Every December we bring you a month-long celebration of a cross-section of comics’ great and good, picking their very best of the year and telling us a little of how the year has been for them. And 2012 was no exception.
As usual, the only predictable thing about the list that develops is simply how wide it is, a sterling indicator of just how diverse the readership is, and how varied and original the material they have to choose from.
This year we changed things around a little. Every year Joe asks those involved for their top 3 comics of the year, and every year there are some (we who write for the blog are guilty as heck of this) who pick 5, 10…. or in Zainab’s case this year a record breaking 21 comics. So when that happened I got in touch and got a top 3 for inclusion in the master list, which means we can say that this year, as well as being a wonderful list of recommended reads, it’s also statistically fairer than ever before!
We had 32 respondents nominating 75 different comics (I’ll post the full list of 75 titles in the comments later).
Here we go then…. the FPI Master List 2012, the best of the best…..
This year’s absolute winner, with 5 votes:
Second place with 4 votes:
Joint third place with 3 votes:
Runners up with 2 votes: loads of them….
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (Jonathan Cape)
Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Canales and Guarnido (Dark Horse)
Building Stories by Chris Ware (Jonathan Cape)
But I Really Wanted to be an Anthropologist by Margaux Motin (Self Made Hero)
Department Of The Peculiar by Rol Hirst and Rob Wells
Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby
Hugo Tate by Nick Abadzis (Blank Slate Books)
Mudman by Paul Grist (Image Comics)
Thunder Brother Soap Division by Paul Rainey
Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)