Best Of The Year 2013 – Ed Syder

Published On December 17, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Best of the Year, Best of the Year 2013, Comics

Every December the FPI blog invites the great and the good from the wider community of comics to contribute what they consider to be their best of the year (see here for the guest BoY 2013 posts so far for). 

Today it’s the turn of comic making, skateboard loving Ed Syder. Ed’s first graphic novel My Skateboard Life was released in 2011, and his second; About A Girl, is currently in progress. It’s about teenagers caught up in the 1994 death of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain who who travel from Denver to Seattle to attend the vigil held in his memory.

About A Girl is due from Blank Slate Books, a series of 3 books, each one is approx 48 pages, A4 with a spine, and the first issue should be out in 2014. You can see a few images from issue 1 over at the facebook page. Or catch up with all of Ed’s goings-ons at his Tumblr or website.

FPI: Can you pick three comics/webcomics/graphic novels which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?


1. Dilraj MannStroke zine.


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2. Simon Hanselmann –

Like, WOAH.

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3. Michael DeForgeLose 5 / Very Casual

Killing it.

FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?

1. Ian Svenonius – Supernatural Strategies For Making A Rock ‘n’ Roll Group

This little book is great, I’ve always loved the bands he’s fronted (Make-Up, Weird War, Chain & The Gang) and this is my bedside reading right now.
2. Erik Brunetti – FUCT

I’m getting this one for christmas, it’s the history of the clothing brand. This stuff just turns me on.

3. Mark Yarm – Everybody Loves Our Town

I read this giant book at the tail end of last /beginning of this year and am now an expert on all things GRUNGE. It helped me with ‘About A Girl’, remembering 20 years ago is hard even for me.

FPI: Can you pick three TV shows and/or movies which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?

1. Girls

2. Parks & Recreation

3. Seinfeld

I don’t really do much else apart from watch these, everything else just makes me too angry.

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FPI: How did 2013 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?

I finished my book ‘About A Girl’ in May and sent it over to Blank Slate Books. Since then I’ve been working on a zine called ‘Killoteens’ which I’m going to self-publish and sell through It’s about an occult surf gang, the 1st one will be 24 pages of photocopied goodness.

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FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2014?

My Killoteens zines in Februaryish and hopefully ‘About A Girl’ will be out.

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About The Author

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.

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