Every year Joe Gordon sends out requests for best of year lists from various comic people; artists, writers, journalists, retailers, and various other interested (and interesting) parties. And we’ve been running the various commentaries on the Best of 2010 through most of December and the start of January (they’re all tagged here).
And yet again (just like for 2009), we thought it would be interesting for to collate all of the comics and graphic novels on all of the 2010 best of year lists to make up some sort of Best Of Best Of List for comics in our part of the Internet.
Just like last year though, so many of you cheated and included more than the 3 picks Joe asked you for (and shame faced – I have to include myself in that). So it’s absolutely unscientific in that respect (maybe we’ll be a bit stricter next time to get a definitive UK Best Of). But we think it does several very interesting things.
Yet again, with 115 unique titles between 34 respondents it’s a good indicator that there’s an awful lot of interest to an awful lot of eclectic tastes out there. It also means it’s impractical to put the entire list in one post, but I will put every single title in a list in the comments section of this post.
A couple of interesting omissions we noted along the way: Only one mention for Blacksad, none for Adele Blanc Sec, and perhaps most surprisingly of all – nothing for Scott Pilgrim. Anything else you notice?
So without further ado, what got the most mentions in the 2010 best of lists?
This Year we had joint winners, pulling in 6 votes each…..
Joint Best Of Year 2010 FPI Blog: At The Mountains Of Madness
Joint Best Of Year 2010 FPI Blog: Psychiatric Tales (Darryl Cunningham, Blank Slate Books)
Two books that were much loved all over from the moment they came out in 2010. From two publishing companies very proudly publishing a wide, wide range of comics, from the UK and further afield. If anything really summed up the sheer strength of UK comics in 2010, it’s the continued success of not just these two companies, and Messrs. Culbard and Cunningham, artists but all of the UK comic publishers and artists that we’ve had the pleasure of seeing do so much this year.
First Runner Up: 5 Votes: Scalped (Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera, DC/Vertigo)
Second Runner Up: 4 Votes: The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore, Image Comics)
3 Votes: Parker: The Outfit (Richard Stark, Darwyn Cooke, IDW)
3 Votes: Acme Novelty Library Volume 20 / Lint (Chris Ware, Drawn & Quarterly)
After that it was a near free for all, with all these great comics garnering two 2 votes each……
And that, bar the complete list of titles voted for that I will put in the comments section for this post, is that ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for voting, thanks for reading. And here’s to a spectacularly good 2011 – austerity be damned, let’s all stay in and read more good comics.