Continuing our annual seasonal tradition of daily guest Best of the Year posts throughout December, today we hand over to writer, strong supported of good comics and sometime contributor to this here virtual parish, Mr Batt Madham:
I’m writing this ‘Best of 2012′ on 22nd November. The FPI ‘Best of…’ brief is to list (at least) three books, three television programmes/films and three comics that have really knocked your socks off in 2012. I’m just going to go for comics, I’m afraid.
My advice would be to skip my (rather slight) comments and go straight to the sample/previews I’ve linked to.
My top three comics are:
Nao of Brown: Glyn Dillon’s beautiful and lyrical graphic novel from SelfMadeHero that absolutely wowed me when it came out earlier this year. I won’t be surprised if this is on a lot of ‘Best of…’ lists. Details and sample images can be found at the SMH site here.
Saga: This ongoing science-fiction comic from Image has great writing by Brian K Vaughan and beautiful art from Fiona Staples. I love the world building too. You can read a preview of part of the first issue on CBR here.
Edward Ross: I’m really getting into the work of Edward Ross, a cartoonist who has a very clean, open style. He posts a lot of work online for free, so you can definitely ‘try before you buy’. His blog isn’t a bad place to start if you want to explore his comics and he now has a Tumblr.
Oh, and it’s not a comic, but I’d just like to mention that the Thought Bubble comics con in Leeds seems to be getting better and better. It’s my fave con and this year’s was the best yet, as far as I’m concerned!
Contributors to the Best of the Year are also asked to talk about what they’ve been doing for the last twelve months and to say what might be in store for them in 2013. Well, as usual, I’ve been writing articles, mostly about the theatre and comics. That seems to be coming to an end (in quite an organic way), so I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing in 2013. Get a job of some sort, I hope, but what that will specifically be, I couldn’t say.
But, as usual, it’s been a very good year for me, with occasional moments of doubt sprinkled about here and there. Fortunately, whatever troubles I’ve faced, my spirit has been buoyed by friends, family and by the comics community, which is (mostly) a lovely, supportive network of people that I enjoy hanging out with when the opportunity arises.
Oh, and if you’ve bumped into me at a con or online in 2012 and I’ve been a dick, then apologies. (I know it happens. Here’s an example in the comments thread of this post)
Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.