Tuesday, February 24, 2015
(Some of my) FAVORITE COMICS OF 2014
It was a long year for me, that 2014, spent mostly drawing and prepping my own book The Hospital Suite (D+Q), and then travelling around the country promoting it. By the time I got home it was December, and I had a lot of catching up to do.
I barely managed to do any comics reading last year, though that didn't stop the weekly onslaught of great, interesting, beautiful books. So there's a lot of stuff that no doubt would have made this list had I had a chance to sit down and read it. Well, that's what 2015 is for. Meanwhile, here's a small and by no means comprehensive list of some of my favorite comics of 2014:
Black Light: The Art of L.B. Cole (Fantagraphics)
I waited for what seemed like forever for this wonderful collection of LB Cole's eye-splitting, weird and wonderful artwork: Proto-psychedelic covers for pulps and comics, pin-ups, men's magazines and more, all printed on deliciously oversized pages.
Dessins by Pascal Girard (Editions Pow Pow)
Chronologie by Dominique Goblet and Nikita Fossoul (Fremok)
At SPX I immediately went up to her table and introduced myself. She turned and pulled the book out of her suitcase. VOILÀ!
Chronologie is a series of daily portraits she did every morning with her daughter Nikita, where she drew Nikita and vice versa. The drawings are in a variety of media, from simple pencil studies to lush painted portraits, and move through ten years, so, in effect, we see Dominique's daughter grow up before her mother's own eyes. A remarkable book, and one I'm very glad to have on my bookshelf!
Powdered Milk (series) by Keiler Roberts (Self-published)
What Nerve! ed. by Dan Nadel (DAP)
Hairy Who documentary, and this great show curated by Dan Nadel, which combines the work of the Imagists with other outsiders like the Cailfornia Funk Artists, HC Westermann, Jack Kirby, Destroy All Monsters and the Fort Thunder crew. I was lucky enough to see the the exhibit in Providence when on tour last fall. The show was overwhelming to me, and I was happy that the accompanying catalog was as good as it was, allowing me to take the exhibit home to peruse for years to come.
Heroical # 1 and 2 by David Plunkert (Spur Design)
I saw these at Jim Rugg's house and had to have them. (They're available online.) Plunkert's designerly but raw and charming comics and art harken back to the glory days of RAW, when weirdness and smart production skills combined to form the first real Objets d'art of the comics world. Full of robots, Lucha Libre, cut and paste, and action lines, these comics are a breath of fresh air-- fun, funky, unpretentious and amazingly well-done.
Facility Integrity by Nick Maandag (Pigeon Press)
Rudy by Mark Connery (2D Cloud)
Strange Growths #16 by Jenny Zervakis (Self-published)
I Don't Hate Your Guts by Noah Van Sciver (2D Cloud)
Recidivist IV by Zak Sally (La Mano 21)
Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio (Abrams)
La Rêve Américain by Laurent Lolmède (Alain Beaulet)
The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane (Fantagraphics)