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The Best American Comics 2007 by Chris Ware
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May 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: manga-and-comics
Recommended for: lovers of comics, artists, people who like graphics

Chris Ware's 2007 selections for The Best American Comics are as good as I could possibly imagine them to be, though there are few surprises if you're already tapped into the underground/alternative comics scene. Work included in this volume includes comics by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Crumbs (of all sorts), the absolute genius Lynda Barry, Ron Regé Jr., Sammy Harkham, Adrian Tomine, Ben Katchor, Gilbert Hernandez (but no Jaime!), Charles Burns, Seth, and many, many, much much more. The volume is beautifully printed and the cover alone is just about worth the price of admission. If you're unfamiliar with the amazing underground/alternative comic work that's being produced today, then you owe it to yourself to have a look at this volume. If you're already familiar with this work, then this is a nice collection of disparate pieces that you can turn to from time to time (and you probably don't already own everything by all of these authors). I basically only have two complaints about The Best American Comics 2007: (1) Since the criteria for inclusion is publication between August 31, 2005 and September 1, 2006 this means that none of the comics in the "best of" 2007 are from 2007. Worse still, many of these works were produced much earlier (some of the Regé work is labeled "97"). All of the work is great, but it's strange to see work a decade old showing up in a "best of 2007" collection. (2) Many of the pieces printed are excerpts and because of this they feel (necessarily) incomplete. I don't think there's much that could have been done about this, but I still don't love it. There does seem to be a logic to the order that the pieces were put in, but sometimes the transition between these pieces feels like an unnatural splice rather than a well-planned jump cut.

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