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2013 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 2012 lists.
Three full-color short stories exploring varied dystopian societies, from a Sherlock Holmes-style investigator who must complete his high school degree to filmed "voluntary" nudity to prison camps full of jaded children.
Al Williamson, Al Feldstein et al.
Williamson's complete Weird Science
& Weird Fantasy
science fiction tales, with 3 written by Ray Bradbury, plus work by Frazetta, Krenkel, Torres, and more, backed up by expert EC essayists.
David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger & Marguerite Van Cook
The definitive edition of the acclaimed cult-classic memoir by the legendary artist and AIDS activist. A primal scream of a graphic novel blending stark reality with psychedelic delirium.
The beloved comic strip is finally given the Fantagraphics treatment. Barnaby
’s deft balance of fantasy, political commentary, sophisticated wit, and elegantly spare images expanded our
sense of what comic strips can do.
A heady conflation of philosophy, fiction and comics that riffs on dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.
A 17th century sailor is abandoned at sea by his shipmates; his death sentence is belayed by a cruel and amorous mermaid. Sold out, but available digitally from comiXology
Two disaffected teens take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. But instead of escapism, the LSD exacerbates their ennui, fear, and doubts about the world. A funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension.
A tragicomic graphic memoir, the first long-form work by the acclaimed veteran cartoonist, of childhood, family, pre-pubescent sexual deviance, stalking, card games, mental illness, and cats.
Follow our hero Larrybear relocating to the big city, back in time to the odd experiences of her '80s childhood, and on a strange trip with her new friend Poppin the Flower. Plus adventures with her anthropomorphic instruments.
What is to become of the beloved trilobular chuckbuster Frank now that he has journeyed outside the Unifactor and met his soulmate, Fran? The answer is delivered here in devastatingly unpredictable fashion.
A lost masterpiece from a cartoon giant. Wilson's mid-1970s Sunday strip — really a collection of one-panel gags, a freewheeling mélange of board meetings, monsters, cavemen and so on — collected for the first time.
This gorgeous, coffee-table art book is a compendium of imaginary haunted houses, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Evocative and macabre, with a touch of humor.
Jacques Tardi & Jean-Pierre Verney
Tardi's second WWI masterwork is told with a sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude, in masterful full color.
Ivan, who is plagued by terrible nightmares about chickens and rabbits, is a good dog — if only someone would notice. Chaffee combines illustrative gravitas with cartooning verve for a richly textured, dog’s-eye view of the world.
Yes yes y'all! This explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history will school you on the old school, taking you back to the early days of the music genre that changed global culture.
This debut novel by a veteran Seattle musician follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early-'90s Seattle. A tale of love, heroin and redemption.
The life of a man, the span of a century. A standalone masterpiece of elliptical, emotional storytelling from the pages of Love and Rockets
, finally completed and collected.
The Hernandez Brothers
Gilbert's new star Killer begins to delve into her family's twisted history in Palomar and beyond; Jaime's Tonta tries to figure out why her new swim coach knows her, while something sinister brews behind the scenes…
A boy travels to ClockWorld, a strange amusement park on a remote island, to reunite with his older brother, who has made a new life there. A graphic novel unlike anything in the history of the comics medium.
CF still isn't dead, but can he survive the Holocaust Brothers? First he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.