It's that time of year again! Time for those of us with blogs to talk about what we liked from 2012. I know most of these use "Best of" in their terminology, and I even did in 2011, but I just hate the use of the word "best." It implies you have reviewed all of the candidates. This year, I am going back to favorites.
Today is the second 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.
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: American Barbarian (AdHouse Books)
9: Walk Like a Sumerian (Whole Story)
8: Olympians 4 Hades (First Second)
7: Lovely Horrible Stuff (Top Shelf)
6: Hopeless, Maine (Archaia)
5: Xoc (Oni Press)
4: District Comics (Fulcrum)
3: Fusion Elementary (Whole Story)
2: The Hypo (Fantagraphics)
1: Blacksad A Silent Hell (Dark Horse)
Honorable Mentions: Crime Does Not Pay Archives 2 (Dark Horse), Eerie Presents El Cid (Dark Horse), and The Kind (Whole Story).
See you Saturday, for my round-up of my favorite comics involving superheroes and those associated with the genre!