Ah, December, the month for list-making: wish lists, gift lists, “best of” lists. And this week, the week before Christmas, brings the mother lode:
– In his “Flipped” column at Comic World News, David Welsh recruits a bevy of bloggers to spotlight some titles from this year that may not be getting the attention they deserve. The participants are Brigid Alverson, Matthew Brady, Ed Chavez, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei, and me. (“Veteran comics commentator”? I’m positively ancient!) I give a little love to two of my favorite books of 2007, Vasilis Lolos’ The Last Call and Faith Erin Hicks’ Zombies Calling.
Another installment, with different participants, will appear next week.
– Entertainment Weekly critics Ken Tucker and Jeff Jensen each pick five of their favorite comics of 2007. Their lists include Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man, and Matz and Luc Jamamon’s The Killer.
– In The Village Voice, R.C. Baker casts an eye over the year in comics, pausing briefly on works like Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics, Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar, Jaime Hernandez’s Locas, and others.
– Blogger Kevin Church recommends 75 comics from 2007.
– At ComixTalk, Michael Rouse-Deane recommends five webcomics in print form.
– Writing for the Edmonton Journal, Gilbert A. Bouchard recommends some recent graphic novels suitable for holiday gifts, including James Sturm’s America, E.C. Segar’s Popeye, and G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker’s Cairo.
– Writer Brian K. Vaughan comes in at No. 47 on USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson’s Top 100 People of 2007.
– Jesse O’Brien of BostonNOW runs down his best and worst of 2007, focusing almost exclusively on DC and Marvel (“Villain of the Year,” “Coolest Moment,” etc.).