And here we are, 2020 is finally coming to a close. It was as strange a year for comics as it was for the rest of the world, but the industry showed its resiliency and managed to survive nine months of a pandemic. Our little shop survived too. I read a lot of comics this year, many from years past, but there was plenty read this year as well, and a lot of what I read were some really good comics. A few of the titles in my best of list really deserve a second (or first) look if you didn’t see them in the shop. One of my favorites was Garth Ennis and PJ Holden’s The Stringbags, a World War II graphic novel that is as good of a comics war story as I have ever read, and really stands up as testament to Ennis’ place as comics’ greatest living war writer. I also want to shout out Alan Moore and Richard Corben for providing me with so many amazing comics from the past that I have either dived into for the first time, or am rediscovering.
While we can’t read everything, here’s what we read and loved that was published in 2020. Happy New Year, see you in 2021!
Drew’s best comics of 2020
Department of Truth (Image)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Cartoonist (Drawn & Quarterly)
The Stringbags (Dead Reckoning)
Strange Adventures (DC)
Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press)
One Million Tiny Fires (Silver Sprocket)
What We Mean by Yesterday (Instagram)
Sports is Hell (Koyama)
Paying the Land (Metropolitan Books)
Best reprints of the year
Biologic Show (Hollow Press)
Complete Noir: Manchette and Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Yoshiharu Tsuge: The Swamp (Drawn & Quarterly)
Aggretsuko (Oni Press)
Eat and Love Yourself (Boom)
Something is Killing the Children (Boom)
Lois Lane (DC)
BL Metamorphosis (Seven Seas Entertainment)
Venus in the Blind Spot (Viz)
Dying is Easy (IDW)
TMNT The Last Ronin (IDW)
Locke and Key/Sandman (IDW)
The year has come to a close, and while we can’t read everything, here’s what we read and loved that was published in 2019. Happy New Year, see you in 2020!
Drew’s best comics of 2019
Dark Knight Golden Child (DC)
House of X/Powers of X (Marvel)
Hard Tomorrow (Drawn & Quarterly)
BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics)
PTSD (:01 First Second)
Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)
Spider-Man Life Story (Marvel)
Ghosted in LA (Boom)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (:01 First Second)
Pumpkinheads (:01 First Second)
Skull Face Bookseller Honda-san (Yen)
Let’s Make Ramen! (Ten Speed)
This Was Our Pact (:01 First Second)
Way of the Househusband (Viz)
Far Sector (DC)
Stargazing (:01 First Second)
Eve Stranger (IDW)
Female Furies (DC)
Murder Falcon (Image)
Come into Me (Black Mask)
Batman Last Knight on Earth (DC)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie)
Space Bandits (Image)
Joker by John Carpenter (DC)
Pretty Violent (Image)
Silver Surfer Black (Marvel)
Once and Future (Boom)
Strayed (Dark Horse)
The Plot (Vault)
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy turns 25 this year! To celebrate one of comics’ greatest characters Ash Ave Comics will be giving away a 25th anniversary edition of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction issue #1 with a new cover by Mignola, Hellboy Tattoo Sheet and buttons, a Right Hand of Doom bookmark, and a Hellboy double-sided poster and Mignolaverse timeline.
In addition, all Hellboy and Mignolaverse collections, current issues, back issues, and toys are 20% off all day long! So drop by the shop this Saturday, March 23, to get some free Hellboy goodies, and pick up some Hellboy comics with this one day sale.
“When I created Hellboy way back when I never imagined he would be around long enough to celebrate a 25th anniversary,” said Mike Mignola. “I’m grateful to the writers, artists, colorists and letterers who’ve joined me in telling Hellboy stories for all these years. And, of course, so grateful to the fans.”
Thank you Mike, we’re grateful for a quarter century of Hellboy.
Join us on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM for a signing with Kara Leopard, writer of the new BOOM! graphic novel Pandora’s Legacy and the artist on the web comic [Super]Natural Attraction.
We have copies of Pandora’s Legacy available for $9.99 on pre-order, and we can have your copy signed and held for you if you’re unable to make it in on the day of the signing. Drop us a line through our Facebook page, or in the shop if you would like to order and reserve a copy.
What starts out as a typical family vacation to Grandma and Grandpa’s house quickly erupts into supernatural mystery and peril when three siblings accidentally break an old, mystical jar hidden deep in the woods, revealing they are descendants of Pandora and their family has been tasked for generations with protecting the very jar they just broke…
As magical monsters pour out of the fractured relic and run amok, Charlie, Janet, and Trevor must find a way to capture all of the creatures in order to save their family.and potentially the entire world before it’s too late.
Writer Kara Leopard ([Super]Natural Attraction) and illustrators Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal) weave an otherworldly tale about finding help in the unlikeliest of places, learning the truth about your family history, and most importantly of all, talking cats.
A milestone in comics! DC Comics’ longest running title, and the series that birthed Superman, reaches its 1000th issue! This will be the biggest title of the year, and it is available Tuesday at midnight at Ash Ave Comics. We’ll have copies of Action Comics #1000 (including the regular cover, and the nine variant covers), along with all other new weekly DC Comics releases on sale. Our doors will open at midnight, and we’ll close at 12:30 (or when the last person has checked out).
The list of creators is huge:
Celebrate 1000 issues of Action Comics with an all-star lineup of top talent as they pay tribute to the comic that started it all! From today’s explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow’s future-this very special, oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories!
FEATURING ALL-NEW ART AND STORIES BY:
• BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
• JOHN CASSADAY
• OLIVIER COIPEL
• PAUL DINI
• JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
• PATRICK GLEASON
• BUTCH GUICE
• GEOFF JOHNS
• DAN JURGENS
• TOM KING
• JIM LEE
• CLAY MANN
• BRAD MELTZER
• JERRY ORDWAY
• TIM SALE
• LOUISE SIMONSON
• SCOTT SNYDER
• CURT SWAN
• PETER J. TOMASI
• MARV WOLFMAN