As the end of 2011 approaches, websites and publications are unveiling various year-end lists. Here’s just some of what’s been released in the past few days:
• Brian Truitt at USA Today looks back at the year that was in comics, naming best writer (Scott Snyder), best non-superhero artist (Rob Guillory), best fight (Spider-Island) and many more categories.
• Kaleon Rahan takes an alphabetical approach to the year in comics, where “A” is for Action Comics, “J” is for Jim Lee, “S” is for Schism and “W” is for “What the Hell(boy).”
• Cap’n Carrot at Dad’s Bug Plan lists his favorite ongoing series of the year, including Daredevil, Secret Six, Darkwing Duck and Batgirl.
• iFanboy lists the top 10 comic events of the year.
• Sean Gaffney discusses his favorite manga titles of the year.
• iFanboy has named Petrograd by Phil Gelatt and Tyler Crook as their book of the year.
• Johanna Draper Carlson shares her top ten graphic novels of the year, a list that includes Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Criminal: The Last of the Innocent by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Love and Capes: Wake Up Where You Are by Thomas Zahler and Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton.
• Danny Djeljosevic, Nick Hanover and Jason Sacks at Comics Bulletin count down their top ten graphic novels of 2011, which include Frank Miller’s Holy Terror, Oil and Water by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler, and Habibi by Craig Thompson.
• Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson continues her countdown of the top people of 2011. Jeffrey Brown comes in at No. 71, while Brian Selznick lands at No. 55. Jeff Lemire is at No. 31. Robert Kirkman and Kevin Smith both break into the top 20. I won’t spoil the No. 1 pick, but I agree with it wholeheartedly.
• Jonathan P. Kuehlein of the Toronto Star picks his year’s best, including Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey by GB Tran, Joe The Barbarian: The Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy, and Scarlet: Book 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.
Business | Japanese e-book publisher Bitway has invested $750,000 in Crunchyroll, the San Francisco-based website that streams anime and live-action Asian movies. A major distributor of electronic books, including manga, in Japan, Bitway hopes to work with Crunchyroll to develop a comics-distribution platform overseas, with an emphasis on the United States and Canada.
Crunchyroll launched in 2006 as a for-profit site, and featured among its content illegally hosted user-uploaded fansubs and bootleg anime. But in 2009, following a $4 million investment from venture-capital firm Venrock, Crunchyroll began offering only licensed content. The website reportedly attracts 6 million unique visitors a month. [Anime News Network]
This past weekend’s USA Weekend, the supplement that appears in Gannett’s papers across the country on Sunday, was all over the upcoming Iron Man 2 — in addition to a feature story and photo shoot related to the film, they also included the above poster by John Romita Jr.
USA Today kicked off its serialization of the Superman strip from DC’s Wednesday Comics this morning in its print and online editions.
As announced last month, the John Arcudi and Lee Bermejo story debuts in today’s newspaper, with subsequent episodes appearing on the USA Today website, which boasts an audience of 3.6 million. Each weekly online installment will be promoted in the print edition.
USA Today’s Wednesday Comics web page sports a DC Comics logo and head shots of Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, Sgt. Rock and Wonder Woman. The brief article below the Superman comic includes a link to Diamond Comic Distributors’ Comic Shop Locator.
The New York Daily News also covers the launch of the 12-week miniseries, whose format and approach pay homage to the golden age of Sunday comics: The 16-page comic unfolds from 7 inches by 10 inches to 28 inches by 20 inches. Each of the 15 stories get its own 14-inch by 20-inch page.
“It’s either old-fashioned or it’s cutting edge, or it’s a little bit of both,” DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio tells the Daily News.