Wednesday, October 13, 2010

For Your Consideration...

I like that Fall/Early Winter is becoming the "Oscar season" for comic books.  For the last couple of years, publishers seem to be releasing their heavy hitters during the September/October/November months.  Perhaps they recognize the importance of getting on those year-end "Best Comics of the Year" lists, and they know that comics released around now will have a better chance of being remembered than books that came out way back in January or February. 

This year, the Fall books include Darwyn Cooke's Parker: The Outfit, Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library #20, Seth's Palookaville #20, Carol Tyler's You'll Never Know Book Two: Collateral Damage, Charles Burns's X'ed Out, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez's Love and Rockets: New Stories #3, Top Shelf's AX manga anthology, Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit vol. 2, Osamu Tezuka's Ayako, and Kevin Huizenga's Wild Kingdom. I'm sure I'm missing a few other contenders, but that's a pretty stellar line-up, wouldn't you agree?

Also, I'd say Scott Pilgrim has an excellent chance of ending up as the most-beloved book for the year, and it came out back in July.  But it kind of perfectly fits the role of summer blockbuster in our movie analogy, doesn't it?


  1. That's how they do it in Europe (or at least France). The big publishing season is the "rentrée" which comes after the summer vacation season ends.

  2. Some great choices. I'm probably looking forward to the new Chris Ware the most. Right now The Outfit is at the top of my list, but I could see Chris Ware or Charles Burns knocking it off. Definitely a great season.

    By the way, great site. Keep up the great work!

  3. GN Oscar season indeed... thanks for a reminder .. some truly excellent books and as always...really looking forward to the year end best of list for 2010


  4. The main one you're missing that is showing up on all the lists is How to Understand Israel in 60 days or less. Scott Pilgrim might in fact suffer from blockbuster syndrome, where it's time of glory is considered summer sales rather than fall awards (especially true prior to there being 10 spots for best picture). I think many people will forget it came out only a few months ago.

    I also think the impetus for releases around this time is for holiday shopping (which is of course tied up around the best of year lists). Look how Footnotes in Gaza didn't make it on to so many lists because of a late release.

  5. That's a good point, MC -- How to Understand Israel is definitely in the running. Another one that has been showing up on a lot of lists is Vanessa Davis's Make Me a Woman. Haven't seen Scott Pilgrim much yet, but a lot of bloggers haven't posted their lists yet, and that series always does well with the bloggers...