Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Revisiting the Best Comics of 2009 Meta-List

Everyone remembers the Best Comics of 2009 Meta-List, right? It combined 145 different "best comics of the year" lists, written by reviewers and critics across the internet, into a single list of the top comic books of the year. I've been wanting to reveal more about the data that I collected, so let's return to the Meta-List one more time.

Previously, I assigned points to each book based on the rankings that each individual "best of" list gave to the book.  Thus, a book that was listed as the third best book by one reviewer would get more points than a book listed as the fourth best book by that reviewer.  After adding up all of the points for each book from each individual list, I compiled them into the Meta-List.

Below, I've now listed the number of times each book showed up on one of the 145 individual lists.  I've kept the books in the same order that they were in after applying the weighting methodology, so that you can see how the methodology affected the rankings.  For example, Ken Dahl's Monsters appeared on 19 lists, while Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III's Detective Comics appeared on 24 lists, but Monsters was ranked ahead of Detective Comics because it was ranked in higher positions on the lists that it did appear, and thus received more points.

Note that I only looked at the 100 comics that had already made it onto the meta-list, so if comic #101 actually appeared on more individual lists than comic #100, comic #101 still wouldn't show up here.

Hopefully people will find this interesting, if only because: (1) it reaffirms that Asterios Polyp utterly dominated the year; and (2) it reveals that if a book appears on only a couple of individual lists, but those lists are short and rank the book in their number 1 slots, the book has a shot at making the meta-list.

Here is the list:
1Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli65
2Parker: The Hunter, by Darwyn Cooke32
3Pluto, by Naoki Urasawa27
4George Sprott: 1894-1975, by Seth24
5Monsters, by Ken Dahl19
6Detective Comics, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III24
7A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi24
8The Book of Genesis Illustrated, by Robert Crumb17
9Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe, by Bryan Lee O'Malley21
10Stitches, by David Small19
11Scalped, by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera16
12The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert and Didier Lefevre15
13Batman and Robin, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely20
14You'll Never Know: A Good and Decent Man, by Carol Tyler15
15Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory16
16A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, by Josh Neufeld11
17Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days, by Al Columbia10
18The Mourning Star vol. 2, by Kazmir Strzepek7
19Footnotes in Gaza, by Joe Sacco11
20Johnny Hiro, by Fred Chao8
2120th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa10
22Tales Designed to Thrizzle, by Michael Kupperman10
23Driven by Lemons, by Joshua Cotter10
24The Complete Jack Survives, by Jerry Moriarty7
253 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, by Matt Kindt8
26Masterpiece Comics, by R. Sikoryak9
27Far Arden, by Kevin Cannon7
28Wednesday Comics, by various14
29I Kill Giants, by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura8
30All Star Superman vol. 2, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely6
31The Muppet Show, by Roger Langridge11
32The Squirrel Machine, by Hans Rickheit7
33Incredible Hercules, by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and others11
34Daredevil, by various7
35Prison Pit, by Johnny Ryan7
36The Complete Essex County, by Jeff Lemire8
37Cecil and Jordan in New York: Stories, by Gabrielle Bell6
38King City, by Brandon Graham6
39The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross10
40The Act-I-Vate Primer, by various6
41Ex Machina, by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris6
42Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou, Alecos Papdatos, and Annie Di Donna7
43Little Nothings vol. 2, by Lewis Trondheim6
44The Umbrella Academy vol. 2: Dallas, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba8
45The Unknown Soldier, by Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli6
46Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson8
47The Eternal Smile, by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim4
48Ochre Ellipse #3, by Jonas Madden-Connor3
49B.P.R.D., by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba8
50League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 1910, by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill7
51Ganges #3, by Kevin Huizenga9
52Incognito, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips7
53Phonogram: The Singles Club, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie8
54Blackest Night, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis5
55Gogo Monster, by Taiyo Matsumoto6
56Northlanders, by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez3
57Oishinbo, by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki5
58Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye, by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart7
59The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young7
60Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips7
61Luba, by Gilbert Hernandez4
62Jonah Hex, by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and others6
63Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, by David Peterson4
64Invincible Iron Man, by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca9
65Planetary #27, by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday4
66Grandville, by Bryan Talbot7
67The Color of Earth/Water/Heaven, by Dong Hwa Kim6
68Amazing Spider-Man, by various7
69Green Lantern, by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke5
70Irredeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause5
71Captain Britain and MI-13, by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk6
72Ball Peen Hammer, by Adam Rapp and George O'Connor3
72Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw2
74The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics, by various3
75I Want You, by Lisa Hanawalt4
76Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me, by Peter Bagge4
77The Winter Men, by Brett Lewis and John Paul Leon5
78Sugarcube, by Sam Gaskin2
79Just So You Know #1, by Joey Sayers3
80The Bun Field, by Amanda Vahamaki2
81Thor, by J. Michael Straczynski and various3
82Locas II: Maggie, Hopey, & Ray, by Jaime Hernandez4
83Low Moon, by Jason4
84Powers, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming2
85Agents of Atlas, by Jeff Parker and others5
86Sweet Tooth, by Jeff Lemire4
87Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory, by Eroyn Franklin3
88Adventures in Cartooning, by James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Andrew Arnold2
89Funny Misshapen Body, by Jeffrey Brown4
90The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard5
91Kramers Ergot #7, by various2
92Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, by Justin Green2
93Final Crisis, by Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones, and Doug Mahnke5
94The Natural World, by Damien Jay3
95Popeye vol. 4: Plunder Island, by E.C. Segar3
96The John Stanley Library: Melvin the Monster, by John Stanley4
97Nine Ways to Disappear, by Lilli Carre4
98Like a Dog, by Zak Sally3
99Sandman: The Dream Hunters, by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell3
100Young Liars, by David Lapham4

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