Well, the truth is, the old ways I did it never quite felt right to me. Whether it was by the way I read the comic, the comic's genre (sometimes hard to pin down, or imperfectly classified), or some other system, I always struggled.
I'm still struggling, but this year, I'm trying out something new. I read a ton of comics each year, both from the current year and years past. (I'm catching up on Rebirth here and there, for example.) Where I struggle is "How many make a favorites list?" --and the answer is, I've never been quite sure.
So this time, I'm going to use numbers. I like numbers. I work in numbers at my job. I'm estimating that I read about 250 various comics that were published (or collected) in 2018. That's about right for me (2017 was a bad year, and y'all know why). As I always do, I made a long list, which was about 90 or so all told this year.
I then cut that list to 50, which is around 20% of what I read. That's my short list. And while I'm not sharing that list in full, I can tell you there were some really hard calls. I hated cutting The Seeds, Valiant High, Laid-Back Camp, and Survive 300,000,000, just to name a few. Everything that makes it onto my long list is a great comic, in my opinion, or I don't even bother considering it.
For my favorites, I worked hard to cut it down from 50 to about 25. I figure that's about right--without pushing too hard (it could be 22, it could be 29), that's about where I want to be for these favorites to mean something. That means to make my end of year favorites, you had to be one of the best 10% of comics I read this year. Given the volume of comics I read, that's pretty hard to do!
These comics were all really good. I enjoyed them a lot. They are some of the best comics 2018 has to offer in my opinion. They weren't the comics I liked the best, but I'd happily re-read or recommend them. My reason for listing them is to give recognition to some awesome comics, without making a favorites list that's insanely long.
Without further ado, here's my 2018 Favorites List Runners-Up:
- All the Answers by Michael Kupperman, published by Simon & Schuster
- Black Badge by Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, Hilary Jenkins, and Jim Campbell, published by Boom! Studios
- Brother Nash by Brigit Connell, published by Titan
- By Night by John Allison, Christine Larsen, Sarah Stern, and Jim Campbell, published by Boom! Studios
- Cold War by Chris Sebela and Hayden Sherman, published by Aftershock
- Crowded by Chris Sebela, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell, and Cardinal Rae, published by Image
- Dodge City by Josh Trujillo, Cara McGee, Brittany Peer and Goncalo Lopez, published by Boom! Studios
- Dumb by Georgia Webber, published by Fantagraphics
- Elvira by David Avallone, Dave Acosta, Andrew Covalt, and Taylor Esposito, published by Dynamite
- Goosebumps Download and Die by Jen Vaughn, Michelle Wong, Triona Farrell, and Christa Miesner, published by IDW
- Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo, Chris O'Halloran, and Good Old Neon, published by Image
- Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia by Matt Entin, Ed Kuehnel, Dan Schkade, Marissa Louise, and A Larger World Studio, published by Starburns Industry
- James Bond: Origins by Jeff Parker, Bob Q, and Simon Bowland, published by Dynamite
- Lil Donnie by Mike Norton, published by Image
- Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna, published by Image
- Maxwell's Demons by Deniz Camp, Vittorio Astone, and Aditya Bidikar, published by Vault
- Nancy Drew by Kelly Thompson, Jenn St-Onge, Triona Farrell, and Ariana Maher, published by Dynamite
- Olivia Twist by Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Emma Vieceli, Lee Loughridge and Sal Cipriano, published by Dark Horse
- Secret Voice by Zack Soto, published by Floating World
- Shadowman by Andy Diggle, Various Artists, and Simon Bowland, published by Valiant
- Water Dragon's Bride by Rei Toma, published by Viz
Tomorrow, I'll reveal my list of favorites, with a little bit about each one. See you then, and thanks to all of the creators above for making some amazing comics that I enjoyed tremendously in 2018. You are the reason I keep reading comics, year in and year out.