Is it really too soon? Amazon joins PW with a list of the best graphic novels of 2008:
The Umbrella Academy Volume 1, Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
What It Is, Lynda Barry
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: Volume 2 edited by Ivan Brunetti
Bottomless Belly Button, Dash Shaw
The Alcoholic, Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel
Omega: The Unknown, Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple
Too Cool To Be Forgotten, Alex Robinson
Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert, Scott Adams
Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991, Scott Mccloud
The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard, Eddie Campbell


  1. I see the only major 2 books on there is the Letham Omega and Ames Alcholic. I like both books greatly and love the written work of both authors, but they really weren’t the best books out there. Neither from an indy or super hero stand point.

    Leotard was kind of the shit though. Big ups on Eddie Campbell.

  2. It’s too early if “best of 2008” runs from Jan to Dec.

    If there’s a sliding scale, like “Nov 1 07 to Oct 31 08), then it’s not too soon.

  3. “Dilbert 2.0”? Really?
    That sort of lowers the bar,…doesn’t it?
    Does a collection of strips really qualify as a “graphic novel”?
    Wouldn’t that be a comics collection?

  4. @ Steve Taylor: Katherine Farmer recently penned an excellent post on the topic.

    Top comix reads of the year for me:
    Brian Wood & Ryan Kelley – ‘Local’
    Matt Fraction & Fabio Moon – ‘Casanova vol. 2: Gula’
    Bryan Lee O’Malley – ‘Scott Pilgrim vol. 4’
    Jason Shiga – ‘Bookhunter’
    Eddie Campbell & Dan Best – ‘The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard’
    Jaime Hernandez – ‘The Education of Hopey Glass’
    Ian Edginton & D’Israeli – ‘Stickleback’
    Derf – ‘Punk Rock & Trailer Parks’
    Yuichi Yokoyama – ‘Travel’
    Lucy Knisley – ‘French Milk’

  5. Yes, it’s too early. There are three books that will likely end up in my top five that haven’t come out yet.