Best Comics of 2017 - List them here

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I wanna look through what I read this year but the first things that come to mind are:

Demon - Jason Shiga
Batman - Tom King
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris
Crickets - Sammy Harkham
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness - Nagata Kabi
Love and Rockets - Hernandez Bros.
Monograph - Chris Ware (kinda cheating here as this is basically EVERYTHING CHRIS WARE EVER DID but still)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 18 January 2018 23:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

nobody?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

As with the output of every creative medium, I'm generally a minimum of a year behind the curve on comics.

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

(eg, just bought the newest Jaime L&R digest which (re)collects 'The Love Bunglers' and realized I'd never finished reading that story even though I have all the L&R annuals and have heard nothing but plaudits for years.)

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

Brubaker/Phillips 'Kill or Be Killed is solid as their earlier comics.

I shifted back to reading novels haven't read many comics in the past year.

earlnash, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

A lot of stuff I picked up last year wasn't from 2017 (though you're including reprints obv), and I haven't read most of what I did pick up in the last few months, and I absolutely haven't read any comics-with-a-spine published in 2017.

But the new Crickets was great, the linework racing as the Blood Of The Virgin protagonist's life becomes more frantic and the pace of the story tighter.

It's been so long between Pope Hats that I'd forgotten everything about the storyline that resumes and concludes here except for the terrifying boss. Always a gorgeous piece of comics to hold, though.

Shaolin Cowboy was the only new comic I bought in 2017 that was published by a company with an accounting department, an unintentional distinction which is oddly apt. This is the best work of Geof Darrow's career, a return to the shivering unease with American capitalism that was muted and mediated by Miller's overlaid text in Hard Boiled, here unfettered and amplified by a howl of anguished distress about the state of a citizenry and media consumption that could result in an IRL Trump presidency. I just wish the printing wasn't such dogshit compared to the Burlyman series; even better, that Dark Horse would revive the Hard Boiled format for him.

Speaking of, the preview edition of BTTM FDRS by Ben Passmore and Ezra Claytan Daniels would go hard as a European-style hardcover album when a publisher picks it up.

Daniels' own Upgrade Soul was fun, a mix of sci-fi, human drama and light horror that could have played as a late-90s Vertigo book.

Ganges #6 couldn't compare to the wonders of #5 - reading that felt like a rollercoaster, the physical sensation in the gut of "where is this going what is he doing omg he's really pulling it off," just at the depth of Huizenga's cartooning - but it's still an issue of Ganges, and therefore better than almost anything else in print. Supposedly this is a finale, and there'll be a collection imminently, but I'd rather just have time to pick up any random issue of the eleven year run and be sucked into Glenn's mental health spirals, anytime, for another eleven years.

Forty Two and Grab Back Comics were interesting counterpoints to each other, women using art to process their own lives or the culture around them in 2017. Horse Girl Dog Mom by Alison Dubois, though, was the small-press comic that most struck me as a reaction to Trump: a collection of short comics and photos and illustrations from the artist's first (...eight?) months of 2017, going through bad times of relationship and house and employment. Not mentioning geopolitics, but the sense of helplessness and uncertainty rang deeply of the greater world to me.

Twilight Of The Bat couldn't have the impact of Josh Simmons first Bat-bootleg, and isn't drawn by him, but everybody returns to the well if they do one good Batman story. This one is just as bleak and horrifying as any of Simmons' own post-apocalyptic wasteland work, with the Joker torturing a Batman even more grizzled and demented than in the earlier comic.

Can't remember which of the two Nicky Minus books I got last year was good and which was less good.

From what I've read of My Favourite Thing Is Monsters, I expect it'd be on my list.

Haribo Hancock (sic), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

The revelation that Ganges #6 was released in 2017 is insane given that it seems like half my life has passed since I picked up my last issue (#4).

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'd agree with ulysses's list, and add Sophia Foster-Dimino's collected "Sex Fantasy" zines and Jillian Tamaki's "Boundless" (although the highlight of that collection, "SexCoven," dates back a few years); Carta Monir's also had a strong year in autobiographical comics.

one way street, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh yeah, I forgot to pick up the Sex Fantasy collection at the end of CALA and rued the error later

Haribo Hancock (sic), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

i'll second shaolin cowboy and ganges as well.

What else?

I finally got around to Moore's Providence this year, so that for sure.
Delicious in Dungeon: http://mangakakalot.com/manga/dungeon_meshi
Rick and Morty
Lazarus
The Flintstones and BATTFUDD
Rock Candy Mountain
Rebels: These Free and Independent States was pretty good
My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
Headlopper
Injection
Godshaper was okay
American Gods has been fun

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just noticed the broken hypertext in my post; it should have linked to cartamonir.com.

one way street, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

I've liked what Young Animal stuff I've read. That might honestly represent everything from 2017 I've read thus far (although I have a significant backlog I'll get back to you on in like five years).

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

If it wasn't a reprint, I'd be seconding Demon. Saw the other day that the fourth collected volume is out - might get them from the library and try reading the whole thing in one go, to see if the escalation even works at that pace.

Haribo Hancock (sic), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was a little let down by the fourth volume... may need to read again.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

One volume of Demon was enough for me

I read lots of good stuff this year, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary that was actually published in 2017.

Really want to read MFTIM and the new Ganges tho

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 23:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

Agreed on Batman, Kill or Be Killed, My Favorite Thing is Monsters (can't wait for the concluding volume).

Nhex, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 23:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm now 38th in line to borrow My Favorite Thing Is Monsters from the library

they have 49 copies

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 28 January 2018 23:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

the best new cartoonist of 2017 was https://www.instagram.com/seattlewalkreport/?hl=en

Haribo Hancock (sic), Friday, 2 February 2018 19:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

2017 was the year I discovered the very droll cartoons of Liana Finck:

https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/liana-finck

Agharta Christie (Ward Fowler), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

both good finds!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

xp this person is actually a professional cartoonist? wow.

Nhex, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

Liana Finck is great

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Friday, 2 February 2018 22:03 (ten months ago) Permalink


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