Best of the Year 2013 – The FPI Master List

Published On January 18, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | Best of the Year 2013, Comics

For the past few years we’ve spent each December presenting various Best Of Year lists from the great and the good in comics, attempting to get as wide a sample as possible for the purposes of strict scientific rigour. Well, okay, maybe just because it’s fun to see what a diverse range of people think about what’s been top of their list for the year.

This year, more than ever before, the emphasis has been on diversity and variety. Usually the pattern becomes clear fairly early on, with the eventual winners all polling 5-8 votes overall. Frankly, halfway through December I thought most of the top scoring books would manage a couple of votes, three at most. This is no slight on the books, more a wonderful verification that we’re picking a great bunch of people to pick their best, and that these people have more great books than ever to choose from. Comics are in rude health right now.

A little administrative chat first….

As with last year, we forced people to chose 3 comics/books/graphic novels/whhatever we’re calling them now just so the end tallying would make sense.

We had 52 respondents nominating 117 different comics (I’ll post the full list of titles in the comments later).

Some respondents were very specific, others weren’t. For the sake of keeping this strictly to 2013, I’ve disallowed anything published  before 2013, and tried to amalgamate votes that probably should be together (for example, we had one vote for All New X-Men by Bendis and Immonen, one vote for just issue 16 of the same series. I’m trusting you wont feel I’m wrong in combining those votes?). However, we do have a big problem with one potential amalgamation of votes, as doing so pushes the comic in question into the winning position for the year. Three people voted for The Phoenix, one person voted for Garen Ewing’s The Secret Of The Samurai strip and one person voted for Adam Murphy’s Strong Wind and Little Scabs by Adam Murphy strip, both from The Phoenix.

In the end, after mulling it over and over all day, I decided to do the sensible thing and ask Mrs Bruton, she of the far more sensible mind, and who is always fair in these things. She immediately says yes, that’s 5 votes for The Phoenix. So there you go, problem solved……

Here we go then…. the FPI Master List 2013, the best of the best…..





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The Black Project by Gareth Brookes 

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja et al

Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

The Property by Rutu Modan

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And with 2 votes….

Aama vol 1. The Smell Of Warm Dust – Frederik Peeters

Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste – Martin Hayes and art by RH Stewart

All-New X-Men – Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immomen

Batman – Scott Snyder

Copra – Michel Fiffe

Eustace – S J Harris

Fury Max – Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov

Man Who Laughs – David Hine & Mark Stafford

Manhattan Projects – Hickman & Pitarra

Saga – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Unwritten – Mike Carey and art by Peter Gross

We’re Out – Philippa Rice

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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.

One Response to Best of the Year 2013 – The FPI Master List

  1. Richard Bruton Richard Bruton says:

    Okay them as promised… the entire list of titles nominated by our Best of Year 2013 writers:

    Astronomer’s Amateur Journal – Neil Slorrance
    Aama vol 1. The Smell Of Warm Dust – Frederik Peeters
    Absence by Martin Stiff
    Adventure Time Mathematical Edition Volume 1, Ryan North, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
    Agito Cosmos, Tome 2 : Pro humanitate
    Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste, written by Martin Hayes and art by RH Stewart
    All-New X-Men by Bendis and Stuart Immonen
    Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert
    Are you my mother,  Alison Bechdel
    Aventures Of Jodelle- Guy Peelaert I
    Axolotl – Jack Fallows
    Bad Machinery – John Allison
    Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover,
    Batman – Scott Snyder
    Battling Boy – Paul Pope
    Big Feminist BUT anthology by Shannon O’Leary and Joan Reilly
    Black Project by Gareth Brookes
    Borb” by Jason Little
    Buttonpress Publications!
    Butterfly Gate – Benjamin Reed and Chris Wildgoose
    Buz Sawyer reprints from Fanagraphics
    Carry me by Dan Berry
    Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory
    Coffin Hill
    Copra – Michel Fiffe
    Creepy presents Steve Ditko
    Cucumber Quest, Gigi D.G., webcomic (focusing on Chapter 2 which started 2013)
    Dangerine issue 2 by James Lawrence
    Das Upgrade 
    De Joodse Brigade (The Jewish Brigade)
    Death and the Girls by Donya Todd
    Doel by Jeroen Janssen
    Drowntown. Created by Robbie Morrison and Jim Murphy
    El Fuego, a wordless comic, Miguel B. Nuñez
    Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg
    Eustace by S J Harris
    Fifth Beatle, Vivek J. Tiwary and Andrew C.Robinson (Dark Horse)
    Frank: Congress of the animals / Fran, by Jim Woodring
    Freaks’ Squeele – 6, by Florent Maudoux
    Fury Max by Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov
    Gigantic Beard That Was Evil – Stephen Collins
    God Hates Astronauts by Ryan Browne
    Great War by Joe Sacco
    Hawkeye – Matt Fraction and David Aja
    Hellboy: The Midnight Circus, because… Mignola and Fegredo
    High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa
    Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh
    In God We Trust – Winschluss
    Jennifer Blood
    Jupiter’s Legacy – Millar and Quitely
    King City – Brandon Graham
    L’Entrevue by Manuele Fior
    L’intervista (The interview). Manuele Fior,
    Life begins at incorporation, Matt Bors
    Life in Japan, Victor Edison
    Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green
    Lint – Chris Ware
    Locke and Key – Joe Hill/Gabriel Rodriguez 
    Man Who Laughs – David Hine & Mark Stafford
    Manhattan Projetcs
    Michael DeForge – Lose 5 / Very Casual
    Mrs Weber’s Omnibus – Posy Simmonds
    My Comics-Biography by Askold Akishin
    Mysterious Strangers
    New Avengers – Jonathan Hickman
    Nieuport Gathering by Ivan Petrus
    Over the Wall – Peter Wartman
    Park – Oscar Zarate
    Phoenix ComicPlaying Out – Jim Medway
    Pornográfica by Nacho Casanova
    Private Eye, Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin
    Property – Rutu Modan
    Punk Rock Jesus
    Rainbow Orchid
    Rasl Hardcover Collection by Jeff Smith
    Rembrandt by Dutch illustrator and cartoonist Typex
    Saga – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Image
    Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel
    Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen – Dylan Horrocks
    Samurai Jack
    Santa Claus and the Nazi’s, Benjamin Dickson and Gavin Mitchell.
    Simon Hanselmann –
    Soppy 2 by Philippa Rice
    Stalag IIB – Jacques Tardi
    Stroke Zine – Dilraj Mann
    Suicide Risk – Mike Carey
    Suitcase – Dan Berry
    Summit Of The Gods – Yumemakura Baku and Jirô Taniguchi.
    Sunshine by Jan Ormerod
    Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1
    The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan by Laura Howell
    Tom Hart
    True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan
    Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends: A collection of Unsolved Mysteries edited by Emi Gennis
    Unwritten – Mike Carey and art by Peter Gross
    VS Comics
    We’re Out – Philippa Rice
    Wolverine – Paul Cornell and Alan Davis
    Wu Wei
    Young Avengers – Kieren Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
    Zenith – Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell
    ZERO – by Ales Kot & Various