Oh yeah, speaking of PW, last week the annual Spring 2017 Announcements came out, and with them a preliminary Top 10 for the first si months of the year.
I make this list from suggestions from publishers…and my own research, reading galleys, previews and what not. I have a decent track record and at the very least these should be 10 good books.
What will be the early frontrunner for Best Book of the Year? I’ve read about half of them but not the new Palookaville – Clyde Fans finally ends after nearly 20 years! I’m excited that Keiler roberts has a book cocing out from Koyama – her illuminating work deserves wider exposure. And I’ll read anything by Ulli Lust.
However, it’s hard not to think that Jillian Tamaki will dominate the talk for the third our of four years. Boundless colelcts her short stories (many of them origianlly run on line ) that have garnered rhapsodic praise. Put them all together and you’ve got quite a thing. Quite a beautiful thing. Tamaki really deserves being in the discussion to join the firmament of Greatest Contemporary Cartoonists.
The link includes 50 more notable GNs for the first half of ’17 and I’ll be spotlighting individual publishers over the next few weeks? What else looks good to you?
Black Hammer, Vol. 1
Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston. Dark Horse, Apr.
Jillian Tamaki. Drawn & Quarterly, June 6
California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas
Pénélope Bagieu. Roaring Brook/First Second, Mar. 7
Fante Bukowski, Vol. 2
Noah Van Sciver. Fantagraphics, Apr. 11
Seth. Drawn & Quarterly, May 30
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D
David Kushner and Koren Shadmi. Nation Books, May 9
Charles Glaubitz. Fantagraphics, Feb. 28
Keiler Roberts. Koyama, May 16
Voices in the Dark
Ulli Lust. New York Review Comics, June 13
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Lies
Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp. DC, Feb. 14
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