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February 1, 2009


FFf Results Post #149 -- End Of An Era

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Favorite Single-Issue Alternative/Independent Comic Books." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Love & Rockets #28
2. American Flagg! #1
3. Schizo #1
4. New Hat
5. Zot! #11

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Devlin Thompson

1. Lloyd Llewellyn #6
2. Neat Stuff #9
3. Gumby Summer Fun Special
4. Weirdo #11
5. Twist #1

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Logan Polk

5. TMNT (Vol. 4) #11
4. Tales Designed to Thrizzle #1
3. Castle Waiting #1
2. Superf*ckers #2
1. Eightball #22

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Stephen Leach

1. Sam and Max Freelance Police #1
2. St. Swithin's Day
3. Penny Century #5
4. Eightball #13
5. Sidney Mellon's Thunderskull! #1

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Scott Dunbier

* Destroy!!
* Heartbreak Comics
* Love & Rockets #4
* Warrior #1
* Zot #33

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John Vest

1. Penny Century #2
2. Journey #1
3. Alex #1
4. A Couple Of Winos
5. Red Calloway's Big Bang #2

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Tom Bondurant

1. American Flagg! #4 - the start of the "Southern Comfort" storyline, but a good standalone issue, as Reuben fights off his blimp's hijackers
2. Cerebus #85 - introducing Mick and Keef, with a good bit of Elrod and Moon Roach thrown in
3. The Maze Agency #1 - as good a representative as any of Mike Barr and Adam Hughes' fondly-remembered mystery series
4. Miracleman #15 - Kid Miracleman destroys London
5. Nexus #41 - Nexus sets serial killers against each other

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Andy Kunka

1. Anything Goes #2 (Fantagraphics): Bought it off the rack in 1986 for the Alan Moore story, "In Pictopia," and got Jaime Hernandez, Art Spiegelman, Jack Kirby, etc. in the bargain.
2. American Flagg! #3 (First): First issue I could get from the local magazine store that sold some direct sales comics. I was too young to read this.
3. Nexus #5 (Capital): Found this in one of my first ever visits to a real-life comic shop on a family trip. Read it over and over again.
4. Grendel #16 (Comico): First issue of this series I ever bought, too.
5. Pacific Presents #1 (Pacific): Early Rocketeer story plus Ditko.

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Mike Lynch

1. Stig's Inferno #7 -- I loved Ty Templeton's inking; each issue got better and better
2. Ms. Tree's Thrilling Detective Adventures #1 -- a series that deserves to be better remembered
3. Nexus #6 -- the Badger crossover "The Bowl-Shaped World"
4. Megaton Man #1 -- up there with Not Brand Ecch!
5. Concrete -- the one where he walks on the ocean floor

I want to include L&R, but cannot bear to pick a particular issue. Honorable mention tie from First Publishing: Hempel & Wheatley's Mars and Cuti/Staton's E-Man revival. In the next five minutes I will change my mind and pick completely different comics, so I better get this to you, Tom, ASAP!

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Douglas Mullins

1. Multiple War Heads #1
2. RASL #1
3. The Shaolin Cowboy #6
4. Fight or Run
5. Strangetown #1

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Adam Casey

1. Hickee Vol. 2 #1
2. Angry Youth Comix #10
3. Dork #11
4. Too Much Coffee Man #1
5. Pogostick #1

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Michael Aushenker

1) Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman #1 -- (Eclipse) Hilarious and action-packed.
2) David Chelsea in Love #3 (Eclipse) -- Hilarious and action-packed (a different type of action, though)
3) Optic Nerve #6 (Drawn & Quarterly) -- Typical of Adrian Tomine's well-observed short story fiction. The stuff Summer Blondes are made of.
4) Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #6 (Pacific Comics) -- Sheer Kirby, plus Steve Ditko's "Missing Man" as a back-up sweetens the deal
5) Detroit! Murder City Comix #3 (SLG) -- A fun, free-wheeling unpretentious early '90s comic that's sorely missed. Go, Motormount, go!

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Christopher Duffy

1. Love and Rockets #29! (Take that, Spurgeon!)
2. Drawn and Quarterly #3 (vol 1)
3. Ganges #2
4. Neat Stuff #2
5. Eightball #23

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Graeme McMillan

1. Dork #7
2. Or Else #2
3. Multiple Warheads #1
4. THB Comic-Con 2007 Exclusive
5. Graffiti Kitchen

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Michael Grabowski

1. Cerebus #53. For just one issue, Cerebus isn't out to get anybody. He's just a "normal" guy.
2. Acme Novelty Library #7. You said "Whatever Size." Nearly every page puts a lump in my throat.
3. Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman #1. "Thirty-nine cents or I piss on your flowers!"
4. Zero Zero #15. Sacco's "Christmas With Karadzic" and a typically brilliant supporting line-up.
5. American Flagg #2. The only thing better than a great first issue is a second issue that lives up to the promise.

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Justin Colussy-Estes

1. Love & Rockets #42
2. Peepshow #2
3. Dirty Plotte #6
4. D'Arc Tangent #1
5. THB #1

(all of these are for one reason or another comics that signalled endings for me--of the series, or my enthusiasm, or a relationship-- whether I saw them as such at the time or not)

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Dave Knott

* Dork #7
* The Nimrod #6
* Grendel #16
* Cerebus #186
* Rabbit Head

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James Langdell

1. Dork #7
2. Jim #1
3. Doing the Islands with Bacchus #2
4. Aztec Ace #9
5. Robot Comics #0 (Bob Burden)

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Danny Ceballos

* Jim #4 by Jim Woodring
* Measles #8 by Los Bros Hernandez, et al.
* True Swamp #3 by Jon Lewis
* Yummy Fur #19 by Chester Brown
* Deep Girl #5 by Ariel Bordeaux

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Will Pfeifer

1. American Flagg #1
2. Schizo #3
3. Neat Stuff #9 -- Hippy House!
4. Dork #6 -- The All Eltingville Issue
5. Heartbreak Comics -- by David Boswell

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Sean T. Collins

* Eightball #22
* Eightball #23
* Boy's Club #2
* Skyscrapers of the Midwest #2
* Black Hole #12

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Scott Cederlund

1) Concrete #2
2) Queen & Country #1
3) Scout #24
4) ACME Novelty Library #1
5) Dark Horse Presents #50

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Marc Sobel

1. Eightball #23
2. Love & Rockets #29
3. Detectives Inc. #1
4. St. Swithin's Day
5. Stray Bullets #2

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Gil Roth

1. L&R #29 (first one I ever read)
2. Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman #1
3. Megaton Man #1 (first indy I ever bought)
4. Hup #1
5. Pickle #3 (it started a trip that sent me halfway around the world)

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Mark Coale

1. Usagi Yojimbo #24 (Fantagraphics)
2. Miracleman #15 (Eclipse)
3. Stig's Inferno #1 (Vortex)
4. St. Swithin's Day (Trident)
5. Cerebus #42 (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

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Bill Kartalopoulos

* RAW Vol. 1 #4 (first issue published "after 1981")
* Jimbo #1 (Zongo Comics series)
* Boys
* The Stuff of Dreams #1
* ACME Novelty Library #1

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