The Best American Comics 2014

The Best American Comics 2014 It S The Perfect Book To Pick Up To Restore Your Faith In Comics Or Help Show Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations On Display On Paper Using The World S Greatest ArtformComics BulletinThe Best American Comics Showcases The Work Of Both Established And Up And Coming Contributors And Highlights Both Fiction And Nonfiction From Graphic Novels, Pamphlet Comics, Newspapers, Magazines, Minicomics, And The Web To Make A Unique, Stunning Collection Frank Miller Sin City, 300 Called Guest Editor Scott McCloud Just About The Smartest Guy In Comics. I received my copy of this collection from NetGalley in exchange for review Anthology titles never seem to do it for me though there were some tremendous pieces excerpted here, the collection felt uneven and ill conceived Although McCloud frequently brought up his preference that the reader proceed through the anthology in order with each interstitial essay admonishing anyone who might be skipping around , I don t feel that the sequencing here was particularly strong.Standout pieces from big names like Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, and Charles Burns were a pleasure to revisit It was great to see Raina Telgemeier featured her work for younger readers has been wonderful and the excerpt for Saga by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples was a mainstream highlight The new to me works that I was most excited about were Jane, the Fox, and Me by Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt, M
I don t much like comics collections like this, just snippets, but I guess it does give a sense of the year, and this was a good year, and this is after all a good collection I read it mainly because Scott McCloud edited it and I had just heard him recently in Chicago And I don t hunk of him as edgy, but this was alt comics than mainstream and I liked his set up for it, his essay, his selection The cover is great, but which I mean it is attractive and Beto Rodriguez did it and it has all this energy It s with a kid on the cover, true, and you just have to look at the Aline and R Crumb piece to know this is not a kid comic And the
What can you say about a Best American anthology There were some great pieces, some crap ones Some unnecessary contributors, some omissions Some X, some Y I didn t agree with the inclusion of every piece, but why would I It s a subjective collection Thatss part of its charm and what makes it interesting.I will say this, though It has the worst cover of any book eve
Of all of the Best American Comics volumes to come out over the past several years, this is the one I was most looking forward toand for two reasons First, Jaime Hernandez did the cover illustration, which is absolutely a wonderful piece of work that really says it all But importantly, I was excited by the fact that Scott McCloud was the guest editor It makes sense that McCloud finally tries his hand at compiling this collection, in that he has a broad sense of the medium, and he brings of a studious and contemplative approach than about all of the other past guest editors I respect McCloud s assessment, even if I don t necessarily agree with him all of the time, and I ve often taken his comments as a cue to seek out certain titles with which I was unfamiliar This year s BAC is no exception, as McCloud does a good job at presenting a fairly representative overview of the current state of comics or at least comics published between September 2012 and August 2013, the focus of this volume There s always th
I have Scott McCloud s brilliant 1990s books Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, and thought he d be a great editor for the 2014 best of collection, but boy, was I wrong What disappointed me about this book Let me count First, the absolute lack of surprise in the selections He starts with the established greats Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and R Crumb But I, like everybody else, have been reading these authors for decades, and these selections in no way show anything new or different in their current work, with the possible exception of R and Aline Crumb s X rated senior sex piece, which I desperately wish I could un see I m 52 I don t have that long to wait I ll wait Second, of all the new artists I was exposed to in this book, I can count only one that struck me as interesting enough, different enough, and well executed enough to make me seek out It s no exaggeration to say that I was over halfway through the book, which I read from cover to cover, before I found a piece I enjoyed And I wouldn t have picked up a book of current comics if I didn t enjoy comics Everything I dislike about comics was here in abundance the pathetic chronicles of depression, the sad childhood memoir, the pointless angst, the wild, ungrounded experimentation, the clich d situations, and the weirdness for the sake of weirdness Wh
I ve been collecting the Best American Comics books since the series began in 2006 By design, the volumes are always uneven but enjoyable the degree to which this is true always depends on that year s guest editor This 2014 collection is no different.Scott McCloud, undeniably a comics fan and astute critic, has submitted a varied and intriguing set of stories and excerpts Being a fan of formalism and experimentation, his selections tend to be a little on the wild side much like Chris Ware s 2007 volume which doesn t always line up with my tastes Overall, it s a solid collection but not quite as outstanding as past volumes P.S While I m a fan of his older work and I acknowledge that he s a comics god, I really don t like R Crumb s cluttered and self reverential new comics 10 Nerd Points for me FAVORITES RL Excerpt by Tom Hart His series of comics about the unexpected death of his 2 year old daughter, Rosalie Lightning, are so packed full of joy and sadness MARCH Book One E
Unfortunately, nothing you do is going to make me like R Crumb And this gross sex scene I am not a prude, even about geriatric sex made me need to hide this book from my six year old But Chris Ware Holy crap Has anything so completely shown the solitude of existence and motherhood and how you can truly never know what happens when your asleep I guess I don t know, I was afraid of the end And Allie Brosch, who helped me put words to my own depression what seems like so long ago And now I need to go find Michael DeForge And Tom Hart I have no words for Tom Hart I admit that about halfway through I started feeli
This is a great collection there are all kinds of different comics covered in this book, which made it a refreshing read I enjoyed that it gave me some inspiration to check out some new artists As in all Best lists, there were some that I loved, some I hated Keep in mind when you re reading that many are just exerts from a bigger novel Some of the standouts for me were Drama by Rana Telgemeier Jane, The Fox Me by Fanny Britt Isabelle Arsenault August 1977 by Nina Bunjevac The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel Saga Chapter 7 by Brian Vaughan Fiona StaplesPlease note I received a free copy of this through NetGalley in excha
This was an interesting collection of comics I d read a few of them, but a great majority of the comics featured were new to me Some were really great, and I want to read than what was included in the excerpts in this collection But some I did not really like at all and I was surprised I was expectin
This was of a 2.5 stars, I think.I appreciate all the effort put into this collection, but there was some weird stuff in here, a lot of which made no sense to me Maybe I am not the target audience for this collection It went over my head a lot and some

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  • Hardcover
  • 381 pages
  • The Best American Comics 2014
  • Scott McCloud
  • English
  • 07 October 2019
  • 9780544106000