Tom Spurgeon is running a listing of 2013 comics that deserve more attention, and there are a lot of them. And they are all so distinct and good. Check it out to see what you’ve been missing. I mean, did you really know there was an Alain Passard (owner and chef at the three-star French restaurant L’Arpège in Paris) cookbook that is in a graphic novel with art by the great Christophe Blain?

And that’s the most obvious example. There is not enough time in the day to read them all, that’s the problem.


  1. Yeah, I’m not remotely interested by any of these. Apparently you have to be really into “outside of outside the mainstream” comics to appreciate them.

  2. Brian and Ralf:

    I’ve read about 10 books on the list, and they are all excellent.

    If I was going to recommend just ONE of the books to anyone, it would be GOOD DOG. Anyone who likes dogs would like this book — it’s a wonderful (and sad of course) story in the Jack London/Anna Sewell vein. A really underrated book that I hope gets more attention.

  3. almost all of these comics are completely in my wheel house, but i’ve only heard about maybe 1/3 of them.

    any theories on why they’ve been so under reported?

  4. Interesting to see the book with the Rodrigues cartoons. I always found his work fascinating yet repellent; thus the appeal!
    For budgetary reasons can’t possibly purchase these small press books (I am assuming small press), but I hope librarians will step up and sponsor them!

  5. I’m always a little confused when people say a recommended comic or whatever is out of their wheelhouse. I mean, I usually don’t like romantic comedies. But if a person with broad knowledge of movies generally tells me a particular romantic comedy is good, I’ll check it out. Ditto comics. I’m not much into superheroes, but if a person that writes broadly on comics recommends on, I’ll have a look. The flip-side is that there are folks with super narrow tastes or genre interests that allow them to like things that suck (I’m that way with detective shows and giant monster comics), so if they recommend something I’m not going to take it too seriously. This applies to comics critics who seem to like every indie comic that crosses their desk, or anything written by committee and Marvel or DC.
    What I’m saying is that if something is good, but you’re unwilling to check it out because it’s outside your comfort zone, then you’re going to miss out!

  6. Underreported because the comics press isn’t tuned into mainstream publishing.

    How many sites report on the titles coming from Jonathan Cape? Or Self Made Hero?

    Or on the titles offered by university presses? (Start with the University Press of Mississippi. They won an Eisner a few years ago.)

    The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
    Thierry Smolderen, Translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen
    (It’s on the cover of their catalog!)

    Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and Popular Culture
    Jeffrey A. Brown
    Chester Brown: Conversations
    Edited by Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman

    Drawing from Life
    Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art
    Edited by Jane Tolmie

    How about all of the kids titles out there? Scholastic Graphix? Capstone, with their amazing Super Pets line of chapter books (soon to be GNs)? Lerner?

    Or the various art book publishers printing lavish editions about comics? Abrams is the most visible.

    Did anyone notice the Best American Comics anthology this year? Anyone notice how many established books were selected (Are You My Mother?, Habibi, Unterzakhn…)?

    I used to do this with my monthly lists, but nobody seemed to notice.
    It was too much work for too little reward.

    I was going to do an article about how October 2013 was going to be a milestone, a touchstone in comics history. NYCC, Walking Dead, numerous amazing Fall titles, the PBS documentary, various movies… I believe 2013 will surpass 1986 as the Greatest Year in Comics.

    But just looking at October…
    There’s Marvel’s OGN on the Avengers (an enjoyable read)
    Wallace and Gromit: The Complete Newspaper Comic Strip Collection Volume 1: 2010-2011
    How to See by John Ruskin, Hunt Emerson (Illustrated by), Kevin Jackson
    P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations Clothbound Set
    Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)
    Freud by Corrine Maier, Anne Simon (Illustrated by)
    Simon’s Cat vs. the World by Simon Tofield
    Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid
    Explorer 2: The Lost Islands
    Ame-Comi Girls Vol. 1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
    The Spectral Engine by Ray Fawkes
    The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics (paper original): Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling by Carl Potts
    Messiah: Origin by Matt Dorff , Mark Arey
    Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao
    Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen
    Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge
    Treasury Of Mini Comics Volume One by Michael Dowers
    Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, Nathan Fox
    Battling Boy by Paul Pope

    And that’s just the stuff on Edelweiss!

    Diamond Book Distributor clients:
    Sin Titulo by Cameron Stewart
    Triton of the Sea by Osamu Tezuka
    Road Rage by Hill! King! Matheson!
    Black Kiss II by Howard Chaykin
    Soho Dives, Soho Divas by Rian Hughes

    Again, this is just October, and just a cursory glance. Mr. Spurgeon delves into the more obscure and arty (thank you!) whereas Edelweiss and Diamond show the more mainstream presses.

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