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Chew, Vol. 1

Chew, Vol. 1

You didn’t think we were finished with all of those best-of-the-year/best-of-the-decade lists, did you?

• USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson names her favorite comics of 2009, including Trina Robbins’ The Brinkley Girls, Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life and Kiminori Wakasugi Detroit Metal City, Vol. 1.

• Matheson also has begun to reveal her annual list of the Top 100 people of the year. The 2009 installment so far includes Yoshihiro Tatsumi (No. 89), Tim Gunn (N0.78; hey, he was in Marvel’s Models, Inc.) and Lilli Carre (No. 69).

• MTV’s Splash Page names John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Image comic Chew as the best new series of 2009, and recognizes a dozen other categories, from best new webcomic (Bad Machinery) to best comic adapted from another medium (Parker: The Hunter).

• IGN.com bestows its Best of 2009 Awards, including best original graphic novel (Parker: The Hunter), best new series (The Unwritten) and best series (Unknown Soldier).

• The contributors to Manga Recon reflect on the best and worst manga of the year, by category (best new series, best yaoi, etc.). Titles include Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba&! and Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim.

• Johanna Draper Carlson names her best/favorite manga of 2009.

• Book By Its Cover announces its best books of 2009, which include Kramers Ergot 7 and Marc Bell’s Hot Potatoe.

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This column was worth reading if only for The Smiths lyric as title.

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