The Best American Comics 2012

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Françoise Mouly, Jessica Abel, Matt Madden
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 360 pages
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“When I started RAW magazine in the '80s, there were mostly superheroes, a few children's comics, and the dirty, intentionally lowbrow, underground comix. And now, comics can tackle any topic.”—Françoise Mouly, from the Introduction

FEATURING Charles Burns, Chester Brown, Joyce Farmer, Chris Ware, Gary Panter, Sergio Aragonés, Christoph Niemann, Adrian Tomine, Sarah Varon, and others.

This year with a sampler of comics for kids!

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Awesome comp of some awesome comics. I guess "American" comics means comics from U.S & Canada (and one person living in Germany) but not Mexico & South America. Six of the twenty-four featured adult ... Read full review

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Q. How did you like this compendium?
A. Some were good and some I didn't understand. The ones I didn't comprehend seemed too abstract to me, with little dialogue, just more like art, performance
art in a comic. On the ones I enjoyed, there was a comprehensible narrative to go along with the comics. In these, there is much to learn about history and people today.
Q. Care to give some examples?
A. Here are the first few that, to me, had a comprehensible narrative: Charles Burns, Scott Chantler, Adrian Tomine, Nora Krug, Sarah Glidden, Sammy Harkham. Anders Nilsen was somewhat comprehensible, but with little narrative, and that by birds. A man seems to have drowned himself but is saved by two swans. He then starts spitting up birds. I guess it's symbolic. I didn't really get it.
Q. So some of the comics are abstract?
A. Yes, you could call them that. They mean something to the artist and the people who chose these works for this book, but I didn't understand them. But then, I don't understand too much abstract art in general, so there you go.
Q. This is a continuing series, published every year?
A. Yes, so it appears. This is my first volume, but it's worth pursuing, to see how comics have changed, and how they develop in future years.


charles burns Xed Out
scott chantler The Battle of Buron from Two Generals
adrian tomine Scenes from an Impending Marriage
gary panter Jimbo
michael kupperman Are Comics Moronic Dribble? and Skull Groin from Up All Night
nora krug Kamikaze from A Public Space
jonathan bennett Skyline and Hot Stuff from The Believer
anders nilsen The Pilot Learns to Fly from Big Questions
christoph niemann Red Eye from NewYorkTimescom
jonathan bennett Dead Soles from The Believer
david sandlin House of Debt
david collier The Irish Table from Chimo
michael kupperman House of Shouts from Up All Night
jesse jacobs Even the Giants Get the Blues Excerpt from Even the Giants
jordan crane Elsewheres from Keeping Two
jonathan bennett Haggling from The Believer

sarah glidden The Golan Heights from How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
sammy harkham Blood of the Virgin Excerpt from Crickets
leanne shapton A Month Of from the New York Times
joyce farmer Special Exits Excerpt
jim woodring Frank Among the GutWorshippers from Congress of the Animals
chester brown Angelina from Paying for It
jonathan bennett Hibern8 from The Believer
renée french Stage 6 from H Day
michael kupperman Diner Food from Up All Night
Part Four Excerpt from Love and Rockets
jonathan bennett Prophets from The Believer
dakota mcfadzean Leave Luck to Heaven
chris ware Money from The New Yorker
Comics for Kids
sergio aragonés Vacation and Doctor Costume from SergioAragonés Funnies
frank cammuso Rock Scissors Paper from Knights of the LunchTable
sara varon Baking Failure 1 from Bake Sale
michael j buckley Read a Book and Draw Your Sister a Picture from 60 Ways to Leave Your Mother Alone
geoffrey hayes Patrick and Big Bear from Patrick in a Teddy Bears Picnic and Other Stories
ben hatke A Button in the Woods from Zita the Spacegirl
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About the author (2012)

Francoise Mouly has worked as the art editor for The New Yorker since 1993 and is the publisher and Editorial Director of TOON Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press. In 1980, Mouly founded the pioneering comics anthology RAW with her husband, Art Spiegelman. Born in Paris, she studied architecture at the Beaux Arts and moved to New York in 1974. She has been named chevalier in the order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and in 2011, she was awarded France's highest honor, the Legion of Honneur JESSICA ABEL is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida . MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist best known for his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style . Together, Abel and Madden are the authors of Mastering Comics and Drawing Words and Writing Pictures . MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist and the author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Together, they are the authors of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures.

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