The 2012 FPI Master List

Published On January 14, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Best of the Year 2012, Comics

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:

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics).

Second place with 4 votes:

Nao Of Brown by Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)

Joint third place with 3 votes:

2000AD by various (Rebellion)

Daredevil by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Chris Samnee et al (Marvel)


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)


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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.

3 Responses to The 2012 FPI Master List

  1. Richard Bruton Richard says:

    As promised, and as usual – the full list of comics put forward in the annual Best od Year lists at the FPI blog, from which hte master list is constructed….

    2000AD by various
    A Taste Of Chlorine by Bastien Vivès
    America’s Got Powers by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch
    Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
    Baby Bjornstrand by Renee French
    balderdash! ( by Victoria Grace Elliott
    Batman: Judas Coin by Walter Simonson
    Batwoman by JH Williams III
    Blacklung by Chris Wright
    Blacksad: a Silent Hell by Canales and Guarnido
    Britten and Brülightly by Hannah Berry
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 by Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty et al
    Building Stories by Chris Ware
    Burnt Out by Julia Scheele
    But I Really Wanted to be an Anthropologist by Margaux Motin
    Case of Charles Dexter Ward by INJ Culbard, HP Lovecraft
    Close Your Eyes When You Let Go by James Hindle
    Coil by Emmas Rios
    CowBoy by Nate Cosby, Chris Elipoulous
    Dante’s Inferno by Hunt Emerson
    Daredevil by Mark Waid et al
    Daredevil: The IDW artist edition – David Mazzuchelli
    Department of the Peculiar by Rol Hirst and Rob Wells
    Dr Slump by Akira Toriyama
    Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Edison Rex by Roberson and Culver
    Edward Ross Comics
    Ellerbisms By Marc Ellerby
    Everyday by Adam Cadwell
    Everything Together by Sammy Harkham
    Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitley
    God & Science – Return of the Ti-Girls by Jaime Hernandez
    Habibi by Craig Thompson
    Hawkeye by Mattt Fraction and David Aja
    Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
    Hugo Tate by Nick Abadzis
    Hypernaturals by Dan Abnett and Brad Walker
    Jailbird ( by Ashley Davis
    Jerusalem by Guy Delisle
    Krent Able’s Big Book Of Mischief
    Laterborn #8 by Jason Martin
    Le Trop Grand Vide d’Alphonse Tabouret by Capucine, Sybilline, d’Aviau
    Lose #4 by Michael Deforge
    Lou by Melissa Mendes
    Love & Rockets by Los Bros Hernandez
    MarineMan by Ian Churchill
    Mudman by Paul Grist
    Nao Of Bown by Glyn Dillon
    New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard
    Nobrow 7 by Various
    One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
    please god, find me a husband by Simone Lia
    Prince Of Cats by Ron Wimberly
    Prophet by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milogiannis
    Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing
    Saga by Vaughn and Staples
    Soppy by Philippa Rice
    Spandex by Martin Eden
    Spooks by Dorison and Rossi
    Stumptown: The Case Of The Baby In The Velvet Case #4 by Matthew Southworth and Greg Rucka, 
    The End of the Fucking World by Chuck Forsman
    The Forming by Jesse Moynihan
    The Great Unwashed by Gary and Warren Pleece
    The Nameless Stories ( by Amei Zhao
    The Sky In Stereo by Mardou
    The Speech Balloon Man by Tony Hitchman
    The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell 
    Thunder Brother Soap Division ( by Paul Rainey
    Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
    Unwritten by Mike Carey, Peter Gross
    Verity Fair by Terry Wiley
    When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendae
    Where is Jake Ellis by Edmondson, Zonjic
    Windrush 1 ( by T’Sao

  2. Zainab Zainab says:

    I’ve only just read Sammy Hakham’s Everything Together- brilliant collection. Would definitely have made my list if I’d got round to it in time.

    • Richard Bruton Richard says:

      Oh yes…. I’m fully expecting to be doing the mental adding to the best of list for a month or more as I catch up – Summit Of The Gods Vol 3 would def have made it. Nao Of Brown as well – and I’m only halfway through it.