The Best American Comics 2011

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The Best American Comics 2011 Comics/Graphic Novels

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This volume showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Alison Bechdel – creator of the cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and author of Fun Home – has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and webcomics to create this cutting-edge collection, With entries from Joe Sacco, Jeff Smith, and Dash Shaw, this edition delivers “a thrilling and varied journey from start to finish.” Illus., color / b&w. 352p.

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  • Good variety

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    This continuing series is a great chance to get a look at some comics that you might not otherwise see. While it does have some big names, such as Jeff Smith, other names such as Robert Sergel, Allison Sayers, and Kate Beaton are lesser known names that have a chance to be introduced to a wider population. The introduction to this volume is written by the effervescent Allison Bechdel and as always provides an enlightening look into the comic book industry from a different viewpoint. I love the variety of different styles of story telling and colors found in this volume. For example, I really enjoyed looking at the artwork of Robert Sergel because it reminds me a lot of the starkness and simple detail that you can see in Chris Ware's work, but with his own unique twist on it. Although I don't really enjoy the story so much, the line quality and design aspect of his work is fantastic to look at. I also really enjoy the fact that people get to see the work of Kate Beaton, whose webcomic I often enjoy because she has a talent for making aspect of history come alive and takes such a different viewpoint of the world around her. Her drawing style is loose and light on detail, but is still captivating and the characitures of famous people make reading the comic enjoyable. My biggest issue with this volume is that there aren't clear transitions between some of the selections of comics. In some places they just bleed together making it difficult to know which artist it is without going back to the index. I wish that they had taken a bit more care to put even just a blank page in between the comics, just so that it was clear where it ended. My second issue deals not with the volume itself, but with trying to read an ebook version of it. It just really does not work well, especially for some of the comics that are printed horizontal instead of vertical. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying it's the fault of the editors, but it is something that the publishers will want to take into consideration if they release it as a regular ebook. The one big drawback I see to the series is that it's up to the artists/author to submit their work for consideration and then it's based upon editor preference so sometimes you get stuff by popular artists--such as Jeff Smith, that don't really need more exposure. I wish that it would have a few more indie works than it does, but the ones it does showcase are excellent. While you might not enjoy all of the comics in this book it does give a nice look into a great variety of artists, some of whom you might just look up to read again.