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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

My Year in Review 2020 - Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

Here we go, the first of my year end countdowns. In a year when I had every excuse in the book to read more, I read less overall. In my defense, I feel I read denser this year and that slowed me down across the board, including graphic novels. A few comments on my selections: 

  • shameful that I didn't read any manga (a couple have manga-ish art)
  • for someone who prefers Marvel to DC, I only read one more Marvel title and DC had a higher ranking
  • I read a lot more people of colour (writers and characters)
  • I read a lot more music biographies

Ranked in order from least to most favourite:

38. Terry Collins, Michael Byers - King of Pop: The Story of Michael Jackson
37. Jessica Gunderson, Pat Kinsella - Hip-Hop Icon : Jay-Z
36. Nick Seluk - Heart and Brain
34. Brandon Thomas, Khary Randolph - Excellence Volume One: Kill the Past
33. The McElroys, Andre Lima Araujo - War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery
32. Al Ewing, Joe Bennett - The Immortal Hulk: Vol. 1
31. Gail Simone, Adriana Melo - Plastic Man
30. Keith Giffen, Alan Grant - Lobo: Volume 1
29. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips - Bad Weekend 
28. Tiffanie DeBartolo, Pascal Dizin, Lisa Reist - Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story
27. Derek McCulloch, Shpeherd Hendrix - Stagger Lee
26. Ebony Flowers - Hot Comb
25. Victor Gischler, David Beldeon - Spirits of Vengeance
23. Various - Thor: Ragnaroks
22. Brianna Jonmie, Nahanni Shingoose, Nshannacappo - If I Go Missing
20. Charles Forman - I Am Not Okay With This
19. Various - Bob Marley in Comics
18. John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke - The Mask Omnibus
17. Sergio Aragones - Groo: Friends and Foes
15. Vivek Shraya, Ness Lee - Death Threat
14. Foenkinos, Corbeyran, Horne - Lennon : The New York Years
13. Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis, Evan Shaner - Terrifics Vol. 1 : Meet the Terrifics
11. Nnedi Okorafor, Tana Ford, James Nevlin - Laguardia

THE TOP TEN!!!
10. Mezzo, J.M. Dupont - Love in Vain
9. chris (simpsons artist) - the story of life
8. Various - The Tomb of Dracula
7. Megan James - Innsmouth
6. Neal Adams, Denny O'Neil - Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
5. Vivek K. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson - The Fifth Beatle : The Brian Epstein Story
4. George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott - They Called Us Enemy
3. Gene Luen Yang, Gurihuru - Superman Smashes the Klan
2. Cole Pauls - Dakwäkãda Warriors
1. Michael Allred, Steve Horton, Laura Allred - Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, and Moonage Daydreams

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