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Publishers Weekly rolls out its best books of 2012

Publishers Weekly is the first out of the gate with its best of 2012 lists, with Chris Ware’s Building Stories (Pantheon), described as “unabashedly rooted in the pre-digital age,” leading its overall Top 10. Ware also designed and lettered the magazine’s cover (at right).

The six titles in the comics category are:

My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf (Abrams Graphic Arts)

Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Voyeurs, by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)

Wizzywig, by Ed Piskor (Top Shelf)

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, by Mary and Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)

Two graphic novels also make an appearance on the children’s fiction list: Hilda and the Midnight Giant, by Luke Pearson (Nobrow), and Drama, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic/Graphix).

With PW breaking the ice, that means the best-of lists should begin arriving at a fast and furious pace.



Um…where is Johns and Lee Justice League….? smdh

Ha ha! Good one, Trey.

I read My Friend Dahmer and Are You My Mother and thought they were both good. Didn’t realize I was reading “award-winning” literature! I like autobiographical comics, and these were good, but not as mind-altering as Eisner or Crumb. I’m going to have to read the others on the list…

I’ve read so many superhero comics that I find myself looking for more action, more plot, and more revelation than one is likely to find in these autobiographical stories. Comics have warped my brain.

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