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2008 Best-of List tally
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyWillie and Joewalt holcombeTim LaneThomas OttSteve DitkoSergio PonchioneRory HayesRobert PollardRebel VisionsRay FenwickPopeyePeanutsPatrick RosenkranzMomeMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKim DeitchKevin HuizengaJules FeifferJosh SimmonsJohnny RyanJohn Phamjohn kerschbaumJoe KubertJasonJaime HernandezHotwireGilbert HernandezGabriella GiandelliFletcher HanksDebbie DrechslerDash ShawDaniel ClowesBob LevinBlake BellBill SchellyBill MauldinBeastsawards 8 Jan 2009 1:53 PM

We've been posting these as we've found them, but here's a (slightly OCD) alphabetical list of Fantagraphics titles and whose year-end lists that they've appeared on, for your handy reference. (Links will continue to be added as we find them.) Rankings appear in parentheses; no number means the list was unranked:

Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane
Mark Athitakis' American Fiction Notes, "Favorite Books of 2008"
Alan David Doane, "Debut of the Year"
Inland Empire Weekly
Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (Honorable Mention)
Frank Santoro, "Top 9 of '08" (#2)
Marc Sobel (#2)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Amor Y Cohetes by the Hernandez Brothers
The Independent, "Best Comics"

Angry Youth Comix Vol. II #14 by Johnny Ryan
comiXology "Best Comics of 2008" (#15)
Jog - The Blog, "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" (#9)

Beasts! Book 2
Book By Its Cover "Best of BBIC 2008" (#5)

Beyond Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#17)
The Independent, "Best Comics"

Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
Amazon.com, "Best Books of 2008 - Top 10 Books: Comics & Graphic Novels" (#4)
Derik Badman, "Best Comics of 2008"
Tom Bondurant, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008"
Bookmunch, "Graphic Novel of the Year"
Matthew Brady, "Best Comics of 2008" (#12)
Box Brown at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun! "Fun Fifty of 2008" (#25)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#4)
Comic Book Resources "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#41)
comiXology, "The Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#3)
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#9)
Entertainment Weekly, "Best Fiction of 2008" (#5)
GraphicNovelReporter, "Best Graphic Novels of 2008"
Dustin Harbin, Top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" (#2)
I Love Rob Liefeld, "The Best Comics of 2008" (#2)
Tom Kaczynski
Largehearted Boy, "Favorite Graphic Novels of 2008"
• Minty Lewis at The Daily Cross Hatch
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Original Graphic Novel" (runner-up)
J. Caleb Mozzocco, "The Best Comics of 2008"
• Mari Naomi at The Daily Cross Hatch
New York Magazine, "The Top Ten Graphic Novels" (#2)
Brian Nicholson, "Best Comics of 2008" (#1)
The Oklahoman's Nerdage blog, "2008's best graphic novels" (#4)
• Shannon O'Leary at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
• Nate Powell at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (#1)
• Arthur Smid at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
Zack Soto, "personal 'best of/favorite' comics of 2008"
Aron Nels Steinke, "My Top Ten"
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top 100 People of 2008" (#81)
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top Comics of 2008" (#1)
• The Village Voice, "Pulp Fictions: The Best of 2008"
Washington Post, "Best Comics of 2008"
• Douglas Wolk, "Favorite Book-Length Comics of 2008" (#3)

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#36)

Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch
Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama, "Top Eleven: Best of 2008"
Jeet Heer, "Best Comics of 2008"

Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler
Tim O'Shea, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008"

The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#7)
Alan David Doane, "Graphic Novel of the Year"
Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama, "Top Eleven: Best of 2008"
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Comic I Didn't Get Around to Reviewing" (runner-up)
The Oklahoman's Nerdage blog, "2008's best graphic novels" (#8)
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (#2, tied)
• Douglas Wolk, "Favorite Book-Length Comics of 2008" (#1)

Explainers by Jules Feiffer
Robert Boyd, "The Best Comics of 2008"
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#37)
• Joe Matt at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Collection of Previously Published Material" (runner-up)
• Newsarama, "Top 5: Best Archival Comics, 2008" (#3)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga
Box Brown at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#15: "the works of Kevin Huizenga")
Comic Book Resources "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#51)
"Comics Should Be Good: Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#4)
comiXology, "The Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#1)
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#1)
Dustin Harbin, Top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" (#7)
I Love Rob Liefeld, "The Best Comics of 2008" (#8)
• Jog - The Blog, "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" (#7)
• Bill Kartalopoulos at The Daily Cross Hatch
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Comic I Didn't Get Around to Reviewing" (runner-up)
Brian Nicholson, "Best Comics of 2008"
The Oklahoman, "Top 10 Periodical Comic Book Series of 2008" (#4: "the comics of Kevin Huizenga")
• Jesse Reklaw at The Daily Cross Hatch (#2)
Aron Nels Steinke, "My Top Ten"
• Jeremy Tinder at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
• Leigh Walton at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)

Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes
Alan David Doane, "Reissue of the Year"

Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#48)

Hall of Best Knowledge by Ray Fenwick
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#46)
Drawn! "Favourite Comics and Art Books of 2008"
The Cultural Gutter, "10 Comics I Liked in 2008"

Hotwire Comics Vol. 2
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#43)

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks
Mindless Ones, "Top Comics of 2008"

Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli
• Nate Powell at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)

Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons
Mike Carey at the Forbidden Planet blog
comiXology, "Best Comics of 2008" (#17)
• Joe Infurnari at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
• Jeff Lemire at The Daily Cross Hatch
Tim O'Shea, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008"
• Nate Powell at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (Honorable Mention)
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top 100 People of 2008" (#58)
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top Comics of 2008" (#6)

The Last Musketeer by Jason
J. Caleb Mozzocco, "The Best Comics of 2008"

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by The Hernandez Brothers
Johnny Bacardi, "2008 Personal 10 Best in Comics"
Robert Boyd, "The Best Comics of 2008"
Matthew Brady, "Best Comics of 2008" (#19)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#42)
Comic Book Resources "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#20)
comiXology, "Best Comics of 2008" (#11)
The Daily Blog, "10 for '08"
• Michel Fiffe at The Daily Cross Hatch
Jeet Heer, "Best Comics of 2008"
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best New Series"
• The OC Weekly, "The Year's Best Graphic Books and Novels"
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (Honorable Mention)
Frank Santoro, "Top 9 of '08" (#3)
Zack Soto, "personal 'best of/favorite' comics of 2008"
Rich Tommaso

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
"Comics Should Be Good: Top Ten Moments of Comic-Related Happiness in 2008"

Mome Vol. 12
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#29)
comiXology, "Best Comics of 2008" (#21)
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#5)
• Jog - The Blog, "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" (#18)
• Jesse Reklaw at The Daily Cross Hatch (#5 - includes Vol. 10-11)
Marc Sobel ("the comics of Dash Shaw in Mome," #4)
• Douglas Wolk at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)

Most Outrageous: The Trials and Tespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester by Bob Levin
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Book About Comics"
Marc Sobel (#3)
The Village Voice, "2008's Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia"

The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott
The SF Site, Rick Klaw, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#2)
The SF Site, Mark London Williams, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#5)

Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#16)
The Independent, "Best Comics"
Zack Soto, "personal 'best of/favorite' comics of 2008"

Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#7)
Bob Fingerman at The Daily Cross Hatch
• Joe Infurnari at The Daily Cross Hatch (#5)

Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason
Matthew Brady, "Best Comics of 2008" (#16)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#35)

Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" by E.C. Segar
Dustin Harbin, Top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" (#4)
• Joe Matt at The Daily Cross Hatch (#2)
Chris Mautner, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008" (#1)
• Newsarama, "Top 5: Best Archival Comics, 2008" (#2)
Jeff Smith
• Frank Stack at The Daily Cross Hatch

Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz
The SF Site, Mark London Williams, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#1)

Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally
• Austin English at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
• Tom Neely at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell
Alan David Doane, "Comic Art Book of the Year" (tie)
Paul Gravett, "The Best of 2008 - Books About Comics"
The SF Site, Rick Klaw, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#5)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham
• Jeffrey Brown at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)
Comic Book Resources, "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#72)

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman
Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun! "Fun Fifty of 2008" (#11)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#24)
Comic Book Resources, "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#70)
"Comics Should Be Good: Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#5)
comiXology, "The Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#8)
Same Hat! Same Hat! "Best X of Everything 2008: Comics!" (#5)

Things Just Get Away from You by Walt Holcombe
Mike Carey at the Forbidden Planet blog

Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard
KEXP, "2008's Best Books About Popular Music"

Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#38)
Paul Gravett, "The Best of 2008 - Books About Comics"
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Collection of Previously Published Material" (runner-up)
The Village Voice, "2008's Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia"
• The Village Voice, "Pulp Fictions: The Best of 2008"

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#10)
• Shaenon Garrity at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
The Boston Globe "Out of Line" blog
• Matt Kindt at The Daily Cross Hatch
Chris Marshall at the Forbidden Planet International Blog (#2)
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Collection of Previously Published Material"
Bram Meehan, "Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#10)
Ben Ostrander at The Comics Reporter

Daily links: 11/21/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rory HayesOriginal ArtKrazy KatKim DeitchJR WilliamsJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim BlanchardGilbert Hernandezawards 21 Nov 2008 2:08 PM

• More French awards news: La Rivière empoisonnée, the French edition of Gilbert Hernandez's Poison River (collected by us in the new volume Beyond Palomar as well as its own older collection), is nominated for the Selection Patrimoine (Heritage Prize) 2009, to be awarded at the Festival International de la Bande Desinée d'Angoulême (caught by Spurge)

• I Wish I Had A Spare $200 Dept: New art for sale from Jim Woodring (going fast!)

PLAYBACK:stl says Deitch's Pictorama has "a groovy charm" and "a vibe of pure fun"

For The Patriot-News, Chris Mautner looks at Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes

Elsewhere (Newsarama), Mautner talks to Ivan Brunetti

Look, it's Jim Blanchard & J.R. Williams at APE

Eye on Comics looks at Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• On the Inkstuds audio podcast: Josh Simmons

The Beat reports from a recent NYC event featuring some of our favorite Euro-comics artists

The Times-Union posts an essay about the mixed-race heritage of George Herriman and its effect on Krazy Kat (via The Daily Cartoonist)

Daily links: 11/20/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray FenwickLinda MedleyLilli CarréEllen ForneyDash ShawCharles BurnsawardsAnders Nilsen 20 Nov 2008 1:17 PM

• Dash Shaw's animated trailer for Bottomless Belly Button is now available to watch on ComicBookTrailers.com (in addition to on our own site)

• Speaking of Bottomless Belly Button, Matthew Brady takes a good look at the book

• Congratulations and good luck to Linda Medley for being named a finalist (and the only American on the list) for the Prix de la Critique 2008 by the Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinée for Château l'Attente, the French edition of Castle Waiting

More stunning sketchbook pages from Anders Nilsen

Austin English has some very nice things to say about Lilli Carré's The Lagoon

Ellen Forney has some bad-ass Brazilian jiu-jitsu desktop wallpaper for you to download

Stickers and Donuts declares "Ray Fenwick is my boyfriend"

Brian Ralph asks: "Did Charles Burns make this mask?" Note: Pee-Wee Herman is involved

Ignatzes and beyond
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under awards 5 Oct 2008 8:21 PM

Congratulations to all of the Ignatz Award winners, and especially to new Fanta draft picks Laura Park (Outstanding Artist), whose work can be seen in the next issue of Mome, and Lilli Carré (Outstanding Story for her self-published The Thing About Madeleine), whose debut Fantagraphics graphic novel The Lagoon is coming this Fall.

Further congratulations to Laura for winning "The Warmest Drawings in Comics" and Miss Lasko-Gross for winning the "Third Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence" at the unofficial "Nerdlinger Awards" at the Atomic Books anniversary party on Friday night (via The Beat).

Vote or die
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under awards 3 Oct 2008 10:03 AM

Can't wait until November to cast a ballot for a worthy candidate? Vote for us in the "Best Comics" category in KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington poll. (Registration is required, just like in a real election.)

Hey look, Kaz won an Emmy
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under televisionKazawards 15 Sep 2008 8:03 PM

Kaz with his Emmy award

Congrats to Kaz for winning an Emmy in the Outstanding Animation Special Category for his "story by" credit on the "Lazlo's First Crush" episode of Camp Lazlo! Photo from Kaz on Facebook.

Attention Pros: Harvey Deadline Approches
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under awards 6 Aug 2008 11:10 AM

  Don't forget to vote in the Harveys! Ballots due Aug. 15. 

UPDATE: The email address to return ballots to is a dreaded SBCglobal address that no one at Fantagraphics can email to. I guess no Harvey Awards for us this year! 

Save 20% on Eisner winners past & present
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsawards 4 Aug 2008 4:58 PM

Eisner Awards logo

We're celebrating our 2008 Eisner Award winners by putting them on sale — along with selected Eisner Award-winning titles from past years! Save 20% off this selection of titles through 11:59 PM Pacific time, August 31, 2008.

Eisner Winners!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikFletcher HanksDaniel ClowesCathy Malkasianawards 29 Jul 2008 8:22 AM
Congratulations to Daniel ClowesJasonPaul Karasik and Cathy Malkasian, all of whom took home awards on Friday night at San Diego's annual Eisner Awards gala (they even had Sam Jackson presenting!). Clowes won "Best Short Story" for his "Mr. Wonderful" strip from the NY Times Magazine; while Jason and I Killed Adolf Hitler won for "Best U.S. Edition of  Novel"; Paul Karasik took home the "Best Archival Collection" for I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks; Malkasian was this year's Russ Manning Award Winner for Most Promising Newcomer, for her 2007 book, Percy Gloom. Congratulations to all!
Meanwhile... whoops
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsRC Harveyawards 26 Jun 2008 2:01 PM
You may have heard about the clerical error which led to a mistaken Harvey Award nomination announcement... long story short, Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff by R.C. Harvey (no relation) has been added to our 15%-off Harvey Award Nominees sale. Congrats, Bob!