As we mentioned earluer today, NPR’s Glen Weldon has organized aa titanic survery to name the 100 FAVORITEE Graphic Novels. After soliciting more than 7000 nominations, an expert panel comprising G. Willow Wilson, C. Spike Trotman, Maggie Thompson, Etelka Lehoczky, and Glen Weldon sifted through these and came up with the list of 100. And it makes a nice companion piece to the sales data on GNs that ICv2 and Comichron released earlier today.
The survey includes a nice titel rgaphic by Shannon Wright which I’ve ganked.
Of some note to me, by my rough count, the list is split about half and half between comics published BEFORE the “graphic novel/manga” era (Watchmen, Peanuts, Akira) and since then (Nimona, Amiercan Born Chinese, Fun Home.) It’s also VERY light on what one might call art comics/literary comics, i.e. Fantagraphics, D&Q and so on. (Gunnerkrigg Court but no Wally Gropius) It’s definitely a reader’s list, and a list that a librarian might find a good starting place for a collection.
I think the titans – Bone, Persepolis, Pogo – aside, you could probably make five more lists of 100 favorite comics and GNS that was valid and relevant. But that’s a very very good thing and shows what a vibrant and powerful – healthy even – medium this is.
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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.