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2009 Critics' Picks

The books in this category have been selected by critics, fellow artists, readers and other comics professionals as the Best of 2009. Click "Product Details" to see lists and rankings for each title. See also the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 lists.



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A Mess of Everything [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Miss Lasko-Gross The second volume in this semi-autobiographical trilogy finds self-effacing non-conformist Melissa now in high school facing a drug habit, alienation, accidental heartbreak and other issues in an intense, honest, and funny memoir.  Product Details...
$19.99



Abstract Comics: The Anthology

Various Artists The first collection devoted to non-representational comics presents aesthetically rich, graphically bold, surprisingly affecting work from masters such as Crumb, Panter & Moscoso alongside lesser-known pioneers.  Product Details...
$39.99



Delphine #4 [Sold Out]

Richard Sala The horrifying final chapter of the critically acclaimed macabre mini-series finds our "prince" staggering onward towards a hair-raising climax and an inevitable confrontation with unspeakable evil!  Product Details...
$7.95



Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations [Expanded Hardcover Ed.]

Peter Bagge A decade of informed, provocative, cantankerous & hilarious cartoon opinion pieces from our favorite libertarian curmudgeon, on topics ranging from Stupid War to Stupid Sex and, of course, Stupid Politicians. Now with 20 added pages!  Product Details...
$24.99



From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the Third Millennium

Various Artists A compilation of some of the best comics stories and cartoons by Danish artists from the first decade of the 21st century. Exuberantly creative graphic narratives by Denmark's premier comics artists.  Product Details...
$29.99



Ganges #3

Kevin Huizenga Glenn Ganges still can't fall asleep. He tries keeping his body still but can't keep his mind from wandering. And when he gets up to try to get some things done, that doesn't go as planned either.  Product Details...
$7.95



Grotesque #3

Sergio Ponchione In the second half of the "Cryptic City" epic, Professor Hackensack continues his battle against the Wicked Barons alongside Inspector Doppiofaccio, the mysterious Lady Puzzle, and an unexpected ally from beyond the grave!  Product Details...
$7.95



Humbug

Harvey Kurtzman et al. At last, the entire 11-issue run of Humbug, reprinted in a deluxe format, much of it reproduced from the original art. Some of the most trenchant and engaging satire of American culture ever to appear on newsstands.  Product Details...
$60.00



Like a Dog [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Zak Sally The best of Sally's acclaimed short stories from the past 15 years, including the complete first two issues of Recidivist, navigating the messy and murky waters of human experience with unflinching veracity.  Product Details...
$22.99



Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray

Jaime Hernandez In this second big hardcover omnibus collection of his ongoing tales of the “Locas,” Jaime Hernandez continues telling stories of the complexly intersecting paths of his main characters Maggie, Hopey and Ray.  Product Details...
$39.99



Love and Rockets: New Stories #2

The Hernandez Brothers Your 2nd annual eye-popping 100-page dollop of all-new L&R material! With the conclusion of Jaime's "Ti-Girls Adventures" and two from Gilbert: the surreal, wordless "Hypnotwist" and the mysterious "Sad Girl."  Product Details...
$14.99



Low Moon

Jason Five yarns from the Norwegian master: the titular New York Times serial collected for the first time and four all-new stories featuring murder, cavemen, sex, and alien abduction. Funny, poignant, and wry, this is Jason at his best.  Product Details...
$24.99



Luba

Gilbert Hernandez The imposing Luba (along with her ever-expanding family) takes center stage in this omnibus hardcover collection — over 100 stories chronicling Luba's life as an immigrant in turn-of-the-millennium Southern California.  Product Details...
$39.99



Mome Vol. 14 - Spring 2009

Various Artists Anchored with Lilli Carré's "The Carnival," this issue also includes Gilbert Shelton, Olivier Schrauwen, Laura Park, Dash Shaw and more veterans, plus first times from Ben Jones, Frank Santoro, Hernán Migoya and Juaco Vizuete.  Product Details...
$14.99



Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

Al Columbia This gorgeous grimoire is part alchemy, part art book, part storybook, part comic book, and part conceptual art, a broken jigsaw puzzle of a book starring two childlike imps whose irresponsible antics get them into horrific trouble.  Product Details...
$28.99



Popeye Vol. 4: "Plunder Island"

E.C. Segar Popeye’s most legendary — and epic — adventure highlights this volume of our acclaimed series, pitting the intrepid sailorman against the malevolent Sea Hag and her terrifying, grotesque sidekick the Goon, aided (or hindered) by Wimpy.  Product Details...
$29.99



Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938

Hal Foster The most stunningly gorgeous adventure comic strip of all time finally returns in its definitive edition, the first to boast superb restored artwork that captures every delicate line and chromatic nuance of Foster’s original masterpiece.  Product Details...
$29.99



Prison Pit: Book 1

Johnny Ryan An orgy of escalating ultraviolence and perversity as monster criminals battle for supremacy in a barren negative zone. Sold out, but available digitally at comiXologyProduct Details...
$12.99



Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Steve Ditko Before Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, Ditko conjured horrors at his drawing table. Collecting over 200 spectacular full-color pages of pre-Code work from his first 2 years in the industry, edited by Blake Bell. Now in paperback!  Product Details...
$28.99



Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941

An indispensable collection of comic book heroes from the best and the brightest of the first generation, including Jack Cole, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Lou Fine, Fletcher Hanks, Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and Basil Wolverton.  Product Details...
$26.99




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