It’s that time of the year again when the web will be all afire, from the mainstream media outlets to the most indie friendly bloggers, with writers cranking out their “Top 10” and “Best Of” lists for 2010. I, too, will be joining in the fray with my “Top 10 Mini-Comics & Small Press Titles of 2010” over at Poopsheet Foundation
and “My 13 Favorite Things of 2010” here at 13 Minutes – both coming soon!
As it’s evolved into tradition the last two years, Ryan Claytor, of Elephant Eater Comics
, and I have made it a point to post an annual series of articles addressing various industry topics. In 2008, we discussed perceived limitations of the medium. In 2009, it was the role of creators and critics, and the web of intrigue surrounding their relationship. For 2010, we thought we’d put a little holiday spin on the more traditional “Best Of” list and assist you, the consumer, in making some informed gift choices for the loved ones in your life.
We’ll be pairing loose demographic categories with some of our conversational recommendations for books published this year. “The 12 Days of Comics: 2010” can span any genre, format, or publisher. Our goal is to highlight some of the best, and perhaps overlooked, work produced in comics today. The selections may range from the most underground, alternative, indie, small press, self published, DIY, mini-comic, all the way to the latest widescreen blockbuster superhero soiree from one of the so called “Big Two” publishers.
Ryan and I will alternate days and one of us will try to sell the other with our suggestion. The other will then have a chance to respond with any questions. To up the ante a bit, each of us will have one veto to use over the course of the next twelve days. If we disagree with a suggestion, or are feeling particularly spiteful that day, we can negate one of our co-writer's choices at any time. Come back tomorrow to watch the comics reviewing reality drama unfold! Our hope is that the list will serve as a holiday guide for any personality on your gift-giving docket. There’s something for everyone. Enjoy!