We reach the first full week of our annual tradition of daily guest Best of the Year posts, with one of our consistent favourite creators, Joe Decie (now with a new book coming from the acclaimed Jonathan Cape crew), picking out some of his 2015 favourites (you can check out the Best of the Year picks so far here, and the selections from previous years can be found via the Features menu above), and we even forgive him for sneakily working extra choices into his selection:
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?
Joe: Big Books:
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki – it’s a wonderful book, such a fun read. Excellent excellent characters.
Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton – So funny. Also Kate is the master of gesture in cartooning, drawing skillz.
Soppy by Philippa Rice – This book is brilliant. You can relate to the characters in this book so much, it’s almost like they’re real people.
24hr comic by Sophia Foster-Dimino. I am in awe of Sophia’s angular and sparse drawing style, plus her pacing is impeccable.
“Sex Coven” Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki – Jillian is such a good storyteller. I wish I’d bought one of the Coven t-shirts
Fuck wizards by Eleanor Davis – Silly and great. All you could ever want for in a $3 mini comic.
FPI: Can you pick three books which you especially enjoyed over the last twelve months and tell us why you singled them out?
Joe: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – I’ve not finished this book yet, but I’m enjoying it. It’s about Williamsburg, but there’s not been any hipsters so far.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg – I’ve not started this one yet, but it looks great. Hey, I think it’s also set in New York.
Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre – Phillip and Sarah are a winning combo, they make fantastic stories. lovely to look at and a pleasure to read.
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?
Joe: Master of None – Great fun. I couldn’t relate to it, it’s about dating and being young and living in New York.
Catastrophe – Great fun. I could relate to it, it’s about not being young anymore and not dating and not living in New York.
Under the Skin – Not fun at all. It’s been out a few years, but I don’t get out much. Saw it on the telly. It’s a really haunting and disturbing sci-fi set in Scotland. I didn’t enjoy it, but it was good.
FPI: How did 2015 go for you as a creator? Are you happy with the way you got your work out this year?
Joe: It was ace really. Went to some fantastic shows, made some fun comics, met a lot of lovely people. And signed a contract with Cape for my new book. Mostly I sat at home.
FPI: What can we look forward to from you in 2016?
Joe: I’ll have a floppy comic out with one of the boutique US publishers. I think I’m in a pretty great anthology, although I haven’t heard from them in ages. I’ll keep putting up comics on the internet and I’ll finish my book Collecting Sticks.
FPI: Anyone you think is a name we should be watching out for next year?
Joe: Daniel Locke – He seems to be working on loads of amazing books right now, they’ll be great. Obviously keep an eye on Retrofit, Koyama Press and Youth In Decline – they undoubtably will be showcasing some excellent stuff. And over here I imagine we’ll see great things from the CBSP crew.
(a page from Going Home by Daniel Locke)