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Amazon picks its best comics and graphic novels of 2011

Hot on the heels of the Publishers Weekly list arrives Amazon’s 10 best comics and graphic novels of 2011. While five books appear on both lists, Amazon’s is arguably more diverse, with the addition of a superhero collection, a true-crime story and an archival comic strip volume.

  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson (Pantheon)
  • Mister Wonderful: A Love Story, by Daniel Clowes (Pantheon)
  • Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Big Questions, by Anders Nilsen (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder, by Walt Kelly (Fantagraphics)
  • Batman: The Black Mirror, by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla (DC Comics)
  • Love and Rockets: New Stories #4, by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
  • King of the Flies: The Origin of the World, by Mezzo and Pirus (Fantagraphics)
  • Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse)
  • Daytripper, by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (DC Comics/Vertigo)



Not a single Marvel book on that list? Huh. Wonder why?
Can’t wait to see Barnes & Nobles list.

It always perplexes me how there can be a Year’s Best list with two months left in the year. Surely Amazon hasn’t seen everything due out in the next seven weeks, has it?

Thrilled to see Daytripper on this list.

King of Flies is one the best trilogies going on in comics. Far superior to everything else on the list.

I’m looking forward to getting the Batman: Black Mirror book at the end of the month when it comes out.

I often look through Amazon’s top 100 bestselling graphic novels to get a sense of what comics the general public likes, and I’m surprised by how little Marvel and DC are represented.

There’s a lot of autobiographical and “literary” comics. Various volumes of the walking dead rank pretty high because of the TV show. Collections of comic strips like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes also rank pretty high. DC is mostly represented on the top 100 by Watchmen, Batman and Vertigo titles like V for Vendetta. Marvel is really low on the list with a few creator-owned books they published and one volume of Spider-Man. This list is from memory, and I I last checked the top 100 about a week ago.

Anyway I find these results surprising because in the public’s mind comic books and superheroes are almost synonymous.

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