The following lists were submitted in response to the question, “What are the ten comics works you consider your favorites, the best, or the most significant?” All lists have been edited for consistency, clarity, and to fix minor copy errors. Unranked lists are alphabetized by title. In instances where the vote varies somewhat with the Top 115 entry the vote was counted towards, an explanation of how the vote was counted appears below it.

In the case of divided votes, only works fitting the description that received multiple votes on their own received the benefit. For example, in Jessica Abel’s list, she voted for The Post-Superhero comics of David Mazzucchelli. That vote was divided evenly between Asterios Polyp and Paul Auster’s City of Glass because they fit that description and received multiple votes on their own. It was not in any way applied to the The Rubber Blanket Stories because that material did not receive multiple votes from other participants.

Terry LaBan
Cartoonist, Edge City, Cud

The Editorial Cartoons, Pat Oliphant

Nicolas Labarre
Writer, A grands traits

Gaston LaGaffe, André Franquin

Blaise Larmee
Cartoonist, Young Lions

Young Lions, Blaise Larmee

Carol Lay
Cartoonist, Way Lay

Alias the Cat, Kim Deitch


Here are some faves, not necessarily in order of preference…just a list.
Jeff Lemire
Cartoonist, Essex County

Swamp Thing, Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, and John Totleben


Honorable Mentions: Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli; Black Hole, Charles Burns; Clumsy and Unlikely, Jeffrey Brown; A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories, Will Eisner; DC: The New Frontier, Darwyn Cooke; Scalped, Jason Aaron & R. M. Guéra; Skim, Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki; 3 Story, Matt Kindt; Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons.
Sonny Liew
Illustrator, My Faith in Frankie; cartoonist, Malinky Robot

Yotsuba&!, Kiyohiko Azuma

Alec Longstreth
Cartoonist, Phase 7

Mickey Mouse, Floyd Gottfredson

Jay Lynch
Cartoonist, Bijou Funnies

Humbug, Harvey Kurtzman, et al.

John MacLeod
Cartoonist, Dishman

Rip Kirby, Alex Raymond

Matt Madden
Cartoonist, 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style; co-editor, The Best American Comics series; instructor, School of Visual Arts

From the works of Saul Steinberg

Larry Marder
Cartoonist, Beanworld; erstwhile Executive Director, Image Comics

“Grieving Lincoln,” Bill Mauldin


This is my list today.

It might have been a different list if I compiled it yesterday or tomorrow.

Do I think this is the list of the best comics ever?

Not really.

But this is the list of some of the things that stuck with me, influenced me, and made me whatever sort of cartoonist I am today.

Thanks for asking.
Cartoonist, Kiss & Tell

Slutburger, Mary Fleener


Here are the top-ten comics that blew me away… This was really, really difficult, and does not include mini comics. Nor does it include any of my friends, many of whom produce amazing comics, but because I know them I feel like I’m biased.
Vom Marlowe
Contributing writer, The Hooded Utilitarian

Junjo Romantica, Shungiku Nakamura


This is a mix of my favorites, what consider most significant, and what I think are the best. A bit of all of them, really.
Benjamin Marra
Cartoonist, The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd

American Flagg!, Howard Chaykin

Scott Marshall
Cartoonist, The DIY Comic, Dregs

Lone Wolf and Cub, Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima


God, so many more I could name; hopefully somebody else will do so…?
Robert Stanley Martin
Writer, Pol Culture; contributing writer, The Hooded Utilitarian

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, Katsushika Hokusai

Chris Mautner
Contributing Writer, Robot 6, The Comics Journal

Quimby the Mouse, Chris Ware


In no particular order and with the understanding that this list fluctuates on an almost daily basis, here’s my personal top ten.
Joe McCulloch (Jog Mack)
Writer, Jog the Blog; contributing writer, The Savage Critics, comiXology, The Comics Journal

Screw Style, Yoshiharu Tsuge

Please delete all other entries you have received, as these are the correct selections.
Sheena McNeil
Contributing Writer, Sequential Tart

Garfield, Jim Davis


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