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November 5, 2012

PW Names Its Best Graphic Novels For 2012; Chris Ware's Building Stories Named To Top Books List


As is usually the case, Publishers Weekly is first out of the gate with its best graphic novels of the year list. Their choices are:

* My Friend Dahmer, Derf Backderf (Abrams Graphic Arts)
* Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
* The Voyeurs, Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
* Wizzywig, Ed Piskor (Top Shelf)
* Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, Mary and Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)

I guess it's notable that not a single work from traditional arts-comics powerhouses Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly made what is a very short list, nor did Chris Ware's book from Pantheon, Building Stories. There's also no manga or kids books, although I have no grasp yet if those are strong categories for 2012. Mostly, though, these lists are what these lists are, and it's really not worth second-guessing or worrying them. You can find review from PW for each book through that initial link.

Update: Bad initial blogging on my part! Derf tells me that Building Stories was named to PW's overall books of the year list. Ware also did the cover for the issue. I've changed the headline to reflect.

Update 2: I guess there are some comics on the kids list...? I give up.

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