Everybody makes these kinds of lists, so, I thought, why not me? These are just SOME of the comics I read last year, that I really enjoyed. Some of them came out a long time ago, but I only finally read them in 2009. One of them came out in 2009, but I didn't read it till a few weeks ago-- I still included it. Of course, this is no definitive list: I can't claim to have even begun to KNOW of all the comics that came out last year, and I'm an old man-- undoubtedly I've forgotten something. Also, I still have a box of comics that I got while on tour that I have barely begun to crack. So take this list with a grain of salt, and if it turns somebody somewhere on to something that they wouldn't have known about otherwise, that's the point. Huzzah!
(No particular order):
1. Genesis by R.Crumb (Norton)
2. OMAC: One Man Army Corps by Jack Kirby (DC Archives)
After years of hand-wringing and miserablism, this collection reminded me of just how much I love comic books. Ever since then I've been on a comics rampage-- I can't get enough of them! And that long-term doubt and shame I've felt about my role in life, as a cartoonist, has evaporated in the morning light. I LOVE COMICS. There. I said it.
3. Like a Dog by Zak Sally (Fantagraphics)
4. Blammo by Noah Van Sciver (series) (self-published/Kilgore Comics)
5. Amazing Adult Fantasy Omnibus by Kirby, Lee, Ditko et al. (Marvel)
Before it became the launching pad for good ol' Spiderman (in issue #15), Amazing Adult Fantasy ("The Magazine That Respects Your Intelligence!") featured goony, wonderful sci-fi and monster comics by Kirby, Ditko, and Lee, among others. Reading this stuff changes my brainwaves in a very, very good way. Also highly recommended: Marvel Masterworks reprints of Tales to Astonish and Tales of Suspense.
6. A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn and Quarterly)
7. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie (series) (D+Q)
8. Cecil and Jordan in New York by Gabrielle Bell (D+Q)
9. The Complete Little Orphan Annie Vol. 1 by Harold Gray (IDW)
10. Doing Time by Kazuichi Hanawa (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)