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The Best American Comics 2008

by Lynda Barry (Editor), Jessica Abel (Series editor), Matt Madden (Series editor)

Other authors: Graham Annable (Contributor), David Axe (Contributor), T. Edward Bak (Contributor), Alison Bechdel (Contributor), Nick Bertozzi (Contributor)23 more, Lilli Carre (Contributor), Martin Cendreda (Contributor), Shawn Cheng (Contributor), Eleanor Davis (Contributor), Derf (Contributor), Sara Edward-Corbett (Contributor), Rick Geary (Contributor), Matt Groening (Contributor), Eric Haven (Contributor), Jaime Hernandez (Contributor), Kaz (Contributor), Michael Kupperman (Contributor), Joseph Lambert (Contributor), Evan Larson (Contributor), Jason Lutes (Contributor), Cathy Malkasian (Contributor), John Mejias (Contributor), Sarah Oleksyk (Contributor), Steve Olexa (Contributor), Kevin Pyle (Contributor), Seth (Contributor), Chris Ware (Contributor), Gene Luen Yang (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Comics (2008), Best American (2008)

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Features excerpts from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web, from Chris Ware, Seth, Alison Bechdel, and Matt Groening, among others.
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I should look for more of these Best American Comics of... ( )
  mykl-s | Jun 17, 2023 |
Although I've collected (and sometimes read) a number of items from the Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories, only recently did I learn of the Best American Comics series. To try out out, I selected the 2008 volume, because it was edited by a cartoonist for whom I've long had a certain affection, Lynda Barry. As one might expect from such a collection,it is a mixed experience. The range is extraordinary, from amusing to perplexing to obscure to violent and disturbing. These are not (with a couple of exceptions) the sorts of comics that would make it into your family newspaper (for anyone old enough to remember when daily newspapers existed). They are more likely to be featured in alternative weeklies (as found in progressive cities and towns) and in head comics (which gained their name from being sold in "head shops").

The 2008 volume includes works by 26 artists. I found few of them to my tastes, and many to be somewhat too obscure for comprehension. My favorite set was the contribution from Matt Groening -- of his Will and Abe series. I also enjoyed Eric Haven's "Mammalogy", Jaime Hernandez's "Gold Diggers of 1969", and Rick Geary's "The Bloody Benders". Jason Lute's "Berlin" (an excerpt of a larger work) I thought to be notable for the quality of the art and the power of his characterizations. Based on my experience, I'm not very inclined to seek out other volumes in the series. However, I'm glad to see that due to the creativity and imaginations of a new generation of artists that the comics genre is alive and well. ( )
1 vote danielx | Dec 29, 2018 |
Great collection. I particularly liked John mejias' depiction of learners of English in public schools. Gene Yang is also a favorite of mine and his graphic novel American Born Chinese is featured here. ( )
  JoanAxthelm | Aug 4, 2017 |
These are great, someone else does all the work ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
As with the other volume of this series that I've read, the anthology brings together a nice mix of familiar names (Ware, Barry, Geary, Bechdel, Groening, Derf), and a sprinkling of enjoyable new artists. Barry, true to form, presents her introduction as a comic where she leads us through her changing relationship with comics and art and the importance of the much-maligned comic strip in the world of "Graphic Novels" (especially for the children of today who will become the artists and readers of the future).

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-best-american-comics-2008-edited-by.ht... ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Jun 23, 2015 |
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Barry, LyndaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abel, JessicaSeries editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Madden, MattSeries editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Annable, GrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Axe, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bak, T. EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bechdel, AlisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bertozzi, NickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carre, LilliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cendreda, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheng, ShawnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, EleanorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DerfContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edward-Corbett, SaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geary, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Groening, MattContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haven, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hernandez, JaimeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
KazContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kupperman, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lambert, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Larson, EvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lutes, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malkasian, CathyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mejias, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oleksyk, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Olexa, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pyle, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ware, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yang, Gene LuenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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