The end of year lists are coming – Amazon has selected 20 books in an unranked order – no big surprises, all highly praised books. Nice to see a small book like Daryl Seitchik’s Exits on the list, along with blockbusters like Ghost and Black Panther – if anything this is a very mainstream greatest hits.
March Vol. 3 and Monstress also made the Top 100 books, along with Bob Proehl’s comic con novel, A Hundred Thousand Worlds, a Beat favorite. Wimpy Kid, Dav Pikey’s Dog Man, The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic by Berkeley Breathed, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero by Dork Diaries’s Rachel Renee Russell and Kate Beaton’s King Baby all made the 100 Best Children’s Books list. I May have missed a few there, as there are so many “hybrid” junior graphic novels in the Wimpy Kid vein now.
Also: Who is doing the big aggregate of best ofs this year?
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Paper Girls Volume 1by Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Dark Night: A True Batman Storyby Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso
Patience by Daniel Clowes
Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Manby Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart
Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser and Francis Portela
Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening, Part One (Black Magick 1) by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
Princess Jellyfish 1 by Akiko Higashimura
Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman and Gabriel Bá
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
How to Be Perfect: An Illustrated Guideby Ron Padgett and Jason Novak
Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone
Hot Dog Taste Test by by Lisa Hanawalt
Moebius Library: The World of Edena by Moebius
The Birth of Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden
Exits by Daryl Seitchik
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.