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The Best American Comics 2008 Hardcover – October 8, 2008
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My favorite pieces:
"Burden" by Graham Annable. A young man trying nobly to tie up his brother's loose ends turns into something completely different at the end. The reveal reverberates through the entire story and really does pose a difficult - and interesting - moral question.
"Seven Sacks" by Eleanor Davis. This story about a boatman ferrying some unsavory characters also poses a good, tough moral question and forces some self-reflection. But, more importantly, it's absolutely gorgeous. Davis calls up an increasingly wicked-looking set of creatures that just absolutely pour atmosphere into her little fable. And, is it just me, or does she pay homage to both Jeff Smith and Neil Gaiman in the process?
"Mammalogy" by Eric Haven has terrific art and makes for a hilarious romp through time, space, imagination, television, the superhero genre, and gastronomy. The best part may be the blurb in the back of the book detailing Haven's inspiration for the story.
"Turtle, Keep it Steady!" by Joseph Lambert. A very clever retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare with absolutely outstanding art. The grooving animals send the music right off the page, and the hilarious metaphor about the speed at which the Hare lives his life is very well-chosen.Read more ›
Anyhoo', I really enjoyed the works included in this quite hefty tome, and the balance between tried and true, familiar (at least to me!) and brand new, and unknown was really quite refreshing and welcome. Kudos should be given to layout as well, since the stories flowed smoothly, and at the end of the book I felt well satisfied with the read, and hopeful for the next edition.
The "Best American" series has always been a good "go-to" resource, especially if one is looking to expand "favorite authors/artists" list, and this edition is no exception. Once you've gotten from the front cover to the back, then I would recommend you check out The Best American Comics 2007 (The Best American Series (TM)), as well asThe Best American Comics 2006 (Best American), and if you enjoyed Ms. Barry's intro as much as I did, you really should also take a look at What It Is, which is an absolutely incredible "book" (I think the term "work of art" is more correct here) about...about what, really...? Writing? Illustrating? Creating?Read more ›
The stories are brief and varied and run the spectrum of themes and moods. Series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden (creators of the excellent Drawing Words and Writing Pictures) teamed up this year with editor Lynda Barry (the artist behind the wildly inventive What It Is), and their combined viewpoint yields a unique collection of some truly thought-provoking work here. Both Drawing Words and Writing Pictures and What It Is mined a similar territory--the forces of creativity, what makes the visionary mind bring forth clearly defined work, and how to turn thoughts into comic art--that informs the choices they've made in The Best American Comics 2008. It's not surprising, then, that most of the choices here are from single writer/artists rather than writer-artist teams, which shows how powerful the creative combination can be.
They've also passed over standard superhero fare (although a note at the beginning explains they would have liked to include an excerpt from Batman: Year 100 but couldn't, due to licensing issues).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A majority of this book is forgettable. I am sorry I purchased this online without ever seeing it. Most of the book is forgettable and the stories are weak by weak artists. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chris Francz
I've been making my way through this entire series over a few weeks. This one easily ranks amongst the better volumes. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Josh H-G
This was my favorite so far of all the Best of American Comics series. Lynda Barry's preface or introduction was just great!Published on January 19, 2013 by Joanna
I bought this book as a text book for a class, and I must say I am in love. This is a wonderful collection of comics. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Shane Schubbe
The Best American Comics 2008 is a great primer to what's currently being written and drawn in the graphic novel realm. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by C. J. Pearmon
Perhaps I was misunderstanding of the type of comics this book represents. I was looking for a coffee table book for the waiting room at my practice, something to give folks a... Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by MK
Part of the familiar "Best" series which recently expanded to include comics. Focuses on independent comics and not capes and tights comics. Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by jimbro
The Best American Comics 2008 is the third book in the series and presents, I think, an excellent cross section of today's alternative, web, self-published, and graphic novel... Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by Gregg Eldred