Robot 6

A roundup of end-of-the-year (and decade) pieces

Pluto, Vol. 2

Pluto, Vol. 2

• In case you missed it, over the weekend we marked the one-year anniversary of Robot 6 by unleashing a torrent of content, including several year- and decade-in-review lists and previews of 2010: our favorite comics of 2009; the 30 most important comics of the decade (Part 1, Part 2); the 50 best covers of 2009; and what industry figures are most looking forward to in 2010 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Deb Aoki, Christopher Butcher and David Welsh consider the manga milestones of the past decade that changed the industry. Among them, Naruto‘s conquest of America, the licensing of Cardcaptor Sakura and the launch of DC Comics’ CMX imprint.

• Matthew Price, The Oklahoman’s features editor and comics blogger, names the top graphic novels of the decade, including Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series, James Sturm’s Golem’s Mighty Swing, and Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon’s Pride of Baghdad.

• The National Post names Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography among the best Canadian books of the decade, and gives honorable mentions to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series and Seth’s George Sprott: 1894-1975. The newspaper also spotlights “the ascent of the graphic novel,” with nods to Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County trilogy, among others.

• Tom Spurgeon continues his series of holiday interviews with critics discussing comics emblematic of the decade: Noah Berlatsky on the Elephant & Piggie series; Tucker Stone on Ganges; and Douglas Wolk on The Invincible Iron Man: World’s Most Wanted.

• Joe “Jog” McCulloch names his Top 10 comics of the year, including Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth, Treehouse of Horror #15 and Joshua Cotter’s Driven by Lemons.

• Brian Heater chats with Heidi MacDonald about the year in comics.

• At The Savage Critics, Jeff Lester reflects on the past decade.

• Retailer Brian Hibbs analyzes sales of comics and graphic novels/trade paperbacks in 2009 at Comix Experience: overview; comics; books.

• Comics Alliance presents its expanded list of “Superlatives of 2009,” which includes nods to best new indie comic (Chew) and best newspaper comic strip (Cul de Sac). Also at that blog: John Parker dubs X-Factor as the best X-title of 2009.

• At Trouble with Comics, Marc Sobel looks at the best and worst comics of 2009.

• J. Caleb Mozzocco lists his Top 10 comics of the year.

• At Pop Culture Shock, Matt Bergin names the best comics of 2009, organized by categories like Best Event, Best Hero and Best Job of Pulling Me Back In.

• At the Forbidden Planet International blog, creators Molly Crabapple and Richard Cowdry name their favorite comics (and other forms of entertainment) of 2009.

• At Good Comics For Kids, Lori Henderson’s 10-year-old daughter selects her five favorite manga of 2009.

• At our sibling blog Comics Should Be Good, Danielle Leigh reflects on some of the manga she read last year.

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