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Five For Friday #34 -- Anthologies
posted June 17, 2005

Recommend Five Anthologies
1. Zap
2. Weirdo
3. Raw
4. Kramer's Ergot
5. Lapin



Andrew Mansell

1. McSweeney's
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


Chris Pitzer

Fly in My Eye

And.... Wait for it...
The Projects. (Telstar or Superior!)


Alan David Doane

Kramer's Ergot 5
Zero Zero
The Top Shelf anthologies
Comics Festival!
Origins of Marvel Comics


Benjamin Bayliss

Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse)
Grendel: Black,White,and Red (Dark Horse)
The Big Book of Losers (DC Comics)
Bizarro Comics (DC Comics)
The Bush Junta (Fantagraphics Books)


Jeet Heer

1. The Chicago Tribune sunday section, circa 1920-1940. Every week: Frank King, Harold Gray, Chester Gould, Milton Caniff, etc.
2. Mad, under Kurtzman's editorship -- the springroot of modern American satire.
3. Arcade -- 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, Arcade, Weirdo, Raw, Drawn and Quarterly. Some runner-ups: Snake Eyes (very underrated: a fusion of Raw and Weirdo), Blab, Anarchy Comix (the best political anthology ever).


Dave Knott

Drawn & Quarterly
Heavy Metal (before the Eastman buyout)


Marc Sobel

Crisis Magazine
SPX (esp 2001-02)
9/11 Anthologies
Little Lit


Bart Beaty

The current best in five languages:

1. Ego Comme X (French)
2. Nosotros Somos los Muertos (Spanish)
3. Strapazin (German)
4. Quadrado (Portuguese)
5. Black (Italian)


Pat Dean

1. Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics
2. Mysteries In Space: The Best of DC Science Fiction from Fireside Books
3. Legal Action Comics #2
4. BOP #1
5. No specific issue, but select Dark Horse Presents issues were very solid.


Nick Mullins

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 were good.