Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Year in Review 2016 - Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

While working on my masters, my leisure reading took a hit. I focused primarily on comics and graphic novels because they were quicker to read. But then a funny thing happened. I began to realize that this is my preferred reading format. Not that I've abandoned traditional novels and non-fiction altogether, but it's not surprising to me that my comic reading this year was at an all-time high and my other reading was at an all-time low.

I had a few goals this year in terms of comics and graphic novels and am happy to report that I met all of them. I wanted to explore the output of Archie Comics (including but beyond traditional Archie),  to learn more about lesser known superheroes, to catch up on some wildly popular manga, and to delve into long lasting pop culture icons.

Here's my list, ranked from least to most favourite:

122. Matthew Inman: How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
121. Sang Eun-Lee: 13th Boy
120. J. Michael Straczynski (Writer), Andy Kubert (Art): Before Watchmen / Nite Owl
119. Howard Chaykin: Buck Rogers Grievous Angels
118. Ian Flynn (writer), Jamal Peppers and Ryan Jampole (artists): Worlds Collide Vol. 1 / Kindred Spirits
117. Tamora Pierce and Timothy Liebe (Writers), Phil Briones and Alvaro Rio (Artists): White Tiger / A Hero's Compulsion
116. Charlie Huston (writer), David Finch (artist): Moon Knight, Volume 1 The Bottom
115. Various writers and artists: The Death of Superman
114. Tite Kubo, translated by Joe Yamazaki: Bleach 1
113. Amy Wolfram (author), Karl Kerschl (artist): Teen Titans Year One (collected)
112. J. Torres (writer), Rick Burchett (artist): Jinx
111. Margaret Atwood (writer), Johnnie Christmas (artist): Angel Catbird
110. Various artists and writers: Civil War II: Choosing Sides
109. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko: Mobile Suit Gundam Origin I Activation
108. Garth Ennis (writer) and Steve Dillon (artist): Preacher Book One
107. Michael Alan Nelson (writer), Jean Dzialowski (artist): Fall of Cthulhu / The Fugue
106. Chuck Palahniuk (writer), Cameron Stewart (artist): Fight Club 2
105. Irv Novick: The Shield
104. Tite Kubo, translated by Akira Watanabe: Zombiepowder 1 / The Man with the Black Hand
103. Christopher Priest (Writer), Various Artists: Black Panther / The Complete Collection Volume 1
102. Neil Gaiman (Writer), Mark Buckingham (Artist): Miracleman The Golden Age
101. Geoff Johns (artist), Ivan Reis (artist): Blackest Night
100. Fabian Nicieza (writer) and Patrick Zircher (artist): Cable and Deadpool: Volume 2, The Burnt Offering
99. Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker (writers), David Aja: The Immortal Iron Fist (The Complete Collection)
98. Grant Morrison (writer), various artists: The Multiversity (Deluxe Edition)
97. Nicholas Burns (editor): Arctic Comics
96. Various writers and artists: Best of Josie and the Pussycats
95. Judd Winick (Writer), Guillem March (artist)- Catwoman / The Game Vol.1
94. Kathy Hoopmann (Writer), Mike Medaglia (adapted by), Rachael Smith (artist): Blue Bottle Mystery / An Asperger Adventure
93. Jennifer Holm (Writer), Matthew Holm (Artist): Babymouse Queen of the World
92. Matt Kindt: Mind Mgmt, Volume 1 The Manager
91. Paul Jenkins (Writer) and Jae Lee (Artist): Inhumans (Collecting 1-12)
90. Alex de Campi (Writer), Fernando Ruiz (Art): Archie vs. Predator
89. Kieron Gillen (Writer) and Salvador Larroca (Artist): Star Wars Darth Vader Vol. 1
88. Jai Nitz (Writer), Janusz Pawlak (Artist): Toshiro
87. Sam Bosma: Fantasy Sports No. 1
86. Jamie Delano (Writer), John Ridgway (Artist): John Constantine Hellblazer / Original Sins
85. Kate Beaton: Step Aside, Pops
84. Haruki Ueno, translated by Alethea and Althena Nibley: Big Hero 6 Vol.1
83. Marc Andreyko (writer), various artists: Wonder Woman '77 Volume 1
82. David Alexander Robertson (writer), Scott B. Henderson: The Ballad of Nancy April Shawnadithit
81. Bob Gale (Writer): Back to the Future / Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines
80. Jon Eastman (writer), Gian Fernando (artist): Escape from Alcatraz 2 Presumed Dead
79. Felipe Smith (Writer), Tradd Moore (Artist): Ghost Rider / Engines of Vengeance
78. Svetlana Chmakova: Awkward
77. Dan Archer: Escape from Alcatraz 9 The Lone Wolf Breakout
76. Wren Nowan (writer), Michael Reardon (artist): Escape from Alcatraz 14 The Final Breakout
75. Sara Ryan (writer), Steve Lieber (artist): Escape from Alcatraz 13 The Dummy Head Breakout
74. Mark Waid (Writer), Daniel Indro and Ronilson Freire (Artists): Green Hornet Volume One Bully Pulpit
73. Brandon Seifert (writer), Joko Budiono (artist): Escape from Alcatraz 10 Battle of '46
72. Victoria Jamieson: Roller Girl
71. Maris Wicks: Human Body Theater
70. Harvey Pekar (writer), various illustrators: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
69. John Allison (Writer), Lissa Treiman (Artist): Giant Days Volume One
68. Jason Latour (writer), Robbi Rodriguez (artist): Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted?
67. Keith Giffen and John Rogers (Writers), Cully Hamner (Artist): Blue Beetle, Shellshocked
66. Chelsea Cain (writer), Kate Niemczyk (artist): Mockingbird 1 I Can Explain
65. Geneviève Castrée: Susceptible
64. Fumi Yoshinaga: Ooku Vol. 1 The Inner Chambers
63. Rob Williams (writer), Eddy Barrows and Diogenes Neves (artists): Martian Manhunter Volume 1 The Epiphany
62. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (writers), Natacha Bustos (artist): Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1 BFF
61. Alan Moore (writer), Brian Bolland (artist): Batman The Killing Joke
60. Jody Houser (writer), Francis Portela (artist): Faith Vol. 1 Hollywood and Vine
59. Greg Pak (writer), John Romita Jr. (artist): World War Hulk 
58. Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson (Writers), Jorge Molina (Artist): A-Force Warzones!
57. Clamp: xxxHolic 1
56. Sui Ishida: Tokyo Ghoul 1
55. Patti LaBoucane-Benson (writer), Kelly Mellings (artist): The Outside Circle
54. Bill Watterson: Yukon Ho!
53. Margreet de Heer: Religion / A Discovery in Comics
52. Teva Harrison: In-Between Days
51. Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist): Runaways / Pride and Joy
50. Jennifer Hayden: The Story of My Tits 
49. Chris Roberson (Writer), Michael Allred (Artist): iZombie / Dead to the World
48. Dan Parent: Archie's Pal Kevin Keller
47. Don Delisle: A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting
46. David Alexander Robertson (writer), Scott B. Henderson (artist): Sugar Falls
45. Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman (Writers) and Anzu (Artist): X-Men Misfits 1
43. Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (artist): Black Panther A Nation Under Our Feet Book One
42. The Topps Company: Bazooka Joe and His Gang 60th Anniversary Collection
41. Richard Van Camp (writer), Scott B. Henderson (artist): A Blanket of Butterflies
40. Robbie Thompson (writer), various artists: Silk Sinister Vol. 1
39. Ben Clanton: Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea
38. Brendan Fletcher (writer), Annie Wu, Pia Guerra, Sandy Jarrell (artists): Black Canary Vol. 1 / Kicking and Screaming
37. James Robinson (writer), various artists: Scarlet Witch Volume 1 Witches' Road
36. Dennis Hopeless (writer), Javier Rodriguez (artist): Spider-Woman Baby Talk Volume 1
35. Jeff Parker (writer), various artists: Batman '66 Volume 1
34. Jeff Parker (writer), Evan Shaner (artist): Flash Gordon The Man From Earth
33. Ryan North: The Best of Dinosaur Comics 2003 - 2005
32. Peter Milligan (writer) and Mikel Janin (artist): Justice League Dark Vol. 1 In the Dark
31. Dan Slott (writer), various artists: She-Hulk The Complete Collection
30. Jennifer Grunwald (editor): Strange Tales
29. Jeff Lemire (writer), Mikel Janin (artist): Justice League Dark Vol. 2 The Books of Magic
28. Jonathan Hickman (writer), Esad Ribic (artist): Secret Wars
27. Alexis Norton (writer), Dave Norton (artist): Escape From Alcatraz 4 The Doc Barker Gang
26. Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (artist): Aquaman The Trench, Volume 1
25. Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr (Artists): Y The Last Man / Unmanned
24. Hope Nicholson (Editor): Moonshot / The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 1
23. Juan Diaz Canales (writer),  Juanjo Guarnido (artist): Blacksad
22. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Robert Hack (artist): Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Book One
21. Ed Piskor: Hip Hop Family Tree 1983-1984
20. Tom Hart: Rosalie Lightning
19. Emily Carroll: Through the Woods
18. One (writer), Yusuke Murata (artist): One-Punch Man 01
17. Chip Zdarsky (writer), Erica Henderson (artist): Jughead Volume One
16. Jeff Loveness (writer), Brian Kesinger (artist): Groot (Collected)
15. Junji Ito: Uzumaki
14. John Lewis with Andrew Aydin (writers), Nate Powell (artist): March Book One
13. Brian Bendis (Writer), Alex Maleev and David Mack (Artists): Daredevil, The Man Without Fear!
12. Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer), Roc Upchurch (artist): Rat Queens Vol. 1 Sass and Sorcery
11. Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Steve Skroce (artist): We Stand on Guard

THE TOP 10!!!

10. Mark Waid (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist): Archie Volume One
9. Greg Pak (Writer), Various Artists: Planet Hulk (Collected)
8. Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis (Writers), Brooke Allen (Artist): Lumberjanes / Beware the Kitten Holy
7. Evie Wyld, illustrated by Joe Sumner: Everything is Teeth
6. Craig Thompson: Space Dumplins
5. Various writers and artists: Spider-Verse
3. Tom King (writer), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (artist): The Vision Volume One / Little Worse Than a Man
2. Brian Azzarello (writer), Eduardo Risso (artist): 100 Bullets / First Shot, Last Call
1. Scott Snyder (Writer), Yanick Paquette (Artist): Swamp Thing

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