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The Village Voice names best graphic novels of 2013

sacrificeCritic R.C. Baker checks in with The Village Voice’s best graphic novels of 2013, a list that comes in both article and gallery form. It’s probably best described as … eclectic:

  • The Best of EC Comics Artist’s Edition, Vol. 1 (IDW Publishing)
  • The Adventures of Jodelle, by Guy Peellaert and Pierre Bartier (Fantagraphics)
  • Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach Deluxe Edition, by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo and J.G. Jones (DC Comics)
  • Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend, by Charles Rodrigues; edited by Bob Fingerman and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
  • Curing the Postmodern Blues: Reading Grant Morrison and Chris Weston’s The Filth in the 21st Century, by Tom Shapira (Sequart)
  • Law of the Desert Born: A Graphic Novel, by Louis L’Amour, Charles Santino, et al (Bantam)
  • Sandcastle, by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters (SelfMadeHero)
  • Sacrifice, by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose (Dark Horse)
  • Occupy Comics 1 and 2, by various (Black Mask)
  • The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage: Queen of Pulp Pin-Up Art, by Stephen D. Korshak and J. David Spurlock
  • Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second)

Comics A.M. | Comics decline again; Village Voice to pay cartoonists

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Publishing | The direct market experienced another decline in March, with comics sales slipping 2.43 percent from the same month in 2010, and graphic novels plummeting 10.01 percent. For the first quarter of 2011, comics fell 8.57 percent while graphic novels dropped 7.24 percent, for a combined decline of 8.14 percent.

John Jackson Miller notes that DC Comics’ price rollback appears to be having an impact on the overall bottom line: “While unit sales for comics were up by less than 1% in March, led by FF #1, they were down 2.43% in dollar terms. The quarterly unit-to-dollar gap in periodicals was wider, with a sales loss of nearly 1% in units versus a 5% loss in dollar terms. In the past inflationary periods, we always saw the dollar category doing better than units. Now, the reverse is happening.” [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Following widespread criticism, The Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega acknowledges that not paying cartoonists who contributed to the paper’s Comics Issue “was not the best way to help out the cartooning industry.” So he’ll be paying the artists. [The Village Voice]

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