The 2010 FPI Master List

Published On January 23, 2011 | By Richard Bruton | Best of the Year 2010, Comics

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.

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

9 Responses to The 2010 FPI Master List

  1. I think it’s great that so many of these were published first (or published first in English) here in the UK, and were voted for because they were genuinely good. And I think this’ll be even more the case next year.

  2. It’s fun to see it all compiled like that. Cheers!

  3. Richard Bruton Richard says:

    And here’s the complete list of all that were mentioned…..

    Tales of The
    Nathan Sorry
    100 Months
    A Home For Mr. Easter
    Acme 20 / Lint
    Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
    At The Mountains Of Madness
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne
    Beasts Of Burden: Animal Rights
    Birchfield Close
    Black Widow: Name Of The Rose
    Bullet To The Head
    Bulletproof coffin
    Children of the Sea
    Chimpanzee Complex
    Culture Corner
    Dance By The Light Of The Moon
    Death Day
    Erik Meynen‘s daily topical comic on Belgian politics
    Everything Dies
    Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep
    Flesh and Bone
    Flourescent Black
    Girl and the Gorilla
    Glister And The Faerie Host
    Grandville Mon Amour
    Green Lantern
    Hellboy: The Wild Hunt
    Hitler’s Son
    I Am Legion
    Incognito: Bad Influences
    Invincible Iron Man
    It Was The War Of The Trenches
    Jackie Rose
    Jesus and Mo‘
    Love And Rockets 3
    Le Fils d’Hitler
    Les Plumes, Volume 1
    Lose #2
    Louis: Night Salad
    Marvel Universe Vs The Punisher
    Meanwhile Between Two Eternities of Darkness
    Mo-Bot High
    Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comics Strip Volume 5
    Never Forget Never Forgive
    Parker The Outfit
    Powr Mastrs #3
    Psychiatric Tales
    Queen Mum Adventures
    Radio Times (AKA Mind Your Manners)
    Rainbow Orchid
    Ralph Kidson’s Animal Jobseekers
    Ralph Kidson’s Hootiebits
    Reinhart: Hunker Bunker
    Rise and Fall
    Rise at Sundown
    Robot On The Run
    Rumble Strip
    Set to Sea
    Sherlock Holmes The Sign Of The Four
    Sightings of Wallace Sendek
    Solipsistic Pop #3
    Spider-Man Fever
    Stephen Collins
    Summit Of The Gods
    Tabi Po 
    The Hot Rock
    The Marvels Project
    The Playwright
    The Spirit
    Thunder Agents
    Trains Are Mint 6
    Trinkets: An Attic Full of Stories
    Tristram Shandy
    Undeleted Scenes
    Vern and lettuce
    Walking Dead
    Wednesday Comics
    Werewolves Of Montpelier
    X’ed Out
    You Are There

  4. SelfMadeHero says:

    Woo! We’re delighted to share the top spot with Kenny and Daryl!

    It really was a great year for British graphic novelists. SelfMadeHero will announce what we’re doing for the second half of 2011 in early February (after Angouleme).

    There’s lots to look forward to.

    From Blank Slate I can’t wait for Isabel Kreitz’s “Stalin’s Spy in Tokyo”, the pencil work is amazing and the story is a real cracker. It will be great to have a British edition of of that book.