The Best Of 2009 Masterlist….. FPI style
I thought it would be interesting to tot up the various Best Of Year posts we’ve had from people this year. We had a total of 27 people respond who managed to pick (by my reckoning) 100 different titles as their best of year selection.
Now, before you start thinking this is some serious piece of analysis I should point out all of the ways we all managed to conspire to make this nothing more than an interesting list of different titles rather than some kind of “Best Of The Best”:
- Completely unfairly I’ve picked everything people mentioned (which automatically messes up the scientific basis of this since quite a few of us; Joe and myself included completely ignored the three comics rule.
- I’ve also included things that people mentioned in passing in a “If I had more choices I’d have picked this” fashion – even lovely Mark Kardwell managed to sneak two extra in with the phrase: said “I’m sure most people will be including Darwyn Cooke’s Parker and David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp, so I won’t. Kind of.“
So bearing in mind how wonderfully error strewn this is and how it stands up to rigorous statistical and mathematical analysis about as well as Conservative budgetary policy for 2010/2011 stands up to the use of a calculator and common sense – let’s go:
Top of the pile with an amazing 7 votes: David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp. What? You expected anything else?
In second place with an impressive 4 votes: Parker The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke:
After that we had ten books on two votes each……
And after that we have an awful lot of single choices (88 by my reckoning), far too many to list here. But I will put a complete list in the comments for you to peruse.
Personally I think it’s both fascinating and refreshing that people chose such a varied and disparate list of books this year. Obviously it’s a completely unscientific and hideously flawed set of data and there’s no way I should make staggeringly inaccurate generalisations from it………. but, two things I take from it is how much amazing stuff there is available to us now and how very varied the readership of the FPI blog is if these respondents are anything to go by. Long may both continue.