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Five For Friday #34 -- Anthologies
posted June 17, 2005
Recommend Five Anthologies
4. Kramer's Ergot
2. Smithsonian Book of Comic Strips
3. The Comic Strip Century
(available as a 20.00 re-issue thru B&N!!!!!!)
4. Top Shelf Asks the Big Questions
5. Rosetta 2
Fly in My Eye
And.... Wait for it...
Alan David Doane
Kramer's Ergot 5
The Top Shelf anthologies
Origins of Marvel Comics
Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist
Grendel: Black,White,and Red
The Big Book of Losers
The Bush Junta
1. The Chicago Tribune
sunday section, circa 1920-1940. Every week: Frank King, Harold Gray, Chester Gould, Milton Caniff, etc.
, under Kurtzman's editorship -- the springroot of modern American satire.
-- the one edited by Spiegelman and Griffith. The cream of the crop of first wave underground comics.
4. Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl Art
, edited by Diane Noomin. (Also, to a lesser degree, the magazine anthology from Kitchen Sink books of the same name). An intense reminder of how many great women artists have done underground art.
5. Drawn and Quarterly
-- under the editing of Chris Oliveros. The best overview of the post Love and Rockets
generation. Especially interesting because you can see the evolution of Oliveros's aesthetic, with a greater attention to design and production values each time the anthology is relaunched.
As I said, this is just stuff that hasn't been mentioned. If I had to list the absolute best ever, it would be: Mad
, Drawn and Quarterly
. Some runner-ups: Snake Eyes
(very underrated: a fusion of Raw and Weirdo), Blab
, Anarchy Comix
(the best political anthology ever).
Drawn & Quarterly
(before the Eastman buyout)
The current best in five languages:
1. Ego Comme X
2. Nosotros Somos los Muertos
1. Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics
2. Mysteries In Space: The Best of DC Science Fiction
from Fireside Books
3. Legal Action Comics
5. No specific issue, but select Dark Horse Presents
issues were very solid.
In no particular order:
• Nosotros Somos Los Muertos
• Kramer's Ergot
• Drawn and Quarterly
(especially the initial run and the May 2000 Vol. 3)
And because they haven't been mentioned, I liked the Viz anthology, Pulp
, and Rosetta 2
. And some of the 1970s and 80s Heavy Metals