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October 20, 2013


I Worry I'm The Only Person That Knows This Book Exists: The Comics Reporter Re-Consideration List

It's past mid-October, which means -- believe it or not -- we're likely to start getting best-of-year lists in a matter of days rather than months.

Let's all complain in advance.

If you're out there, if you have a 2013 book/series/strip/webcomic that you like and that you seriously want people to reconsider with the end of the year approaching, a work that you're worried has been mostly ignored by the world of comics and those to whom that world is important, send me its name. I won't include anything I consider a big release -- something that received an obvious lot of attention -- but I'll give you as much leeway as possible otherwise. No explanation desired or necessary. I just want to run a bunch of covers and publishing information. I may not even include names of suggesting parties, or may include them at the end of the post in a big group, so as to remove the temptation to show off one's taste or curry favor. I'll even start with one I solicited from someone else.

Obscure is fine, but undervalued primarily through lack of consideration is the point. That includes work that might be undervalued in a specific category or within a group of books rather than overall. It doesn't have to be the best work of the year, even, just one you wish people would look at one more time. Keep it to one book, though; otherwise I'll be here until 2014 best-of season. (I will almost certainly read with interest and then delete any multiple-suggestion e-mails; sorry!) -- Tom Spurgeon

Update: I'm done accepting these, and prefer to keep it with the people that read the site on Sunday rather than get a wave of Monday morning latecomers. Thanks to all that read the site any time they choose to do so! I'll have a final list up by noon Monday, after which I will delete this sentence.

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Critics, please maybe take a second look at the following:

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* Abyss, Saman Bemel-Benrud, 2D Cloud.

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* A Frozen World, Nick Andors, Self-Published.

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* Al'Rashad, Christopher Bird and Davinder Brar, Self-Published Webcomic.

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* Bad Machinery, John Allison, Self-Published Webcomic.

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* Beta Testing The Apocalypse, Tom Kaczynski, Fantagraphics.

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* Bittersweet Romance, Victor Cayro, Drippybone Books.

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* Copra, Michel Fiffe, Self-Published.

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* Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan The Sunday Comics 1931-1933, Hal Foster.

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* Exorcise Book, Heather Benjamin, A Bolha Editora, $12.

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* Good Dog, Graham Chaffee, Fantagraphics.

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* Ghosts and Ruins, Ben Catmull, Fantagraphics.

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* Habit #1, Josh Simmons, Oily Comics.

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* Grand Gestures, Simon Moreton, Retrofit..

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* Heck, Zander Cannon, Top Shelf.

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* Historyjki (bemini kus! #12), Maciej Sienczyk, kus! komiksi.

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* In the Kitchen with Alain Passard, Christophe Blain, Chronicle Books.

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* Journal, Julie Delporte, Koyama Press.

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* July Diary 2013, Gabrielle Bell, Self-Published Webcomic.

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* Kummituslapsi (The Ghost Child), Terhi Ekebom, Asema.

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* Lovf New York: Destination Crisis, Jesse Reklaw, Birdcage Bottom Books.

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* Monster, Various Artists, Hidden Fortress Press.

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* New Comics #1, Patrick Kyle, Mother Books.

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* Out Of Hollow Water, Anna Bongiovanni, 2D Cloud.

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* Paranatural, Zack Morrison, Self-Published Webcomic.

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* Paranoid Apartment, Lala Albert, Secret Prison.

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* Playing Out, Jim Medway, Blank Slate Books, June 2013.

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* Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend, Charles Rodrigues, Fantagraphics.

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* Real Rap, Ben Urkowitz, Oily Comics.

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* Rolling Stock, Oliver East, Comics Workbook.

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* School Spirits, Anya Davidson, PictureBox.

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* Slovakia, Marek Bennett.

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* Susceptible, Genèvieve Castrée, Drawn and Quarterly.

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* The Library, Chihoi, Conundrum.

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* Sky In Stereo #2, Mardou, Yam Books.

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* When David Lost His Voice, Judith Vanistendael, SelfMadeHero.

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