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Monday, December 31, 2018

My Year in Review 2018 - Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

Whoo-boy! So this is a lot of graphic novels. Too many graphic novels. And yet, I still didn't meet my goal. Each year I take part in a Graphic Novels and Manga Challenge and my goal this year was to reach 208: Diamond Age. Actually, I didn't really set out to reach that level, but when I reached my earlier goals, decided to keep going. I'm not really disappointed.

My mix this year is a lot of Asian comics (largely discovered through Paul Gravett's Mangasia), crossovers, photo-comics, and thanks to becoming a judge for the CYBILS Awards this year, YA and Juvenile titles. Of course, there's also a fair share of superhero titles in there.

I've ranked them from my least favourite to favourite, though I will say that I enjoyed far more than I didn't and so you'll still find some pretty great books with a high number.

I wouldn't expect this number to be as high next year. While I love comics (clearly), I also pride myself on being a well-rounded reader and this year my balance was way off.

199. JinHo Ko- Jack Frost 1
198. Scott Adams- I Can't Remember if We're Cheap or Smart
197. Spike Steffenhagen, Joe Paradise, Larry Nadolsky- Joan Jett and the Runaways
196. Martin Powell- Jungle Tales of Tarzan
195. Mairghread Scott, David A. Rodriguez, Max Dunbar- Transformers G.I. Joe: First Strike
194. Trigger, Yoh Yoshinari, Keisuke Sato- Little Witch Academia 1
193. Various writers and artists- Archie Crossover Collection
192. Kalman Andrasofszky, Leonard Kirk- Captain Canuck: Aleph
191. Nate Evans and Vince Evans- Tyrannosaurus Ralph
190. Jomny Sun- Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too
189. Manuro Gorobei- Hocus and Pocus 1
188. David F. Walker, Sheena C. Howard, Ray-Anthony Height- Superb 1: Life After the Fallout
187. Zun, Moe Harukawa- Forbidden Scrollery 1
186. Sergio Ruzzier- Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories 
185. Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes- The Case of the Missing Men
184. Rodney Barnes- Joshua Cassara- Falcon: Take Flight 1
183. Isabel Quintero, Zeke Pena- Photographic
182. Duncan Tonatiuh- Undocumented: A Worker's Fight
181. Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat- DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster
180. Pab Sungenis- I Can Has Empire?
179. Sholly Fisch, Igor Lima- Mighty Mouse: Saving the Day
178. Christopher Dominic Peloso- Tiny Ghosts: Suicide is the Highest Form of Art
177. Joey Comeau and Emily Horne- Anatomy of Melancholy
176. Kanako Inuki - School Zone Vol. 1
175. Ashley Spires- Gordon: Bark to the Future!
174. Rob David, Larry Goldfine, Freddie E. Williams II- He-Man / Thundercats
173. Antony Johnston, Sam Hart- Atomic Blonde
172. Teresa Radice, Stefano Turconi- Violette Around the World 1
171. Jaime Hernandez- The Dragon Slayer: Folktales of Latin America
170. Will Henry- Wallace the Brave
169. Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto- Sparks!
168. Ashley Spires- Fluffy Strikes Back
167. Olivia Burton, Mahi Grand- Algeria is Beautiful Like America
166. Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen- Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E: Complete Collection
165. Naoko Takuchi- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon 1
164. Tom Taylor, Stephen Byrne- Justice League/ Power Rangers
163. Mike W. Barr, Diogenes Neves- Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana
162. Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle- Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew
161. Luke M. Molver- Shaka Rising
160. Rudolph Dirks and Harold H. Knerr- Katzenjammer 
159. Brian Jones, Brent Anderson- Ka-zar: Savage Dawn 
158. Mark Evanier, Steve Uy - Grumpy Cat / Garfield
157. Adam Rapp, Mike Cavallaro- Decelerate Blue
156. Kazuki Ebine- Gandhi
155. Cassandra Clare, Cassandra Jean- The Mortal Instruments 1
154. Nathan Hale- Raid of No Return
153. Various writers and artists- DC Meets Looney Tunes
152. Kentaro Miura- Berserk Vol. 1 
151. Warren Ellis, Gerardo Zaffino, Roland Boschi- Karnak: The Flaw in All Things
150. Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi- Spider-Man/ Red Sonja
149. Chynna Clugston Flores, Rosemary Volero-O'Connell- Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy
148. Brenna Thummler- Sheets
147. Ru Xu- Newsprints
146. Kate DiCamillo, Harry Bliss- Good Rosie!
145. Ngozi Ukazu- Check Please Book 1: #hockey
144. Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu- Brave Chef Brianna 
143. Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, Mitche Weiss- Noodleheads Find Something Fishy
142. John Schnepp, Guiu Vilanova- Slayer Repentless
141. A.J. Lieberman, Riley Rossmo- Cowboy Ninja Viking: Deluxe Edition
140. Joris Chamblain, Aurelie Neyret- Cici's Journal Vol. 1
139. Hamish Steele- Deadendia: The Watcher's Test
138. Takashi Hashiguchi- Yakitate!! Japan 1
137. Penelope Bagieu- Exquisite Corpse
136. Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti- Wonder Woman / Conan
135. Sabrina Symington- First Year Out
134. Dav Pilkey- Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas
133. Julia Kaye- Super Late Bloomer
132. Maggie Thrash- Lost Soul, Be At Peace
131. Jillian Tamaki- Boundless
130. Tove Jansson- Moomin
129. David Jesus Vignolli- A Girl in the Himalayas
128. Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, Matt Rockefeller- 5 Worlds: The Cobalt Prince
127. Jerome Ruillier- The Strange
126. Jeff Lemire- Roughneck
125. Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow- Manfried the Man
124. Zac Gorman, CJ Cannon- Rick and Morty Volume 1
123. Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones- America: The Life and Times of America Chavez 1
122. Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez- Jean Grey Nightmare Fuel 1
121. Joshua Corin, Todd Nauck- Deadpool: Too Soon?
120. Jeff Lemire, Lewis Larosa, Mico Suayan- Blood Shot Salvation: The Book of Revenge Vol. 1
119. Mi-Kyung Yun- Bride of the Water God 1
118. Mana Neyestani- An Iranian Metamorphosis 
117. Ivy Noelle Weir, Steenz- Archival Quality
116. Various writers and artists: Tales from the Crypt
115. Grant Morrison, Jae Lee- Fantastic Four: 1234
114. Joe Flood- Sharks
113. Molly Brooks- Sanity and Tallulah
112. Various artists and writers- Milk Wars
111. Dav Pilkey- Dog Man
110. Raymond Briggs- Gentleman Jim
109. Luke Healy- How to Survive in the North
108. John Layman, Chris Mooneyham- Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Splice and Dice  
107. Eleanor Davis- You and a Bike and a Road
106. Lorina Mapa- Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me
105. Sina Grace, Alessandro Vitti- Iceman: Thawing Out Vol. 1
104. Tony Isabella, Trevor Von Eeden- Black Lightning 1
103. Abhishek Singh - Krishna: A Journey Within
102. Duane Swierczynski, Michael Gaydos- The Black Hood: The Bullet's Kiss
101. Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto- Gamora: Memento Mori
100. Mariko Tamaki- She-Hulk 1: Deconstructed
99. Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell- Jem and the Holograms 1: Showtime
98. Various writers and artists- Kraven's Last Hunt
97. Jay Disbrow- Monster Invasion
96. R. Sikoryak- The Unquotable Trump
95. Various- Gumby: 50 Shades of Clay 
94. Sarah Graley- Kim Reaper 1: Grim Beginnings
93. Faith Erin Hicks- The Nameless City
92. Ian Lendler, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb- One Day a Dot
91. Dan Slott, Michael Allred- Silver Surfer: New Dawn 1
90. Various- Marvel Generations 
89. Various- Native American Classics 
88. Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, Matt Rockefeller: 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
87. Inhae Lee- My Milk Toof
86. Penelope Bagieu- Brazen
85. Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss- 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank 
84. Neil Gaiman, John Romita Jr.- Eternals
83. Sina Grace- Nothing Lasts Forever
82. Mairghread Scott, Robin Robinson- The City on the Other Side
81. Kohei Horikoshi- My Hero Academia
80. Brigitte Finakly, Lewis Trondheim- Poppies of Iraq
79. Andy Mangels, Judit Tondora- Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman 
78. Vera Brosgol- Be Prepared
77. Mark Waid, Alex Ross- Kingdom Come
76. Jeremy Whitley- The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 2: Agents of G.I.R.L.
75. Matt Dembicki- Trickster
74. Wei Dong Cheng, Chao Peng- Monkey King: Birth of the Stone Monkey
73. Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson- A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
72. Meredith Gran- Octopus Pie: Volume 1 
71. Herve Bouchard- Harvey
70. Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano- Illegal
69. Ben Clanton- Peanut Butter and Jelly
68. Art Baltazar and Franco- Itty Bitty Hellboy 
67. Simon Hanselmann- One More Year
66. Roger Langridge, Gisèle Lagacé- Betty Boop 
65. Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Elle Power- Goldie Vance Volume 4
64. Ed Piskor- X-Men Grand Design 1
63. Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale- Batman: The Long Halloween
62. Lisa Hanawalt- Hot Dog Taste Test
61. Amir, Khalil- Zahra's Paradise
60. Liz Prince- Coady and the Creepies
59. Marc Andreyko, Jeff Parker, David Hahn- Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77
58. Michael Deforge- Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero
57. Marguerite Abouet, Mathieu Sapin- Akissi: Tales of Mischief
56. Wilfrid Lupano, Gregory Panaccione- A Sea of Love
55. Aron Nels Steinke- Mr. Wolf's Class
54. Whitney Gardner- Fake Blood
53. Jacob Seger Weinstein, Vera Brosgol- Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian
52. Iasmin Omar Ata- Mis(h)adra
51. Cheah Sinann- The Bicycle
50. Jeff Lemire- Royal City
49. Jacqueline Jules, Dave Roman- Pluto is Peeved!
48. Tetsu Saiwai- The 14th Dalai Lama
47. Gabrielle Bell - Everything is Flammable
46. Sebastian Kadlecik, Emma Steinkellner- Quince Vol. 1
45. Ben Clanton- Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
44. Hope Larson- All Summer Long
43. Eric Grissom, William Perkins- Gregory Suicide
42. Nidhi Chanani- Pashmina 
41. Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll- Speak
40. Mel Tregonning- Small Things
39. Cecil Castelluci, Marley Zarcone: Shade The Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy
38. Jarrett J. Krosoczka- Hey, Kiddo
37. Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones- Supergirl: Being Super 1
36. Paul Jenkins, Jae Lee: The Sentry
35. Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, Nate Powell- The Silence of Our Friends 
34. Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden- How to Read Nancy
33. Tom Gauld- Baking with Kafka 
32. Melanie Gillman: As the Crow Flies
31. James Robinson, ACO- Nick Fury Deep: Cover Capers
30. Li Kunwu and P. Otie- A Chinese Life 
29. Tee Franklin, Jenn St. Onge- Bingo Love
28. Don Brown- The Unwanted
27. Elaine M. Will- Look Straight Ahead
26. Jesse Jacobs- Crawl Space
25. Sonny Liew- The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
24. Tillie Walden- Spinning 
23. Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings- I Am Alfonso Jones 
22. Claudia Gray, Yusaku Komiyama- Star Wars: Lost Stars
21. Mariah Marsden, Brenna Thummler- Anne of Green Gables
20. Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3- Black
19. Salva Rubio, Efa- Monet, Iterant of Light 
18. Paul Gravett- Mangasia
17. Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward- Black Bolt: Hard Time Volume 1
16. Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda- Monstress 1: Awakening
15. Yusei Matsui: Assassination Classroom 1
14. Molly Knox Ostertag- The Witch Boy 
13. Debbie Tung- Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
12. Tom Neely- Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever
11.Inio Asano - Goodnight Punpun 1

THE TOP 10!!!

10. Nick Drnaso- Sabrina
9. Malik Sajad- Munnu
8. Keiji Nakazawa- Barefoot Gen Volume One
7. Hiroya Oku- Inuyashiki 1
6. Thi Bui- The Best We Could Do
5. Aminder Dhaliwal- Woman World
4. Ari Folman, David Polonsky- Anne Frank's Diary
3. Chad Sell- The Cardboard Kingdom
2. Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross - Marvels
1. Jen Wang- The Prince and the Dressmaker

3 comments:

Elisabeth Ellington said...

Wow! This is an incredible feat--ranking 199 graphic novels! I can barely manage to sift 18 favorite books from the 400 I read this year (including picture books). Can't imagine trying to rank them all. There are a couple in your top 10 I haven't even heard of so will try to find those for next year. I was worried I'd be sick of graphic novels after Cybils judging, but I'm not at all! Glad to have discovered your blog this year as I really enjoy your write-ups of the books you've read and you always introduce me to titles I haven't come across before. Happy reading in the new year!

John Mutford said...
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John Mutford said...

Thanks Elisabeth! I'd say the ranking was very mood dependent and positions would fluctuate by 3 or 4 positions at any given time. The Cybils didn't make me sick of graphic novels but I'll definitely be cutting back in 2019. Happy reading to you this year as well!!!