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2008 Critics' Picks
The books in this category were selected by critics, fellow artists, readers and other comics professionals as the Best of 2008. Click "Product Details" to see lists and rankings for each title; view the complete tally of all lists and rankings here. See also the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 lists.
Bob Levin The unsettling life-imitates-art saga of Larry Flynt's most notorious protegé, "Chester the Molester" cartoonist Dwaine Tinsley, and his criminal trial after his teenage daughter accused him of sexually violating her. Product Details...
John Kerschbaum This graphic novel debut reads very much like a Loony Tunes cartoon — if all of the anthropomorphic animals were kvetching, balding, foul-mouthed misanthropes. A twisted combination of mundane realism and gross-out slapstick. Product Details...
Jason A multifaceted collection of over 25 stories from the first decade of Jason's career, with croquet-playing nuns, sentient cacti, autobiographical drunken escapades, lists of people who deserve to die, and God cheating at Trivial Pursuit. Product Details...
E.C. Segar Our third volume collecting the entirety of Segar's original Popeye (Thimble Theatre) covers 1932-1934 and includes the never-republished extra-large strips set at the Chicago World's Fair and an insightful scholarly essay. Product Details...
Patrick Rosenkranz This definitive chronicle is the only major historical work about the most influential artistic movement in America since the Beat Generation. Now in a newly designed, expanded and revised softcover edition. Product Details...
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John Pham A variety of stories told in a range of styles and voices, all demonstrating a singular vision. Issue one features the first self-contained chapter of "221 Sycamore St." as well as "Deep Space," a semi-comical sci-fi odyssey. Product Details...
Charles Schulz As we rush toward the end of Peanuts' second decade, Snoopy looms large, Peppermint Patty ascends toward future stardom, Lucy antagonizes everyone and Charlie Brown is... Charlie Brown. Introduction by John Waters. Product Details...
Robert Pollard A collection of art and lyrics from the legendary Guided by Voices singer/songwriter featuring over 175 of Pollard's favorite collages, hand-picked by the artist. Product Details...
Rory Hayes The underground's most notorious modern primitive finally gets his due. This book, the first retrospective of Hayes’ career, features the best of his underground comics, plus paintings, covers, and artifacts rarely seen by human eyes. Product Details...
Bill Mauldin This new paperback edition brings together Mauldin’s complete works from 1940 through the end of the war under one cover. More than the record of a great artist, this is an essential chronicle of America’s citizen-soldiers. Product Details...