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October 31, 2014

The Casual Certainties Of Late October: Wal-Mart’s Christmas Trees, PW’s Best Books Of The Year

imagePublishers Weekly has its best-of book lists out, I guess in an attempt to fool those who thought there was slightly more than 1/6 of the year left. Their choices in comics are:

* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* The Wrenchies, Farel Dalrymple (First Second)
* How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly)

That's a fine list. Given past winning slates I wouldn't have been surprised if Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki's This One Summer, Richard Thompson's Complete Cul De Sac, Mimi Pond's Over Easy, Jules Feiffer's Kill My Mother or John Porcellino's Hospital Suite were on this year's list, but what is on there makes sense. That Dalrymple book might surprise some people, but that book is something else.

I think there are likely still some excellent books to come. I just got the new Olivier Schrauwen, and that look stupendous. There's still at least one if not two David B. books coming out. I appreciate the PW list's small size, and I appreciate the fact that even though there are only five choices two of their picks were from Fantagraphics -- there has to be pressure to include as many publishers as possible.

Update: Heidi MacDonald informs me that Emily Carroll's Through The Woods and the aforementioned The One Summer made a fairly extensive-looking Young Adult list.
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