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2012 Critics' Picks

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



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Nancy Likes Christmas: Complete Dailies 1946-1948

Ernie Bushmiller It's three more full years of Ernie Bushmiller's beloved comic strip, featuring over one thousand meticulously restored daily strips from its post-World-War II graphic high point. Introduction by Bill Griffith.  Product Details...
$26.99



No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

Various Artists The first definitive collection of queer comics gathers the world's greatest LGBT comics under one cover. Also available digitally from comiXologyProduct Details...
$35.00



No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics [Softcover Ed.]

Various Artists The first definitive collection of queer comics gathers the world's greatest LGBT comics under one cover, tackling complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. Now in paperback!  Product Details...
$35.00



Prince Valiant Vol. 5: 1945-1946

Hal Foster Valiant's obsessive, globe-spanning search for his bride-to-be Aleta finally concludes — in matrimony! But marriage does not signal an end to adventure by far! Aleta dons a disguise and tags along as Val takes a dangerous mission…  Product Details...
$29.99



Prison Pit: Book 4

Johnny Ryan CF attempts to escape the Caligulon by brainf***ing the Slorge to create a giant, brainless oafchild that only knows how to annihilate. When the Slugstaxx turn this monster against CF with their nightj*** it's Total F***ing Mayhem.  Product Details...
$12.99



Significant Objects

Joshua Glenn & Rob Walker, eds. 100 of the best stories by a dazzling array of writers about actual ordinary objects which were auctioned to measure the stories' effect on the objects' value. A bold literary and economic experiment; now a book.  Product Details...
$24.99



Spacehawk

Basil Wolverton Spacehawk had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. Every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.  Product Details...
$39.99



Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8

Michael Kupperman Red Warren, "America's Grandpa," brings you his highly educational "Train & Bus Coloring Book." Plus "Murder She Goat," the historical tales of "The Scythe" and "Moon 69," and more in this issue of ThrizzleProduct Details...
$4.95



The Cartoon Utopia

Ron Regé Jr. A unique work of comic art focused on magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools. Part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto, exuding psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.  Product Details...
$24.99



The Furry Trap

Josh Simmons A harrowing and genre-bending collection of modern horror short stories that could curl the toes of a corpse in a state of rigor mortis. "Night of the Jibblers," "Cockbone," "Demonwood," "Mark of the Bat" and more.  Product Details...
$24.99



The Heart of Thomas

Moto Hagio A shōjo classic in English for the first time. A complex, compelling story set in motion by the suicide of a teenage boy at a boarding school in Germany and the love letter he leaves for one of his male classmates.  Product Details...
$39.99



The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln

Noah Van Sciver This debut graphic novel follows the twentysomething Abraham Lincoln as he battles a dark cloud of depression, unknowingly laying the foundation of character he would use as one of America’s greatest presidents.  Product Details...
$24.99



The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here: Images from the Graphic Novel

Malcolm McNeill A stunning oversized coffee table book collecting the visionary images from the legendary unpublished Ah Pook graphic novel created in collaboration with William S. Burroughs in the 1970s.  Product Details...
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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 11) [U.S./CANADA ONLY]

Carl Barks A classic Yuletide yarn, plus polar and tropical adventures, a couple spotlights on Gladstone Gander, and more rare one-pagers, supplemented with extensive series notes and behind-the-scenes essays by the world's foremost Duck experts.  Product Details...
$28.99



Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 4: House of the Seven Haunts [U.S./CANADA ONLY]

Floyd Gottfredson When grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize, they’ll find fearless Mickey ready to rumble. From Africa to Eastern Europe, our favorite big cheese is in for terrifying thrills! With 50+ pages of spooky supplementary features.  Product Details...
$29.99



Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 12) [New Printing Pre-Order - U.S./CANADA ONLY]

Carl Barks Our second Barks Library volume turns to the miserly, excessively wealthy Scrooge McDuck, whose giant money bin, lucky dime, and wrangles with nemeses the Beagle Boys are well-known to, and beloved by, young and old.  Product Details...
$29.99



Wandering Son Vol. 2

Shimura Takako In the second volume of this superb and wildly acclaimed coming-of-age story, our transgendered protagonists, now in the sixth grade, face new challenges and find new strength, and gain an unexpected new ally and mentor.  Product Details...
$19.99



Wandering Son Vol. 3 [with Special Offer]

Shimura Takako Shuichi and Yoshino's shared secret is abruptly exposed and they begin to learn the harder reality of being transgendered. More tears and laughs in this volume of the acclaimed manga series.  Product Details...
$19.99



Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics

Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Exciting, innovative, and beautifully drawn romance stories by two towering titans of the field (and originators of the genre). 200 pages of never-before reprinted material painstakingly restored in full color.  Product Details...
$29.99



You'll Never Know Book 3: Soldier's Heart

C. Tyler The third and final volume of Tyler's acclaimed autobiographical masterpiece concludes her story of delving into her father’s war experiences in a way that is both surprising and devastating.  Product Details...
$24.99




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