And so, we wave goodbye to the decade that everyone hated, that had no name, that changed the world much for the worse…here’s some reading while you wait to pop open the bubbly and pray for better times.
§ Chris Butcher finishes his Previews liveblogging for the month.
2:22pm: Did not get a Christmas Card from Boom this year, so I can only assume I was annoying when I called them out last month for doing $25 hardcovers of 112 pages of Uncle scrooge comics (seriously.). This month they go back to the well on that a couple of times with a Valentine’s Day book and another Uncle Scrooge Book, but on the Uncle Scrooge at least (The Hunt for Old Number One, by Erik Hedman and Wanda Gattino, p210) they’re also offering a simultaneously released $9.99 SC edition, which is really excellent. A big part of the criticism of the Gladstone books is that they were unattractive as children’s entertainment because of the price, at $8 for a slim volume. $25 for a volume double-the-size isn’t any better, and I’m glad to see them doing something about it. We’ll be supporting the soft cover in a big way, to show our preference as a retailer (and put our money where our mouths are).
§ Best of’s: Omaha.com – The Omaha World-Herald best books list includes a graphic novel rider.
§ Bryan Lee O’Malley mentions some books he read in 2009.
§ Jeff Smith has his best books of the decade, which is a good spot to mention Paul Pope, who despite his controversy in academic circles, was definitely one of the decade’s most influential cartoonists, if only in keeping the classic European adventure style current among younger artists.
§ NPR’s Glen Weldon amusingly looks at the year’s best.
§ Rich Johnston has Bleeding Cool’s Top Ten British Comics Of The Decade . which is a good place for us to stump for best of decade inclusion for Posy Simmonds and her dynamic duo of Gemma Bovary and Tamara Drewe, literary comics that showed a depth and breadth of emotion and context far beyond the average graphic novel.
§ For those who have been complaining all these lists lack evidence of process, Tim Callahan explains his.
§ Not end-of. Steven Grant pops up over at TCJ.COM and spikes The Spirit – A Pop-Up Graphic Novel. Which is a little harsh because it was, y’know, a pop-up book but agree on the $35 price tag thing. So overall…fail on the Spirit Pop-Up.