not for the too young. Strong sexual theme As with any curated collection, there were some thought provoking, beautiful, or humorous gems. Some social commentary and some experiments with form and style. Naturally there were some that I just did not connect with as the form or style was perhaps beyond my personal experience. I don't shy easily from difficult or challenging concepts, but a couple I just had trouble guessing intent. Perhaps an editorial note would have helped. Otherwise, these are not for the too young. Strong sexual themes and violence are in many of the selections.

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