Today is the first of two days on indie comics. I split them up into two columns this year, because when I put together my "short list" I had over forty titles that I thought were worthy of consideration. Non-superhero comics are my primary reading source, and even giving myself two lists, I had to make some hard decisions. In fact, the only easy part about today's list was selecting my number one comic, which has been my favorite since I read it--twice.
A word on this list (and its sister list) before we move on. I am completely baffled by people who say that there aren't any interesting comics to read. To them, may I suggest that you are locking yourself in too much to whatever publisher or publishers you are currently reading. My floppy-first list has seven different publishers on it, and my graphic novel indie list has nine different publishers. If you aren't finding what you want at the names people know, then look elsewhere. Take a chance on a Comixology sale or raid the clearance bin of your comic shop. Good comics are out there--you just have to be willing to look.
Let me preface this list by saying, there are hundreds of comics out there and no matter how widely I read, it's never going to be everything. My selections here are based on what *I* have encountered and read over 2012.
Without further ado, here we go:
10: Adventure Time (Boom!)
9: Prophecy (Dynamite)
8: Snarked! (Boom!)
7: Bandette (Monkeybrain, digital only)
6: Godzilla (IDW)
5: Fatale (Image)
4: Star Trek Doctor Who Assimilation Squared (IDW)
3: Saga (Image)
2: Princeless (Action Lab)
1: Alabaster: Wolves (Dark Horse)
Honorable Mentions: All of these were damned good, but I wanted to keep my list to ten! Double Barrel (Top Shelf), Kevin Keller (Archie), Reset (Dark Horse), Skullkickers (Image), and Star Trek ongoing (IDW).
See you tomorrow, when we look at indie comics that came out as graphic novels! Join me, won't you?