And so we come at last to our final guest Best of the Year for 2012 – we’ve been posting up a different view of the best from the last year or so every single day since the start of December (you can see them all here), as is now pretty much a tradition here on the blog, something we like to do so we get a wider, more diverse range of tastes and titles than simply what we on the blog have enjoyed – although, naturally, we will shortly be adding our own blog crew faves of the year posts in due course. Once those are up I’m sure Richard will do his usual number crunching on the posts to see what patterns emerged, but just from what I’ve seen editing away through the month’s worth of guest posts it looks to me like Saga (by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples) and Nao of Brown (by Glyn Dillon) have been a couple of the most highlighted comics works among the writers, editors, artists and others who took part in this year’s Best Of posts. We’ll have a more detailed look at those selections in a wee while once the blog crew have also had their own say on their favourites, but for now let’s welcome our final guest Best of the Year post, from comics maker and creator of exceptionally fine ice creams (see Matt’s recent review), Rob Jackson:
FPI: Can you pick three comics/webcomics/graphic novels which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Rob: Garen Ewing: The Complete Rainbow Orchid – this is my best of the year, its such a beautiful book. It was great to read the whole story all the way through in one go.
Paul Rainey: Thunder Brother, Soap Division Parts 1 to 3 – I’m really enjoying these. I always like to read comics more on paper than on the internet as it makes me slow down and read them properly. Also I’ve only just got ‘The Two Ronnies’ joke.
Mardou: The Sky in Stereo – the first part of a really good long new story from Mardou set in Manchester.
FPI: Can you pick three TV shows and/or movies which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Rob: My favourite TV show is Adventure Time which I got into a few months ago. It is a perfect cartoon show.
FPI: How did 2012 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?
Rob: Its not been a very good year. Thoughtbubble went very well in the end so that’s a nice way to finish the year and cheer me up about comics. I’ve brought out three minicomics this year, ‘Its a Mans Life in the Ice Cream Business 2’, ‘Segway’ and ‘California – part one’.
FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Rob: My book of stories about my family history ‘The Storytellers’ will finally come out. It will be 80 pages long and its all drawn. I’m sending it to the printer very soon. Also ‘California – part two’ will be out in January, I’m half way through it at the moment. I think that will be a three part story.